No worries, I'm not actually dying; but, I just read this funny / sad article over on the New York Times titled, "In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop." It talks about the tremendous pressure that professional bloggers feel to pump out blog posts even milliseconds ahead of the competition in order to get the bigger traffic share and therefore the bigger ad revenue share. Now, I believe this article focuses on those who blog for money (in a paid-per-post kind of lifestyle), but after reading it, I think most anyone who blogs on a regular basis can sympathize at least somewhat with the mania that takes over. Apparently, in the last few months, three famous bloggers have had heart attacks resulting in two fatalities (only one of them, Om Malik, actually survived).
That's totally bananas! I like to think that I maintain my sanity fairly well; sure, I my life lacks balance, but that's due to a whole host of reasons (not just blogging). For me, I think the biggest trick to maintaining sanity is to only allow myself to blog at certain times. I find my really creative juices are flowing from like 7am to 9am, before work, so, that's when I blog and do a sizable chunk of my research and development. And, for those of you who stop here often, you might remember that I don't even have the internet at home - this way, when not in the office, I can only think about blogging. I know most people these days cannot even imagine being off the grid at home, but, I'll tell you, when I get home and slip into something comfortable without the temptation to surf the web looking for por- er um, ColdFusion articles, it's pretty gosh darned relaxing.
Maybe the blogging world should take a que from the beer advertising world and start suggesting that people, "blog responsibly".