How Do You Prevent Blogging Burnout? | Discussion

wilberry-15A few months ago Rosianna Halse Rojas created a video called Knowing When To Stop in which she discusses the feeling of not knowing when to stop working and striving to be as productive as possible. As someone who has been thought of as an “overachiever” throughout her entire life, she explains how challenging it can be to hold yourself back from constantly being in overdrive. This inner source of motivation is certainly valuable in terms of work ethic and accomplishing goals; however, there is danger in not knowing when to stop and give yourself a break.

I relate to this video on a personal level in my everyday life so much that it almost feels as though Rosianna has peered through a tiny window into my mind. As a perfectionist, I’m constantly in competition with myself to do more and be better, but eventually this becomes too big a burden to bear. The pressure I place on myself to be as productive as possible and meet my impossibly high standards can be overwhelming at times. There’s this feeling of needing to always live up to incredibly high expectations lest someone expose one’s true identity: that of a normal, average, flawed human being. It’s a vicious cycle that can never be won, for no matter how hard we try it’s obvious that we can never escape the reality that no one is flawless. Still, that truth clearly doesn’t keep us from trying.

It’s no surprise that this mindset has trickled into my blogging life as well. For a while I endeavored to post every single day, which ultimately made blogging feel more like a chore than simply a fun hobby. However, like Rosianna I had a hard time admitting and acknowledging to myself that it was time to scale back and reassess my goals to make them more realistic.

Finding a schedule that works for me (around three posts a week) has been incredibly helpful in reeling in my do-it-all tendencies. Not only does limiting my posts each week ensure that what I’m posting is actually quality content (or at least better than it would be if I was rushing to create seven posts each week), but it also prevents me from developing the dreaded blogger burnout. In high school when I had more time to blog I would frequently feel as though I needed to take breaks or a hiatus and return when blogging no longer felt like a chore. Fortunately, the way my life is now structured in college forces me to step away from blogging each semester due to a lack of free time. As a result, I enter each vacation period feeling refreshed and ready to blog because I haven’t been able to dedicate any significant time to it in months.

Rosianna’s video really resonated with me as it likely does with many other people as well. It’s an important discussion to have, not only with others but also with ourselves. Recognizing and accepting when we need to step back and take some time to relax is a valuable step towards feeling less stressed, more creative, and happier overall.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you also struggle with knowing when to take a break? What are your tips for setting goals that are both challenging and realistic? Have any recommendations of other videos or books about this topic? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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22 thoughts on “How Do You Prevent Blogging Burnout? | Discussion

  1. I struggle SO MUCH with goal setting. Like right now it’s sunday night and I want to finish a book, practice viola, practice piano, read some of someone elses book to give them feedback, work on my own writing, do some book reviews because I”m hopelessly behind and if I have some time to spare maybe work on the 4000 word research paper due on friday that I haven’t started. It’s also already half past 7 and I haven’t even eaten dinner yet. Obviously, these goals are unrealistic, and so this makes me constantly feel unproductive, even if I relatively am productive. I need to watch this video! And thanks for the post ❤

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    1. That’s 100% how I feel right now… I’m home for spring break and there are so many things that I want to get done but just not enough time to do them all! (Side note: that’s so cool that you play viola and piano!!) I think the most important thing is to remember that we’re only capable of doing a finite amount before we run out of time or energy or both. Any progress is still progress! 🙂

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  2. I struggled with changing as times changed – like you said, being in school and having more time rather than when I started working full time – or when I had a family. I had to accept that priorities change, and I needed to change my habits along with it – less blogging time, which is OK. And also, I had to accept that I blog for the fun of it – it’s not something I ever want to turn into a full time thing now, so I don’t need to be “on it” 24×7.

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  3. Great post, Holly! I’m glad to hear that the video resonated with you and that you’ve found a way to set a more realistic goal re: your blog.

    I must admit that I’ve never really struggled with goal-setting, though I do sometimes struggle with burnouts – for me, though, the worry is that the burnout lasts forever. I tend to spoil myself quite a bit (i.e. I’m really a slave to my moods, haha) and just follow whatever I feel like, so if I don’t feel like doing something, I just don’t… and while I know blogging is for fun and all that, I have to admit that I also “use” it as a way to feel productive. Tbh, though, I don’t REALLY set goals with my blog. I have “goals” and have written about them, but they’re more just like ~one day this is what I hope gonna happen~ instead of “I’m going to strive to achieve these benchmarks!”. So it’s all very chill for me.

    I’ve typed all this and I’m just realising I don’t really have a point, oops. 🙈 Anyway, how I prevent blogging burnout – I just follow how I feel. Some weeks I read a lot and draft a lot of posts, some weeks I barely do anything, haha.

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    1. I wish I was so chill about blogging (please, send some of your extra chillness my way!). 🙂 Following how you feel is actually really great advice that I should probably follow more often. At the end of the day, this blog is really just for me… and if I don’t have any new ideas or feel like blogging that particular week, it should be okay for me to just take a breather.

      Thanks for the advice! 🙂

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      1. Haha, it’s not all good, trust me! I’m too chill about pretty much everything – I’ll be happy to give some of it away. 😛

        Yes, exactly! I really didn’t mean that you should do what I do, just that this is what works for me. Different people handle things differently, after all. ❤

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  4. Great post! I’ll have to check that video later …
    If you ever see my “to-do lists”, you’ll find in them two or three things (sometimes even more) that I couldn’t accomplish that day. That’s because I think I have all the time in the world (when I don’t), and I easily forget that when I’m under pressure, I tend to procrastinate, and then, later, I have to work with the double of the effort. This usually leads to frequent burnouts too. So I have to work on my schedule AND my habits!
    I’m glad you found something that works for you 🙂

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    1. Thanks!! And I totally feel you– I make to-do lists like it’s my job, and very rarely do I end up crossing off everything I hoped to accomplish that day. But as long as something is crossed off, that’s progress, right? 🙂

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  5. I feel this. My solution to it is to marathon-write tons and tons of blog posts and then schedule them for later, but even then I have to admit that it’s not a perfect fix because sometimes I don’t feel like writing all those posts in the first place! I think it’s really easy to burn out as a blogger, and with a hectic college schedule it’s even more likely.

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    1. Marathon-writing posts in advance is usually my strategy of choice as well, at least over breaks when I’m home and have more free time to dedicate to blogging. But you’re right: it’s definitely not the perfect fix! Hopefully we can both find something that works for us 🙂

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  6. I agree about finding how many posts per week u can devote. It really really helps. People often compare themselves to others and end up feeling depressed. Each person has a different time available to devote to this. I have started making drafts this year. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. I think it is nice to reduce your no of posts when you feel like a burnout coming. So that way your blog isn’t stagnant. And nor are you over exerting yourself

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  7. Omg I’m exactly like you Holly! I’ve always been an overachiever who loooves doing many things at once haha people used to tease me ambitious and I was… ashamed for it. But then I started to really learn about myself and realized that it wasn’t a trait that I should be ashamed of so I just own it and put it to my best advantage hahaha so naturally, when it comes to blogging I get a little too intense. I want to do everything quickly and it’s exhausting. Also like you, it took some time for me to finally work on a schedule that is comfortable for me. It also took a while for me to realize that it’s okay to take a step back and take some time to myself whenever the dreaded burnout happens. Great post! ❤

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