Cutting the Chord is a Hard Thing to Do When You're a Social Media Geek

I haven't taken a weeks vacation in probably a couple of years. Yes, I've had days off here and there, but it's been a while since I actually got on a plane and headed to a destination other than one located in the northeastern part of the U.S.

This pattern will change pretty soon as I have some scheduled time off. I really enjoying the planning, packing, preparation, etc. that goes into it all, but what I'm struggling with — and what I'll continue to struggle with — is cutting the proverbial social media chord.

Do I tweet while I'm on the plane or should I take that time to get some rest and hang with the kids? Do I need mobile uploads to Facebook as we're doing the tourist thing? What about blogging about my experiences with the family while I am spending some time in the fun and sun?

These are things I'd do normally, so why not while I'm on vacation.

I feel like I'm an alcoholic and I'm at an AA meeting: "Hi, my name is Don and I'm a social media geek."

I just can't cut the chord. I'm going to try my best, but it's going to take some serious discipline and of course, nudging from my wife and kids.

I always have the urge to Tweet, blog, create video, snap pictures and share my experiences with friends, family, co-workers and my extended friends in the social media world.

How does one go from total transparency to total darkness. I don't think it can be done.

How do you cut the chord?

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