The following post is from Ann-Marie of Chaos is Bliss:
When I first started blogging, I was in the coupons & deals niche. I published posts multiple times a day, but never to the extreme of many larger deal bloggers who post upwards of 20 times a day.
After more than four years of that, I was burnt out on blogging.
Burnout happens when you have a lack of enthusiasm or motivation. You’re disengaged. It can happen to anyone, in any job situation – and definitely in any niche of blogging.
I was speaking to a lifestyle blogger friend of mine, and she was stressing because she had 16 sponsored posts due within two weeks in December.
As a single mom she was most grateful for the work, but that’s a lot to commit to, especially in December.
My traffic was only slowly increasing as a deal blogger, and I knew something had to change.
So it did – I made a transition to a lifestyle blog. The site still has a frugal mindset as it’s in my bones and I didn’t want to alienate my readers who had come to know Chaos Is Bliss for helping them spend less.
But making a change in the niche of your blog isn’t the only solution for when you’re burnt out on blogging.
Here are three helpful tips for what to do when you’re feeling the burnout on blogging:
Find your blogging tribe.
Do you have a local blogging community with which you could organize a meet up? If not, seek to make connections with other bloggers you know and respect online (not necessarily in your niche), who can support you, and you them.
Ask around and you’ll find many Facebook groups geared toward supporting and inspiring bloggers. This is also a great way to specifically connect with other bloggers from within your niche or perhaps with bloggers who are focusing on specific social media areas.
Walk away. Just for a bit.
It doesn’t matter if you have a large or small website, or if you’re posting many times a day or once a week. If your traffic won’t falter by your taking a week or two off from posting, your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.
If your traffic is dependent upon constant posting or sharing to social media, find a virtual assistant or blog “babysitter” to take some of your busy work for this time. Then use your time off to breathe, exercise, meditate, worship, and reflect.
Dig in to the nuts and bolts of blogging.
When was the last time you attended a blogging conference? When was the last time you signed up for an e-course or online workshop? (Many are free!).
For me, I could do with less rah-rah-pomp-and-circumstance from a conference, and more nuts and bolts, meat and bones. I want to dig in to the discussions and topics that I don’t already know about, to be a sponge with the information given from speakers much wiser than me. I always walk away feeling more empowered than ever, and excited to get back to work!
When I chose to make a change to my website, I found my traffic has continued to increase, and I now work less. A lot less.
I still post an occasional great deal or giveaway, but I probably average two posts a week instead of 20. I’m doing what I love, at finally doing it at my own pace.
Have you ever felt burnt out on your blog? Share any tips that have helped you in a comment below!
Photo credit: Jill Levenhagen
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