Blogging is awesome. It’s a great outlet for creativity, but sometimes it can feel like a burden. It’s not uncommon to get blogger burnout.
I, for example, am having a hard time focusing on my blog thanks to my engagement. It’s taking all of my focus, so my blog is falling a bit to the wayside.
So, how do you overcome blogger burnout?
Take a Break
Not just from blogging. From everything. Go for a walk or run to clear your head. Read a book. Watch television. Anything that gets you out of your head, even if it’s just for five minutes.
I’ve found that when I don’t have something to distract me, my thoughts consume me and I freeze. I need to chat with a friend or read a book so I can reset and refocus on what I need to get done.
Read Other Blogs
Whether or not they’re in my niche, I always get re-energized when I read other blogs. It gets the creative juices flowing while also distracting you from whatever is causing your blogger burnout.
Just remember: don’t compare yourself to them. It won’t help.
Remove Non-Urgent Items from Your To Do List (But Save Them Elsewhere!)
Depending on the cause of your blogger burnout, your to do list might be miles long. I personally feel like I have 50 million things to do to prepare for my wedding, so my blog has been put on the back burner.
What has really helped has been keeping track of what I need to get done, but keeping my to do list full of urgent and actionable items. It doesn’t help to have things I can’t achieve on my to do list. It just makes the problem worse.
Work on Your Blog with Friends
I’m constantly messaging Angela of The Full Tummy when I get stuck. She’s always got a fresh perspective to bring into my post.
Plus, she reminds me why I started my blog in the first place, and helps me get my blogging mojo back.
Write Extra Blog Posts When You Have the Energy
This has been my saving grace. When I’ve got lots of blogging energy, I really utilize it. I’ve got an awesome editorial calendar that I’ve really solidified, and I plan blog posts out months in advance. Then, whenever I feel in the mood to write, I do it.
Some of my posts might be written a few weeks in advance, some the day before. But I’ve got the option to move them around if I’m just not feeling it at any given time.
What do you do to bounce back from blogger burnout? Let me know your tips in the comments!
Kasi Zlochevski says
These are awesome tips! I find myself going through phases when I’m super excited to blog and I’m full of great ideas, and then I suddenly I’m too lazy to do anything. I think the biggest source of burnout for me is when I start feeling like my blog has no purpose, and all of the work that I’m trying to do on it is pointless. Comparing yourself to others is probably the worst thing!
SO true, Kasi! I feel the same way. How do you combat feeling like your blog is pointless?
Kasi Zlochevski says
Usually I think back to why I started it in the first place, which was just to have a creative outlet for myself. So even if it might be pointless to others it has a purpose for me 🙂
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
These are awesome tips! I love brainstorming with my daughter/partner and laughing our way out of the rut!
Yes! That’s seriously the best feeling!
Dina Farmer says
Thanks for all those awesome tips! I have no tips to help combat burnout. I get burned out and I normally quit. Surprisingly with this blog I’ve been steamrolling through it. Maybe because I’ve found my niche finally? It’s been fun. Although, there have been a few times already I’ve waited to quit and those few times I’ve found guest bloggers to help me out. 😛
That’s so awesome, Dina! Finding your niche is the best feeling. It’s great to really feel committed to something because you’re enjoying it.
Shann Eva says
Great tips! I especially like the one about writing an extra post when you have time. I really need to do that. It would save me so much time and panic when it’s 10 pm, and I have nothing written
Haha, it seriously saves me! I highly recommend it.