How I’m Coping with Blogging Burnout.

I keep feeling like Ordinary Adventures has been one big stutter for the past few weeks. I keep hesitating with my ideas, my blog posts aren’t as crisp, I skipped a day, and a lot of it has been me sharing some personal struggles. I’ve felt like there is a scratch on the turn table and I keep rewinding to my previous step. I know I’m still ahead of the game in some areas, but that’s only because of how far I’ve pushed myself. And I’ve loved every minute, so I don’t want to stop now! Although, I’m not going to be too hard on myself, my life has taken a complete 160 since summer ended, but I long to keep moving forward with my blogging journey.

My life has become a whirlwind, I have a whole new schedule, I keep dreaming of lofty goals, but nothing is coming out of my keyboard. I’m tired, honestly. I’ve changed my sleep schedule, my work hours have changed, I’m more exhausted then ever before, and I am not sure how to successfully juggle everything that’s going on. Between everything that’s happening, Ordinary Adventures has been falling through the cracks a little. I guess what it all boils down to is, I’m experiencing blogging burnout.

I’ve just been figuring this all out this weekend, so bear with me here. But I’ve checked the symptoms, and it’s a clear prognosis, I’m burnt out! Already I’ve been searching my favorite sites, my own feelings, and putting together a plan of action to get me out of this month long funk. I have a few tips that are already kicking my butt back into gear, hopefully they’ll keep me going!

Any post goes.
As a lifetsyle blogger, I am constantly aiming to produce top notch, inspiring posts. Usually things like reviews, recipes, DIYs, or like this, blogging tips. I usually feel like Bingeables, journal posts, life updates, etc. are just kind of cop outs. But when I don’t prepare a post for that day, and I’m raging with emotions or completely wiped out, the best thing I can do is sit down, vent it out, and share it with you all. And so far, you guys have been so accepting and patient with all my journal posts as of late, even though I’ve felt guilty over it. I am now realizing that sharing what my life is about (the good and the bad) can definitely be a part of my lifestyle theme and something I can integrate and appreciate. At the very least, those posts are usually better than no posts!

Embrace it. Take the day off.
Embrace your burnout! Take a day, or even a whole week to just unplug from the blogging world and relax. I have been extremely hesitant to do this because I always see such a great responses to daily posts and my stats have flourished because of that. But sometimes, it’s the only thing you can do. There was a day last week that I couldn’t even muster a post about my life, a favorite TV show, anything.  If I can’t even write about something easy and that I love, then it’s worth taking a down day of stats and rejuvenating myself.

Plan the whole week/month.
One of the biggest problems I have faced since I have been feeling burnt out, is my lack of planning. During burn out, I don’t even know if I want to write anything that day, let alone what I will write next week. Yesterday, I planned out the rest of my week with fun, easy posts that will get me back into the swing of things. Each one is stress free, and gives me time to keep planning, and do some actual prep work for bigger, better posts for the rest of the month.

Refocus and review goals.
In the flurry of my tiny blogging stardom, I have slightly lost sight of what I wanted for Ordinary Adventures. While I do want to grow OA into something successful and hopefully into a business someday, I can’t forget what I love to do and why I’m blogging in the first place. And maybe that will mean with this job (and possibly school?!) I can’t keep posting everyday. Or it might mean I have to really kick my butt off the couch and truly experience everyday adventures and goals which I can later write about! Whatever it is, I’m going to be spending this week reevaluate my goals for my life and mostly for Ordinary Adventures.

These ideas are already getting my gears turning. Hopefully with this nudge, this funk will slip away in no time!

How do you combat blogging burnout?

Cheers,
— Brey


161 thoughts on “How I’m Coping with Blogging Burnout.

  1. Pace yourself. Listen to your body and do what feels natural and balanced for all areas of your life. Sometimes, we have to take from one pie and give more to another. Your blog will not disappear or be any worse for wear if you take some time for yourself. Unnecessary pressure is just that and can be avoided. Make your goals achievable. If you want a day off, take a day off. If you want a week off, do it and do it because you love your body and it’s the only one you have right now. Be kind to your mind and all will be well when the time is right.

