Starting to blog can sometimes seem like finally meeting the hot girl (or guy) you always wanted to date. You get so mesmerized and involved so very quickly that you pursue the relationship at an unsustainable level. Not only can the double flower bouquet every other day start to bust your wallet (if you’re a guy), the emotional cost can be high too – especially if you’re not turning in until 3AM!
Blogging can follow the same pattern and it can be deadly if you’re not careful. The recent death of two high profile bloggers is bringing this point home. Now, understand, anything taken to the extreme is going to have deathly consequences. But, this one hits home because I can identity with the “pressure” which comes with blogging.Here is what The New York Times reports regarding the two deaths:
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.
This same article highlights the most common blogging related health complaints as the following:
- Weight loss or gain
- Sleep disorders
- Strain from the pressure of constant non-stop production
I can’t say I have experienced any of these symptoms, but if you have then I suggest you see a medical professional as soon as possible. Like any relationship your blogging relationship needs to be balanced. If you’re approaching blogging any other way and turning your life upside down then you’re headed in the wrong direction.