Is Blogging Killing You?

It might sound like an amusing question, but it appears that there could be some truth to it.  Is blogging killing you?  According to an article in the New York Times on Sunday, blogging can be fatal, or at the very least, contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle that could lead to death.

Sadly, two well-known bloggers, Russell Shaw and Marc Orchant, died in the past few months from heart-related conditions.  Their stress levels may have contributed to their conditions, and much of that stress may have come from blogging.  These men were only 60 and 51, respectively.  Another popular blogger, Om Malik, 41 years old, was lucky enough to survive a heart attack in December.

What does this tell us?  Well, while blogging might start as a hobby or a way to make some extra money, for many people, it becomes an all-consuming business venture.  Like any entrepreneurial endeavor, there is high stress involved.  The more popular you and your blog become, the more stress there is to continue to perform and grow.  It’s a never-ending cycle.

What should we learn from this?  As with any business, make sure you don’t forget your life.  Take some time to spend with your family and friends.  Take a vacation.  Don’t get overly stressed.  Life is too short.  Your blog will be there tomorrow….or at least in a few hours. 

However, I wonder how realistic this advice really is.  Can you take a break from your blog?

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  1. Dan April 7, 2008
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