Whenever I’m talking about affiliate marketing I always tell people I “eat sleep and breathe” my work and am totally passionate about it. I genuinely didn’t realise how much this was the case until these past few weeks. I’ve been living on a building site since the start of February and all the noise, mess, dust and general intrusion into my work and personal space has had a huge impact upon my effectiveness and concentration.
Concentration? Sorry? Eh? Now, What Was I Saying…..
When I work it’s like I’m immersed in a rather fabulous underwater world. I spend my workday submerged in a sea of information, ideas, and concepts which captivate me utterly. Once I’m “under” the day vanishes in what seems like seconds and I’m left at close of play feeling content and empowered.
I’ve always suffered from dreadful concentration so I’ve just spent 10 excruciating weeks floating at the surface amongst all the chaos and noise of our building project watching the faint and indistinct lines of all the things that usually fill my working day whizzing past without so much as stopping to say “G’day” before vanishing into the distance in a blur. As I watch all the things I should be involved in slipping away I feel vague, hopeless and cut off – yet helpless to do anything about it.
Get Out Of My House!
I’m now at the stage where I’ve decided enough is enough. I’m suffering from terrible insomnia, I’m very stressed out, and I don’t feel like I’m in control of what’s going on with my business any more. Affiliate marketing is like oxygen for me, and without it I feel completely suffocated. So I’ve called a halt to the building job for now (which was mostly finished inside the house anyhow) and am really looking forward to things getting back to normal. I’ll be letting the builder return in a few weeks to do some finishing off on the house exterior once I’ve had some time to myself. We will have a plasterer in next week, but he’s a very quiet worker so I’ve decided to let him finish his work
It’s About More Than The Money
As I was lying wide awake last night (yet again) I started wondering if the way I’m feeling, although perhaps extreme, is an indicator of why very few people who do well at affiliate marketing are in it purely because they saw a way to make money and set out to exploit it in a formulaic way.
I love the creative processes involved in identifying new things to market, trying to get inside the minds of the people likely to buy them, designing landing pages that will appeal to them, and working out ways to scale and increase traffic and conversions. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still get a little excited every time I wake up in the morning and realise it’s time to go back to work. I arrive at my desk within minutes of waking, clutching that first cuppa of the day and keen to hook up to the oxygen supply to breathe in more of what the affiliate world has on offer.
Does this border on the obsessive? Probably. Do I care? Not a damned jot!
See You All Back In The Water Next Week…
Now that those noisy buggers are about to be evicted from my space I’ll see y’all back in the deep end on Monday