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How to Avoid Burnout as a Blogger

There’s a lot more that goes into blogging than what the world actually sees. Your readers see a blog post published once or twice a day (like in my case), receive timely notifications on social media about the posts you shared on your blog, and get emails reminding them to check out your latest posts. Little do they know that one blog post can take hours of research, writing and promotion to make sure your readers enjoy and derive great value from your blog post.

 

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This may sound overwhelming to those who are not in the blogging industry, but blogging IS a full-time job. Blogging IS a lot of work. Sometimes it will even require you to sacrifice your sleep just to make sure that all your blog posts have been scheduled for the week with some additional blog posts hidden in reserve in case of emergencies.

For some this may be too much to take. All those hours of writing blog posts, getting the right photos, editing the photos, replying comments and sending emails can be so overwhelming that you experience blogger burnout. Here are 3 ways you can avoid it:

 

Repurpose your content

If you’ve been blogging for some time now, your blog must be filled with a good amount of content. To save up time spent on creating new content, go through your old ones and ‘recycle’ them.

You can do this by creating something new but closely related to your old post. You can also rewrite the post with a different perspective. Add new information, pictures or relate a fun incident. This will help make creating content for your blog easier as you will use your previous content as your main inspiration.

 

Schedule your posts

Imagine if you had to do everything manually. That’s a lot of work. To help beat the overwhelm, try scheduling all your posts. Have a day when you sit down and schedule all your posts for the week, 2 weeks or even a month. This will help save you a lot of time and give you time to relax and do other things you love most.

Don’t stop at just scheduling your blog posts. Schedule your social media posts to help promote that blog post. I use Buffer for scheduling my social media posts, and it is an amazing tool.

To efficiently schedule your posts make sure that you have an editorial calendar that you can refer to. This will guide you on which days you should schedule your posts.

 

Delegate as much as you can

If you find yourself doing more than you can handle, it’s time to delegate. Let a graphic designer be in charge if your graphics for your blog. Let a video editor be in charge of your editing. Focus on what you can do and what you love doing. When you do everything by yourself, you find yourself having little time and energy for anything else.

 

How do you combat blogger burnout? Please share your tips in the comments section below.

 

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10 Ways To Deal With Blogger Burnout

‘I find it so hard to switch off, but when I do switch off, I find it even harder to switch back on. So I am gonna stay on’.

This was my Tweet some days ago and it got me thinking about blogger burnout. What happens when we can no longer stay on but afraid to switch off? What happens when we rely on our blog for income and cannot afford to just not blog?

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Blogger burnout is real and it happens to many of us. Here are some tips to avoid burning out:

Have a To-do List

I start my day knowing exactly what needs to be done in order of priority and I tick off every completed tasks. It keeps me organised, and helps get the work done quicker.

Schedule Posts in Advance

I try to write a week’s content in advance. This saves the stress of having to write a post and publish on the same day, and it helps me relax. However, sometimes, I may have to write and publish a collaborative post on the same day but this rarely happens.

Take Pictures in Advance

As you can tell by now, a lot of my blog work is done in advance. I take pictures of samples weeks before they appear on the blog, outfit pictures are usually taken days in advance. This helps me plan my blog content and saves the stress of having to complete too many tasks on the same day.

Go For Walks

I try to go for walks as often as possible as walking helps clear my mind. Whenever I am stuck on a post, I shut my laptop and go for a short walk and it usually helps. I come back fully energised, bursting with ideas.

Plan

I plan content for Fashion and Style Police and my client’s sites in advance and I dedicate separate days in the week for each of them. So for example, I could have the whole of Monday to plan posts for my blog, dedicate the whole of Tuesday to plan posts for a client’s site, then have Wednesday to write my book. That way, I am focused and the writing flows easier.

Write Everyday

This sounds crazy but it works I promise. For me to avoid a writer’s block, which results to a blogger burnout, I make sure I write at least 500 words a day regardless of what I am working on. I usually write way more than that but I make sure to hit 500 words a day. This keeps my brain exercised. If I take a day or 2 off writing, I struggle to get back in the game.

Read a Book

One of the ways I take time off writing and blogging is by reading a book. I enjoy reading on my Amazon Kindle. I love the fact that I can think of any book and start reading it in minutes. I usually read a book a day, and it relaxes me and gives me fresh ideas.

Sleep

A good way to avoid and recover from blogger burnout is to have a power nap or a good night sleep. So when next you feel like you have had enough, go straight back to bed. It works like magic.

Read Other Blogs

I am always on the lookout for a cool blog and I find that I relax and get inspired when I find such blogs.

Learn to Say NO

Now this last tip is very important as most of us find it so hard to say NO. For example, I reject half of the product reviews requests I get now because I am struggling to cope. I try to limit the product reviews posts to one a week (don’t want to bore you guys too much), and I have months of product reviews posts lined up already so I only accept and say yes to products that have me jumping out of my chair. Try to say YES and focus on what will help your blog get to the next level and say NO to everything else. Every collaboration has to be mutually beneficial for it to be worth your time and effort.

 

So there you have it. These are the ways I avoid and handle blogger burnout. Do you have any tried and tested tips to add? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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