‘Death by Blogging’
By: Ben Baruch, Sr. Account Executive, Fusion PR
We have all heard stories about people dying in computer cafes around the world playing ‘World of Warcraft,’ a multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). But now as reported by Matt Richtel in Sunday’s New York Times – blog posts are a digital-era sweatshop.
“In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop,” Richtel quotes Michael Arrington, Editor of TechCrunch, ‘I haven’t died yet.’ In three years Arrington has gained 30 pounds, developed a severe sleeping disorder and converted 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.’
Richtel was spurred on by the recent news of ‘prolific blogger,’ Russell Shaw, who wrote on technology subjects and died at 60 of a heart attack. Also, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary and Om Malik, 41, who recently survived a heart attack.
Who would’ve thought that sitting in front of computer for days/nights on end would shorten a life.
Time to get back to reading blogs…