Some people looking to turn their hobbies into cash generators have been picking up freelance writing assignments for pieces published online, and so far I haven't heard of this type of arrangement driving anyone to suffer a fatal heart attack. The lifestyle of some bloggers, on the other hand, has been described by some as invoking unsustainable levels of stress. And those job-related stresses that lead many professional bloggers to sleepless nights and around-the-clock work hours were likely factors in the recent deaths of two prominent bloggers, and the heart attack of another.
The New York Times ran a concerned piece on the health of bloggers, and dramatically described blogging as "the digital-era sweatshop." The article's author isn't sure how many people are paid to blog, but estimates that the number is at least in the thousands. Any bloggers out there that can describe work-life balance? How about any nonbloggers that can relate to the job stresses described by the NYT?