Bloggers Are Dying From Too Much Blogging!

OK, the headline is a bit on the sensational side but that’s what this NY Times story is implying. The writer, Matt Richtel, tells the story of two recent deaths that was apparently caused by too much blogging.

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.

Other bloggers complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet.

You Got To Be Kidding Me?

The only thing I have to say about this story is, you got to be kidding me? No wonder the mainstream media is losing ground so badly to the Internet. Some 60 year old has a heart attack. It must be caused by blogging! I guess the fact that Om Malik weighs something like 400lbs has nothing to do with his heart attack, right?

The writer goes on to talk about TechCrunch fonder Michael Arrington gaining 30lbs in the past three years and tries to tie blogging to the cause. A quick check of TechCrunch shows Arrington made a grand total of 21 posts in the past week, or three posts per day. If that is blogging too much then we all better stop blogging right now before we die!

This story reminds me about everything that is wrong with the mainstream media. It ranks up there with that story about the teenager who was struck by lighting while listening to his iPod. Let’s see, kid was mowing his lawn in a thunderstorm while listening to an iPod. What’s the lesson? Don’t listen to an iPod or don’t mow your lawn in a thunderstorm? If you’re mainstream media, the lesson seems to be don’t listen to your iPod.

Maybe this is the NY Times’ way of getting bloggers to quit blogging so their paper can survive for a few more years. The really stupid thing is, most people reading the story will now be concern that their friends/kids/family members are now at risk because they blog.

85 thoughts on “Bloggers Are Dying From Too Much Blogging!”

  1. No Debt Plan says:

    Obviously you stop listening to iPods.
    Are they sure he wasn’t using a Zune?

    1. New York Times Readers Keel Over From Reading New York Times for more than a healthy amount of time… Would like to see that headline! :mrgreen:

      1. Robert says:

        The NY Times is an awful newspaper. I keel over just from hearing about it.

        1. Amen to that! I wonder how many people have died from erroneous BS printed by the NY Times.

        2. I keel over trying to lift it! What a waste of paper!

    2. MR. NICE GUY says:

      Yes, blogging can be fun but writing three or more times a day maybe too much. Why can’t the blogger write only once a day if he wants to get his subscrbers updated. I still believe health is WEALTH. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  2. Missy says:

    Well, i feel that too many bloggers are literally slaves to their PC, so it is a health hazard.

    We all need to step away, and take a damn breather, before we all keel over. LOL.

    1. I’ll bet more job slaves are dying at work than are bloggers dying from too much writing.

      1. Israel says:

        This is exactly why I created the Blogger Proof workout…

        It’s also important to keep in mind that we need to find a balance when it comes to being online/blogging and real life.

        1. Robert says:

          Heh, “job slaves.” Yes, they’re dying from total boredom and lack of fulfillment. Bloggers are living very well.

  3. John Cow says:

    So does that mean we have to stop blogging now?

    1. Tom Beaton says:

      You scared Cow? You are already moving to greener pastures for a life of leisure. I dont think there is any risk of you keeling over.

    2. Apparently it does! I thought this article was lame too. I think this guy needs to blog for a few weeks and see how much it “hurts” his own health.

      🙄 🙄 🙄

      1. Robert says:

        Blogging is the most fulfilling thing there is. It’s these newspaper columnists who are disappearing and becoming bloggers!

    3. Syed Balkhi says:

      Yeah thats what It means … You should go and milk the cows now.

  4. Rob says:

    They do have some points about how the majority of bloggers are unhealthy but why say bloggers? I imagine the majority of the people who use their computer regularly are overweight or unhealthy.. It is just stupid that the media picks on people like that. I guess it’s their way of making a topic interesting and grabbing some attention. Not saying that this is the right way at all though.

    1. ms danielle says:

      “computer potato”? hmm…that doesn’t sound right…

  5. bob says:

    Well Arrington may have only made 21 posts in the past week, but he runs one of the biggest blogs on the internet, so its not like thats the only thing he does. One of their writers, erick Schonfeld, said in a recent post “Michael literally never sleeps. It is really unhealthy.”
    Not every blog consists of writing about one post per day and then using some guest writers and doing some paid reviews. I dont think you did a lot of research before making this post. Sure there are a lot of successful blogs out there that don’t require that much work, but many of them do.

    1. John Chow says:

      I think I did the same amount of research as Matt Richtel did. 😈 Yes I am aware of how hard Michael works and that only proves my point. Is his stress/weight being caused by too much blogging or running a media empire? We all know the answer but which title would sell more newspapers?

