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April 13, 2004

JAMES LILEKS:

I think April will be my month off from marinating in the news 24-7, if only to get my blood-pressure down from hummingbird levels.

I think it may be May for me. I gave a talk on blogs last night to a community group, and once again when someone asked the hardest part of blogging I responded "having to pay attention to the news." I said over a year ago that if I ever quit blogging it would be because I got tired of that. I'm not ready to quit, yet, but whenever I take a few days off and live in blissful ignorance of the minutiae of developments around the world, I feel, well, a whole lot better. I think that blogging is worse than other work for that, because it's an immersive experience, and you don't have an organization, or a formal role, to interpose. (It is, as I've said before, like being a stand-up comic rather than a member of a band.)

I've seen a lot of studies showing that people who follow the news closely are more stressed,depressed, and unhappy than people who don't -- and I suspect that nobody in those studies followed the news as closely as serious bloggers do. It's the main downside of an otherwise delightful avocation.