Blogger beware

BLOG TILL YOU DROP MENTALITY TAKES A TOLL An article in the New York Times draws attention to the darker side of blogging coining the phras...

30 Apr 2008 1645 Views

BLOG TILL YOU DROP MENTALITY TAKES A TOLL

An article in the New York Times draws attention to the darker side of blogging coining the phrase “death by blogging”.

In recent months two prolific tech bloggers, Russell Shaw age 60 and Marc Orchant age 50, both died of massive coronaries while a third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack.

SkullMichael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of one of the internets most popular blogs TechCrunch must be a little nervous about the fate of his three compatriots. To quote the article “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.”

The pressure on high profile tech bloggers can be immense. Long nights, little sleep and hours in front of a computer screen is the price they pay to be first with a post on the latest technology or scuttlebutt. So if you’re choosing a topic to blog about perhaps you should bear this in mind and choose something more static like Stonehenge or your favorite tropical beach (I understand “Sand Rants” is still available :)

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Sean Duffy | @brandranter
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