Blogging Insights — Burnout

Blogging insights

Dr. Tanya, at Salted Caramel, published another one of her Blogging Insights posts in which she poses one or more questions about blogging.  In this case, she asked three questions about blogger burnout.

Here are her three questions:

1. What, in your opinion, is “blogger burnout”?

0D7E35C2-D78B-4F90-9322-1C824617CB1DI think blogger burnout occurs when you lose your motivation to blog, when the joy of blogging disappears, and it becomes a chore. It’s different, I think, from writer’s block, where you still have the desire to write, but are drawing a blank. In burnout, that desire to write has left you, temporarily, at least.

I suffered blogger burnout in 2015 on my previous blog, which , I abruptly shut down. I had become obsessed with my blog. I was always thinking about it, talking about it, and even dreaming about it. I was still working at the time and my work was starting to suffer because I was more focused on my blog than I was on my job. I was even more focused on my blog than on my family, and it was putting my marriage in jeopardy. I finally decided that I needed to regain control — and balance — in my life, so I just stopped blogging. I don’t know whether or not that technically was a case of blogger burnout. But I do know that I was having a life flameout and I needed to stop blogging in order to get my real world life back on track.

2. Have you ever suffered from blog related stress?

I suppose what I just confessed about why I shut down my previous blog was an example of blog related stress. I think another stress inducing factor in a blogger’s life is stats. I look at my stats on a daily basis and, even though I realize that they vary significantly from one day to the next, if my stats are down for a stretch of two or three days in a row, it does cause me stress.

For example, I was looking at my monthly stats today and, much to my chagrin, November was the third month in a row where my views dropped. In fact, I had fewer views in November than I had for any other month this year except for February, which had only 28 days. And my blog had more than 1,500 fewer views this November than it had in November 2018! So yes, when I saw this chart of monthly views, I felt stress.e2ab2a6a-6e75-4197-87b1-15f5d9ca3c69.jpeg

3. What steps could you suggest to keep blogging from becoming a stressful activity?

For me, the answer is simple. Stop looking at, being concerned with, or worrying about stats. I love to write. I rarely run out of opinions to express, perspective to share, or stories to tell. It’s fun. It’s fulfilling. It helps me to hone my imagination and creativity and to keep my mind active and sharp. So I need to do my thing and not worry about how many views, likes, or comments my posts get.

Blogging is not a contest or a competition. It’s an outlet for creative self-expression and to be happy with what I create. It’s the act of writing and publishing what I’ve written on my blog that provides me with a sense of accomplishment. If people read what I write, like it, and comment on it, great. But if not, I shouldn’t let that stress me out. At least not so much that it will result in blogger burnout!

23 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Burnout

  1. Stroke Survivor UK December 2, 2019 / 6:43 am

    I notice funnies with the stats – for example, I see far fewer views on days that I don’t post, which says that people are largely driven by that notification pane. But, that’s how I use WordPress myself so I can’t complain. I do also find that reader response spurs me on, I’d be less inclined to write if nobody viewed/liked/commented

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    • Fandango December 2, 2019 / 8:03 am

      That’s true. The community aspect of blogging adds so much to the experience.

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  2. Sadje December 2, 2019 / 6:56 am

    I agree that one should not look at stats at all. Or maybe one a month. I think the November stats are low for most people as lots of bloggers were doing the NaNo or what is it’s name. Never got a hang of it.

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  3. pensitivity101 December 2, 2019 / 8:39 am

    Certainly agree with your third response Fandango. Stats are OK, but comment are better. November was my best month so far, my worst day for views being Nov 21st, a day I was away from my blog, but it was still quite a respectable number.

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  4. KC December 2, 2019 / 8:41 am

    First, thank you for blogging. I enjoy your posts/opinions, etc.
    Second, I can’t remember the last time I looked at my stats…I just don’t care.
    And finally: I think, if you still care about your stats, it’s the political climate and the holiday season…that’s what you can ‘blame’ for your low readership these last few months. 🙂

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  5. paeansunplugged December 2, 2019 / 10:05 am

    I agree, blogging is not a contest. It is a creative outlet and more than likes, comments matter.

