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How To Get Out of a Blog Burnout

Hello friends! A few months ago, I wrote a post about blog burnouts, in particular about how I have managed to (mostly) avoid them during 6+ years of blogging. I loved working on that post and you all seemed to appreciate my thoughts and tips on how to avoid burnouts. While I am satisfied with that post, I do have more to say on the subject, mainly on how you can get out of a blog burnout if you ever feel stuck in one.

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Today, I brought you tips that can help you if you are truly stuck or even as soon as you realize that you are heading towards a burnout. I’d love to hear your own tips and tricks on how to avoid and get out blog burnouts, so don’t forget to leave a comment if you have anything to say. 😊

Try To Find Out What Is Causing It

I feel like this is such a basic tip, but I still wanted to mention how import it is to try to find out what is causing the burnout. It might be something personal, like being stressed over your studies and work, but a lot of the time it will have to do with your blog. Try to sit down and think about your blog, consider why you created it, what you want from it, what you like and dislike about it. Most importantly, try to determine what aspects of blogging make you sad and what aspects make you happy. Some tips:

  • If your stats are stressing you out, ignore them!

Not saying that you should never ever check your stats, but try to limit how frequently you check them if your focus on them seems to be the issue. If you want to work on growing your blog, you can try to look up posts on this topic by other bloggers. Remember that not every tip is going to be suitable for you and your blog, so seek out multiple posts and make notes based on them.

  • Concentrate on what makes you happy!

Try to abandon the notion of what bloggers should write and instead, find which posts make you the happiest to write. Is it discussions? Tags? Something else? Focus on those posts and wait until you’re naturally inclined to go back to the post types you’ve had enough of. If that time never comes, so what? Most of us are not paid for our work, so your blog should please you first and foremost.

🀎 Related post: Things I Like and Dislike About Blogging

If you have interests other than reading, you can also lift them into your blog and discuss them there. Don’t exclude your other interests because you think people wouldn’t want to read about them, as I think it’s impossible to predict how well a post might do. My post about my favorite podcasts did quite well, and our post where we recommended books based on Taylor Swift’s folklore is one of our most successful posts ever. I’m shocked about the latter, so you might be surprised by what your readers like, as well.

Share Your Problem With The Community

Even though the book blogging community is pretty big – and really supportive for the most part! – having issues with blogging can feel pretty isolating. I have read many excellent posts by bloggers who discussed what aspects of blogging made them feel disheartened, and many of them mentioned that they were reluctant to share their thoughts as they didn’t want to complain. Sharing our problems can feel like whining, but I swear to you, it isn’t! So write away, friends.

  • Share your thoughts and issues in a discussion post!

Like I said, I’ve read excellent posts by bloggers about their issues with blogging – for instance, about feeling unappreciated by authors and publishers – and I loved reading them. I was able to relate to them, share my own thoughts in the comments and have valuable discussion with the bloggers that wrote these posts. Alternatively, you can share your thoughts on social media too, if that is the platform that makes you comfortable.

  • Talk to your blogger friends!

As I said, many of the issues you might be struggling with are ones that other bloggers have likely also struggled with. That means that your blogger friends will be able to give you advice or just listen to your problems / rant away with you. For those who feel uncomfortable publicly discussing their issues with blogging, this is a good way to still be able to share your problems with someone.

Reconnect With the Community

This might not be true for everyone, but personally, my favorite part about being a blogger is visiting and commenting on other bloggers’ blogs. When I don’t have time for this – which happened in the past few weeks – my blogging mood plummets and I end up having to fully rely on my pre-scheduled posts.

  • Read blog posts for inspiration!

In a way, this also ties in with what I mentioned above. If you seek out multiple blogs, you might stumble upon posts about bloggers’ issues with blogging. But the main thing here is that you remain connected to the community – you hear about the hot topics, new releases, as well as all kinds of other things. Furthermore, you might be inspired by the community, which is always a good think. That being said, don’t forget to ask for permission and give credit if you want to write the exact same thing another blogger did. Copying and stealing ideas is never acceptable.

  • Stay connected through social media.

Personally, I don’t love social media, but even I can see that book twitter and bookstagram are places where book bloggers – including those on a hiatus or those who abandoned blogging – and readers have been able to still share their thoughts. If you want to stay a part of the community but have had enough of blogging for the time being, social media might prove to be extremely helpful.

Blogging Frequency and Scheduling

If you realize that your issue with blogging is the pressure you feel to post a certain amount, or to keep up a schedule you used to have, then these next few tips are for you.

  • Scale back your blogging frequency!

Sometimes, we have to realize that we might not be able to post as much as we used to. When I started blogging, I’d post every. single. day. but that quickly became impossible to do. You’ve probably heard the advice that if you want to grow your audience you should be consistent and publish multiple times a week. While I’m not contradicting that, I’d like to point you back to what I said about stats – try to take a break from looking at them, from trying to gain a bigger audience, and just post as much as you are able to. If you ever feel like it, you can always go back to a more packed schedule, but if you need to take a break, do that.

  • Work out a schedule!

