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Blogger Burn-Out

Blogger burn-out is a phase when words do not compute with your brain. You have ideas! Endless ideas! But somehow they are not working their way to the page. Instead, you walk, you talk, you clean, and do anything but write. I have been having one of those months!

I’m calling it a very bad case of blogger burn-out!

I suspect it is something that can happen to the best of us as we deal with other daily stressors.  It is at those times I am apt to blog less and become very unsociable.

I look at my blog. It looks at me. I shut down my screen. I pretend it does not exist. It is not waiting for me. But at the same time I know I need to write, speak, say anything!

But the words fail. They hand at my finger tips! The only thing left is to recharge, take a deep breath, inhale the fresh air, and reads a book or two or three or four.

It was with that to return to my blog and hope it will forgive me like a reckless lover dashing off at the end of a passionate night.  Sometimes I feel like I have failed and must try harder! But how?

Do you ever suffer from blogger burn-out? How do you recharge your batteries?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

74 replies

  1. Don’t try harder, try less. Remember to have fun. You post a lot of fun things, creative things. Think of the eggs… feeling empty of ideas and words builds false walls we believe we cannot see past.

    When I first blogged, a lot of it was personal history, mixed with an occasional news or book commentary. Now, heavy with fiction, it comes easy, even as it only takes up an hour or two in the midst of novel editing.

    Have fun. Laugh. Do something silly. Talk about it.

    1. You are so right Nelle! I need to get back to me 🙂 I have to make time for my eggs and just have fun!

      I think it has just been a long winter. I’m going to get back at it and have fun! One egg coming up!

  2. Creativity breeds creativity. When I get stuck, all I have to do is read other bloggers to get inspired. That and massive amounts of coffee… something about jittery nerves makes the words just flow. Sometimes, some of them are actually quite good 🙂

    1. So many blog have the ability to inspire! I could read them for days 🙂 It’s one of my favorite things to do!

      Perhaps, I need to increase my coffee in take and chocolate! I think I have a cream egg lurking somewhere…

  3. One of the thing that’s helped me tremendously is to find my own pace, my own publishing schedule. Because I write longer pieces, I want people to have time to read them, and a once every 6-7 schedule seems to be just fine. That gives me time to write, too. A daily photo blog is one thing – writing is another.

    Remember – many of the “shoulds” and “oughts” of blogging are put out there by people who have burned out and just need something to write about. So, they tell us what to do!

    1. I am not very good with “shoulds” and “oughts” it’s when I read those posts they make me want to break all of the rules 😉 I do have a calendar and part of my problem is that I haven’t scheduled anything. So I think I need to take your advice just breathe and organize my thoughts.

  4. I just have a deadline every day and leave it at that. When I feel dry, am tired, don’t have an idea, etc., I queue up a repost. I’m coming off a week of very creative blogging, and I did two reposts in a row to recharge.

    Above all, I try not to forget that my blog is for ME. I love that people read it, visit it, like it, subscribe to it, share it, etc., but I write for ME, because I have to do it.

    1. That’s the one thing I love about blogging is it my own little space is a place for me! And I love visiting everyone and hearing their voice shine through in their own homes. I like having a deadline it gives me focus and I really should get back at it 🙂

  5. I like Andra’s response, ‘I write for ME, because I have to do it.’
    Some days I feel like what the *bleep*! Then I remember, oh, I can have my staff writers Chuckles, the farm dog, and Miss Juanetta, the housekeeper fill in for me.
    Of course, getting good help these days is always a challenge! Lol!
    Okay, I think your egg timer is about to go off . . . 🙂

    1. LOL! Good help is hard to find 😉 I think Mag the Egg has a new love interest – he is a real big star in the egg world and has been a pain with contract negotiations. Who knew eggs could be such divas?

  6. I agree with Nelle – don’t try too hard… it is supposed to be fun…. and you are an amazing writer….

    I get something different – I don’t burn out with writing because I always have posts stored up (I write when I have time – usually on a plane – and then save them to post later). But I get burned out keeping up with everyone elses posts and comment replies. I feel bad not visiting everyone, and commenting, but sometimes there is just not enough time in the day. I stress myself about this, and then I try to go on a reading / commenting frenzy… I keep saying I have to take a break, but then I don’t because I know I would miss the banter too much… make sense?

    1. Thank you Hilary! I don’t think you should ever feel bad about not commenting…Life gets busy and sometimes we have to drop a ball. I have so many blogs that I have to visit this week but at the same time if I don’t make it to everyone there is always next week. Our blogs will always be there and you should never feel the pressure to comment.

      I love the banter! The sense of community and the lively conversations so I totally get what you mean 🙂

  7. When I feel like that I walk away temporarily and occupy my mind with other things. I also don’t put any pressure on myself. This is supposed to be fun not something that adds another layer of stress to my life. If it takes me 10 days or two weeks so be it.
    Hang in there.

    1. Thank you for understanding, Paprika! I really think this little break has been good…I’m starting to feel like me and some ideas are finally starting to flow. I just need to pen in time to get it done 🙂

  8. I think I have it too. I can’t force writing, so when I have block I step away and do what you said, read a bit, take some photos, think and try not to be rough on myself for having said “block”. You are so busy encouraging others, I’m not sure when you have time to write Darcie 🙂

    1. I loved your last post! I don’t think you have anything to worry about Karen 🙂 I feel like sense I let out I’m getting some inspiration back. I might have to share some photos this week from our last trip!

