Being a blogger is amazing. It seriously is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of my life. But you know what comes with that? Blogger burnout. What do I mean by blogger burnout? I mean when you are out of post ideas, you are sick of social media, you feel uninspired, and you generally feel like quitting. Let’s discuss how to avoid blogger burnout.
How To Avoid Blogger Burnout
Keep a running list: A big part of feeling burnt out as a blogger is not knowing what to blog about. I recently wrote a post about how to create and maintain an editorial calendar and why it helps me. Because of this editorial calendar I am able to keep a running list of post ideas for months and months at a time. Since doing this, I have never felt stressed to come up with topics and I feel I am able to spread ideas out very well. Thus avoiding blogger burnout.
Take a break: If you feel burnt out with ANYTHING you should take a break. I feel this way about workouts too. If you hate working out then take off for a few days. But with blogging if you feel like you need a break then take one. You want to put out quality posts, so if you are posting just for the sake of posting then don’t do it. Which brings me to…
Don’t set yourself up to fail: I try to post 5 days a week, but remember this is my full time job. I also don’t beat myself up if I have a week where I post 3 or 4 times. It happens. Do not set yourself up to fail! I tell bloggers all the time during consulting sessions that as long as you are consistent it doesn’t matter how many times a week you post. If you want to post 2 great posts a week that’s better than 5 mediocre posts. Same with social media. Don’t set yourself up to fail. Don’t try to go 100% to all forms of social at one time.
Don’t compare: I think especially in blog world comparison is part of the territory. I would be flat out lying if I said there weren’t times I compared myself to other bloggers. “Why did she get that campaign and I didn’t?” “Why do her posts that look just like my posts get twice as many likes?” I could go on and on but we have to stop comparing. My favorite quote is “comparison is the thief of joy!” My other favorite is “don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Both of these are so true! Comparing yourself is not going to make you better, stronger, or more motivated. It’s going to upset you and ruin your day. Instead of comparing, say “wow good for her because any time one of us is successful it makes all of us look good!” Anytime a blogger does well and gets a big campaign it’s a step in the right direction for us all. Remember that! Her joy is not taking away from you.
It isn’t hard to avoid blogger burnout, but it’s very common to feel burnt out. I avoid blogger burnout by practicing the tips above and by realizing that I love what I do.
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