Day after day, I saw myself sitting down at my laptop after a long day at work and not being able to bring myself to blog. I would stare at a blank screen while taking breaks to check Facebook, scroll through Bloglovin or watch a YouTube video wondering when motivation would finally hit me. Does this sound familiar to you?
A couple of days ago I came across this blog post on In It 4 The Long Run where Georgie talked about something that completely resonated with me. I felt like it gave a name to what I was feeling towards blogging. It was something called the blogger burnout.
Image a train. It takes a while for it to start going at full speed but once it gains force, it is hard to stop. That’s momentum. You build momentum when you put in the work consistently. Ever heard about bloggers who give daily blogging a try and realize it gave them more motivation to keep going than when they posted once a week?You build momentum when you put in the work consistently. Click To Tweet
Now, let’s go back to the train. If it keeps going in full force without stopping, it will eventually run out of gas. That is what happens with us. That is what leads to burnout.
What does blogger burnout mean?
Blogger burnout happens when a blogger loses their passion for a blog they otherwise love.
For me, it means feeling unmotivated and disconnected from my blog. It makes me question everything: Do I sill love blogging? What is even the point of all this work? What if it’s time to stop?
The thing is, I don’t think I’m dealing with just blogger burnout. I’m getting to a point where I really need holidays (* just one more week – yay!*) to recharge batteries. And since I’m not very inspired by life in general, it, of course, makes blogging feel even more like a chore. To find out if you’re on the edge of burnout, here are 13 signs.Blogger burnout happens when a blogger loses their passion for a blog they otherwise love. Click To Tweet
How to know if you’re dealing with blogger burnout?
When it comes to blogging, here are a few things I’ve noticed as symptoms of blogger burnout:
- you feel disconnected from your blog
- inspiration has run dry and motivation has drained
- blog posts become less frequent
- you seem to have lost the passion for blogging
- you can’t balance blogging with other areas of your life
- blogging begins to feel like a chore
- you consider taking a break
How to overcome blogger burnout?
1. Why do you feel burned out?
Before you try to overcome a blogger burnout, it is important to understand why it’s happening. Take a step back and think about why do you feel like that. What is causing it?
For me, I think it happened for three reasons:
- I am putting too much pressure on myself. I want to try new things but my perfectionist self is too scared of failure and vulnerability.
- I’m lacking direction and focus when it comes to my blog.
- I’m feeling mentally drained in other areas of my life outside of blogging. Overwhelm has made me burst into tears a few times these past weeks – which means I really need a break.
2. Remember why you started.
What is your definition of success? Is it doing something you love? Is it having one million page views? Is it quitting your job to blog full-time? What does success mean to you? It’s easy to get caught up in numbers or fall into the trap of comparison.
Been there, done that.
So the first thing I did was go back to a blog post I wrote back in February: Why Do I Blog? It reminded me the real reasons why I started my blog in the first place. That’s why it is so important to think about your why. This will help you evaluate what you’re doing and give it a purpose.
3. Give yourself the opportunity to fail.
I’m a planner. I love planning things and scheduling the content I will publish throughout the month. But guess what? Things don’t always go according to plan. So be easier on yourself. Don’t blame yourself for missing a blog post. It is not the end of the world.
4. Give yourself a break.
On days off, I always feel obligated to work on my blog and blame myself when I don’t do something productive. I have all this free time today, so why am I wasting it on YouTube?
But we all need a break. Make time to do other things you enjoy and have nothing to do with blogging. Have some down time, guilt free. Breaks are actually a good thing, it will give you time to evaluate the situation.
5. Try something new.
It can be hard to stay inspired when your routines are pretty much the same from Monday to Friday. So whenever you get a chance try something new. Practice a new hobby, go to a coffee shop to work on your blog or go on holiday to somewhere different, even if it’s just for the weekend or the day. Stepping out of your comfort zone will help you see the world with a new perspective.
6. Stop comparing yourself to others.
It is so easy to get swept up in the comparison game. But the success of your favorite bloggers is not your failure. Instead of comparing, look at other bloggers as inspiration and maybe send them a message letting them know how much you appreciate their work.
7. Get in your creative groove.
After a long day at work, I rarely find the motivation to sit down and blog. I feel more inspired in the mornings (even more when I’m home alone). But because I already wake up too early for work on weekdays, I prefer to do blog work on weekend mornings – which is what I’m doing right now.
What is the time of the day when you feel more inspired and motivated? Is it in the early morning before everyone wakes up or are you a night owl who prefers to blog when everyone is asleep? Plus, a tidy office/home definitely matters when it comes to being productive!
8. Organization is key.
If you’re anything like me, you love making to-do lists but seem to never check off everything you had planned to do. Nevertheless, to-do lists are still important to keep you in check and give you an overview of everything that needs to be done. Monica has a helpful blog post on increasing productivity with better to-do lists. And don’t forget to prioritize!8 tips on how to avoid & overcome blogger burnout! Click To Tweet
Something to keep in mind.
If you are in the path to blogger burnout, take a step back and think about why you are feeling this way. Then remind yourself why you started your blog in the first place and, if necessary, take a break. It might be exactly what you need to come back refreshed and in love with blogging all over again. It worked for me so it might be worth a shot.
Did you ever struggle with blogger burnout? If so, what is your best tip?