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.
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.
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…
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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!