Blogging can be dangerous to your health

Could it be that blogging is killing people? This article in The New York Times on two untimely deaths seems to imply that it’s possible. It does sound like professional blogging can be a punishing amount of sedentary work. Probably not the healthiest combination in the world.

This brings to mind – in a bad way – of something that I’ve been wondering about for the last few days. Where in the world is Jon Swift? He ( or maybe she -who really knows?) has been delivering the most delicious political satire practically forever in web time. A few years, anyway. And now there’s been no new post since March 15th. I’m not the only one wondering. Commenters are getting restless over there. Three weeks is certainly not a lot of time for a blogging hiatus. Bloggers disappear all the time for all kinds of reasons. They get busy, burnt out, writer’s block, carpal tunnel syndrome, new babies, pets, significant others or jobs. The list of things that can cause a blogger not to blog are endless. Sometimes they return to blogging, sometimes they don’t. They certainly don’t owe anyone an explanation for not blogging. It’s just less usual when a blogger has won awards, been interviewed and has scads of regular readers. When someone is really anonymous, you realize that anything could have happened to him or her and you’d never know. Whether Jon returns or not, I just hope his absence is for a happy reason. I hope he’s off negotiating a book deal or something like that.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by thatsrightnate on April 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I hope he’s OK. Despite the fact that I don’t believe satire works over the internet, I hope he’s well.


  2. It is true for a long time, way too many people failed to see the satire. Sadly, that was equally true for both sides of the political divide.


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