A feature in which I share my dubious blogging wisdom with you.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with putting out new content out there. I have a lot of life obligations right now. School is leaving me exhausted and in all of that madness, finding time to write blog posts has been difficult.
Moreover, I am having trouble being inspired in this mindset. The most important thing for me is to write my posts in a good mood. That helps me get them just right. And with all of the other stuff going on, that’s been difficult.
So I figured my only way to deal with blogging burnout is to write about blogging burnout. So here’s some stuff to help you (and me!) through it.
A thing that instantly really helped me is to go back and reflect. Meaning, I went back and read some of my posts that I am most proud of. Find inspiration in your own content. I went back and read my own blogging tips series and it’s been so helpful for getting me back on track and into the mood for writing a post. This one, for example.
What Not to Do: Don’t just sit in front of a blank post and stress how you don’t have any ideas. Trust me: it won’t work.
2. Read a Book That Makes You Feel Good
This blog caters mostly to the book blogging community, so my advice for you is to go back and read a book that makes you feel good. Find an old favorite, a cozy one, a nostalgic one, and read it. It will get you back into that mood of loving books and blogging about them. If you don’t blog about books, just do something that will make you remember what you do blog about and what you love about it.
What Not to Do: Don’t drown yourself in ARCs. This is the time to read for pleasure and not stress about somewhat obligatory reading.
3. Talk With Blogging Friends
One thing that really helps me out is other bloggers’ comments. This community is so welcoming and nice and talking with others has instantly made me feel better and more prepared to go back to being satisfied with blogging. For example, I expressed my concerns last night on Twitter, and the lovely Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm and Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx shot me nice replies and I instantly felt that bit better. A little goes a long way, so thank you guys so much.
What Not to Do: Don’t pretend all is well. Vocalize the things that aren’t great, and you’ll instantly feel better about it.
4. Take a Break
Now for me, this crisis lasted for around two weeks. I had some mediocre posts prewritten and I put them out, but I’ve been struggling to produce some stuff I am genuinely excited about. But that step back, the little break I took, even if it was just two weeks of not writing, has been so helpful. If you need a break, take it. It will for sure make you feel better and ready to get back to blogging.
What Not to Do: Don’t stress and try to hard with something that clearly isn’t working. Take a step back and reassess the situation. It will do wonders.
5. Cut Down on Your Posting Time
Before school started, I was posting daily. I was reading more, and had nothing but free time on my hands and that schedule worked. However, since school began, I have been scrambling to keep up with that posting schedule. I needed to change it. I have since started posting three times a week, but when that stopped working, I needed to change it again. You have to fit your schedule to your abilities, not the other way around.
What Not to Do: Don’t lose your head trying to achieve impossible standards. Change the standards so you can manage them.
6. Change Platforms
Since I was uninspired when it came to blogging, I found solace in Bookstagram. I have been having a lot of fun with it, and it’s a different way for me to channel my love for books when blogging isn’t working. I’ve been enjoying just looking at pretty pictures and trying to make my own just as pretty. It’s helped a lot. If you want to, you can follow me on Instagram HERE
What Not to Do: Don’t obsess over one thing until it drives you crazy. Switch it up, find a way that is different, but helps you achieve the same goals.
7. Don’t Take It Too Seriously
This is a difficult one for me, so I imagine it can be for a lot of people. I take blogging so seriously, since I am really proud of my blog and what I’ve managed to do with it. But at the end of the day, this isn’t my job, I don’t get anything from it (profit wise) and it’s just a thing that I do for fun. So there’s no need for me to make it less fun. It’s a hobby and I should just accept it like that.
What Not to Do: Seriously, don’t take it too seriously.
So those are the tips I have for you today! This has been so helpful for me, so I hope it’s helpful for some of you as well! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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