Blog To The Death

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Blogging – only the strong survive. From today’s NYT:

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.

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.

Full story here.

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  1. I keep reading assurances that there’s money in this Internet thing, but I haven’t seen it. At the same time, if this goes the way of TV, where it’s all about eyeballs and demographics, will the art aspect go away? Will we soon have an Internet full of “Fear Factor” type shows with people eating meal worms for prizes? The Internet has been my refuge from that world. I suddenly feel my tiny readership and lack of cash makes me a real artiste. 🙂

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