6 Foolproof Ways To Avoid Blogger Burnout
The past couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy.
I’ve been working on a bunch of big (& small) projects all while trying to maintain consistency here on the blog and keep my sanity in tact as a wife and SAHM.
To be honest, I thought I was managing pretty well…until last night.
I had just finished one of my most tedious projects to date, and as I sat down to write a post, my brain went completely blank. I mean, I had my post outlined and everything but for some reason the focus just wasn’t there.
I kept trying though.
Typing out sentences and deleting them right after.
I did this for at least 15 minutes and decided I’d move on to the next project and come back to my post later.
It wasn’t until my husband had to basically force me to close my laptop and go to sleep early that I realized that I was on the verge of blogger burnout.
Blogger burnout is one of those things that you wouldn’t believe even exists until it happens to you.
I’d love to tell you that blogging is all rainbows and unicorns but the truth is, blogging is plain HARD!
There are so many different tasks to keep up with and with the time it takes to actually produce quality content, many bloggers may find themselves questioning whether or not blogging is right for them.
Plus, if you’re a mommy blogger like me, blogging can be straight up exhausting.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to avoid blogger burnout, FIRST, you have to recognize the symptoms:
- Inability To Focus
- You Struggle To Come Up New Post Ideas
- You’re Questioning Whether Or Not You Want To Continue Blogging
- You’re Constantly Exhausted & Irritable
- You No Longer Find Blogging Enjoyable
If this sounds like you, don’t worry!
I’ve compiled a list of 6 foolproof tricks that you can use to avoid blogger burnout when you’re on the brink!
1. GET ORGANIZED
I hate to break it to you, but if you aren’t organized, you’re pretty much setting yourself up for failure.
In order to stay consistent when blogging you definitely need to implement some type of blogging schedule.
By implementing and sticking to a schedule, you can avoid the overwhelm that comes when you have no idea what you should write next.
Not sure where to start?
Consider only publishing blog posts on certain days and plan the rest of your week around promotion.
You could also try to use your free time to plan ahead for the upcoming week.
I personally plan my blog quarterly. I pick a day to sit and brainstorm a couple of post ideas for the next 3 months so that when the time comes, I know exactly what I plan to write about.
This strategy worked beautifully for me when I initially started this blog but the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, coupled with a few verrryyy ambitious projects got the best of me this month.
That said, whether you’re a new or experienced blogger, if you want to avoid becoming burned out, creating a blogging schedule is definitely the way to go.
2. DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW
I learned this lesson fairly early on in my blogging journey and I’m soooo glad that I did.
It can be extremely tempting to say ‘yes’ to each and every opportunity that comes your way (especially as a new blogger), however, it’s important to set boundaries so that you don’t spread yourself too thin!
This is especially true for sponsored post opportunities.
If your readers come to your site and all they see are sponsored posts, chances are, they may not stick around.
Additionally, the last thing you want to do is throw a post together because you’re trying to meet a deadline.
You know what they say, quality over quantity!
Instead, avoid burnout and protect your peace by only agreeing to opportunities that you truly believe will provide value to your readers.
3. AUTOMATE, AUTOMATE, AUTOMATE
If you’re completing all of your blogging duties manually, you many want to consider automating certain tasks.
In my post, 5 Blogging Tools That I Use Everyday, I talk about a few of the schedulers that I use to promote my blog posts on social media.
While I don’t do a TON of scheduling, it really helps to cut down on some of the more tedious blogging tasks.
I also LOVE Hootsuite! I use Hootsuite to schedule tweets, Facebook statuses, and they also just added a new feature that allows you to automate Instagram posts!
Doing this gives me more time to focus on creating quality content for my audience and also helps me stay consistent on my other social media platforms.
4. STAY IN YOUR LANE
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying in your own lane.
It’s so easy to get caught up in comparing your blog’s progress to other bloggers but this is a sure-fire way to get burned out.
The comparison game is a dangerous one and could easily be the downfall of your blog. While I know we all have certain bloggers that we look up to, it’s important to remember that they too started at zero.
We all have things that we want to improve upon but it’s important to remember that growing your blog takes time. Plus, it’ll be a lot harder to grow your audience if you’re too busy focusing on being just like the next blogger.
Instead, remember why you started and let your personality shine through in your blog posts.
Your readers will thank you for it.
5. FIND YOUR BLOG TRIBE
I’ll be honest, blogging can be lonely sometimes, especially when your friends and family barely understand what blogging is.
Thats why it’s sooo important to find a couple of friends that you can talk to about all things blogging related.
A great way to find your blog tribe is to engage with other bloggers who have content that you enjoy and can relate to!
A great way to discover new bloggers is to get involved in blogging engagement groups. Facebook has a ton of groups that are niche specific and are full of new and experienced bloggers alike.
Another way to find your tribe is to simply reach out to other bloggers! I know that this may be intimidating as some bloggers may not be as friendly as you’d hope they’d be, but don’t let that discourage you.
Besides, most bloggers are friendly and are willing to help in anyway they can BUT I must warn you…
A big pet peeve of mine (and I’m sure a lot of other bloggers can relate) are people who reach out wanting something for nothing.
Don’t get me wrong, asking questions is one thing but sending messages like
“Hey, can you share your contact info for that sponsored post? I want in!”
is a quick way to get ignored (or blocked).
Instead be genuine and try to develop a real relationship with the person that you reach out to.
6. TAKE A DAY OFF
Yup I said it!
And I don’t mean only checking your blog traffic every couple of hours or replying to tweets and IG comments in your spare time.
I mean take an entire day where you don’t do ANYTHING blog related. Trust me, it’s tough the first couple of times but once you make it a habit, you’ll begin to look forward to your weekly ‘off’ day.
Besides, sometimes you just need a day to recharge and relax.
My weekly ‘off’ day is on Sunday’s and I try my best to avoid all things blogging related on that day. Instead, I focus on spending quality time with my family and resting up for the next week.
I struggled BIG TIME when I initially started taking days off but over time, I’ve come to love my rest days.
Plus, by the time Monday rolls around, I’m mentally rested, focused, and ready to take on the week.
At the end of the day, blogger burnout is something that all bloggers will eventually be faced with.
Whether you’re on the brink of burnout like I was or if you’re already completely burned out, implement a few of these tips and you’ll be back on top of your game in no time!
Have you ever dealt with blogger burnout?
How’d you cope?
Let me know down in the comments!
Until Next Time!