Blogging is good because:
- You meet great people.
- It can sharpen writing skills.
- It's an opportunity to give back.
- It acts as a forum to interact with other writers.
- It provides exposure for our writing and other pursuits.
My December 15 post discussed why we blog, and it was unanimous - the perks, particularly the people, are great.
A good blog doesn't just happen though. Anyone who says blogging is a breeze probably hasn't been at it very long.
Writing posts, visiting blogs, maintaining the site, related social media - it all takes time. Add blogging to other writing, work, and life's commitments, and our plate becomes very full.
After a while, blogging can bog you down.
How can we avoid burnout?
- Take regular breaks. Stepping away frees time for other activities. This change of pace can offer breathing room and inspiration.
- Share guest posts. A guest post offers a reprieve for the host and a bit of variety for the readers. It also helps promote other writers.
- Consider posting less frequently. Blogging consumes regular writing time (as in, you don't get to other projects).
Stepping back to gain perspective can help restore and maintain balance. This is always a good thing.
Visiting a Friend
The gracious and lovely author Becky Lewellen Povich is hosting me on her blog. If you have a moment, please stop by and see us!
Taking My Own Advice
Speaking of balance, I am taking a break to catch up on projects. I'm also getting ready for my 6th Blogoversary celebration in March. The party will include a few special guests and giveaways. I'll be back from break on February 16.
Do you take blog breaks? How do you avoid burnout in any area of your life?
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