Blogger tips: Getting over a Blogger Burnout!

Overcoming a blogger burnout
Since I started blogging back in March 2013, I’ve experienced my fair share of, what I call, “Blogger burnouts!”. Lately, they’ve been coming every other month or so, but because I have this habit of burning the candle at both ends {at high speed} I’ve really only myself to blame.

So, what is a blogger burnout? If you’re new to blogging and have yet to slam into your first blogger burnout period then this is for you;

* It’s when you build up so much work that your brain goes blank. It’s almost like your once full-to-the-brim-mind has just gone and FLUSHED on you. You’ll realise after ten minutes of just staring at your screen, that you’ve just stared blankly at your screen for ten minutes. This is your queue to back away and go visit Mr Kettle and Mrs packet of chocolate digestives.

* You’ll find yourself sighing and even dishing out a roll your eyes when you sit down at your PC or laptop. Because even though with your intentions to sit down and work, your brain has shut down on you, refusing to reboot and you’ll think why did you even sit down in the first place. I’ll tell you why, because when you’ve been blogging for as long as I have {just over two years} it literally becomes a reflex.

* You go to start up a blog post, thinking you have what it needs to see it through to the end, only for the fire you had to fizzle out two paragraphs in. Yes, well done, you’ve literally burned up whatever reserves your non-blogging-time started to refuel on. Next time, leave it longer before typing again! Now your burnout has been extended. This is a FML moment.

So ok, I think you get the gist on what a blogger burnout is, all of the above is from personal experience and other bloggers out there who’ve been blogging a while will know exactly the pain and annoyance that I’m twittering on about. However, do not digress, because with every burnout there is a rising-from-the-ashes, Phoenix moment at the end! Trust me!

Here’s how I tackle my blogging burnouts.

Take a break. Literally. Now, I’m not taking for half an hour, although in some cases this can help. I’m taking a week+ here. You’ll be surprised how much you can fall back in love with blogging after a good week or so off.

Wean yourself back in. Give yourself a post to work on, and only work on that post. Unlike me who has a dreadful habit of starting one post, only to halfway through getting the idea for another, bouncing over to make a start on that and this will rinse and repeat. Then before I know it I have 6 tabs open and 6 half written posts. It happens all.the.damn.time. So as I said, wean yourself back in. One post, see how you feel then & go from there.

Allow a little downtime. Pre-blogger burnout I literally blogged ALL the time. Every single time I was sat at my PC I was blogging. It’s madness and I was really burning myself out. Hence the burnout! But seriously, give yourself a cut-off point. Turn off your phone. REPLY TO NO LIKES or COMMENTS! And relax with a cuppa {or wine!} and a movie. It helps, trust me!

Write about what excites you. My last blogger burnout was literally reignited by my toddler gaining some new words. I wasn’t sure if I could write when I got inspired, but I was so happy to find myself happily typing the words just rolled out of my head. I remember getting the sweetest tap of encouragement from my darling man. He was getting worried that I was rarely found blogging during my week of burnout badness!

Give yourself your own space. I have a blogging nook {you can see it here!} and being able to lock myself away for an hour to work can really help me focus and get the job done. Do you have your own blogging space?

Learn from your burnout. This is something that even now I am still trying to do. Learn and pick up on the triggers that can cause the blogger burnout in the first place and try to tease it out of your pipeline before it becomes a knot!

Thankfully I think I’m back into the blogging way of things. But as said above, I’m weaning myself back in, slowly as to not overwhelm myself and end up falling back into a burnout again. It’s not easy, but blogging is my job, as well as being a Parent, Partner and more. We all need a little balance in our lives and I think it’s clear that I need a little more in mine.

Have you ever experienced a Blogger Burnout? Any tips that I’ve not mentioned that you found helped you get out of it!?

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24 Comments

  1. 21/07/2015 / 6:55 PM

    Loved this post! I find scheduling in advance & taking a little break helps but sometimes I just try & work through it! 🙂
    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock

    • 21/07/2015 / 8:28 PM

      Thank you! Scheduling is always good but I find it hard to be able to type up enough posts TO schedule without over doing it and going down burnout pass again, lol.

  2. 21/07/2015 / 8:53 PM

    Great tips Deborah! I’ve had a lot of this since falling pregnant with Harry and it just keeps coming back!

    I’ve learnt that it’s ok to take time off and not sit on the laptop 24/7 some nights now i don’t blog where as I used to blog every night.

    I definitely agree with just writing one post at a time i’m dreadful for starting one and getting bored and starting another half way through when i get an idea woops!

    xx

    • 21/07/2015 / 8:55 PM

      Thanks Kerry! And oh, it’s TOTALLY OK to not be at your PC/laptops beck & call, right? As that’s so how I was feeling. Every spare moment was sitting at my desk. It’s utter madness.