      1. bob says:

        I think part of the problem is that everything is called “blogging” which really captures a wide range of websites. A lot of blogs these days are nothing more than news sites with very little writing involved. Thats fine, but its kind of hard to generalize bloggers now.

      2. ms danielle says:

        next they will somehow tie blogging to cancer and heart disease. one tv “news” report i saw years ago linked a single study of milk to getting cancer and i pretty much banned all tv news from my house after that

  6. Jason Boom says:

    That’s sensational — isn’t it? I would agree that blogging could cause some health problems, but so could having any demanding job. The story reminds me of the kids playing video games until they fall over dead.

    Good response, John.

  7. Tyler Ingram says:

    Yay we’re gunna die! I blog There For I’ll Die! Ah well I can agree with the sitting in front of a computer for hours and hours without getting exercise is unhealthy, but to die from it? lol

  8. tom says:

    Ooh that is some serious business! You had better slow down a little bit John, otherwise you will fall victim to the almighty blog attack. It is safe to say there are only two things wrong with the world today; loud rock music, and blogging. It reminds me of the Ali-G skit.. “War Begins..” on the front page, and …with a “w” on the inside. Anything to sell a copy.

  9. Traditional media has sucked for years and I like seeing more and more evidence to support this belief.

    Thanks John 🙂

    1. Traditional media is dying from too much BS.

      1. Robert says:

        Just pick up any newspaper on any day, and you will fine countless examples of how bad the media is, and how clearly it has an agenda.

  10. Blogs are dying from not enough blogging!

  11. Hi Everyone,

    I felt compelled to add a comment to John’s latest Post. Blogging has presented a new found creative avenue for me. It’s been a major factor in my recovery of a heart attack late last fall… Here is a link to my latest post that discusses this in The Blues Blogger style.

    1. Robert says:

      Good point. Blogging is an avenue for people to be who they are. These newspaper writers aren’t who they want to be. They often have to advance an agenda from the higher-ups, and they don’t understadn the fulfillment bloggers feel.

  12. Michael Kwan says:

    It’s not so much an issue with blogging as it is an issue with burnout and lack of physical activity. I’m sure that accountants, particularly during tax season, face all sorts of stress and they probably suffer from a series of physical ailments as a result.

    Between writing reviews for John and all of my other freelance writing work (like blogging for, I put in quite a few hours too. Even so, maybe it’s for the best that I didn’t get hired by the New York Times.

  13. ourmonmouth says:

    The NYT should be ashamed of itself for publishing that kind of rubbish. That story would have been better served if published in the New York Posts Wierd but True.. Now thats journalism.

  14. Dwayne says:

    How can I get in touch with all of these dead bloggers readers. That is a good google ad “If your favorite blogger dies, come visit my me”

  15. Rick says:

    I agree with Rob, its probably lack of exercise. If you start blogging and you are spending 1 – 4 extra hours a day in front of your computer, its time to start an exercise program!

  16. Richard M says:

    The must not have read Alex Shalman’s recent post

  17. Mayank Rocks says:

    lol, I read this news in newspaper yesterday!
    Crappy news!

    How can they be so much into blogging that they will die.

    1. Robert says:

      Being a lawyer is way harder than being a blogger. If anything, lawyers are dying from lawyering!

  18. Satish S says:

    Bloggers are the next big thing in worldwide media. I too presume that these newspapers are scared of us bloggers. We do whatever they do, faster and better.

  19. Joseph says:

    No wonder I was feeling dizzy.

  20. Chetan says:

    Thanks for the info.. Now i think its the right time for me to stop blogging.. Am aged 21 lol and i fear of heart attacks being a dental student lol 😉
    Btw do you guys think its blogging that was the reason for their deaths? His age and weight are the factors and the media got a nice idea to include blogging in it.

  21. Frugal Dad says:

    Nice try Times. How is this different than some 60 year old guy sitting at his editorial desk at the paper and keeling over from a heart attack? Thanks for highlighting the ridiculousness of this article.

  22. Jason says:

    Blogging doesn’t cause deaths. Sitting on your ass all day does. 🙂 Blogging may take up more time than you should allow it to…..which might lead to less sleep, less exercise, and a poor diet. Same goes for anything else you do in life.

    I’m going to start running on a treadmill while I blog. Watch for me on Fox News when I announce to the world that blogging decreases body fat percentage, and increases life expectancy by 10 years.

  23. Terry Tay says:

    Any you dying from posting too many comments on John Chow’s Blog?

