Death by Blogging

I think this was picked up on xkcd a little while back, but I thought I might rehash it anyway. For me, the more immediate danger is “cup by surfing”.

Sorry about not keeping the promise about the fantasy post, I promise I’ll put it up soon, no matter how many little girls go “ewww!”. Anything really original may have to wait till after the exams,though.

In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop – New York Times

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………..

………..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.

To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.

The pressure even gets to those who work for themselves — and are being well-compensated for it.

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