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  2. I think you’re ideas are fabulous. (And it IS okay to take a day off… goodness! I took one off yesterday as I was beginning to feel the pressure. Plus I have a visitor coming today and lord knows visitors are pressure enough for me! LOL!) I agree with what others are saying here too. Pace yourself. If you find that you have a day where you are ‘inspired’ and can bang out several posts… maybe set one to ‘schedule’ so that it pops up the next day instead and it gives you that day off you need 😀 I hope that the stars shine on your path. Much love to you!

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  3. I know how you feel, try not to be so hard on yourself. I realized I was taking care of everyone and thing I was forgetting the most important person myself. I like your ideas/goals. Take care of yourself and just ride this wave out, Im sure you will be back to where you need to be.

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  4. I think you are putting way too much pressure on yourself. Blogging should be fun and easy. Relax. If you don’t feel like writing a blog post .. don’t. I’m pretty sure you’ll maintain your following if you don’t post every day. If you are burning out, you are doing too much.

    Just my opinion.

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  5. Great post! I always have heaps of posts scheduled or in draft… and I’ve got an endless list of ideas… so far no blogging burnout for me (but I know that sooner or later it’ll be my turn…) Don’t give up, post a little less of a while and hopefully it’s just a short period of time you’re suffering from this burnout! Love, Kathleen

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  6. How do you make it so that on your home page you see previews of your blogs, the featured image and the first few sentences instead of the whole thing. I think that would change the look and feel of my blog drastically but can;t figure out how to do it.

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  7. You’re doing great! I’ve only recently started my blog and I realised posted were all sounding the same but by having a break I managed some better posts. I’m still figuring out where my blog is going to go next but reading your post has realised that time and planning will help in the future! X

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  8. Thank you for your ideas! I think this year has been really crazy for everyone, the energies are higher! In my case, when i feel exhausted and with no ideas, i breathe deeper, drink more water and walk on nature. Then inspiration comes easily 🙂

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  9. It’s definitely tricky. I only post twice a week and even then I get burnt out and just don’t want to do it. So I really admire you for working so hard. You’ve got this, and you’ve got tons of people supporting you. So you do you 🙂

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  10. When I don’t feel remotely inspired to write something, I don’t. I give myself the time and space to allow for the spontaneity. But, sometimes I don’t write out of fear of it not being “enough”; or to express my true feelings. My most powerful blogs have been when I have written deeply from my heart. What is in your heart is in the heart of us all. Keep writing! Keep being inspired. Thanks for reading. Peace, Vanessa

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  11. This is quite good. Personally, I don’t write many blog articles even though I do have a lot to share. It isn’t that important to place a lot of posts as long as the ones you do write provide value to your audience at some level.

    Mine being a business based blog, there is a lot of information to relay while having to make sure the content is original and useful for any niche. I do have a tendency to “drop the ball” on that last part though. – Mostly because I’m also trying to show my readers a solution to help them solve their problem(s) so I introduce them to a Tested & Proven business system that I know works.

    The problem? I don’t want this to turn into a blog post here since this is just a comment section.

    You seem to have a handle on how to write what you’re passionate about and you do so quite nicely. Very nice blog and I do believe you could easily monetize it if that is your ultimate goal. – One piece of advice on that; Don’t try to get it perfect before you implement or you will never do it. Think of this quote “Good enough is good enough.” as the means to get started and keep it going.

    (I can provide you with a link to a course that shows how to monetize a blog.)

    Have a great day.

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      1. This is specific to blogging and it has a section specific for monetizing a blog. http://track.mobetrack.com/aff_c?offer_id=681&aff_id=64274&url_id=703&source=indexp00le

        While that one will work, you will get better value by getting Traffic Masters Academy (http://track.mobetrack.com/aff_c?offer_id=266&aff_id=64274&source=indexp00le). – There is a video on this page that explains the courses included in this training.

        Let me know which one you decide upon (if any) and your thoughts on the training modules.

        I hope these will help you.

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