6.12.2015

Identifying Blogger Burnout

Blogger burnout. Most of us have experienced ourselves or have had friends who have experienced it. Blogger burnout, like any form of burnout, can be stressful, exhausting, and downright frustrating. There have been many posts about recovering from the burnout, but how do we identify the early stages of burnout? How do we catch ourselves before it's too late and we feel completely defeated? Today, Lindsay and I share some ways to identify blogger burnout before it gets the best of you and your blog.



1. Content has stopped coming easily. Creativity flows best when you are engaged and excited. When burnout sets in, it can be hard to maintain this creativity, which often leads to lack of new ideas. If coming up with new post ideas has felt forced and frustrating, you might be headed towards burnout. However, sometimes creativity ebbs and flows normally, so don't put all your eggs in the same basket.

2. You start to dread blog-related e-mails. Dreading e-mails, whether it's about a new comment, an opportunity to collaborate with a brand, a new sponsor contract, or just a fellow blogger reaching out for advice, is never a good sign.

3. The thrill of blogging seems to be missing. Blogging is a hobby for most of us and it should be fun! If blogging has stopped feeling fun, refreshing, or rejuvenating you might want to consider whether or not you're experiencing burnout. 

4. It feels like work. As mentioned above, blogging is a hobby for most of us. But when you're feeling burned out, there are times you feel you HAVE to get posts written, you HAVE to comment on other blogs, and you HAVE to reply to comments- just as there are tasks you must complete for your day job. It's especially stressful when you let completing these tasks interfere with your life.

5. You want to avoid social media. Does the thought of engaging on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook overwhelm you? It's another component of blogging that should be exciting, but sometimes it feels daunting. It's a good sign to take a step back and reevaluate.

Balancing work, life, and a blog can leave you feeling worn down; it's normal when you're juggling so many things at once. When it comes to your blog there's one important thing you must remember: the pressure is self-imposed. We all burn out from time to time and you're certainly not alone. And no one expects you to do anything but your best.

Next week we'll discuss tips on recovering from blogger burnout. Hope you'll join us!

Have you found yourself experiencing any of the above situations? What are other ways you identify blogger burnout?
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26 comments :

  1. Recently went through this myself. Took a short break during and after a vacation and now back and feeling much better about where I am.

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  2. I think it's great to take breaks so that you can come back feeling refreshed!

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  3. ooohh this!! Yes. I was definitely there a few weeks ago. What helped was just not blogging. Some weeks there was only 1-2 post . One week there was none. I didn't want to force anything. And now I'm feeling better about things. I'm energized again, writing and engaging with my sponsors! Can't wait to see what y'all have next week!!

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  4. Yeahhh this was me from April until like...last week. Sometimes you just need a break and there's nothing wrong with that :)

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  5. It totally happens! I can't wait to see your tips for recovering.

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  6. I need to take my own advice on whatever we come up with hahaha

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  7. I can totally relate and you're definitely right about taking a break being one option for recovering!

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  8. I think it's really great to go with the flow in terms of your creativity and desire to blog, but when you throw sponsors in I feel like it gets messy!

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  9. So excited to be reading this, you know I recently considered stopping blogging all together because all of a sudden it wasn't fun, it was a chore I was always putting off. Hoping to learn a few things to help me not get to that point again!

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  10. I have considered the SAME thing!

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  11. I'm there, I have consider taking a long break from blogging. then I was reminded why I started through this Ask the Blogger question. I still feeling a little burnt out or on the verge of it, but I am becoming motivated by why I started. :)

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  12. I have definitely been considering a break myself, so it's nice to hear you're feeling refreshed!

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  13. Ahhh this post is so good! I feel like I struggle with the content part theost especially if other parts of my life are busy and/or overwhelming. Looking forward to next weeks post!

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  14. So do I, big time! I hope next week's post will be helpful to you!

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  15. So good, gals! Something I've found too is that a lot of these kinds of things can happen in ANY job - sometimes we all just need a break! It's learning to ride out the waves :)

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  16. Oh my goodness, this post is great. I feel like i suffer from burnout all the time! So, it's great that I can finally know what the early stages are and try to fix them. I love blogging, but it does get so consuming sometimes. Taking a break every now and then is prefect to keep the juices flowing.

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  17. That's really great advice that I should probably learn how to take hahaha

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  18. Blogger burnout can happen so quickly and easily. When I start to feel myself become tired of the same ole, same ole, I'll step away and remind myself of why I'm blogging.

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  19. That's such a great way of coping with it!

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  20. Yes, I experience all of these things when I'm having blogger burnout! I usually try to schedule posts weeks out when I'm really into things so that way if I am burnt out I can actually step away from the blog and feel like I can still have content going live. It's all about managing schedules. These past few weeks have been so busy for me, that means the blog doesn't get as much love as I would like, but that's ok.

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  21. You're totally right. I write all my posts the weekend before they are to go live and that definitely relieves some of the pressure during the week!

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  22. I'm so looking forward to the tips. Sadly, this has hit me a few times - and when it does, I take a step back and focus on why I started blogging in the first place. So far, it's worked but I'd love more ideas!

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  23. That's definitely one tip we have included, but I think you'll benefit from the others we share on Friday too!

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  24. Yep...definitely have related to this. I've realized that a lot of it came from unrealistic expectations I had on myself!

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  25. Oh yeah, that's a lot of my problem too!

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