Salted Caramel has come out with another blog related prompt. I love participating in these. Check out her page if you want to participate too.
1. What, in your opinion, is “Blogger burnout”?
I don’t think it is a thing. I think it has to do with creativity rather than being burnt out. Yes, blogging even if you aren’t making money off it or are new can be difficult but I don’t think in itself you can be burnt out. My income comes from an hourly wage job. During work and after work, I spend time blogging. I am lucky my managers don’t care if I do writing on their computers at times when it is slow. I have been doing this since the beginning of the year and haven’t gotten burnt out even though there have been time where I took breaks. It was more stress and finding a healthy balance between blogging and time for myself and privacy.
2. Have you ever suffered from blog related stress?
Yes. In the beginning I did. At first, I wanted to share everything about my life online. Many of my posts were about every detail that I did outside of work. When I was out, instead of having fun and enjoying myself, I was thinking of a way to turn everything I did and everything someone else said into a blog post. It took the fun and growth away that I wanted to gain from blogging. I ended up taking a lot of time a away from blogging to get out of that mindset. It worked and it helped me with coming up with great new topics to write about.
3. What steps could you suggest to keep blogging from becoming a stressful activity?
Don’t treat blogging as a job unless you already have the skills, the readers and followers to do so. If you do in the beginning, you will become stressed and lose interest fast. You get noticed, you need to share everything online and devote all of your time to blogging. You need to find a healthy medium between them.
Don’t ever feel like you need to post a blog daily. I have times when I do and times when I post multiple times a day. I have days where I don’t want to post anything even if I have prewritten posts. That is okay. You won’t lose any progress you have made as a blogger.