Remember how excited you were when you first decided to start a blog? You spent hours coming up with a creative name and searching for the perfect blog design. But what you didn’t realize was all of the other things you needed to do in order to market and brand yourself. Everything from coming up with blog posts, participating in Twitter chats, getting the perfect photo, and so much more! It can get exhausting and if you do it all at once you easily get burnt out and lose that excitement.
Blogger burnout is real and can happen if you’re a new blogger or experienced blogger. If you aren’t sure what burn out looks like ask yourself questions like “Am I happy when I have to write a blog post?”, “Do I get annoyed when I think about blogging?”, “Do I feel overwhelmed or irritated more often?”, “Do I feel a lot of self doubt about my blog posts, design, etc?”. If you answered yes to any of these questions you are probably burnt out. But just because you are burnt out doesn’t mean that you need to stop blogging; it just means you need to reevaluate what you’re doing.

Blogging takes a lot of time, energy, and optimism. If you are a serious blogger that means you are putting in serious effort to grow your business and there are ways to stay on top of your game while still checking off that to-do list. By doing even a few things from the list below you can keep that fire you first had about blogging ignited throughout your entire career.

Challenge yourself. Challenging yourself does not mean creating more work. Often times bloggers get so caught up in their niche that they get bored or feel repetitive. Writing about a topic outside of your niche or even your comfort zone can really help get those creative juices flowing and give you something to look forward to researching and writing.

Get inspired. Every once in a while we just need to have a motivational speaker follow us around to inspire and motivate us. Even though that would be cool it’s unrealistic so we have so find that inspiration ourselves. So go find a new blogger, go to a blog convention, participate in a Twitter chat or just go explore the great outdoors.

Unplug. One of the best ways to avoid getting burnt out is to take a break. Seriously if you are feeling just completely overwhelmed or disappointed in your work stop. It’s not going to hurt anyone if you take a break for a few days (or however long you seem fit) to take care of yourself. Take this time to do absolutely nothing with blogging and just reconnect with your hobbies and relationships.

Say no. This can be a huge help to getting back into the swing of things. You don’t have to do every guest post, every review, take a photo, or write a new post! You are the boss so give yourself a break. Saying “no” can free and relax your mind and allows you to think carefree again. Once you feel ready slowly add in tasks you are comfortable taking on.

Stop Judging. Comparing yourself to other bloggers is easy but destructive. It is easy to forget that every person is going to have their own style, voice, photography, etc. Remember that not every post needs to be a home run, not every sponsor is going to be great, and not every picture is going to get hundreds of likes. For me I care more about quality than quantity when it comes to be posts or my fans. I would rather have genuine statistics than pay for them just to make myself feel like I am on the same level as a very experienced blogger.

Have you ever felt burnt out? What did you do to help yourself?

0 thoughts on “How to Avoid Blogger Burn Out”

  1. These are great tips. I have been blogging for years and yes, there were times that I felt like that. I usually take a break for a couple of weeks. I'm back to the daily grind after that.

  2. Thank you! I hit walls often with my blogging. Mostly due to feeling over burdened with the daily social threads to keep stats up. Without the stats we do not get any sponsored posts, yet recently I was turned down by a media group because I had “too many” in ratio to my non sponsored posts. I was so upset because that is total BS (sorry for ranting). Honestly I have hundreds of posts that were not sponsored when i started out and still do them today. I think they looked at maybe one page and turned me down because the first page at the time happened to be mainly sponsored. So that made me hit another wall.
    I just don't know how to juggle all of it at times, and certainly not making enough to hire a VA. Even if I could finding one I can trust will be another issue so for me unplugging would be the most helpful but my biggest fear as well!
    It is also difficult not to judge looking at all the wonderful blogs out there.
    You gave some great tips! Thank you!

  3. Ahh yes social media threads and Facebook groups definitely keep me on my toes! I think that is sad that they turned you down because even though you had sponsor posts obviously that is not the only thing you write about! You can't be a blogger without writing your own original work. But if they are going to turn you down without doing more research than maybe you don't want to work with them.

    I hope that everything gets worked out for you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. There are days that I think, “Ugh, I have to write a post before tomorrow morning.” I see the quality of my posts diminish when I am not in the mood to write, so I've stopped pressuring myself. I just step away from my computer, go for a walk and clear my mind. It helps IMMENSELY!

  5. I've only been blogging a few months but I can totally see how people get burnout. One thing that's been super good for me is to not do any threads or much social media stuff on the weekends. It's so nice to have that little break before the week starts again! Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely have to refer back to these as I get further into blogging!

  6. Blogger burnout is #thestruggle. I swear I suffer from this way more because at work I do the same things that I do for my blog at home. The thing that helps me the most is the fact that I can come up with original ideas for MYSELF and not someone else! And going for a walk or to the gym or a hike or something always helps!

  7. These are fantastic tips, Chandler! I hit blogging burnout a couple months ago and it was just exhausting. Twitter chats really do help inspire me and motivate me, though!

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

  8. Comparing myself to other bloggers is my biggest challenge. Especially those income report posts. I love them, but then I feel like I might not be cut out for this world. I ground myself by remembering that I truly like this, that it is a passion and a hobby and I don't have to be like everyone else. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. These are such great tips! Participating in last night BPP twitter chat left me feeling inspired and challenged to be better. I'm not comparing myself but so many others brought up such great points that it left me wanting to make my blog, my brand, better.