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Death by Blogging?

The deaths of two bloggers were yesterday linked by the US media to an obsession with updating their websites.

Bloggers working themselves to death
Fatal heart attacks suffered by Russell Shaw, 60, and Marc Orchant, 50 - two prolific technology bloggers - as well as the case of another, Om Malik, 41, who survived a cardiac arrest in December, were cited by The New York Times.

Many obsessive bloggers complain of weight fluctuation, insomnia and exhaustion.

"There is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic," said the newspaper.

"But friends and family of the deceased...say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style."

Be careful out there!

Posted at 7th Apr 2008 - 12:41PM   Posted by Miss penelope   Death by Blogging? Comments: 12

Peterwf's Avatar Cause of effect?
Do I blog because I have a sedentary lifestyle or do I have a sedentary lifestyle because I blog.

Posted by: Peterwf on 7th Apr 2008 at 12:58PM

Westerwitch's Avatar No the death was not by blogging - it was by obsession - if they hadn't been obsessive about blogging - then they would have found something else to be obsessive about. It is clearly a personality disorder when someone neglects themselves for the sake of blogging, or any other obsession . . .What a shame though that there has been an attempt to besmirch blogging when it clearly does so much good for so many people.

And again the work style is not the danger it is how you approach it. We are all responsible for our own actions and responsible for those we love - and the families of the people that died clearly missed all the signals.

Peter I doubt either for you . . .

Very Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Apr 2008 at 01:05PM

Fennie's Avatar Can well believe it. Do you think the world will come to a halt because everyone's blogging and no one is doing anything?

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Apr 2008 at 01:06PM

I had noticed on the Blotanical Blogging community I have recently joined that some bloggers post not once a day, but several times a day! I struggle to manage a couple of posts a week.

I know when I worked for AOL in the days before blogging took off, Chat Rooms were very popular and some people really did get addicted to those, causing marriage break ups and all sorts of emotional and physical health issues. One women I knew suffered DVT because she sat at her PC for so long every day chatting without moving!

As with all things; everything is fine in moderation.

Posted by: ZoŽ on 7th Apr 2008 at 01:19PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Cirkey.....a salutary lesson for all of us!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Apr 2008 at 02:33PM

Cait's Avatar Don't you think watching mindless TV is worse though?
I have heard people say that only weirdos/sad people blog. We're not like that are we?Laughing

Posted by: Cait on 7th Apr 2008 at 04:22PM

Some might be
Some might not beBlinkBlinkBlink

Posted by: Miss penelope on 7th Apr 2008 at 04:24PM

Faith's Avatar Gosh Zoe better wiggle my toes!Shocked

Posted by: Faith on 7th Apr 2008 at 04:53PM

Ah oh. Well, what about people who die from reading too many blogs? My PC is in the loft, up an ancient wood wormy ladder so steep that I go downstairs backwards to prevent falling. As everything else is down at least one flight, ie loo, tea making facilities, food, front door, I am up and down a lot to read blogs and news. The 3 cats come with me too so it adds to the hazard. Maybe I will install a firemans pole and that can serve douby for pole dancing, should I wish to take that up. (?!)

Posted by: Crucifix on 7th Apr 2008 at 09:03PM

Cait's Avatar Please be careful Crucifix (can I call you Cruci?). I have fallen down our cottage stairs TWICE with serious results but I have recovered fully from, thank God.
Talking of firemen's poles....
One of my ambitions was to slide down a fireman's pole (no jokes pease especially EJSmile.... and I have actually done so when I was training as a nurse. We had to spend a day with the local firemen. Well this day was one of those things we just had to go on. Shame eh?LaughingLaughing

Posted by: Cait on 7th Apr 2008 at 09:48PM

Laughing well that made me laugh. Yes, thanks Cait, you can indeed call me Cruci, and I will be careful not to trip over the cats and down our ladder steps. I must think about a bungalow in me old(er) age!

Posted by: Crucifix on 7th Apr 2008 at 11:44PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I can send my firemen over with their pole (sorry, Cait!!! )....sure they'd love the dancing bit too! Very Happy

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 8th Apr 2008 at 09:47PM

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