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Blog Burnout: How to Keep Blogging When the Going Gets Tough

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Blog Burnout

Blog Burnout

Since sitting in front of your computer to write a post hours ago, you can’t find the words. You’ve been publishing blog content regularly for the past couple of months. You’ve been aggressive in promoting them and connecting with other bloggers in your niche. It seems like blogging has taken over your life.

However, at this very moment, it looks like you’re suffering from blog burnout.

As the saying goes, too much of something is bad enough. The same thing applies when it comes to managing a blog. You may think you are overflowing with ideas with the content you plan to write or the strategies and campaigns you want to implement. But the stress and pressure of blogging will eventually catch up to you until you are worn out with writing. If you’re not careful, you might lose your passion and drive for blogging and put your blog in jeopardy!

Therefore, to keep that from happening, you need to learn how to prevent stress by keeping an eye on burnout symptoms, so you don’t get the severe case of blog burnout.

Four ways on how to beat blog burnout

Step away from your computer

There’s a fine line that separate healthy blogging from an unhealthy one. Being driven to succeed as a blogger is a good thing. However, if it starts affecting other facets of your life such as health and relationships, for instance, then you need to step back from blogging and re-evaluate your goals as a blogger and as a person.

Blogging could be no longer a means to end, but is now the be-all-end-all of what you do. Again, there’s nothing wrong with taking your blogging to the next level as it is a fun and challenging way to make a living, But you have to consider your current status in life and determine if your current pace in blogging is in line with the kind of life you want to lead. If blogging is slowly consuming your life, then there’s not only a higher risk of feeling burned out but also had an adverse effect on your well-being and social life.

Step away from the computer and go outside

If you could relate to any of the above, then do yourself a favor and turn off your computer and disconnect from the internet to keep your mind off blogging even for a day. Sometimes, all you need to do is to refocus your energies on your priorities in life so you can better assess your next move. Go out with your friends and have a great time or just relax and engage with your other hobbies.

Be more deliberate in your blogging

Some bloggers find solace in just writing content about whatever that pops up on their heads. They use intuition and judgment to come up with ideas for their blog. While something is comforting about blogging this way, it may not be the most efficient way to do things. Blogging without any clear direction can lead to a haphazard blog that doesn’t meet its goals regularly. This causes the blogger to panic and stress out as a result.

Therefore, you need to learn how to leverage tools like Google Analytics and Search Console to help you understand the performance of your site. Using both, you will be able to identify which pages are attracting the most traffic, how long people are staying on your site pages, where you get your site visitors, and more.

You can use both to answer relevant questions to your blogging such as:

  • What topics resonate with my readers the best?
  • Based on the best-performing pages, should I write content more frequently but with fewer words or the other way around?
  • Which online channels do I get bulk of my traffic from (organic search, social media, etc.) and how can I further increase them?
  • How can you use your blog to create a voice and bring change to something you are interested in or dedicated towards?

These questions and more will help you develop a blogging plan where you can schedule what posts to write, when to publish them, and how you will promote them. This way, you can create content that your audience wants to read and attract more people to your blog, resulting in higher engagement and traffic!

Have a shoulder to lean on to

Have someone to lean on

Despite your efforts in keeping your stress levels low, the risk of incurring blog burnout is still high. Even if you progress as a blogger, the bar always goes higher and higher, thus putting you over the limit. In fact, the sky is the limit as a blogger, and you’ll find yourself challenging your own instead of measuring yourself against others.

If your goal is to achieve blogging greatness, you may need as much help as possible. Having your family and friends to lean to when the going gets tough helps keep yourself grounded so as not to lose focus. You can also draw strengths from your peers that you have met through seminars and meetups. An accountability partner is a great way to get some feedback from your progress and see if you’re still in the right direction. At the same time, you can also critique your partner and set them straight if they’re losing their way.

Support also comes in different shapes and forms. Leaning on your hobbies and passions outside blogging lets you blow off steam and explore another side of yourself. Getting comfort from animals such as an emotional support dog can help you cope up with some of the hardships not only brought on by blogging.

Have fun

At the very core of blogging, or anything that people do on a regular basis, is the ability to make you happy.

If you enjoy the hustle and grind of looking for traffic through the content you write and publish, then blogging is definitely for you. If you find this process insufferable, then the stress you’re experiencing stems from the fact that blogging isn’t for you.

As with most jobs and occupation, you will encounter difficult times as a blogger. However, as long as you are up to the challenges brought by this practice, then you should be fine.

Beat blog burnout once and for all!

Blog burnout is something that bloggers have to go through. In fact, it’s what separates real bloggers from the rest. If you can’t bear the stress that goes in blogging, then you may want to look for another occupation that will make you much happier. However, if you’re going to overcome blog burnout and reach success, then you need to take the tips above to heart.

