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Death by blogging?

April 7, 2008

Did you see this article about blogging becoming the new sweatshop industry? Funny, it was printed only a week after I started a blog… Perhaps I should have thought this out more. Actually in the nonprofit advocacy world, the pressures are somewhat different. That said, the rapid pace of internet news traffic is a concern for all of us.

In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop

SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

[Photo: Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times. Matt Buchanan shows blogs may be a young man’s game.]

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.

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.

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