Last updated on December 28th, 2022 at 09:10 am
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Blogger burnout is real. You might not think about it when you first start out blogging but it’s no surprise when it does come along eventually.
Here are the strategies to avoid blogger burnout.
1) Take a Break to Avoid Blogger Burnout
One of the easiest ways to avoid blogger burnout is taking a break.
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
Sometimes, the answer is that simple.
When you’re working really hard on something nonstop, you’ll bound to burn out. It’s important to take breaks.
Give yourself a few days (or even longer!) to spend quality time away from your website. This will help recharge you.
In the meantime, do things that aren’t blog related. It could be planning to go on a day trip, watching YouTube videos, or journaling.
If you write restaurant reviews like me, you can even visit new restaurants during your break. So when you’re back on track, you have new blog content to write about.
You might freak out at the thought of staying away from your blog but if you plan ahead in advance, you can totally do this.
It’s also good for your mental health.
2) Switch Up Your Environment
Don’t you get sick of doing the same thing in the same place all the time?
If you’re a blogger, you’re going to have to, well, blog but something you can choose to do is change the space where you are working.
Even switching places in the same room can help. In my little room in Hong Kong, I prefer sitting at my desk to do everything but there are moments when I get bored of sitting there all the time.
So I’ll sit in my bed for a bit. If I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll even move to the living room.
(Although I still prefer my room because I live with my parents. My room is quieter and has more privacy.)
Being in a new environment can help reenergize you. Some people might not even like to work at home because that’s their space to relax after a long day.
You can opt for public spaces like a library, a coffee shop or a park (if the weather is nice) to change up your environment.
3) Regulate Your Schedule
Have a scheduled blog routine so it’s not spending 9 hours on your blog for one week and then zero the next week.
Planning a schedule can be something like writing blog posts for one hour every weekday then taking time off on the weekend.
For example, on the weekends is when I often go for new experiences such as visiting Tai O Fishing Village and Disneyland.
While you might love your blog and it’s a big part of your life, it’s not your everything. Devoting all your free time to your website isn’t healthy.
No one can work at something nonstop and not get tired at some point. Working on something 24/7 might be productive in the short term but definitely not in the long term.
You also have other aspects of your life to consider.
Regulate your schedule and remember that slow and steady wins the race.
4) Adjust Your Expectations to Avoid Blogger Burnout
If you’ve been blogging long enough, you’ll achieve all sorts of milestones like celebrating a blog anniversary.
You’ll also continue to have higher expectations the longer you’re working on your blog.
While it’s necessary to set goals for yourself, adjust your expectations depending on where your blog is at the moment.
For example, if you have been consistently blogging for 6 months, it’s reasonable to want to have a few hundred views on your website per month. If you expect to hit 10,000 views after 6 months, it’s pretty hard.
Of course, your traffic could explode overnight but what are the chances of that happening? The chances of that are VERY low.
Setting blogging goals keeps you going but if they are too unrealistic, you’re more likely to give up.
Evaluate your current situation then set realistic goals based on that information. You can always set higher goals later on.
You might not be where you want to be right now but that doesn’t mean you won’t get there eventually.
5) Look Back At Your Blogging Journey
I have a notebook full of blogging notes. It’s something I refer back to often, especially when I’m feeling down.
These notes are extremely helpful when I’m on the verge of blogger burnout. It’s a reminder of how younger me was so excited to have started blogging, something I’ve always wanted to do.
Sometimes, you’re so focused on the future ahead that you don’t take time to look back on your journey.
When you focus on what other things you have to do, it’s easy to feel discouraged. In fact, the feeling can be so overwhelming that you’re tempted to throw it out all.
When this happens to you, think back to your feelings at the beginning of your blog journey. Remember the excitement and buzz you had when working on your blog.
Don’t give up on your blog unless it’s something you’ve seriously considered for a while and don’t think it’s worth it anymore.
6) Find Support From The Blogging Community
I love blogging Facebook groups. You’re a part of this social media community where people totally understand what you’re going through.
You need help with the technical aspects of your blog?
Blogger Facebook groups.
You need encouragement from your fellow bloggers?
Blogger Facebook groups.
You need to promote your blog?
Again, the answer is blogger Facebook groups.
These Facebook groups have all sorts of bloggers – ones that are starting out and ones with plenty of experience.
If you spend time on Facebook and share your experience on experiencing blogger burnout, you’ll soon hear similar stories from other bloggers as well. They’ll probably also encourage you to get through this tough period.
Having a community that truly understands what you’re going through can give you the motivation and encouragement you’re currently lacking.
Other bloggers can make you feel less alone. Since blogging can get lonely, sometimes, you just really, really need to hear them.
There are never-ending things to do when it comes to blogging. You can always write more blog posts and spend more time promoting them.
It can be exhausting.
If you’re always thinking about everything you haven’t accomplished yet, it will drive you crazy.
There’s never a time when you feel like you’ve done it all and it’s enough. It’s always more, more and more.
Rather than obsessing over all the things you need to complete on your bucket list, focus on one thing at a time.
Do things step by step one day at a time so it’s more manageable.
Don’t try to do everything at once either.
8) Get Inspired
One of the reasons for blogger burnout could be because they are running out of blog post ideas.
Do you have a blog post ideas list somewhere on your phone, computer or notebook? I gathered a lot of ideas over the years when inspiration struck. You’ve probably forgotten some of the ideas on that list so go back to look at them.
If you’re looking for ideas, social media posts on websites such as Facebook and Instagram can be a great source of inspiration.
There’s even Pinterest and Google. There are a lot of platforms you can turn to for never-ending ideas.
9) Don’t Compare
Tune out all the extra noise and focus solely on your blogging journey.
While there will be moments when you can’t help but compare yourself to other bloggers, don’t be stuck in that mindset for too long.
Doing so will have the opposite effect of getting out of blogger burnout mode.
Final Thoughts – Blogger Burnout
No matter how much you love your blog, there will be times when it’s draining your energy.
When you blog consistently and the results aren’t turning out to how you envisioned, it can get extremely discouraging.
You’ll feel exhausted from it all but these ways will help combat blogger burnout.
Now To You – Blogger Burnout
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These tips are super helpful! I experience blogger burn out in 2021 so in order to avoid that in 2022, I’m definitely taking more breaks. I think it’s necessary and helps you come back more fresh.
You definitely need breaks in order to keep going but it’s easy to forget that when you think of all the things you can be doing in the meantime
Great post! Facebook groups are really helpful with so many aspects of blogging!
I love facebook groups too! They’ve been so helpful throughout my almost two years of blogging.
Awesome post with very helpful tips! A lot of people go into things like blogging thinking it’ll be easy and the rewards/benefits will come right away when in fact it takes a lot of time, effort, dedication, and patience!
I think it’s because they see the handful of bloggers that make it seem so easy. They don’t see how much work it takes behind the scenes to get to where they are today.
Great tips! Thank you for sharing. I think in the future, I will be taking more breaks because quality is better than quantity at this stage in my blogging career
quality is better than quantity. in an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to choose but we also have to be realistic
These are great tips! I am a stay at home homeschooling mom of 4 kids under 6! Between that and blogging I am exhausted! I’ve been trying to avoid burnout and will definitely put some of these into place. Thanks for sharing!
that’s amazing! you definitely need to find ways to actively avoid blogger burnout and am glad I can help out