According to the New York Times, bloggers are under stress and suffering a variety of health issues trying to keep up with the game. So please tell me something new. Like all good link bait, even people like Marc Andreessen are biting. Of course, journalists should know.
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.
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.
It comes as a total shock that sitting in front of the computer all day digesting an endless stream of information with minimal social interaction in a highly competitive field would actually cause a blogger’s health deteriorate. I’ve always enjoyed New York Times articles for their quality content.
Michael Arrington’s quote really shines in this article, love him or hate him, the old dog’s got a couple tricks in him slipping some humor into a great display of deadpan sarcasm. You can almost see him giving pertinent readers a virtual wink.
“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.”
“This is not sustainable,” he said.
Yeah, a couple million dollars a year and employees to write for you isn’t sustainable. I’ve been blogging for a while in a variety of incarnations and all I can say is, hang on to your freaking day job. People making money off this get early signs of success while the rest of us manually spit out minor Google fodder that helps make Larry and Sergey rich and richer.