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April 28 2008

Another “Bloggers Are Stressed Out” Story

stressI wasn’t aware until last night that ReadWriteWeb had decided to continue the, “Oh bloggers are over stressed and we’re all dying” meme started by the New York Times. I already covered this on April 6th in Dying To Blog, but this one brought up even more silliness.

News blogging is probably one of the most stressful occupations you can have. First, you have to watch the crazy-fast moving, non-stop tech world all the time. News bloggers have thousands of feeds in their RSS readers. Staying on top of all that is not easy. In addition, you have to write well. It is not just the story, its how you present it that makes a difference. Creativity needs to be present whether you are sick or its rainy or you are simply not in the mood. Every day you need to watch the world and re-invent yourself.

Welcome to the world of writing, here’s your laptop.

Blogging is no more stressful than any other form of news delivery job, but I guess it is all a matter or perspective. However, to say it is “one of the most stressful occupations you can have” is just narrow-minded hyperbole. I could make you a laundry list as long as my arm of occupations that are more stressful just off of the top of my head. (air traffic controller… stock broker… cop… fireman… doctor…)

If someone is so stressed out by writing news blogs, than change to another type of blogging. There is a seemingly never ending stream of blogs needing writers, so if you’re doing this, you’re choosing to do this and you need to stop your whining. Yes, I get stressed out sometimes, but most of the time I am thrilled to be doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was 4-years-old, and getting paid a fair wage to do it. I get to work at home, in my favorite chair, wearing what I want, a dog sleeping on my foot and some crap show playing in the background on the television. Why should I be stressed?

I hate to call it like it is, but this is one of those stories that is going to circulate for a while because it’s an easy write-up, and it’s also linkbait because people like me aren’t going to be able to resist the urge to whine about it. Don’t bite from the apple, and just let this meme die, it is beneath us to continue to beat this into the ground. If you can’t manage your own stress, learn to, and stop trying to make people feel pity for us; I am neither deserving or wanting of it, quite honestly. Suck it up, do your assignments, and then get up and go exercise or something. Works for me.

Frederic over at The Last Podcast found this fabulous YouTube video that paints a portrait of how some bloggers seem to think of how we write.



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