    4 out of 5 proctologists have said sitting on your tushie posting comments while chewing gum may cause some serious health risks. They said each person shortened their life by the amount of time it took to post the comment. When the doctors were asked how many people that comment will die, they said everyone will eventually die. So there you have it…if you comment you will die at some point in your life. 😮 Gulp…I just shortened my life by posting this comment. 😥

    DANG YOU JOHN CHOW!!!!! 😈 DANG YOU!!!!!! 😈
    ~Terry 😆

  24. Azrael says:

    Death is just a common thing to all of us. They shouldn’t say that someone die because of too much blogging. That is the most stupidest thing I ever heard f.

  25. yeu2 says:

    People are funny. Parents sue peanut butter makers because there is no allergy or “peanut butter sticks in your throat!” warnings.
    It would seem that some people do not want to take responsibility for their actions and consequences thereof. The NYT piece reminds me of the South Park episode. The whole gang basically hide in Kile or Stans basement playing an online game until they become so fat and unhealthy they can barely move. BUT, in the end they are rewarded by winning the game…but now are morbidly obese. The means did not justify the ends.
    People have been killing themselves over work since the beginning. It is sad that these people are gone, but for us perhaps we can take it as a lesson to getoutside out more and blog from our Blackberries. Or invest in a twitter account!

  26. novz says:

    all of us (bloggers included) die anyway. It is just a matter of when and in what manner.

  27. says:

    If all those three people were wearing white shirts, then media will come and say “white dressed bloggers could die” 😉

    1. Pyjammez says:

      No they wont, their motive is to stop people from reading blogs and go back to paying a dollar for a newspaper and sweetening Rupert Murdoch’s wife’s inheritance.

      We need to show the New York times what blogging did for Shoemoney!

      I propose,
      THE BLOGGING DIET! Blog til you drop – those pounds off.
      “Research has proven that 6 blogs per day can increase metabolism by 14%.”
      “A blog a day keeps the Dr away”
      “Burn the fat, Feed the blog”
      “15 minutes of blogging in the morning on an empty stomach can result in improved concentration and hunger control throughout the day.”

  28. Simon Lau says:

    what about all those blogs about healthy living?! It again boils down to moderation, get off the computer, do some exercise and then get back to work!

  29. Kelvin Goh says:

    What kind of statistic is that? 2 out of million of bloggers out there and they are trying to conclude the “fact” like this? What’s a funny joke.
    As long as there is a balance between blogging and exercise, there shouldn’t be any issue.

  30. Pyjammez says:

    That’s ok, I don’t have a blog yet so I’m going to live forever! HA-HAAA SUCKERS!

  31. wisdom says:

    These guys need to pick up a copy of the 4 hour workweek.

  32. Eric says:

    Yeah, that article was awful. Apparently sensationalizing two deaths which are likely not related is what it takes to sell printed news that comes for free on the net.

  33. kashif says:

    This is ridiculous 😛 . Now this gives the indication what news media can do when they have nothing else publish ❗

  34. Sorry to dish that article or those two unfortunate bloggers, but one gentleman was 60… therefore his risk of a major health event like that was much higher than the general population’s.

    The real story here, of course, is why people (including bloggers) don’t make more time for exercise, care more about their physical health, or alter their lifestyles… Blogging is a lifestyle and it can be healthy or unhealthy, … but bloggers ALWAYS have a choice, as does the rest of the population: do you really need that extra candy bar, bottle of soda, potato chip, … really?

    Unfortunately it takes a little personal reorientation and discipline… now can I do it? Mmmm.

  35. Sha says:

    You could say that the evilness in them trying to get bloggers to quit would also make room for other bloggers [income & whatnot.]

  36. Liane says:

    Maybe they just didn’t take guest bloggers as an option. Take a break everyone and keep yourself healthy. For your blog of course. ;D

    Have a healthy blogging….

  37. It’s just sensational journalism to sell ads. Same thing that bloggers do thousands of times every day.

  38. People dying because of blogging? You got to be kidding me. Nothing will stop bloggers. It’s all about following passion.

  39. People need to take care of their bodies. /drink water and eat great internet guru.

  40. Retro Garden says:

    ZOMG We’re all going to die! 🙁

  41. Chetan says:

    Haha Terry Tay so John Chow is a killer blogger right? So guys dont be sitting always and comment here.. There are many other activities which you have to perform.

  42. Kevin says:

    yeah tabloids are particularly prone to jumping to conclusions with stories.

    I remember a story by the ‘Sun’ newspaper a few years ago. Keanu Reeves had shaved his head for the matrix and they had some story about how he wasn’t looking great and talked about his drug use in the past. It was a completely fabricated story which was made up from one pic they came across!

