Blogging Burnout? Here’s How to Beat it

Blogging is more often than not a lifestyle, not just a hobby or a business, and this means that it’s not just about the time and energy spent writing content, but also doing research, editing posts, networking with other bloggers, obsessively checking stats, and answering e-mails, replying to comments…

It’s not surprising, therefore, that a lot of bloggers end up feeling overwhelmed by all this.

So what recovery options are available for the burnt out blogger?

Here are some of the more useful approaches I’ve found over the years:

1. Remember why you started. Think about your vision, your long term goal.

When the going gets tough, the first question to pop up is why.

Why are you blogging? Why are you doing this to yourself? Why invest so much time and energy?

If you do not have a clear answer, then the logic step is to quit.

All of us have a reason for blogging, and it’s crucial that you take a few moments to remind yourself why you’ve started blogging in the first place.

Thinking about your blogging goals, and the benefits of reaching them will help you focus on all the positive aspects of blogging, even when you are tired or frustrated by the lack of readers.

2. Have some fun!

When we are tired, angry, lonely, or hungry we default to a “me, me, me” state of mind. We’re also way too serious for our own good when that happens.

If you usually write about serious topics then do an odd post with a less serious focus to lighten up the mood — your own mood that is.

As a benefit side-effect, your readers will often appreciate the change of pace as well.

3. Ask for help.

If you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, maybe you should ask someone else if that is indeed true. Someone who is doing the same things as you. And you’d be surprised to find out that we all feel that way; that we all carry the world on our shoulders.

Maybe that’s where it belongs? Just a thought.

4. Reach out to your readers for inspiration.

I wanted to quit at least a dozen times, and every time someone would send me an e-mail or comment on one of my blog posts, and this would make me want to keep going.

Blogging is also about being a part of a community. If you put that much time and effort into your blog that you are burning nerve cells like crazy, then it means that you and your readers have formed a tight-knit group with a passion for your blog’s topic.

Do not be afraid, ask them for help. Tell them how you feel, and they might offer you ideas, or motivate you to keep punching those damn keys.

5. Exercise

Exercising regularly doesn’t just help the body, but also the mind. It literally makes you smarter, better able to focus on your tasks, more creative…

Don’t believe me?

Check this video out:

6.Take some time off.

Even though you’re all about that hustle life, sometimes you’ve got to tell your readers to do without you for a day or two while you recharge.

If your readers genuinely like you, they’ll come back when you do.

7. Change the scenery

Sitting at the same desk and punching those damn keys every single day can start to get on your nerves.

That’s why I take my laptop with me, and I write everywhere there’s free WiFi. Or maybe you can take a notepad and go old school. Write down some ideas for blog posts in a place that inspires you.

Just like any other endeavor in life, blogging has its highs and lows, but it also has its rewards.

You have to put a tremendous amount of energy into it, but you get so much more out of it.

The most important thing next time you are running low on energy is to try to manage the issue and to remind yourself to never give up!


15 thoughts on “Blogging Burnout? Here’s How to Beat it

  1. Well timed article for myself to stumble upon. I’ve been super motivated, but writing so much lately its all starting terrible to me in my head. But I need to dwell on why I began and realize that its a process and everyone goes through this from time to time.

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  2. Thanks so much for this post.

    I blog partly about work (piano teaching) and partly my poetry (hobby). Blogging does add value to my profession and give me an outlet for my poems, but it’s not something I want to to full time.

    I struggle with finding a balance. I try to allocate time to blog, but writing, for me, somehow doesn’t fit into a place, and tends to get in the way of a daily routine.

    I have been working at structuring my day, and it’s good on days I don’t post, as I write in a notebook. Still working at being more organised.

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    1. Discipline is not a curse, but rather a gift. It allows you to get what you want from life.

      You just have to decide how important is your blog to you. How important is your poetry. How much time and energy are you willing to invest? And what do you want out of it? If you don’t know the answers to these questions in your sleep, then it’s going to be difficult to make the time to blog.

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      1. Thanks so much for your quick reply! Scheduling is a challenge for me these days, as I now have a lot more hobbies and work related stuff I want to do as compared to earlier. Working at it 🙂

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  3. I’ve kept a blog up since 2009 and as I look back my why has changed ever so slightly. Mostly I blog like I’m talking to my friend, to just communicate ideas and show off things I’ve done like gardening or created like my artwork. For a while there it seemed like blogging was going by the wayside and I even cut back quite a bit myself but never stopped.

    You’ve made me take a closer look at my why, thank you. It’s nice to know my why is still on track and it’s great to know there are still people like you…loyal to blogging and those reading them. Keep on keeping on.

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    1. 2009? Wow. I started blogging in 2012, April.

      Your why is one of the most crucial aspects. Your why determines your success, and what you are willing to do for it. Also, it defines “success.”

      And blogging is far from dead. It’s not even dying. The written word is still strong. Stronger than ever, I’d say.

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  4. I got initiated into blogging a few weeks back. But before starting, I had promised myself one thing. I am here to pen my thoughts and the way I look at life’s experiences. It can start a debate or maybe it may affect someone in a positive way. At same time, my horizons are also broadened by various beautiful posts that I come across. There is lot of learning for me in this space, wherein I encounter an alternative view and at same time am exposed to wonderful thoughtful insight of this community. I feel blogging is not only to garner followers or likes. It can be just for fun sake in order to alleviate oneself. Love this vibrant community and blessed to be a part of it.


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