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On Blogger Burnout

This is something I’ve seen a lot since I started blogging. A writer makes a commitment to blog every single day or only about a certain topic. Then a month later, they’ve fallen off the face of blogosphere. Where did they go? Will we ever see them again?

There are a lot reasons for this. Let’s look at few.

Blogging takes time.
Tis true. And in a typical day, we have stuff to do: writing, reading, cooking, day jobbing, dancing, playing with the guinea pig, sleeping, school. You know, stuff. And blogging can potentially eat away at these other, more important, activities.

Sometimes people run out of things to talk about.
I personally don’t have this problem. I can talk about the same freaking thing all day. But really, it’s okay to talk about multiple things in a blog. And I notice the people who do this, don’t burn themselves out as much.

Life is hard, man, and you’re just sooo upset right now.
People (some) don’t like to whine all the time. Sometimes life sucks. But you don’t want to drag everyone else down with you by talking about the same thing fifty times in a row. So you fall off the face of the earth for awhile because you just can’t deal.

So what are some things you can do to keep the blog running when you has no time, nothing to say, and the weight of the world is crushing you?!
1–Smorgasbord! Talk about multiple different topics: writing, books, music, theatre, movies, television, people, holidays, life. We all have more than one thing we’re interested in. Share it!

2–Schedule! And this is actually what I do. I get bursts of inspiration and will literally draft about 20 blog posts in a night. (Yes, I am crazy.) You don’t have to do that many, of course, but if you always have a few posts in your bank, you can just post those, take the month off, and not worry about.

3–Ditch Clockwork! Yeah, don’t force yourself to post every single day. I’ve seen more people burn out trying to post everyday then any single other thing combined.

4–Ditch Helpful! Don’t try to be all philosophical and researchy all the time. That takes even more time.

5–Blog Hops! These are great if you don’t know what to say but still want to connect with people. (Though don’t try to join them all!) Apparently, there are even websites out there that will give you blog ideas.

Of course, if you need to fall off the face of the earth for a while, do. But if you don’t really want to and find yourself slipping, try something different. Try a different topic. So many people feel like if they’re not trying to be helpful all the time, then their blog isn’t special. But that isn’t true! Everyone is different. People are interesting. Some people. And sometimes, it’s more about just sharing your crazy with the world. It’s about those connections you make with other people who share the same kind have crazy you have, you know. ^_^

And just because: ^_^


  • Michelle A (@SunflowerRei)

    I pinned the quote!

    And I agree with all of your points. I’ve found that the most memorable posts I’ve read over the years are the most random ones ever, but they resonate or they’re hilarious or entertaining. When I expanded my blog after using it to post Book the First, I knew that I couldn’t stick to an everyday schedule, that writing about writing day after day would get boring, and as the posts were getting emailed to my friends through the blog, I didn’t want to bore them, y’know?

    I find SOME advice or tip posts helpful, but most of the time, I kinda think they’re repetitive.

    • krystal jane

      Yay! Pinning! ^_^

      Right?! One of the reasons I love writers so much is because we’re some of the most random people. Blogging is a great way to showcase that. Lol! It keeps things interesting.

    • krystal jane

      Aww, I actually had a few months last year where I struggled to post every week, and finally in December I stopped trying and just did story updates all month until I got myself together. 🙂

  • Lillith

    I have it doubly hard! One of my blogs is for YA and the other my adult fiction, and my YA blog is only a couple of weeks old. I’ve come to the conclusion is will have to create some kind of scheduel to keep me on track.

    • krystal jane

      I know quite a few people who set up schedules for their blogs, and it seems to work really well. You almost have to. I tend to forget about stuff. Content only gets posted some weeks because I write and schedule them in advance. Good luck your blogs!

  • Tonja Drecker (@TDrecker)

    *hehehe* Spreading crazy through the world is what we do best 😉 Yep, blogging can quickly lead to burn-out. It’s important to remember that even if there are solid reasons behind it (like building a writer platform), it still should be enjoyable, not another trudging job. And even if one only posts once every few weeks or so, that’s totally okay.
    You seriously write posts that much in advance??? I’m impressed!

    • krystal jane

      So true! I don’t forget about the blogs I like, even if they only update once a month or less. We can post as often or as little as we want! And yeah if we’re not having fun, or it becomes a chore, like, what’s the point?

      Dude, you should see (or shouldn’t see) how many posts I have in my backlog. Lol! I swear there’s a reason for this. It keeps me sounding a little more sane, I think. ^_^

  • sandiedocker

    Great tips, Krystal. I do often wonder how I will keep blogging so consistently. My life really isn’t very interesting. But, I’ll take your words on board. Your crazy is the good kind of crazy. 🙂

    • krystal jane

      Aww, thank you! ^_^

      You know, my life is quite boring most of the time. All the fun stuff is in my head. Lol! I do hope this is helpful if you ever need it! There really is so much to talk about.

  • authorcrystalcollier

    Awesome. I’ve done the burn out thing and pushed through–which is why I only post once a week. That’s a pace I can handle that fits around my life. (I drafts posts in spurts too!) If I could add one thing, it would be to make your blogging personal. We’re all people looking to connect with people. =)

    • krystal jane

      Yay! I’m not the only one! And yes! Blogs should definitely be personal! I’m reading more to connect with them than for content. This is also why I blog once a week, sometimes twice a week, but if I do twice a week on the regular I start to wear out.

  • Michelle Tran (@michelletwrites)

    I think what made blogging difficult when I first started was the ‘commitment.’ Then when I decided to do it just for fun and stopped analyzing every post and every word, I got hooked and was able to post regularly without feeling like there was any sort of pressure involved.

    • krystal jane

      Right, blogging should be fun! It’s your space. You can do whatever you want. I think that’s the only reason I’ve been able to blog for as long as I have. I’m having fun. ^_^

  • Jodi

    I’m like you Krystal–I never run out of things to say! Getting too busy with work/life is my biggest blogging burnout culprit. I love your idea of keeping a bank of posts for such occasions…great suggestion!

    • krystal jane

      Awesome! ^_^ Yeah, it really helps me out on those months when I have to run around a lot or fall into a writing hole. I still want to keep up with people and post, but writing them out takes time!

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