Death by blogging?

I liked it better when they used to write about people losing their jobs from blogging.

From the New York Times (In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writes Blog Till They Drop)

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.

The story paints bloggers as stressed out, while my impression is that most of us are having quite a good time.  A lot of the article hinges on the two who died, and a lot depends on the details.  Were they particularly stressed out?  Did they have pre-existing conditions that made them more likely to have medical problems? It makes me wonder whether the NYT is trying to portray their competition (and watchdogs) as sweatshop labor, rather than a bunch of people having a good time doing something they love.

Thanks to Mickey.

April 7, 2008

2 thoughts on “Death by blogging?”

  1. I ran this by someone who knew Marc Orchant, who wrote “using Marc Orchant to buttress his theory is off-base. Marc spent less time blogging than anybody I know as it didn’t fulfill him”.

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