#Nophone day three: less talk, more action

Today was not a day for talk. Today was the day for action.

It is day three of our no phone challenge, and I still am not missing my phone. Wait, I take that back. I missed my phone only when I needed to take a picture of the new 360 Pensacola wheel.

I looked down at my smartphone trying to take a snapshot of the 20-story Ferris Wheel. The handset glared back at me with less than 10 percent battery life, as if to say, “fat chance!”

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Then it went dark.

I will have my revenge. When the new iPhone 5 goes on sale next month, I will relegate this obsolete device to the recycler. Or, worse, I will give it to my five-year-old daughter to play with.

Take that, battery-sucking iPhone.

I’m launching a new column tomorrow. This may sound like a simple thing: you just write a few sample columns, send query letters out to editors you know, and wait for the responses to roll in.

Not really.

During the last three days I’ve edited sample columns, written and rewritten press releases and pitch letters, developed and redeveloped marketing strategies, sent queries to editors who probably don’t want to hear from me because they’re about to go on vacation, and gotten far too little sleep.

But it’s all for good cause. My new, weekly consumer advocacy column has the potential to help lots of people. And by the way, if you haven’t heard about it, here are the details – I really hope you can help promote this by asking your favorite newspaper website, or blog to begin publishing it.

I had a few calls that came in through my published phone number, but the voicemails were transcribed, read and dealt with through email.

In my voicemail greeting, I request a follow-up message be sent by email, but sometimes when a reader doesn’t have access to a computer, it necessitates me making an actual phone call.

That hasn’t happened yet.

I’m really grateful for this exercise. I’m learning just how important, or unimportant, voice calls have become to my business. And also, how if I do want to make a phone call, that the video option is often so much more attractive then simply using a conventional cellular phone line.

Anyway, I didn’t really pay much attention to my phone today. I had my nose pressed up against my laptop computer and worked all day, taking a short break to have lunch with my family over at the Hilton next door and then to take a ride on the enormous Ferris Wheel across the street.

Tomorrow we are heading up to Louisville. It’s a 10-hour drive from Pensacola, and I suspect that at some point during the drive we’ll be tempted to pick up the phone.

We’ll see if we can resist that urge. If we’re going to break, it’ll happen tomorrow.

Want to find out what happens next? Yeah, so do I.

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