#WorkshopWednesday – Three Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout

#WorkshopWednesday – Three Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout

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Welcome to #WorkshopWednesday, my weekly feature with a focus on all things blogging! Each week there’ll be tips, tricks and advice on how to get your blog running like a well oiled machine!

If you’ve been blogging for five years or five minutes, you’re bound to have experienced blogger burnout at some stage. Blogging can be all consuming. We spend hours on end immersed in our digital worlds and as much as we love it sometimes it becomes monotonous, exhausting and frankly a little depressing.

When we start to feel like this, it makes it difficult for us to churn out our best work. The endless enthusiasm that we’re supposed to have suddenly comes to an abrupt halt. You know it’s bad when you’re not picking up you’re phone at regular intervals, to check your social media channels and emails.

I’ve found that blogger burnout can also leave you feeling a little guilty. Guilty for not nurturing your blog as much as you used to and guilty that  there’s more tumble weed on your Facebook page than there is interaction. In reality this is OK sometimes, we can’t be at our best ALL of the time. Nevertheless, it’s easier for us as bloggers if we can avoid feeling like this in the first place!

Schedule, Schedule and Schedule Some More!

Most of us can tell when we’re beginning to feel a little tired with the daily grind. When I know things are heading this way I spend an hour or so scheduling content to my blog and all of my social media channels. This can include revived blog posts, memes and my own images with captions – all of the content we’d usually share! Sometimes I set myself up for the whole week, so I know that I can take some time away from the screen to give myself a rest. Scheduling doesn’t mean you don’t have to do a few things manually during the week, but it does take the pressure off.

Accept Guest Posts

Accepting guests posts on your blog is the perfect way to avoid burnout. It gives you a break from creating your own content and it also helps out other bloggers along the way! Accepting guest posts is especially useful if you’re going on holiday, it means that you won’t have to spend the weeks beforehand writing your own posts in preparation for your absence. I love writing, but I also think a break from the keyboard is so refreshing!

Use Quiet Periods as Holiday Leave

For a lot of us blogging gets serious quite quickly. It’s almost addictive and because of this we rarely take a break. It’s crazy really, we put so many hours in and hardly ever take leave. If you were on the payroll somewhere, you wouldn’t dream of skipping your well deserved holidays.

The trouble with blogging is that it’s really difficult to take leave. We have our own content to write and sponsored posts to complete, not to mention everything else in between. Then when things do go a little quiet we work even harder to compensate, in a state of panic that we’re failing at what we’re doing. The key here is not to panic and not to push yourself too far, use the quiet periods as holiday leave. Enjoy the respite, because I guarantee you the work will flow in before you know it and all of a sudden there won’t be enough hours in the day. Remember that everyone needs a break sometimes, none of us are super human!

 

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56 Replies to “#WorkshopWednesday – Three Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout”

  1. I am 100% experiencing blogger burnout right now! I have actually spent the last month or so psyching myself up to quit. I’ve changed my mind though and just decided to stop putting so much pressure on myself and to take more regular breaks. Great tips lovely x #blogstravaganza

    1. It’s so hard to switch off with blogging as there’s always so much to do. I think taking time out is key, sometimes just switching off helps to gain a little perspective. If you ever need to vent to a fellow blogger, you know where I am! Xx

  2. I’ve been so busy setting up my new blog and fb group I haven’t organised my scheduling lately, which is bonkers considering I organise and schedule my client’s social media platforms for a living! This post has given me a nudge to do just that. Great tips here, thanks xx

  3. Some good tips here, especially re: guest bloggers.
    I find sometimes, I just run out of words. I’ve been know to read the DM comments section just to get riled so I can write #blogstravaganza

  4. Although blogging is my hobby I can totally get this post! Blogging can be all consuming sometimes and a little bit addictive! When my Stats Jae a nose dive for whatever reason I get a bit panicky…crazy really. I need to breathe and walk away for a bit. Good advice here. #blogstravaganza

  5. Really good tips. I felt I should have done much more scheduling before the school holidays. The end of term then six weeks of a different routine took me by surprise a bit which was hard! #Blogstravaganza

  6. I really needed to read this! I find it really hard to switch off from my blog as I’ve always got a million things I want to do with it and no time to do it in! I need a blog-free day once a week I think. Great tips here! Xx #blogstravaganza

  7. Good advice Zoe, it’s hard to put blogging down sometimes and when you do you are thinking abut what effect a week off will do, will people come back?! In all honestly a week off will probably do you more good than harm. Scheduling and guest posting is something I really need to do x
    #Blogstravaganza

  8. I don’t really schedule at all and I really know I should it would help so much. I am just constantly writing one post and then on to the next and there’s never enough time! #blogstravaganza

  9. As a fairly recent newbie to this, I can so see how this happens – there are always so many things to learn / engage with, that it can feel like you’re never going to get the end of your to-do list! But these are all great tips. Thank you x #blogstravaganza

  10. I love this post. I hadn’t realised but I think I’ve been going through this recently. Why is it that we never like to admit it?! ? I’m going to bookmark so I can come back to it for when I next feel guilty! #blogstravganza

  11. I’ve been blogging on and off for about 2 years, but just as I decided to start taking it more seriously, I also decided to run a local arts website (from scratch) and become a really invested member of my local theatre group. I must be mad. I regularly suffer from blog burnout, and I’ve not really been active on mine properly for a while – one day I’ll get my scheduling hat on properly and then I’ll be fine! #blogstravaganza

  12. I needed to read this!!! I’ve had such “on/off” periods with my blog lately – I’ve felt like I’m all blogged out and have nothing more to give to it anymore (dramatic) but then I’ll step back, take a breather and come back refreshed and ready to write! It’s a funny old world this blogging business – I still laugh at the days when I initially started when I thought it was just writing a post or two a week and sitting back for the rest of the time! Oh the naivety! Love your fabulous Workshop Wednesdays Zoe xx #Blogstravaganza

  13. I really needed to read this today. I’ve taken the past week off my blog, except for one post yesterday and I feel so guilty but at the same time completely disinterested in my blog. Thanks for the perspective!
    #blogstravaganza

  14. I’m burnt out at the moment! It’s partly because I’m not feeling well, but also because I’m rubbish at scheduling. That’s the best tip ever, and I really must start doing it! #Blogstravaganza

  15. I used to always suffer from blogger turnout but since I decided to focus on what I want to write about and not have a set schedule ìts definitely taken the pressure off #blogstravaganza

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