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 (like this, this, and this), 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, Cassie 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?