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Monday, April 07, 2008

Blogging May Be Hazardous To Your Health

In what was perhaps a tongue-in-cheek prediction of my demise, my friend Katy in Florida sent me this link about the hazards of blogging

In what was perhaps a tongue-in-cheek prediction of my demise, my friend Katy in Florida sent me this link about the hazards of blogging:

[...] A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.

Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.

Other bloggers complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet.

To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.

The pressure even gets to those who work for themselves — and are being well-compensated for it.

"I haven't died yet," said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. "At some point, I'll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen."

"This is not sustainable," he said. [...]

Read the rest of the article at the New York Times,
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At Mon Apr 07, 01:53:00 PM, Blogger Blue Gal said...

Thanks for the linky love honey!

At Mon Apr 07, 07:00:00 PM, Blogger FranIAm said...

Hahahahahahahahahaha - so many people sent me the article.

I couldn't read it- I was at urgent care, but I did have my laptop with me, so no blogging downtime.

Oh how sad...

Maybe I can be a Heston for a new age, saying witty things like "They will have to pry this blog out of my cold dead hands!!!!"

At Tue Apr 08, 10:13:00 AM, Blogger ThoughtCriminal said...

I prefer to keep my brain in the HEAD element.

At Tue Apr 08, 03:15:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Blue Gal: Anything for you, Blue Gal! **blush**

FranIAm: The article was even on CNN last night! Bloggers must be dropping like flies.

ThoughtCriminal: LOL! An HTML joke! I love it! That's very good.

At Tue Apr 08, 07:45:00 PM, Blogger pidomon said...

i always thought BLT's killed but what do I know

At Wed Apr 09, 06:24:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

No! That can't be true! Bacon, Lettuce and tomato sandwiches are heaven sent and calorie free! (And tasty! Mmm...)


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