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.