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When I started this blog, I never dreamed I would ever become INaddicted, my term for having developed a benign, but adventurous, exuberant yet gnawing infatuation that has led me to romantically embrace LinkedIn.

But that’s what’s happened.  I’m in love with LinkedIn.  Every morning the first thing I do is pick up my iPhone to see all my new connections.  Then I go right to welcoming them and suggesting they enjoy my MaddenMischief blog or if they ever need PR, to click the link to TransMedia Group, my PR firm.

It’s become almost opioidic. I can’t stop checking LinkedIn and welcoming those fellow Linktonians who are nice enough to connect with me.

This blog of mine was intended to be thought provoking, insightful, even therapeutic during these polarized times.  I also wanted it to be a tad mischievous.

Why mischievous?

I see poking fun, satire and exaggeration as ways to pummel triteness and tensions, tease us to examine alternative perspectives and maybe shake up how we normally process our worlds so we don’t drift into cozy conventional ways of thinking and reacting.  That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?

Perhaps naïve, but I thought that I could provoke a fresh new look, awaken an impulse to break free, to barge through our biases, to reach deeper into our sometimes infertile brains.  What was I smoking?  Whatever it was, it was dreamily delightful. Intoxicating.  And LinkedIn helped give me that blissful buzz.

What I didn’t foresee was how alluring and addictive was this main artery I was using for building my network and circulating my blog to more and more connections.

Noticing every night how many new connections I have on LinkedIn, I became hooked on this addictively ingenious service and now after reaching over 15,000 connections, I can’t stop.  I’m hooked.  And I’m wondering if I need to admit myself into a sort of LinkedIn rehab as maybe I need to be INrecovery, as I’m ever insatiably accepting and responding to new connections.

What an awesome network is LinkedIn or what perhaps more accurately should be called HookedIn, for who can stop inviting more and more interesting, attractive, educated and accomplished people from connecting with you?  Interacting with you?  Communicating with you?  Linking to you.

While I’m dealing with this delightful dilemma, please link to my latest book titled: ”Is there enough Brady in Trump to win the inSUPERable BOWL?” available on that ultimate linkorama, Amazon.

Thank you and please stay connected.

TM

 


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