Death by Blogging?

Kara Reeder

Everyone knows that stress is not good for your health, but can it kill you? The recent deaths of two bloggers -- Russell Shaw and Marc Orchant -- have people wondering if the around-the-clock Internet economy could be fatal.

 

The New York Times reports that both Shaw and Orchant died of heart attacks. A third blogger, Om Malik, survived a heart attack in December. Certainly, these deaths don't qualify as an epidemic, and no one is 100 percent sure that stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But other bloggers say the nonstop pressure to produce news causes weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies.

 

Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, admits he won't be able to keep up the pace. He has gained 30 pounds and developed a severe sleeping disorder because of his work, according to this vnunet.com article.

 

ZDNet blogger Larry Dignan was interviewed for The New York Times piece, but didn't make the cut. He agrees that blogging is stressful and can be insane at times, but no more so than any other high-pressure job. He ends his piece by noting it's not so much the stress as how you handle it: "You have to take care of yourself."



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