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Relax, Chill and maybe Blog

Cloudy Day In Miami. Miami Beach View

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.

60 Responses to “Relax, Chill and maybe Blog”

  1. Balance in your life can be achieved by having at least one active interest that gets you away from the computer on a daily basis. You have to love it as much as blogging I guess. Surfing is one of the best ways to achieve inner and outer balance. It combines the physical and spiritual and fulfills our innate – yet for some undsicovered need – to connect with nature. Visit Our Site

  2. Just wanted to share my own experience of fighting computer/blogging related stress:

    Try to find a hobby which does NOT include your computer/blogging. Personally I took up golf a couple of years ago…and it helps me focus on something else for hours and make me want to finish working so I can get on the golfcourse.

    Relax and take a deep breath ;o)