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Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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1 Mental Block that Plagued Every Blogger Who Ever Blogged

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Unless you are the Dalai Lama, you, at one time or another, became highly attached to a single blog post. I do not care who you are. 8 figure bloggers allowed their fears to attach them to a blog post. 8 cent bloggers allowed fear to attach them to blog posts.

Now, the happiest, most successful bloggers face, hug and release this fear, for sure. But every blogger allowed fear to goad them to TRY LIKE HELL to drive traffic or profits to a single blog post. Or, being human and foolish, we allow fear-attachment to goad us into thinking that publishing a guest post on a blog with a million member community instantly leads to millions of dollars in blogging profits.

Nope.

I recall being featured on Virgin Dot Com. Floored and humbled, for sure, but I was kinda detached about the feature, being more grounded in love and gratitude, and less fear-attached to any single platform, post or opportunity.

Happy, successful bloggers own this fear-attachment, let it go and adopt an abundance mentality. While most bloggers publish a single post and try to SQUEEZE as much out of it as possible, due to fear and attachment, I developed an abundance mentality and published 700 posts on Blogging Tips Dot Com. Heck; I have published 70 guest posts on the blog of Enstine Muki. For most bloggers, publishing 70 guest posts in total is quite a feat. I published 770 guest posts….between 2 blogs alone.

Why?

How am I so prolific?

I have largely conquered the fear of trying to GET as much traffic and profits as possible through any single blog post. I blog from an energy of love, fun and abundance, mainly, not fear, tension and scarcity. Few bloggers have mastered this mindset; only the happiest, most detached bloggers become so prolific, it makes our heads spin.

You Are Human

Of course you become a little attached to any one blog post. This is not a problem. But you need to be honest; the attachment is fear, and as the attachment and fear grow, you move from abundance and worldly success, to scarcity and blogging struggle.

A Good Mindset for Abundance Mentality

Alonzo Pichardo wisely advises to publish content, and let it do what it does. I agree. I never check metrics. Genuinely; if blogging is energy and if I am having fun, I reached my goal. Increasing success is imminent. I trust my feelings, not inanimate numbers on a screen. This is the abundance mentality in action.

 

Why this Mindset Prospers

I appear to be in a million places at once because I never attachment to any one post or video. Per Alonzo, I let the content do what it does. Not being shackled by stats, I keep creating, expand my presence, appear to be all over, and see greater success. Meanwhile, most fear-scarcity bloggers write a single post and waste their time and energy:

  • trying to GET as much as possible through it, promoting it in thousands of places over the next 30 days
  • obsessively checking post metrics every few minutes, or, every hour, after publishing the post
  • panicking and bailing on proven strategies when a single post does not meet their expectations

All while this crowd makes all these mistakes, I am publishing hundreds of pieces of content over the same month, and also, meeting tons of new bloggers through genuine blog commenting, enjoying the ride.

Publish a post, promote it in a few spots, then move on to the next post, video or blog comment.

Develop an abundance mindset.

See increased blogging success and enjoy the ride.

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5 Lessons Learned from Publishing 700 Posts on Blogging Tips

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We have hit 700 posts on Blogging Tips together, guys.

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing these posts.

I took a few mini vacations from writing but published 1 guest post daily on this rocking site for many months on end. Helping you has been fun, freeing and fulfilling. Here is to the next 700 blog posts.

I learned a few clear blogging lessons during this guest posting run. Rather than call myself “The Cal Ripken of Guest Posting” – feel free to use that – I reckon we’ll dive into the success tips.

1: Avoid Setting Goals

I never could have written 700 posts if I TRIED to write 700 posts. Sounds quite impossible. But holding an intent to help people blog goaded me to show up daily, for writing and publishing. Blogging is simple but highly uncomfortable sometimes. Focus on the process, not goals or outcomes, to have fun helping people, to detach from outcomes and to become highly prolific.

2: Follow Your Fun

I have fun blogging about blogging. I make room for fun daily. 700 posts later, I am just getting started.

Follow your fun. Make work, the reward. All else will feel like extra, meaning post frequency and traffic and profits feel like no big deal if you blog mainly to have fun helping people. Fun-loving bloggers keep on creating and connecting their way to greatness. Everybody else struggles, getting bogged down, struggling and quitting because they do not enjoy the ride.

3: Spot Reader Problems

Writing and publishing 700 posts on a single blog – I published 1,400 plus posts on Blogging From Paradise in addition to hundreds of guest posts on other blogs – requires you to be skilled at spotting reader problems. Blog post = problem solved. Expand your awareness. Instead of running around rough shod all day long, devote time and energy to identifying common problems suffered by your readers. Nailing down problems supplies you with an endless flow of blog post ideas, helping you become prolific.