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  6. December 2, 2019 / 11:20 am

    I was moved by your admission of how the older blog you had was taking control over your life entirely. Thank goodness, you were able to put things into perspective once again, and were able to start blogging again.
    You mentioned the dreaded stats… OMG! That is a big “no-no” for me. I pay way too much attention to that, and I seriously need to stop doing that.
    I was truly upset this past month when I noticed a decline. I wrote just as much as I had in previous months, plus I had gained several new followers… I didn’t quite understand what was happening.
    But… Again, they vary all the time. I don’t believe it is any wrongdoing on our parts.
    This was a great post to read. Thank you.

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  7. Esme upon the Cloud December 2, 2019 / 11:48 am

    ‘For me, the answer is simple. Stop looking at, being concerned with, or worrying about stats. I love to write.’ – That’s it in a nutshell. Enjoy loving to write and forget the stats, or how long it is since you last blogged and if people will think this or that etc. I agree there’s a brick wall many people hit too, often around the two to three-year mark and they either stop altogether or start a new blog, sometimes on a new platform. It’s interesting looking into it and I’m glad you recognised the problems you were having and did something about it because there’s so much joy to be gleaned from writing and all the more-so from sharing it.

    – Esme Cloud

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  8. JT Twissel December 2, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    I don’t get tired so much of the blogging but of promoting the blog via social networks. That can get to be a drag. But then I don’t blog as often as most people.

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    • Fandango December 2, 2019 / 2:07 pm

      Since I’m not on any other social media sites besides WordPress, I am not burdened by trying to promote my blog on those sites.

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  9. Taswegian1957 December 2, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    I liked your comment on the difference between burnout and writer’s block. I was struggling in the winter as I sometimes do to find material to post. I wasn’t getting out much and word prompts don’t always inspire me. I wanted to write but it was uphill work. I do look at my stats most days and it did bother me that November was not a good month for me even though I knew it wouldn’t be. I was preparing to move house and did not write as much as usual. My stats seem to be driven largely by the photo challenges I join in and I missed a few. Still, I know I will get back on track and in the overall picture, my stats for the year are better than last year. I do think that if blogging starts to feel like a chore a break is necessary. It’s supposed to be fun after all. I don’t promote my blog on social media either. I can’t be bothered with Twitter and Instagram and don’t really want to start a Facebook page especially for that. I did use FB before they changed their rules.

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    • Fandango December 2, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      The key to both writer’s block and to burnout, I think, is to take a break before it overwhelms you. I took a two year break before starting this blog and that break helps me keep things in perspective these days.

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      • Taswegian1957 December 2, 2019 / 5:35 pm

        I think you are right.I enjoy the blogging community and sometimes just check in to read and comment even if I don’t contribute. Basically I think if it stopped being fun I’d stop doing it.

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  10. Marilyn Armstrong December 2, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    For me, it’s when I feel i need to do it for a variety of reason, not all of which have anything to do creativity. Much of it is a sense of obligation that times are deeply troubled and it’s not okay to pull into ones shell and pretend nothing is going on.

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  11. annieasksyou December 3, 2019 / 8:59 am

    I admire your honesty in sharing the travails involving your first blog, and I know I’m far from alone in my happiness that you’ve returned!

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  12. leigha66 December 3, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    Interesting insights on burnout and stress in the blogging world. I was getting too stressed from stats that I may just look at them once a month now.

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  13. cheriewhite December 16, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    Awesome article. I love to blog and the thought of burnout is scary to me. I wouldn’t say I’ve had burnouts, but there are times I do need a week’s break to recharge my batteries. After these rest periods, my concentration is stronger and I tend to write better.
    Thank you for posting!

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