A view of blogging as the digital-era sweatshop
April 6th, 2008

There is a story about bloggers today in the New York Times in which part of the lede is the heart attack deaths in recent months of two bloggers. A main theme of the story is the pressure bloggers experience. Not everyone who blogs is under excessive pressure, but those are who fit this description of the blogger types the article covers:

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.

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Nu, do you have an opinion, or are you just echoing?

My main purpose was to point to the article in the NY Times because I thought it might interest SmartMobs readers. I did not mean to echo. My opinion is that the article captured only the story of a few stressed-out bloggers. Many of us who blog are not under the sort of pressure described in the piece.

3 - matt

If the bloggers think they have the stress on them, try being one of the people who has to ensure the Internet — the network, the servers, the platform — stays online and works when they need it to work.

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