This has been life-saver for me, and I’ve said this many times. For me, it is important to know approx. how many times I have to post each month, and to know which dates I’d post on. I don’t have a schedule that tells me when and how much I should write for the blog, simply because I know that sometimes I’ll write multiple posts a week, other times I’ll write none for weeks. This depends, in part, on my mood, as well as on my life. I know that the end of the semester / exam period is particularly stressful for me, so I always have posts scheduled ahead of time for that period.

  • Abandon your schedule!

While a schedule works for me (and Sabrina), it might not work for you and that is completely fine. This leads us back to what I said about how you should be made happy by your blog first and foremost. Don’t overtax yourself – post as much or as little as you want and abandon a posting schedule if that doesn’t work for you.

Take a Break

All that being said, sometimes what you need is a break. If that’s the case, you can still try to stay connected to the community in the aforementioned ways, or you can take a complete break from it. In either case, try not to stress over blogging or force yourself to come back to blogging too early. And even when you do come back, it’s okay to take baby steps! For instance, if you like to schedule posts ahead of time, you can come back and work on posts quietly and start posting when you feel like you have enough.

Let’s chat!

I hope at least some of that was helpful! How do you come back from a blog burnout? Or how do you avoid them? If you want to share – is there anything in particular that can lead to a burnout for you, like feeling unappreciated?

28 thoughts on “How To Get Out of a Blog Burnout

  1. Thank you for the ideas. I’ve been stuck for a while because I’m too tired from work to do anything else… and during off days I clean the house so I don’t have as much free time as before 😦
    I think I’ll try to divide writing my posts into steps so I can work on them at least a bit and post them when they’re ready πŸ™‚

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  2. These are really useful tips, thank you!
    I think my recent blogging burn out was caused by the fact that I no longer enjoyed reading, I was in a slump. I think I’m coming out of it, but I still don’t feel the urge to write on my blog.
    However, even when this is the case, I love visiting other blogs, as you said, it might be inspiring! For me, the best way to end a slump/burn out is to take a break and find other things I enjoy.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. πŸ˜€ I hope you can leave your slump behind – my reading slowed down a bit during the last two months and it’s definitely impacted my desire to blog. (I have a lot of posts pre-scheduled, which is good because I haven’t finished a post in weeks. :/ ) That’s a good way & sometimes very necessary, so I wish bloggers wouldn’t feel bad about taking a break, but I know many experience a pressure to constantly post. 😦

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  3. Schedules yes YES. You know I love them LOL. I even break my books into sections so that I know approximately how long it will take to read them (I say approximately, because sometimes I need to skip a day altogether, or I manage to read twice the number of pages I thought I’d read).

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  4. These are all such good tips. I honestly can’t believe that in the first year of my blog, I posted every two days. EVERY TWO DAYS. I can’t post on any platform that often and that regularly anymore. I now post once a week and it suits me fine. I recently targeted why my I kept delaying my wrap ups and changing that has motivated me in terms of blogging again. So targeting the problem is such a key point. Love this ✨

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  5. I love this post so much and all of your tips are fantastic, really. I feel like it’s so important to understand where the burn out comes from in order to give ourselves some slack on that area, too. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with staying connected with the community since time doesn’t seem to come easily, especially to really read blog posts and connect there, and… I don’t feel at ease on social media either, so it’s been frustrating ahah. I love this post!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ I definitely get what you are saying – I love connecting with people on their blogs, but I haven’t really been blog-hopping during the last few months, which has made me feel so guilty… to the point where answering my own comments stressed me out too. :/ I’m trying to give myself some slack, but it’s hard when blog-hopping is so connected to blogging in my mind. I hope we can both work this out. πŸ™‚

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  6. I love these tips! Usually I embrace the burnout and take a little break. Everyone is still here when I get back (this community is amazingly supportive)! Or if I don’t feel a break is necessary I try to just read other posts, browse related things on the web, to see if some inspiration hits. The former is usually what works the best because blogging takes up a lot of my free time so I’m never “living” my other bookish interests in order to even come up with blog topics. If that makes sense lol

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    1. Thanks, Molly! πŸ˜€ Sometimes a break is the best thing we can do, for sure. That makes sense, yeah and I definitely think bookish interests and blogging are connected for me. My reading has slowed down recently and that has impacted my desire to blog – the only reason why it’s not obvious is that I have a lot of posts scheduled ahead. Without those, I’m not sure how much I’d have posted recently. :/

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  7. Great post! I feel like I’m experiencing a bit of burnout but it’s more like…I don’t really feel motivated to write posts but when I do write them I feel fine. I’m still all around wordpress, all around my stats page, etc. but I just never want to click on that little ‘posts’ button.

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  8. I’m commenting late on this post because I basically was in a 6 month burnout while school was in session. It’s taken so long to even try to play catch up until a few days ago when I realized, I don’t have to! I do still want to respond to posts I’ve been pinged in and one or two posts that caught my eye (like this one) but trying to catch up on 6 months of posts is impossible and would only drag me further into a burnout.

    I think for me I need to wait for some excitement to come back. I need to play a bit of catch up too before I start posting regularly, otherwise I get overwhelmed with comments on older posts and then I never get out of my rut. But I think the mindset change is most important for me. Once I have the energy again, I need to make sure that I set aside time each week for blogging. How I know I’m fully out of a burnout is when I keep trying to add more time each week to blog. I’m slowly getting there! I hope soon I’ll be back to my best blogging self!

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