Death By Blogging

Written by Father Bill 2 Comments


On April 6, 2008, the New York Times ran a feature story by Matt Richtel which reported the following:

Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.

 The feature was a fascinating one.  Check it out.

The dead bloggers Richtel spoke about were blogging in the subject area of technology.  And, while Richtel’s observations about blogging generally were insightful, I think most of his insights have nothing to do with blogs like this one.  I observe:

1.  Blogging in the subject area of “gender issues in contemporary Christian theology” is pretty low-stress stuff.  I monitor about 50 or 60 blogs in this subject area.  I assure you that none of them can possibly generate heart-attack inducing stress.  For one thing, their output and frequency of update are simply too low; for another thing, their readership … well, who (except a few bloggers) get that excited about these issues?

2.  Though it is statistically likely that I will exit this world via a heart-attack (since I’ve already had one of them back in 1995), it will be the merest coincidence if that heart-attack should occur at the time I’m working on this blog.  Indeed, this blog competes very poorly with stressors in my environment. 

3.  So, you are safe reading this blog, and I am safe posting to it.  In fact, it’s probably when I am not posting to this blog (since last November, for example) that I am most likely of all to have a heart-attack.

After a hiatus spent stressing over other and far more mundane things (ministry administration, the holidays, the trials and fortunes of family members, income-tax preparation; the usual culprits), I am takingup the blog again, and this post will be the first of (perhaps) a goodly stream of them extending throughout the Spring and Summer. 

Thanks to my readers for checking in.  All is well. 


  1. Leigh Ann   |  Thursday, 17 April 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Hurrah! Glad you are back.
    Some blogs probably make my blood pressure rise but the knowledge of the sovereignty of God keeps me from a heart attack.

  2. Fr. Bill   |  Thursday, 17 April 2008 at 10:55 pm

    You know, the heart attack was a tremendous mercy. It came in August 1995. In January 1996, my third daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which she died 16 months later.

    It was so nice to have the heart disease “engaged” before her great adventure began. Can you imagine the dismay for all of us if I’d had the heart attack in the middle of her medical trials? As it was, I had the attack, an angioplasty with stents, and a full recovery before launching out on her 16 month trek to heaven.

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