"Some Brand-Name Bloggers Say Stress of Posting Is a Hazard to Their Health." So headlines the New York Times today. The peg for the article is the recent heart attack of blogger Om Malik, whose popular blog GigaOm covers trends in technology. The blog is so successful that it sustains a company of 12 employees including Malik. But still, as the Times notes, Malik is the person that thousands come to read, and the stress of constantly posting observations let alone breaking news is perhaps one reason why he had a heart attack on December 28.
Malik is only 41 years old. But his colleagues cite the fact that he smokes as a more likely cause of his health problems.
But TechCrunch's Michael Arrington spoke up in defense of the notion that blogging can be hazardous to one's health: "I was a corporate lawyer and an entrepreneur, and I know about working all the time," he told Fost. "But now, you're always worried a big story is breaking in your e-mail, and if you wait an hour, you'll miss it. Every morning when I wake up, the panic hits and I have to see my e-mail as soon as possible."
What do you think? Do you blog? And, if so, do you think the desire to blog adds stress to your life?
Last updated: Jan 7, 2008
MIKE HOFMAN was previously editor of Inc.com and a deputy editor at Inc. magazine, which he joined in 1996. The site was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media in 2010, and was named the best business website by Folio Magazine. In 2006, Hofman was part of a team of writers nominated for a Webby Award for best business blog. He lives in New York City. @mikehofman