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Battling the Blogging Blues and Blog Burnout

Working Blogger offers “Blogging Blues? 10 Tips for Dealing with Blogging Burnout”, an interesting list of tips to help you deal with “blogging burnout”.

But I blog at a lot of blogs – my own, ones I co-own, and ones owned by others where I blog on a revenue share basis. I have to say, too, that the whole “blogging for dollars” perspective can add to the blogging pressure. So some days, I get the blogging blues, and find it really difficult to get back into that space where blogging is fun.

I call it Blogging Burnout, and over the last year I’ve developed some strategies to get out of burnout, or totally avoid it altogether. These methods are all personal to me, my personality and my blogging style, but there might be one or two or ten that you can make use of, if you ever find yourself facing Blogging Burnout.

The blogging blues aren’t fun, and they happen to everyone. I’ve had more than my share in the past 12 years, and I’m in the middle of one on my main site right now.

So what are you doing to keep your blogging blues away and to ward off blogging burnout?

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9 Comments

  1. Posted November 19, 2006 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    if your looking at blogging as a task, your faster at that burn-out.
    but that’s with everything that has to be done :mrgreen:

  2. Posted November 19, 2006 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    By switching off the computer and walking outside for some fresh air and a breathe of life. Something always happens when you’re out there as opposed to staying indoors waiting for some news to hit you.

  3. Posted November 19, 2006 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I’ve switched to (at Darren of ProBlogger’s recommendation) to writing a bunch of my posts at one time, so I can really ride the wave of inspiration in one fell swoop. Once I get started writing, it’s generally not that hard to keep going, and then I have stuff in the queue for a week or so, and can give myself a break.

    Also, my blog is slightly tied to the seasons, so I cut back on it when the gardening high season rolled over into Fall. I deliberately went to an every-other-day posting schedule so I really only have to write about three posts a week (one post each week is a photo-only post), and that has helped open things up, too. It means I actually have topic ideas in the mental queue (and saved on a Backpack page) through the next month or two, too, because I’m no longer posting every day.

    Genie
    The Inadvertent Gardener

  4. Posted November 19, 2006 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I find I’ll go through a themes (like my series on Web Anonymity: http://engtech.wordpress.com/2006/10/18/web-anonymity-101-digital-breadcrumbs/) for a week or two, then switch.

    I break one of the cardinal blogging rules by not having a very narrow focus (my blog is tech stuff I find interesting.. and I’m a generalist so it’s varied). I know this hurts my overall readership as people prefer subscribing to blogs that have a narrow focus. Inspiration can be as simple as a friend asking a tech question (I swear 50% of my how-to guides come from that).

    I saw the coolest idea for doing “something different” with your blog a few weeks ago. http://engtech.wordpress.com/2006/11/04/blogging-getting-you-down-try-something-new-and-interesting/

  5. Posted November 19, 2006 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Comment 4 up there is an excellent idea, that shows some nice creativity.

    I make sure to right stuff down as I go about my day, stuff that I think may have some sort of an idea within it. No matter how small. Sometimes when im stuck, if I look over my notes (as perplexing as they appear), new ideas are sparked. But I am one of the worst at coming up with ideas. So, this post and the comments is very good, I’m taking some great information away with me. Thanks.

  6. Posted November 20, 2006 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget, if you are looking for blogging ideas, I’ve got a huge list of resources to help you find stuff to blog about. ;-)

  7. Craig Chaucer
    Posted November 23, 2006 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I like to take a break sometimes and just do some stuff which doesn’t really require my brain that much – but still lets me feel like I’ve gotten some work done. One of the things I do is to watch online videos and post the ones I like to http://www.infectiousvideos.com which is a video blogging service that has a 50-50 revenue sharing system. It means I’m still (sorta) working – but in a chilled out fun way.

  8. Posted November 28, 2006 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    If you’re running a babe blog, have sex with your next subject. That’ll chase your blues away.

  9. Posted November 28, 2006 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I also have one of those blogs that lacks a narrow focus. In fact, it tackles multiple subjects; specifically my life working as a writer while raising kids and dogs. Yes, narrow focus makes for easier promotion and attraction of readers–but it can get old fast. I’m willing to accept the trade off of having a hard-to-pigeon-hole blog in order to gain a free flow of never-ending subject matter.

    Even so, writing every day does eventually get to you. I keep a supply of funny books that make me laugh out loud by my computer. The act of laughing helps loosen me up.

    I have a notebook tucked in my back pocket to catch all those on-the-fly ideas. And I also write a few weeks worth of blogs in a sitting, so I can take breaks and make space just to live my life without always feeling that I have to find a blog post in everything I do.


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  1. [...] Yep, I’ve definitely become a tech geek – the evidence being I find myself checking blogs about blogging such as Lorelle on WordPress. It’s a good read but I stumbled upon this article and chuckled – I wonder if she’s taking part in NaBloPoMo? I think if I ever do take part in the blogging project that dare not speak its name, it’s going to be way different and hopefully unusual. Like…every three days, a post has to be written in haiku form. Or each Friday, write about someone you know, and so on. Too bad I didn’t think of this earlier or I could have done this and not be stuck in this unfortunate literary (if you can even call it that) backwater. [...]

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