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Blogging Can Kill You

Filed under: Media

In Sunday’s New York Times (April 6) there was an interesting feature about the excesses of blogging and its ill effects on one’s health. It says that many serious bloggers put on weight, develop sleeping disorders, exhaustion, are often on the verge of nervous breakdowns and a few have even dropped dead: 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. The need to compete in a 24 hour 7 days a week cycle is obviously a stressful lifestyle. I’m happy to see such dedication to up to the minute news, but these people might consider getting out of their chairs and going for a walk or a bike ride. It was only less than ten years ago that there was no such thing as blogging. What have we wrought? I don’t really need someone to kill themselves to get me a story an hour or two before it appears on CNN.

Jamie Moses