I happened to read Tim Berry’s post at Small Business Trends where he mentioned a recent news published in New York Times titled In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop.
The story mentions that two bloggers have died following heart attacks and other one just survived a massive one.
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 article also discusses stress and disorders caused by blogging.
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.
Even the bloggers have been compared to home laborers
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.
Blogger community has mixed reaction on this story. Some have shown the concern and others have laughed away when told blogging might kill them.
Well! No one is immune to death and two bloggers have died does not imply that blogging is serious offence to health.
But it is a good time that we take a stock of the situations.
Being trained in medical science, I understand the importance of co-incidence and absence of it.
While we can laugh at the news being projected as blogging as cause of death, we should not overlook the fact that stress in blogging demands concern.
Tech Crunch is highly successful blog which people marvel at. Look how the news quoted its co-editor
“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.”
Blogging may not be cause of death per se but it is definitely a source of stress.
Next question that we must ask ourselves is
Is blogging more stressful than the routine jobs people take ?
Blogging was supposed be a pleasurable activity. Recently it has become a business. But that does not mean that it should bring more stress and side effects than if you were not doing it.
Most of the people who are blogging are in the lower rung. They probably have a job and blog in their spare time. Blogging for them should not be stress.
Then there are full time bloggers. Those whose life and career depends on blogging. They must blog everyday to stay ahead of the competition, to surpass the competition etc etc.
The home is their office and they are never off their work. There are targets to be completed, budgets to be adjusted and so on…. Continuous pressure builds stress. Compliment it with lack of exercise and sedentary life style.
Yes! There could be an increased risk.
But the risk is not because of the nature of work. People who do 9-5 jobs are also at risk if they have same habits.
The risk is because of life style.
The risk is because of stress involved.
Here is my sincere advise to all of you wherever you are in the ladder.
Blog but do not die as a consequence.
Its not a race. Moment you make it a race, you are at increased risk.
Money is important but not at cost of life.
You must offset you stress. Take frequent breaks. Indulge in fun. Work out.
Its your life. No one can care it for you if you do not.