Blogging Burnout? Here’s How to Beat it3 min read

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!


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  • Elisha McFarland

    This is very true, something we would all do well to remember- blogging burnout is serious and should be treated as such. Thanks for the post!

  • Mark

    Thanks for this. It comes and goes for me, often because I am pretty self critical when asking “why would anyone want to spend their precious minutes on this?” vs. all of the other options out there today.

  • Devina

    Thank you for writing this. I’ve been burnt out for over a year and as someone for whom blogging had become an integral aspect of my self-expression and catharsis, compounded with the recent inability to read, it’s been near disastrous to my health. Perhaps that’s a tad dramatic but it is what it is.

    I would like to add to your list if I may, that in addition to taking a break, creating a side-blog can help. I have this impression of myself on my main blog that I’m this person who talks about books and so on, and am unable to be personal and frank. Not because of my readers, no, but this vision I have of my person. So yeah, a quieter, more secluded space has become a den.

  • Symbolic Living

    I have burnt myself out so many times writing and editing to the point of exhaustion, but now I’m taking it easy and got myself on a more balanced schedule and it’s definitely so much healthier for my mind and body.

  • retrodee

    This is a great post, another I’m going to bookmark. Recently, I’ve felt a little burned out so this definitely resonates with me.

  • Sheryl Barnes

    I have a tendency to get too serious and obsessive. I’m sure my writing is better when I have more fun.

  • usfman

    In reading other blogs that follow one, which of the following suggestions would you support the most to grow your blog.

    1. Scroll through your follower list and randomly respond to a larger set of blogs each week.
    2. Predetermine a limited blog response list to comment on based on your topics of interest.
    3. Respond each week only to those who gave you feedback – likes or comments – on your most recent blogs.

    • Cristian Mihai

      All three. Simultaneously. While commenting on the most popular blogs in your niche.

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