Getting Fat Through Blogging

So there is still some craziness going on in the blogosphere about dying thanks to being a blogger. If for some reason, you hadn’t heard about this, check out the New York Times.

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.

I laughed when I read it as it was rather alarmist and could be said of any high stress job that required you to be stationary for a very long time, but they decided to highlight bloggers specifically, and being a fat blogger, (check out Blogging Weight to keep track of what I am doing to fight it) I just wanted to take a few moments to say my peace on the whole issue.

Blogging doesn’t make you fat. You don’t need to do a million posts a day to bring in a reasonable income, and even if you do, you should be blogging about the things you love. Blogging can stop you from exercising. Blogging can be stressful, but just like with everything else, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. If you are a blogger, and getting fatter by the day, it isn’t the job, but your own attitude towards eating, exercising, and proper work to life balance that is killing you.

Now please, focus back on the important things, like writing new posts for me to read that don’t mention my profession killing people.

10 thoughts on “Getting Fat Through Blogging

  1. Kevin Muldoon

    Blogging is no different to any other desk job so not sure why they are targeting bloggers. At the end of the day if you eat fat foods and don’t excercise you’ll put on weight. Though this is a problem with western society more than anything else.

    I wrote about this after my recent trip to New York. The UK is pretty unhealthy compared to the rest of europe but it still amazes me the portions of food you get in the USA when you place an order – Super Size Me!! 🙂

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  3. raj dash

    David: While I partially agree with you, your post is incredibly insensitive. I know you as a colleague and wouldn’t chastise you except in this case.

    FACT: Working at home DOES increase your chances of gaining weight, because you are no longer even walking from one side of the office to another, or from the parking lot to your cubicle, etc.

    But yes, you do have to take responsibility and balance your life accordingly. I wrote about this at Performancing yesterday. I’m guilty of that.

    No you DON’T need to write a million posts to make a living, but I can’t agree with your attitude. Even with my extensive writing experience, and being a published author, etc., etc., I HAVE to work 60+ hours/wk to make more than $2,000/mth. Show me where all those blogging gigs that pay reasonable rates are. I have a couple, but hardly enough to compare to the kind of living I made offline.

  4. raj dash

    Just an addendum…. Even big network owners with lots of capital still only pay $10/post. Hardly easy to make a living on $10/post. The $30+/post gigs are very limited.

  5. Kevin Muldoon

    “FACT: Working at home DOES increase your chances of gaining weight, because you are no longer even walking from one side of the office to another, or from the parking lot to your cubicle, etc.”

    I agree with you there however again it comes down to being responsible for your own time and responsible for your own well being.

    I work from home but when I did work in the City I spent over 2 hours a day commuting. Of course, I also spent time walking around etc so got exercise in that regard. However, working from home I now exercise every day for an hour or two – something which I sometimes struggled to do when I worked 40 hours in an office job. Infact, working at home makes it much easier to maintain weight in my opinion. It’s very easy to take a break and do some situps or press ups or whatever whereas when your working in an office there always seems to be someone passing round sweets or whatever.

    I agree with you though that blogging is not a well paid job for a lot of people however I think that the fact the job is not well paid is different from blogging makes you fat.

  6. David

    To be honest Raj, I know you aren’t getting paid what you are worth and that’s something I think you are in your power to control.

    I too work around 60+ hours a week on various projects, but I make time to go to the gym one hour every other day. Are you saying you cant?

    I try to choose healthier things to eat. I try to resist the temptation of caffeine and other sugar laden drinks.

    FACT: You are in control of your own body. Yes, working at home does increase your chance of gaining weight, but why pick on bloggers specifically? We are a very small part of the work-at-home group, and to be quite honest, I gained weight in an office, just as much as at home.

    And I’ve noticed a fair number of $20/post+ gigs on Freelance Writing Jobs.

    Lastly, I don’t think that my tone was insensitive at all. Being an obese person, I totally understand the issues facing people fighting obesity. I just think the article was kind of silly, and should have focused more on all work-at-home professions, rather than trying to linkbait us bloggers.

  7. KG Lew

    I don’t think that blogging did this… in fact it was probably the advent of internet and higher media to begin with… it is just that people are getting more and more lazy… sports and extracurricular activities aren’t as common and everyone is staying inside with their ‘technology’.

  8. JoLynn Braley

    Hi David, you’re spot on that blogging doesn’t make you fat….no matter what job a person has, one has to take personal responsibility for their own health. If a blogger is so tied to the computer that they cannot take care of themselves properly (blogging addiction?), then it’s time to consider a career change. After all, if you don’t have your health, what do you really have? 😉

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