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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How to Avoid Blogging Burnout




Just as losing weight, joining a course and many other things, blogging usually starts with best of intentions. But it quickly moves down in your priority list, leading to blogging burnout. After creating a few blog posts, there comes a time when you start feeling that you have reached the end of ideas, and the switch of your brain has turned off. If you are also feeling the same way, then this can be dangerous for your blog, as well as for your business, in case you were promoting it through your blog. 


Here are a few tips that can help you bust the blogging burnout quickly:


  • Take some rest: Stop staring at your PC, trying to find a topic and feeling frustrated. If you have run out of ideas, shut down your computer and take some rest. Go for a walk, do some exercise, have some coffee, take your lunch, watch some TV, spend time with kids, or do anything you like to change your mood. When you start afresh, you will be surprised to see how many ideas have come up that you were not able to find earlier.

  • Set an easy schedule: Set a schedule that is easy for you, and try sticking with it. Most bloggers do not post everyday, so you can cut some slack for yourself. If you do not want to write Monday to Friday, you can write on alternate days, or take off on Wednesdays to have a break during the weekdays. If you choose to blog everyday, you may not be able to spend time with your family, and you may run out of your juices too. Remember, if you are blogging from home, you have the freedom to set your own schedule, and work at your own convenient time and pace.
 

  • Socialize: Bloggers often feel isolated, because they usually work from home, and do not frequently meet people. So, in order to refresh your mind, try to meet your friends regularly, invite them for a lunch, or plan a girls’ night out with drinks. Talking with friends about different topics can also help in sparking some ideas about your blog. Whenever you hit an idea, try to jot it down on a paper or make a note in your mobile phone, so that you can refer to it when you sit for writing.
 

  • Recycle content: If you really find yourself stuck without ideas, you can try to recycle your existing content. By doing this, you can continue driving traffic and earning money from your posts, and still give yourself a much needed break. 


  • Bring changes in your perspective: Sometimes, writing about the same thing again and again can bore you, even if you love the topic. You can also consider writing about an off-topic, in case you have something interesting and creative to write about it. Bloggers have the freedom to select their own topics, so, don’t be afraid to be rogue once in a while. It can be anything about the latest construction news in your area, the book you just read or the effort you made to help the environment. Readers will generally appreciate your change of insight and pace.


These are some of the great ways of breaking out your blogging burnout, and reviving your creative battery. Try them out, and get inspired.




How do you avoid blogging burnout?

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16 comments

  1. I am taking an unexpected break this week because I am super burned out. I need to reevaluate some things and then come back stronger than ever. I have been non stop since Thanksgiving it is time to take a much needed break.

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    1. I feel ya girl! I've been going non-stop and burning out too. I have summer travel coming up and debating if I'll take a break during those times. Also, what helped me with blog ideas is to have blog series like this one so I have something to blog about.

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  2. I'm taking a bit of a break this week, and some of last because I've gotten sick. After the sandstorm last week, I got a respiratory infection. :( I've recently read where a blogger takes off the last few days of each month to review and plan for the next. I may try that strategy at the end of March... and I need a VA for this social media stuff because it's wearing me out.

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    1. Oh no! Get well soon Reginia! I have been really debating on blogging 3 times a week. I have a full time job and blog full time and it's a lot of work. I find myself going nuts at times. As for the social media stuff I currently have a VA now that does all the stuff for me and I pay her $48 a week to do it. Check out www.geekyva.com, I really love her services. Only thing is you must be comfortable sharing your social media passwords.

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  3. I usually do a lot of my writing and photo editing at night after S goes to bed and there are some nights that I say forget it and do something else :) I usually feel pretty good if I have posts scheduled two weeks out - that also gives me more freedom to skip a night if I want to.

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    1. I have posts scheduled two to 3 weeks out. Since I'm making a full time income with my blog I have also hired writers at times to help give me a break. I feel by doing this really helped me not get so burned out.

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  4. Great tips. The struggle is real! 2-3 weeks out is awesome! I try for a week ahead which is an accomplishment f me. Have an editorial calendar has def helped w my organization. I also depend on scheduling by Hootsuite and the Facebook scheduler since I don't like to do social media stuff on wkds or when traveling. I like to unplug occasionally-well except Instagram cause that's just fun 😃

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    1. Hootsuite has been my lifesaver! Also when I'm traveling I use Facebook scheduler as well. I love using Instagram if I'm bloggging or not, now that I don't get burned out with.

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  5. All great tips, I used to post everyday,then cut back, now back to 6-7 days plus YouTube vlogs...I need a vacation!

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    1. You been really working it sis! I was hoping to start doing Youtube but man that is just way too much work for me. Maybe someday I can afford a production company to come in and film me.

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  6. I need to stick to a writing schedule. I've taken a bit of a break this week. I've been trying to work on my health and eating better. So I've been in the kitchen a lot this week trying to prepare lots of food that is good for my body.

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    1. What is important is YOU, so stepping away from your blog is ok.

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  7. Thank you for this -- great tips!

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  8. All really good tips, especially getting social. I work from home so I make it a point to be social so I'm not being a hermit!
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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    1. When I start working from home full time I have to make sure I stay social as well.

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