Last updated on May 16th, 2022 at 07:00 am
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Blogger burnout is real. You don’t really think about it when you first start out blogging but it’s no surprise when it does come along eventually. Oh boy, did I experience this a handful of times this year.
The most recent blogger burnout was a mere few weeks ago. I felt like I couldn’t keep pumping out a new blog post every Thursday.
Back in January 2021, I had good intentions when I wrote about my New Year’s Goal. I was determined to actually accomplish my New Year’s goal instead of abandoning them a few months in. 2021 was going to be different.
I only had two goals because more than wasn’t realistic. The blogging-related goal was to write a new blog post every Thursday for the whole year.
I was a bit hesitant to put that out to the world because what if I don’t follow through? I didn’t want a repeat of what happened in 2020 when I stopped working on my blog for a couple of months.
Blogging consistently is what I want to do but do I really want to share that with everyone? If I miss a week, it will make me look bad.
This method worked (thank god). It’s mid-October now and I’m proud to announce that I’ve been able to deliver on this promise so far.
It was no easy feat. I’ve lost count of the number of times I thought I was going to break my promise but I was able to push through even when I thought I wasn’t going to make it.
Here are the strategies to avoid blogger burnout.
1) Take a Break to Avoid Blogger Burnout
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Sometimes, the answers are that simple. In terms of blogger burnout, I experience it the most when it comes to writing. If you haven’t encountered writer’s block yet as a blogger, consider yourself lucky but it will come. Writer’s block can be a tough thing for bloggers.
You know how in those ‘how to be more productive’ books, people are like work for 30 minutes before taking a 5 – 10 min break? I’m going to be honest with you. I need a longer break than that. It’s more like an hour (or a few…).
It’s best to take a break for a day or two but what if you’re pressed on time? For example, I can’t take a day’s break if I’m not finished writing by Wednesday.
I wish I could come back to my blog post on Thursday but then I would be really pressed on time. It’s too close to my deadline so all I can do is take a shorter break.
If you can allow yourself to take a day or two off, it’s better than an hour off but sometimes, that’s simply not an option.
Know your limits and if you need a break, let yourself take a breather. Don’t push yourself to the brink of exhaustion. It will do you no good. Just make sure your break is not for too long.
2) Switch Up Your Environment
Do 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 where you are working.
I find that 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 I get more privacy.)
When you feel like you’re in the same place doing the same thing over and over again, change it up. A simple change to your environment can give you a burst of energy so switch up your environment however many times as you need to.
3) Regulate Your Schedule
I work on my blog from Mondays to Fridays.
Depending on my mood, I work on my blog on the weekends too but a bulk of my blog-related work is during the weekdays. It works well because the weekend gives me time to do other things I like such as trying out a new restaurant at the Grand Hyatt.
I’m also trying to get into photography.
I bought a new camera recently and want to hone my skills. Photography will help me take better blog pictures and we all know how much pictures enhance the user experience when reading blogs.
I also always make sure to set aside some time for my friends and family.
Keeping consistent contact with the people that mean most to me is vital. While I love my blog and it’s a big part of my life, it’s not my everything. I do not devote every single second to it. It’s not healthy that way.
No one can work at something nonstop and not get tired at some point.
You have other aspects of your life to consider. Working on something 24/7 might be productive in the short term but definitely not in the long term.
Regulate your schedule and remember, slow and steady wins the race.
4) Adjust Your Expectations to Avoid Blogger Burnout
My blog is 1.5 years old. I swear I just celebrated my first blog anniversary not that long ago but here we are, already almost going to 2022.
I am slowly getting steady traffic but it is far from where I want to be. Are there moments where I get down because I feel like my traffic has plateaued? YES. HELL YES.
Don’t all bloggers want tons of traffic? I’m no different.
It would be even better if every single one of my blog posts ranks first on Google. But is that realistic? No.
Since I’m not a huge blogger (yet!), my goal instead can be trying to rank on the first page of Google for 50% of my blog posts. Then 60%. Then 70%. You get the idea.
People might have some misconceptions that blogging is easy but it is far from the truth. You might not be where you want to be right now but that doesn’t mean you’ll never get there. Adjust your expectations for your current situation. Be realistic.
5) Look Back At Your Blogging Journey
I have a notebook where it’s full of blogging notes and I go back to look at it when I’m close to giving up. It’s also a place where I write down some of my blog post ideas. I refer back to the notes about why I want to blog when I’m on the verge of blogger burnout.
Old me talked about how excited I was to finally start on something I’ve been wanting to do since forever. I wanted to blog for the longest time but couldn’t even take the first step.
Even setting up my blog took me months to do. A year and a half later, I’ve come so far.
Is this really now the time to give up?
I don’t want to give up when I know the blogger burnout feeling is temporary. The feeling can be so overwhelming that you will feel like being a blogger is not for you.
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 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 post on Facebook and are thinking about giving up on your blog, you’ll hear from many bloggers on how you shouldn’t.
People will even share their own stories.
I’ve seen this done enough times and it will give you the motivation and encouragement you are currently lacking.
Almost every single blogger has gone through a blogger burnout period before. Hearing other bloggers‘ experiences will make you feel less alone and sometimes, you really, really need to hear them.
Now To You – Blogger Burnout
Have you experienced blogger burnout? What was that like for you and how did you get over it? I would love to hear your story in the comment section below.