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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Healthy Blogging

Both Althouse and Instapundit, not to mention Heather Radish, commented on this New York Times story over the weekend: blogging can be bad for your health!

In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop

SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

…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.
Yes, let’s all take time to feel sorry for those who have to make a living sitting at a desk all day. Especially you construction workers and nurses and police officers: you should be grateful it’s not you.

But seriously, we here at BBA are nothing if not compassionate. Therefore, we offer the following public service announcement:

Blogging Healthy, from your friends at BBA

  • Exercise both arms equally by switching mouse hands frequently.

  • Engage in flame wars whenever possible: there’s nothing like some anonymous cursing and Hitler analogies to get the heart pumping.

  • Position your computer away from windows: too-frequent exposure to those leading actual lives can be bad for the self esteem.

  • Buy only snack-size candy bars and bags of chips, to maximize walks into the kitchen.

  • Don’t keep a cooler by the computer, for the same reason.

  • Drink only high-caffeine beverages to maximize walks to the bathroom.
Please note that switching to light beer is not recommended.