This New York Times article talks about a modern work hazard, the stress of blogging for pay. Apparently, a couple of high-profile technology bloggers have kicked the bucket in an untimely fashion. One of them left an email that may stand as his last words: “Have come down with something. Resting now posts to resume later today or tomorrow.” If that were true, it would be a truly astounding technical feat.
While I’m not in the particular always-on rat race described in the article, I can say that having a research position does offer some of the same potential causes of stress. There is the concern that time is passing, and there is always more to do. I’m not putting myself in the reduced sleep-cycle hole that some of the bloggers described in the article do in order to steal a few minutes’ march on the competition. But I have to admit that over the past year, I have often skipped trying to add content here on my blog in order to have more time for the research.
I would be interested, I think, in finding out more about blogging for pay. I don’t think the bleeding-edge news story angle is for me, but I think I could do something in the way of higher-quality considered analysis of various things ranging from technology through media and politics. If you are looking for that sort of person, you know where to find me.