Yes…it’s that time of the year again. When I’m working my butt off and I start to feel the dreaded “blogger burnout.” You know what that is right? It’s exactly what it sounds like…you feel burned out on blogging. You may experience one or all of these symptoms:
-You just don’t care anymore.
-You don’t even want to turn on your computer.
-Just the thought of blogging sends you into a panic attack.
-You’re easily annoyed by others in your social media circles.
-You go days or weeks without blogging.
-You don’t feel inspired…by…well…anything.
-It starts to feel like work.
-You forgot why you started blogging in the first place.
-You blog, just to blog.
-You start noticing all the negative sides of blogging…and there are a lot.
I know I’m not alone in this either. I have expressed this burnout more than once to my friends. And they’ve all been there. I think it’s more common than we think too. I do consider myself a “full-time” blogger and I started feeling this way right before the annual BlogHer conference. I hoped attending would help me rekindle the fire. And it did. On the flight home from New York, I started thinking ( I do that sometimes).
Like most dilemmas, you have to get to the root of it. After a lot of digging, I realized that I’m taking on way more than I should. Too many sponsored gigs, paid posts, and I’m overextending myself. Saying “yes” to almost everything is not working for me. In order to have my heart in every post I write, which is how it was when I originally started blogging, it has to be something I’m passionate about. Not just familiar with.
I’m going to change a few things on each of my blogs and I’m going to blog when I’m inspired or have something to say or share. I know my wallet will feel it, but inside I’ll be the blogger I’ve always wanted to be. I won’t let my passion become “work” and I definitely won’t let the outside world dictate what I should and shouldn’t be doing.
Blogging is something I started for me and somewhere a long the way, I started to care what others thought about me and what I wrote. That’s where I went wrong. Starting today, I’m going to battle the blogger burnout, by being true to myself and not forgetting to breathe. Sure I’ll still work on paid opportunities, BUT I’m going to be a lot more selective with who I work with.
Remember, this is just my experience. You might be going through something similar, but you need to find out where your burnout is coming from. I think if you figure that out, you’re on your way to battling it and rediscovering your passion.
“Your blog is what you say when there is nobody standing over your shoulder telling you what to do.”
~ @lorelle via Finest Quotes
What do you do to battle “blogger burnout?”
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