  43. :mrgreen: The reason for his death was purely biological , not blogging. My point is that blogging can be harmful if not not done in a certain amount. The hardest part is the beginning , when any blogger would stay 12 – 14 hours a day to write content and promote , but at one stage , when the blog reaches a high ranking , lots of useful content , and of course huge amount of visitors work isn`t that hard anymore. Every start is hard ! 😀

  44. Deborah says:

    Interesting. I think that everyone who spends the majority of their day in front of a PC should take health concerns into consideration, but I sincerely doubt that the actual act of blogging caused these people to be ill. Anyone could have an online career and die from a heart attack; why just mention bloggers?

  45. Robert says:

    I like your reference to the “mainstream media.” The media, in general, has an agenda, and you can get that story was an attack at the blogosphere. So much news and information is disseminated across blogs now, and, often, blogs are the first to tap into a news story. The NY Times is on the way down.

  46. Mike says:

    I thought that was a silly article when I saw it. Blogging seems to be just about the easiest job you can do. Basically all you have to do is sit around at your computer and type. There isn’t any heavy lifting or anything that makes your heart race.

    1. Hannah says:

      Blogging is far from one of the easiest jobs you can do!

  47. Felex Tan says:

    Blogging is an activity to improve out analytic skill and focus,we blog out passion,in a way it is a healthy.But,if we sit for long hours is not really good to out health.Newspaper ,they just focus on “BLOGGING”,but newspaper writer’s job scope is almost the same,why they pin point blogger?May be ,they want to get lime light or watsoever,for me ,i will still blog,because i like to blog.

  48. Michael says:

    Blogging for a living is no worse than having an office job, if anything it might be better because working at home will probably result in you NOT eating your lunch at McDonalds everyday.

    I don’t think that bloggers are any less healthy than most other people, I consider myself to be a blogger because that’s where my primary income is from and I’m healthy than most of the people I regularly spend time with.

    1. Felex Tan says:

      I agree with you.Happy blogging.

  49. Mike says:

    Blogging does take a lot of work, but its not like it requires back-breaking labor.

  50. Marita says:

    Anything you’re really into will eventually kill you, unless you establish some kind of balance in your life.

  51. Fitness Site says:

    lol very nice reply.
    Bloggin dont require much time. Around 1 hour a day is enough 😉

  52. Poseidon says:

    If you don’t take too much work and able to make balance in your (health) life it’ll be ok….excercise 1 hour a day is my advice!

  53. Adam says:

    And here I thought it would be a combination of my online games, eating crap, and not exercising that would kill me. Whew…. thank god for World of Warcraft and its saving me from a certain blogging death. 😀

  54. Infogle says:

    a bit of shocking stuff for me but now its time to actually plan your blogging work too with other stuff

  55. From their politically left leaning bias, to Jason Blair’s fake reporting scandal, as well as taking John McCain to task about an illicit affair with a Lobbyist that was never vetted or factually proven, I wonder who is still reading the NYT!

    The Gray Lady has fell from grace more then a few times, and I would hate to see it fall, because it is a great NY institution.

    News paper and television reporting should be a medium that suffers no malice, or malicious point of view. Long gone are the days of Walter Cronkite, who, reporting the news of the day, with brevity, and as accurate as possible.

    To this day I could not tell you what side of the political fence he leans toward..

    More and more, newspapers and mainstream TV outlets have become split down idealogical and political lines, with reporting reduced to sound bites, and article writing that resemble editorials
    and not the straight reporting of facts.

    As you have found with the “death by blogging” expose, in addition to the “Ipod lightning strike” the truth is found, at least at times, in the details of the story..

    Most tabloid newspapers like the New York Post, feature
    some of the best attention grabbing headlines in the business..

    The New York Times has a good handle on drawing attention to their news items as well, but the difference between the two is that in most cases, the Post stories will fit what the featured headline..

    NYT tends to drag out the story, and you will not find context or specificity until the last page, or paragraph of a particular featured item.

    Employing misleading headlines, enticing you to read the through the whole article has pretty much been the standard for a number of years.

    But, doesn’t some marketing and copywriting, at times, fall into the misleading and bias category as well? It is not a surprise that newspapers have been taking a “page” out of the marketing hype playbook.

    Robert – The Wholesale Guy

  56. Sha says:

    Did you all see that Perez Hilton commented on this at CNN?

  57. Syed Balkhi says:

    Mainstream Media is trying too hard, but not so successful

  58. Milo Riano says:


    You are being biased and just looks at one perspective. Why don’t you conduct a survey asking Bloggers whether they would rather spend night blogging or going to the gym 4 times a week? You perspective might change.

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