Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen

The Blogosphere was initially populated largely by wired boys with wit and dreams. Now we read on the front page of old media’s finest that unless they cash out young, the gender and ambition of these bloggers may do them in.

“In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop”
the New York Times headline reads. We learn the startling information that these testosterone fueled and stress sensitive men are foundering:

“They are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.”

Another example is Om Malik, at 41 the founder of a widely read technical blog The recent news that he suffered a serious heart attack spread around the blog community in just 24 hours.  He is currently recovering.

It has been over a century since the last man was buried at Boot Hill, the final resting place for that generation of men who lived hard and died young. It is beginning to look like an old fashioned Western in the wild wild world of the Internet  with a fadeout through that cemetery…whose names could we see next?

Nick Denton? He is already 42. It must be hard to be snarky 24/7 at

Matt Drudge
? He is 42 as well and all that sneaking and scooping has to be grueling at

Seth Godin, 48 and the creator of the top 3 blogs about internet age marketing, His fame is well deserved as THE marketing pundit and he can’t afford to be scooped.

Diets of transfats and bourbon did the old media journos in. Can the new kids learn that this behavior along with forced screen watching and manic keyboard activity is likely to shorten their lives?

The doctor is in right here. We women over 40 are old enough to know better and we want the blogosphere to remain coed. So boys, take it down a notch and live to see the fruits of your labors.

In order to avoid a premature visit to the Coronary Care Unit take this prescription to heart:

Meditation, Dietary modification, 8 hours of sleep, Aerobic exercise, Personal trainer.

And when all else fails, take a visit to The Pritikin Center, that ancient bastion of dietary and stress reduction for the aging executives of another era..

After all, Arianna Huffington looks great and seems to manage her stress just fine. We over 40 women know how to live, boys!

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  • Elaine L. April 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    True enough, Adrian! Readers, check out Adrian’s blog,, and Naomi’s, — and let her (and us) know about your site.

  • naomi dagen bloom April 8, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Elderblogging is more fun and not dangerous to your health. Last week former New Yorker Ronni Bennett appeared on local TV, as noted here at WVFC.
    For two years I’ve elderblogged from Manhattan. There must be more of us around town. Love to hear if you’re doing it–or a wannabe.

  • Adrian Miller April 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Love it:) BUT—-I would like my blog (written by one of those fabulous over-40 yr old women) to be read by as many folks as Guess I just need to snazz up my content a bit. As for Seth, he is an original thinker with a fabulous presentation style and he need not worry about anyone scooping him in the techno race.