Blogging is a cause of most everything

Just when I was all convinced I could blame blogging on weight gain, sleep disorders and other maladies of my unhealthful living, Rex Hammock points to an article in the June issue of Scientific American that says blogging may actually have therapeutic value for serious ailments.

“Whatever the underlying causes may be, people coping with cancer diagnoses and other serious conditions are increasingly seeking–and finding–solace in the blogosphere. ‘Blogging undoubtedly affords similar benefits” to expressive writing, says Nancy Morgan (the author of a major study on the subject), who wants to incorporate writing programs into supportive care for cancer patients.'”

In April, the New York Times in “In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop ” said:

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.

Tish Grier had some good commentary on that one.

So now we know: Blogging will make you lose weight, gain weight, cause stress, make you calm, help you become a millionaire, lead to you being fired from your job, improve your sex life, cause you to have no sex life, bore you to tears, make you laugh until tears come to your eyes, enlighten you and terribly misinform you.

Did I miss something?

I’m glad we’ve cleared that up by Friday.


  1. That’s sort of like saying “being a professional musician means living a life of poverty.” True for some, highly dependent upon a wide variety of factors. The bottom line? Depends on what kind of blogging you’re doing.
    I can see how personal blogging (the type livejournal largely popularized) would be cathartic, and the connections made by expressing your own journey through an illness could be therapeutic.
    On the flip side, jumping into the news/infotainment sector of blogging is brutal, especially these days. This is worse if you’re just one person, since the bigger blogs have entire teams to cover topics. Tech bloggers are particularly stressed because that sector is a real white-knuckle thrill ride of constant info overload.
    It always goes back to the old saw about technology being neither good nor evil, simply another tool for getting something done. With the internet, you can find about a billion examples on either side of the equation!

  2. hi Jack! and thanks for the link!
    glad you’ve also figured out that blogging is the root of all evil 😉
    on another note, I’ve been watching as some of my tech friends are going through burn out from chasing a dizzying plethora of social networking apps. So, perhaps in another year or so, we’ll be reading about how social networking’s the cause of all sorts of ills.

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