I love being a blogger. I started out blogging as a hobby mostly as an outlet for myself. Although I have been blogging for several years, I have just really started being consistent for the last 6 to 7 months.While I still use blogging as an outlet, I now focus on helping other women too. Blogging has allowed me to join some really great blogging communities and form relationships with other bloggers.
While it only happens rarely, some days I hate blogging. There are days that are tough. There are days I want to quit. There are days where I feel that if I'm not on social media promoting my latest blog post 24/7 that I'm not doing enough. Sometimes even after the 24/7 I can feel like I haven't done enough. Maybe I should put in more hours, post more often, be on social more...
Burn out is real and I have been getting a bit too warm for comfort.
I recently attended a webinar where the teacher mentioned it takes 7 times of seeing something for you to learn it. If my tips for avoiding burnout look familiar just read it anyway and count it towards your seven times.
When I first started blogging, I would stare at my screen hoping I would figure out something to post. The pressure to come up with something when you have nothing is intense. By having a content calendar I can avoid the stress of not knowing what to post.
When I started really blogging consistently, I had way too many things I was trying to do. I was surfing other blogs, commented on blog posts, stumbling posts on Stumbleupon, commenting and liking on Instagram posts, pinning on Pinterest, engaging with multiple Facebook pages, and watching webinars. I realized pretty quickly that there was no way I could do all of those things plus live my life. I had to determine which things were the most important to me and would lead to the most direct growth for my blog.
This goes along with setting priorities. I get a lot of email requests to post on this, that, or the other. While I like the opportunities to make money for my family, I can't say yes to everything. I pick very carefully the sponsored posts I accept. I take into account the expectations they have as well as the schedule I have on my content calendar.
I like control so I don't outsource much. However, when this is an option you should at least try it. If you have the financial ability to hire a VA, that can help with a lot. I will be writing more about what I outsource in an upcoming post, I promise.
So this one is still a problem for me. There is a blogger that started around the same time as me that is having way more success than I am. They probably know that I am talking about them as it isn't the first time I've mentioned them. I've almost wanted to quit because they had overnight success and I am still working hard to grow. Giving up isn't the answer, but becoming consumed doesn't help either.
Earlier this month I made a goal to limit the hours I spent on my blog. I haven't cut my hours down to 20 a week yet but I have cut them down a lot. To do this, I have marked out times on my calendar where I won't do anything blog or social media related.