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The strain of blogging

Forbes reports (via Jackie Danicki) that a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labour union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.

Susie Madrak, the author of Suburban Guerilla blog, who is active in the union campaign, hopes that regardless the form, the labour movement ultimately will help bloggers pay for medical bills. It's important, she said, because some bloggers can spend hours a day tethered to computers as they update their Web sites.

"Blogging is very intense - physically, mentally," she said. "You're constantly scanning for news. You're constantly trying to come up with information that you think will mobilize your readers. In the meantime, you're sitting at a computer and your ass is getting wider and your arm and neck and shoulder are wearing out because you're constantly using a mouse."

Hmm... Here I was thinking blogging was a labour of love, certainly not something most bloggers are forced into. But, looking towards voluntary initiatives, Media Bloggers Association is already working to raise professional standards, and Mediabistro has achieved many of the benefits these bloggers desire for its network of freelance journalists....

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