This guest post comes to us via the gorgeous and talented Corinne of the now sadly defunct Frock and Roll fame. She was such a great blogger!
It all happens so suddenly, so strangely; one minute you’re posting away lovingly, filling the pages of your blog with pretty words and nurturing it with the kind of adoration. Then bam! As if from nowhere, burnout abducts your inspiration in the night.
You curse, you shake your fist, but alas, your writing inspiration? It’s GONE! Well, temporarily, anyway.
Don’t despair! Don’t give up hope yet! There IS a solution!
4 types of blogging burnout + how to cure them
Blogging Burnout #1: ”I Just Can’t Be Bothered!”-itis
The Symptoms: Tiredness, feelings of mild resentment towards blogging/computers in general. Guilt. The urge to spend copious amounts of time watching Gossip Girl/shopping/doing anything that’s not related to blogging.
The Prescription: Watch Gossip Girl! GO shopping! Take a break from all things website-y and allow yourself to do so without feeling guilty! ”I just can’t be bothered!”-itis strikes all of us down at some point. The only sanity-saving solution is to decide to step away from the computer, and return to it when you’re feeling refreshed and motivated to write again. (And you will!)
Blogging Burnout #2: ‘I Don’t Know What To Write About” Syndrome
The Symptoms: Empty pages. Lack of content.
The Prescription: Get back in touch with your original reasons for starting your blog. What are your interests? What excites you? Donatella Versace’s tan? Monkeys who can do The Hustle? What haven’t you investigated, discussed or tried?
Still running empty? Ask for ideas! Ask your readers which topics they’d like you to cover. Ask your friends what they think would make for an interesting piece. Ask your siblings, your parents, your teachers or even the person you buy your coffee from in the morning!
Blogging Burnout #3: The ”I Know What I Want To Write About, But Do You Think That I Can Manage To Get The Words Out Today? Ha! And Also, NO!” Infection
The Symptoms: A sequence of events: head. Desk. BANG.
The Prescription: I know, I know. The words are on the tip of your tongue but, very rudely, they’re refusing to come out. Those devils! The treatment? It’s very similar to that of affliction #1: take a break!
Have a shower, clean your bedroom, put together an inspiration board. Anything! Just let the ideas and words come to you organically. (Keep a notepad nearby so that you can easily scribble them down as they do!)
Real Life Example: In the past, I’ve struggled to nut out an article because the words just couldn’t seem to present themselves when I attempted to type them. So, I’ve sat. And then looked out the window. And then continued sitting. And then tried to type out another sentence. And sat some more. And then opened up Twitter.
After another hour or so of this, I closed down my computer in a frustrated huff, and decided to rearrange my wardrobe. Because hey, at least that way, SOMETHING would get done!
It worked. Within half an hour of sorting, not only were my dressed all neat and tidy, I’d managed to mentally prepare everything that I needed to say. Score!
Blogging Burnout #4: The ”Why Bother When Nobody’s Reading It Anyway?!” Cough
The Symptoms: Tumbleweeds.
The Prescription: If you blog, it’s inevitable that you’ll experience wild thrills in the web statistics theme park. There will be days when it feels as though the only person reading your work is the cat beside you.
If you’re not feeling the commenting or visitor love, ask yourself the following questions: Have you told anyone that you know about your project? Are you leaving comments on other websites to gain some new readers? (It works! Most of the websites I frequent today are run by people who have left a comment here at some stage or another, leading me to stumble across their pages and fall madly in love!)
Do you seek out new people to follow on Twitter? What have you done to increase the chance that somebody will find you today?
Tell us! Have you ever struggled with blogging burn out? If you have, how’d you get past it?