Since I recently went through a bout of blogging burnout, I thought it was the perfect time to do another Book Blogging for Beginners post, this one all about how to deal with (and prevent) blogging burnout. Because burnout happens, and you shouldn’t let it kill your blog (or yourself). Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years about cutting down on blogging stress, and how to keep it at a minimum:
Give Yourself a Break
I can’t stress how important this is. I’m guessing the vast majority of book blogs – mine included – are not a primary source of income, so don’t treat it like a job. You’re allowed to give yourself a break, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I’ve gotten so much better at not forcing myself to write something on days I’m feeling unmotivated, and it’s made the other days a lot easier and blogging much less stressful overall. Your well-being is always more important than your blog.
The few times I’ve managed to schedule posts weeks in advance have been life-changing. Because then, when I don’t feel up to writing a post, it can wait a few days. The pressure is gone, the posts are better, and blogging feels more like a fun hobby than an unpaid second job. When you have a day off, try and write a few posts for the future. That way, when burnout strikes, you don’t have to stress even more.
This also applies to all the preparation for posts. Don’t request (or accept) five ARCs that all come out on the same day if you know you won’t be able to get to them in time. Give yourself time to prep so you’re not rushing posts.
Don’t Feel Guilty
I’ve definitely fallen prey to the nagging guilt that comes with missing a post. But I’ve since realized that’s kind of stupid. I don’t think anyone really cares too much if I go a week without reviews or miss a weekly wrap up. It might feel like a big deal, but it’s not. If you have a blog, it’s your blog, and you can do whatever you want with it. Including skipping a day or two. Something that took me a while to realize: you don’t owe your readers anything. I love sharing with you, and publishing posts, but I shouldn’t feel obligated to. So take a week (or a month) off if you have to, but don’t feel guilty about it.
Accept That Things Take Time
Don’t work yourself ragged trying to make your blog the best it can be right this second. You’ll get there, but it takes time and practice. Focus on improving little things in manageable ways. They’ll become second nature, and you won’t sacrifice your motivation in the process.
Have Another Hobby
Blogging is such a strange hobby in that – whether or not you’re making money from it – it often feels like work. It might be fun, but it’s still work. And it can be a lot of work depending on what you’re blogging about and how often you post. So don’t treat it like it’s that one fun thing you do after work. Make sure you have something that is actually relaxing (reading counts), so you’re not piling on the stress.
Whether your a brand-new or experienced blogger, I hope you found this post helpful. These things might seem like common sense, but they took me a long time to learn (I still feel the need to apologize when I skip a post). Really, just don’t make blogging so stressful that you burn yourself out in the first place. Trust me on this one.
Have you experienced blogging burnout? Do you have any tips or tricks on dealing with it? Let me know in the comments!