Moss Clement does a sensational job in this regard, which makes him incredibly prolific.

4: Brand Yourself Clearly

Zac Johnson recently noted how much he loved my travel photos. Folks have been enjoying my eBooks and paperbacks, sales increasing no doubt because I brand my paperbacks and eBooks freely through images I use on Blogging Tips

Never ignore opportunities to brand yourself and your blog clearly.

Many years ago I rarely if ever worked my travel photos into my guest posts on this blog. These days, every featured image consists of travel photos of me, or, travel photos of my paperback, sitting in some exotic location like here in Ortahisar, Turkey.

Be you. Brand you. Brand yourself clearly to boost sales and to increase your blogging success.

5: Nudge Out of Your Comfort Zone

I do feel pretty good but tired now. At 1:45 PM Turkey time. I have worked for about 3 hours, have walked the dogs for 2 hours and feel ready for a nap, after the rare late night out, being up until 2:30 AM last night. But I nudge out of my comfort zone to write and publish this guest post. Do you believe I felt comfortable writing and publishing 700 guest posts on one blog alone over the prior 3 years? Of course not.

Success unfolds exponentially outside of your comfort zone.

All traffic, profits, comments, social shares and heck, any success, expands quickly as you nudge out of your comfort zone daily. Many days, I feared I’d not have enough time to write and publish a post on Blogging Tips. 1 short week ago I spent nearly 20 hours offline, as I traveled from Oman to Turkey during my birthday. I still managed to write a Blogging Tips post on waking the following day; all about doing fun, freeing but sometimes uncomfortable things to accelerate your blogging success.

Adopt this mindset: 1 day at a time, and 1 moment at a time. Seemingly jaw-dropping feats unfold 1 moment at a time.

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3 Gateway Activities Leading to Increased Blogging Income

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Most bloggers crave a blogging income boost.

Some bloggers have yet to make a penny. Other bloggers want to take it up a few levels from their current full time income.

Foolishly, most bloggers focus their attention and energy on an income stream itself to increase blogging income. Can an advertisement make money? No. Ads are inanimate objects. Ads cannot do anything. Skilled bloggers who publish helpful content and build strong bonds make money through ads, but the ads themselves, are completely worthless.

Stop focusing on trying to make money via a specific income stream itself. People obsess over Google Adsense, affiliate marketing and other ways to make money, for increased blogging income, never realizing that the blogger makes the money, not the income stream. Stop obsessing over income and focus on simple, generous activities that lead the way to increased blogging profits. Think of a bridge, linking you to greater blogging profits. You cross the bridge through your commitment to these activities.

Specific gateway activities lead to blogging income. If you want to make more money through blogging, focus on these 3 strategies.

1: Comment Genuinely on Blogs

I commented genuinely on Blogging Tips for weeks. Zac invited me to guest post on this blog. I published nearly 700 guest posts here, boosting my blogging profits through this rocking guest posting gig. Blog commenting served as the gateway activity that bridged me to my increased blogging income. I did not get paid to comment, but genuine comments opened the door for guest posting, and guest posting increased my blogging profits.

Publish genuine, personalized comments on top blogs from your niche. Make friends. Observe how opportunities for prospering multiply around you, through both blog commenting and the bonds you build via this gateway activity.

2: Promote other Bloggers on Your Blog

Guys; this is such an easy gateway activity for boosting your blogging profits. Promote other bloggers on your blog. Look for nothing in return. Be generous. Be genuine. Be helpful.

Photo break; here I am enjoying lunch the other day in Turkey.

How it works: promote other bloggers on your blog via a link and mention. Over time, and through persistent promotion, some of these bloggers befriend you. Blogging buddies:

  • promote you
  • endorse you
  • purchase your products
  • hire you

all leading to increased blogging profits.

This is by far the easiest gateway activity for profiting IF you generously, patiently, persistently and genuinely promote other bloggers on your blog, expecting nothing in return.

If you are a travel blogger, promote The Roaming Renegades today. This duo publishes helpful content and engages freely via social media.

3: Practice Writing

Weird, right? Writing is the #1 skill for increasing your blogging income, yet few bloggers practice writing offline, only writing when publishing posts. Bad idea. Advertisers, prospective customers and potential clients need to see that you write skillfully before paying for advertising or investing in your products and services.

Write persistently offline to shine online. Write 500 to 1000 words daily in a Word document. Practice your writing to engage in a critical gateway activity guaranteed to increase your blogging income. Plus, you will stand out from the masses of bloggers who never practice writing offline.

Blogging is simple but sometimes, uncomfortable. See the journey through by focusing on these core activities. Income does not increase by trying to boost your blogging income through channels, forcing cash out of these streams. Blogging income increases for generous, skilled, committed bloggers who give much of their attention and energy to these core, gateway activities.

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