The NY Times is examining the stress that blogging can cause in an article that preys a bit on the deaths of noted bloggers Russell Shaw and good friend Marc Orchant, and also Om Malik's heart attack. The points are reasonably well made. Being someone who swims in the pool that is blogging I can't disagree that the stress can be intense, if you let it build to that, and of course that all depends on why you do it and what your goals are. But I don't think it is any worse or, for that matter, different, than the stress of pursuing anything else you love or have a passion for. Balance isn't in the eye of the beholder in any field of human endeavor.