Monday, April 07, 2008

Blog till you drop?

I think The New York Times has run out of ideas for quality stories so they decide to run one about blogging related deaths. From NYT:
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.
Crikey! Time for me to quit blogging. Not! Put it this way. Any job that involves you to work in front of the computer for hours and hours without proper meals and enough sleep will one day take your life away. Seriously. It's just crazy for the New York Times to use the deaths of the two bloggers and link them to blogging.

Come on, blogging isn't deadly, neither is excessive blogging but like in any job, you must learn how to take care of your health. It's when you don't put in a good amount of time to rest and exercise and have a well balanced and healthy diet, will you then have a heart attack or a massive coronary.

The two bloggers mentioned in the NYT article did not die from blogging. They died because they probably did not lead a healthy lifestyle - something that most of us (bloggers or not) have a problem practicing in our daily stressful and hectic lives.

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