Susan J. Reinhardt and I were discussing how we felt a little burnt out with blogging, trying to keep up with writing posts and visiting blogs and whatnot. Blogging, entangled with work, commitments and life can seem extra challenging at times.
Don't misunderstand - we love blogging. Because...
- You meet great people. Susan and I first connected through blogging and became good friends. And of course, we've met you too. :)
- It provides exposure for our writing and other pursuits.
- It acts as a forum to interact with other writers.
- It's an opportunity to give back to the writing community.
- It offers a way to sharpen writing skills.
The perks are great! It's an amazing experience to be part of such a wonderful group of people.
But still, week after week, especially with other commitments, blogging can bog you down sometimes. During our discussion, I mentioned the need for a Blogger Burnout Spa to refresh the tired blogger. We discussed a spa equipped with chocolate and good reading material, nestled in a secluded location. The peaceful atmosphere, of course, would provide much needed rest and rejuvenation.
Never one to miss a writing opportunity, Susan came up with this post where she elaborates on her ideal spa.
Which of course, made me think. My perfect blog spa would include:
- Good books
- Wonderful mountain views
- Hiking paths
- My husband :)
Then I started thinking again. How can we avoid blogger burnout?
Anyone who has been blogging a while knows that it's not for the faint of heart. It takes time and effort. A good blog doesn't happen by accident, and it isn't just about posting. Maintaining the site, returning comments, visiting others' blogs, etc. are part of the package too.
Here's my short list to avoid burning the candle from both ends:
1) Take regular breaks. Stepping away frees time for other activities. This change of pace can offer much needed breathing room and inspiration.
2) Share guest posts. The occasional (or frequent) guest post offers a reprieve for the host and a bit of variety for the readers.
3) Consider post frequency in light of other priorities. Blogging can consume more writing time (as in, you don't get to other writing) than one might think For example, I post twice a week, but am seriously considering going down to once a week for a season so I can focus on pending projects.
How about you? Do you ever need a break from blogging? What do you do to avoid burnout in any area of your life? What would your perfect blog spa offer?
Have a great weekend!
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