      I love taking nights off now. You really do learn a sense of balance don’t you. This is my first night sitting here for a good week now. But I like to have a cut off point too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! xx

  3. Jennifer {The Hollyhock Door}
    22/07/2015 / 4:43 AM

    Great tips! I particularly like the blogging nook idea to separate work/home. #mmwbh

  4. 22/07/2015 / 6:50 AM

    I love it when ideas just pop into my head and flow out really quickly. They always end up my best posts. I worry that this will stop! And some posts are harder to get right than others. #MMWBH

  5. 22/07/2015 / 7:05 AM

    good tips. I seem to be experiencing the burnout more often than not recently. hoping to take a break over the hols to refresh #MMWBH

  6. 22/07/2015 / 7:45 AM

    Great tips. I’ve been blogging just over 3 years and am yet to experience writers block. Fingers crossed it stays that’s way! #midweekbloghoo

  7. Rebecca U
    22/07/2015 / 8:11 AM

    Taking regular breaks definitely helps me. I have to schedule them in though as otherwise I just keep on working #MMWBH

  8. zoe dunn
    22/07/2015 / 8:12 AM

    Great post. I’m still new to this but due to me being slightly obsessive I’ve had a few mini ones. I totally agree about taking a break. I have a spread sheet that lists all of my posts with columns next to them for me to put an “X” in when that part of the post is complete. ie pics, title, draft, final draft, schedule, labels, page break, email to client etc. Once a post is complete and has been scheduled I highlight it in pink. I’m the same as you I’ll have about 7-8 posts on the go at once but I find if I do this I can see at a glance what I can forget about cause its finished and what I still need to work on, get pics for etc. This makes it easier for me to take a break because otherwise I fall into the trap of “I just need to finish this bit so I know where I’m up to” next thing I know its gone midnight and I’m still tapping away lol!! Thanks for sharing it’s nice to know we’re all doing it!! #MMWBH

  9. Mum in Brum
    22/07/2015 / 9:09 AM

    Great post and advice! I find that I have good weeks with loads of enthusiasm and bad weeks where I have zero creativity – I’m starting to get into the habit of writing posts during those good weeks so that I have a bit of a store for when the lull comes. Your blog is ace and you deserve to have a break from it when you feel like it x

  10. Janine
    22/07/2015 / 10:31 AM

    I have bloggers burn out a lot. At least once a week in fact.

  11. Kerry
    22/07/2015 / 12:21 PM

    It’s so easy to get burnt out in every aspect of life, isn’t it?! You’re so right that taking a break helps, sometimes it’s just a clear head that’s needed. On a side note, well done on the 7lb loss. Amazing! I’m really struggling to lose my baby weight (10 months on), so blooming well done. It’s not easy! #ShareWithMe

  12. 22/07/2015 / 1:47 PM

    my problem seems to be coming up with content, not having too many ideas. I think its important for people to remember that if they spend more time out “doing stuff”, the ideas will come from there

  13. 22/07/2015 / 2:00 PM

    I also do the six tasks at once thing! When my brain goes into meltdown mode, I close all the tabs and go to my to do list. I accept that not everything is going to get done and start at the top and work on the tasks one at a time. I usually find that the list gets mostly finished that way but I’ve come to accept that if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world. Great tips! Thanks for hosting the #MMWBH
    Debbie
    http://www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

  14. Jessie, FlusteredMom
    22/07/2015 / 4:24 PM

    Great tips…I have the same bad habit of writing 6 posts at once. #MMWBH

  15. Emma's Mamma
    22/07/2015 / 7:59 PM

    I have moments when I’m completely uninspired and blogging feels like a chore. I used to stress when that happened but then I realised it really wasn’t helping so if I have nothing to blog about I give myself a day (or two) to get my inspiration back. I think it’s important to not let the stress of it all consume you. Great advice and thanks for hosting #MMWBH x

  16. 22/07/2015 / 8:26 PM

    I’ve only recently discovered the art of scheduling (Gutted that i didn’t know about it before) and after a year of blogging I’ve had a burn out or two. I find that when I’m in “Full on” blog mode and have loads of ideas, writing them in a note book with a few points about what i wanna say helps. That way i have it there incase i have a blank spell when i cant think of anything.

    In the times that i just cant concentrate on blogging, i switch off and watch a DVD or colour for a bit, let my mind relax and go back to it in a day or two. Otherwise I’ll just get really frustrated.

    I do LOVE your nook (though i miss Emily – Corpse Bride), I’d love my own space but have none in the house as the Agents have taken over with Cars and Lego 🙁

    XxX
    #MMWBH

  17. 22/07/2015 / 8:33 PM

    Great tips thank you. I don’t think I have hit that wall just quite yet, but I now know where to look and do when I do. Thank you!! 🙂 #mmwbh

  18. 22/07/2015 / 8:49 PM

    Great post. Very useful. I am not there yet and I can already see how tough it is to take a break.

  19. Raising Mighty Girls
    22/07/2015 / 10:45 PM

    I have felt like this for a few months now 🙁 I’ve already tried a few of your suggestions but ultimately I’ve just complained (to myself) about not blogging rather than making the decision – ‘that’s it I’m taking a break’. So actually that’s what I might need to do sometime soon. Thanks for hosting.

  20. 22/07/2015 / 10:48 PM

    I haven’t experienced a true blogger burnout yet but I did go on vacation and had very limited to no internet and so it did give me a break. I felt refreshed and since returning home have been doing nothing but laundry and blogging. Great tips to keep in mind. Thanks for hosting #MMWBH.

  21. 24/07/2015 / 10:23 AM

    Good advice. I’m too new to have experienced burnout yet, but I do know what it’s like to feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything I want to blogwise. It can be so hard fitting in everything that sometimes it feels like I haven’t got time for the kids, which leads to feeling guilty and anxious, which leads to my creative systems shutting down. #MMWBH

    • 24/07/2015 / 10:38 AM

      Lucky you! haha! Lets hope you can avoid it altogether! Juggling homelife, kids, housework, blogwork is very daunting and even I envy those who make it look easy! lol

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