NYT Writer Stereotypes Enterprise Blogging

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I’ve got to hand it to Matt Richtel.  Richtel was able to engage a discussion by pointing out that some bloggers have suffered from cardio-related health problems due to stress.  Technology bloggers, Russell Shaw and Marc Orchant died from a heart attack.  Om Malik had a heart attack and recovered, but made sure to start eliminating bad habits such as smoking and drinking lots of coffee.  Malik personally responded by writing a blog post in Miami while on vacation.

Personally, I loved Malik’s response.  Malik has turned over a new leaf.  He now associates blogging with relaxing rather than being hypercompetitive about everything.  Ever since I started enterprise blogging less than 2 years ago, I made sure that everywhere I write, I’m near a large window with a great view and that I enjoy it. 

The fact of the matter is that I enjoy blogging and make sure its not stressful when I get ready to write to the point where The Bee Gees’ Staying Alive starts playing in the background as I walk up to my computer.

“There’s no time ever — including when you’re sleeping — when you’re not worried about missing a story,” stated Michael Arrington of TechCrunch.  The whole reason why The New York Times is worried that bloggers are stressed is because they are quoting sources from someone whose only focus is to beat CNET, a public company with 2,700 employees.  TechCrunch employs about 5 editors and some interns.

Information Source:
[1] The New York Times: In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop by Matt Richtel
[2] Techmeme Discussion

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

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