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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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Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?

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Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?

But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.

Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.

This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.

Shift

Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.

2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.

For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.

Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.

All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.

What About You?

Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?

Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?

Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.

May be time for a big shift guys.

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Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson

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Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.

Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.

He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.

I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.

All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.

Bloggers Need Thick Skin

I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.

I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.

Do Not Care What People Think

Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.

Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.

As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.

Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.

Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.

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Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?

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This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.

I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.

As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.

Exit Plan

I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.

Think Leveraging

I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.

Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.

Networking Rocks

Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.

Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.

Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.

Trust in the process plays a big role too.

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