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The blogosphere’s reaction to the attention-grabbing headline in The New York Times is equally attention-grabbing. Having lived through a health scare, I have a different perspective on not only this whole blog thing but on life, some of which I have shared in the past with […]

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The blogosphere’s reaction to the attention-grabbing headline in The New York Times is equally attention-grabbing. Having lived through a health scare, I have a different perspective on not only this whole blog thing but on life, some of which I have shared in the past with the readers of this blog.

Suffice to say the problems in my case were brought on by a combination of factors, including the 24/7 lifestyle, bad health choices and yes, a desire to do everything. My doctors told me that if you are going to spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a computer screen at night, you might have a tough time going to sleep. The screen flicker makes your eyes, and your mind, think it’s daytime, hence you have trouble sleeping.

If you drink too much coffee, you are going to have trouble sleeping. If you don’t sleep your heart works longer hours and has to pump more blood and is under stress. Problems get compounded when you are a smoker, are overweight, lead a sedentary life (phone/computer) and/or are on a plane constantly.

Those were my issues, and I think are some of the same issues experienced by fellow bloggers, startup founders, journalists, corporate lawyers, cab drivers, Wall Street analysts and presidential candidates. They’re also issues many people in Silicon Valley deal with on a day-in, day-out basis but refuse to acknowledge. Do yourself a favor: Get yourself checked out by a doctor.

Having walked away alive from my health problems, I have learned a few lessons, some of them I have shared with friends, who reminded me about why I really started to blog in the first place. One of those truths in the words of my blogging guru, Doc Searls, one is about chilling out. Blogging doesn’t need to be a race. Really.” Sometimes you need to learn these lessons the hard way. I certainly have.

That is why I am in Miami this weekend — little bit for work, but mostly to sit in the Sun. Too bad, the Sun god isn’t cooperating today.

  1. You are absolutely right. Blogging is fun, and can be lucrative, but shouldn’t be one’s life — or cost someone their life. Thanks for the perspective.

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  3. What the article fails to mention is that heart disease is endemic in America generally. Pretty specious to cite three cases (including yours) and suggest that the blog business is to blame. I think the level of stress in American life is going up across the board thanks to changes in employment practices. Say what you will about organized labor, but you can thank unions for the 40 hour work week, health care and workplace safety laws.

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  4. hi Om,

    at first sorry about my bad “german”-english. OK: i had an heart attack too, in the last year, i was six month ill and it was very strong. So i can understand you very well. I hope, your don´t will forget jour good plans (relax, chill and mybe blog). Life ist so short … sometimes. Best regards. HGH

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  5. Should check with doctor if we can be blogging addictive :)

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  6. [...] Malik’s thoughtful take on the issue is here, and Henry Blodget says the startup life probably has more to do with the phenomenon than blogging [...]

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  7. @ Hanz I feel you. I have to always remind myself of the truism of the statement you just made

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  8. @ Jackson West,

    Amen to that. In fact Cardian-related diseases are becoming the silent killer not only in the US but also in new emergent economies like India as well. Reason: globalization is making too-much-work mentality as pervasive as Big Macs, Nokias and Coca Colas.

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  9. true words, brother om. hope the weather turns better for you. i shouldn’t tell you this, but it’s gonna be another gorgeous day in the bay :)

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  10. @ charles cooper,

    sun’s out, sitting by the pool, look at the ocean (gorgeous ladies) and getting ready to fall asleep reading a book. perfect. you guys debate, joost-microsoft-yahoo and everything else. i am out for the day!

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