The blogosphere – where 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 post here.
NOTE: Full-time blogging is immensely stressful, and very bad for your health. Even though this isn’t San Francisco, I’ve been blogging for three years straight now. And yeah, sometimes right on through morning; I am indeed 15 lbs. heavier and a whole lot meaner’n when I started out. So I’m going on full vacation as of… right now! Leaving the laptop at home. Going cold-turkey. Kinda. (Got the iPhone though in case I need to cheat. It’s Nicorette to that pack of the Malboro Lights I did so once love.) Somehow I think the Interwebs will carry on without me.
Now where did I put those flip-flops from last summer…