  9. there was a time when I was pregnant with #3 and I was in the hospital for 5 weeks – that was kind of a forced bloggy break. but when I returned home, on bed rest, I still wasn’t motivated to write. And I didn’t — until she was almost a year!! but I only had about 4 followers then, and no one ever left comments, so I wasn’t missed at all. LOL
    When I returned, it was with so much inspiration it over-flowed. and thankfully, thus far, it keeps flowing. I tend to focus more on writing, and less on the whole social media constant tweet and Facebook stuff. keeping up with that stuff is pressure, but writing – it’s always an enjoyable release.

    1. Writing is an enjoyable release and I feel blessed that I have a great platform to share my thoughts with so many people. Sometimes we just need to walk away from all the noise and just write.

  10. This is supposed to be fun…so a number of folks are saying. I think there’s truth to that. I have the opposite problem from you…i think I blog to avoid my life, so when I can get away from this world, like I did yesterday when my daughter and I took a hike, I feel I am being a good girl. It’s so funny how different all of our perspectives can be.

    In addressing creative block…I agree reading the extended works of others, a book, like you mentioned, is a good thing. Reading books is always good.

    1. It is suppose to be fun and is a wonderful escape 🙂 I bet your hike yesterday must have been beautiful and a marvelous way to become inspired by nature!

      Reading is always good. I was just thinking what to crack open next…A good book always warms the soul and lightens the mind 🙂

  11. I was so glad to see you write on the topic, showing it truly can happen to the best of us, if it can happen to our Belle. I’m in a “break.” It may be burnout, or a reflection period, or some time needed to finish that darn Hunger Games series.

  12. Hi Darcie! This is a great post, and it surely gave me something to think about. I have not been blogging anywhere near as long as you have, but I have just recently run into feeling burned-out. Sigh!

    But I want to write, I have lots to say, and yet the words typed before make no sense at all. Naturally, I don’t want to PUBLISH rubbish for my friends to read. Putting my thoughts down in a diary is one thing, but very different when it is for many out there to read. lol!

    Find your “mojo” again, Amiga!

    1. Thank you, Virginia! Sometimes it’s best to take a little step back…I have lots of ideas I just need to implement more of them 🙂

      I don’t think you would ever write rubbish! I always look forward to a new post from you! The best part is I never know how you will make me laugh or tear up next!

  13. You haven’t failed, Belle, and you don’t need to try harder. It’ll come when you’re ready. We all take vacations from occupations, hobbies and (occassionally) obsessions. Just take your time, maybe wait until it’s fun again, and we will all be here when you’re back! Barring that? Go people-watch at the mall for awhile. SCADS of material, there!

  14. I think, we all have moments like this. I was just telling the hubby the other day that it seems like such a busy time right now and blogging isn’t always in the cards. I feel like Hilary with the reading/commenting… I feel like I have to do it so I don’t disappoint anyone. But sometimes it’s just too much… I recharge by hanging out with my kids, taking tons of pictures and yes, reading a book or two!!! Take your time and it’ll come back when you’re ready.

    1. Thank you 🙂 I had a great day recharging and am slowly starting to feel like myself 🙂 Blogging is meant to be fun and enjoy your time online. You should never stress about commenting 🙂

  15. Yes I have had blogger burnout. I have two blogs but after my son graduated college I found I didn’t have angst to write about any more. So now I write about food and cooking. I always have something to conquer in the kitchen

  16. Not for nothing, but you still owe me a post on “Mr. Balloon Man.” Why not start there, and see where it leads you?

    Good luck with the recharge – I can’t wait to start reading you again =]

    1. Thank you! It’s funny after I wrote that last post a little inspiration struck. It comes at the most interesting times! I’m working on a photo post at the moment and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  17. Everyone has such great advice! I just recently started blogging so not encountering this problem yet, but for now a lot of my inspiration comes from other people’s blogs and other websites. I just feel like there is so much to learn about to see! I feel like blogging about expressing your passions and sharing what you learn with others – whether it be about life, about fashion, about new places, etc. If I ever feel burnt out about blogging on a certain topic, I may try to explore a new area of topics that I might not think I was that interested in before.

    1. It is wonderful that you have so much creative energy bursting forth! The great thing about blogging is that it connects you with so many inspirational people. And one of the many reasons that I love it 🙂

  18. Belle,
    I’m finding the more my blog is picking up, the more it is difficult to answer every single comment, which I want to do as I feel I owe it to whoever takes the time to reply. The more blogs I follow, too, the more difficult it is to leave substantial comments on others’ posts… Right?
    I should hire an assistant-Le Clown.
    Le Clown

    1. I think you should 🙂

      Comments are such a gift! I love them! They are like unwrapping a big present each morning 🙂 I am behind on my commenting this week and plan on catching up! There are so many great posts!

      I will be hopping by for a visit in a bit 🙂

  19. Um, the 2-month absence of writing show my own blogger burnout. Unfortunately my burnout extended to reading blogs, commenting of my fave blogs (so sorry I’ve been gone), reading books, writing, veering off my health plan. Actually I had become horribly depressed. Moral of the story, if a passion starts to wane, be alert that it might be more than burn out.

    1. It`s nice to see you back! I have been hoping everything is okay 🙂 How did your trip go?

      I`m heeding your warning I find when I am a little more stressed that I am more apt to just drop everything.

  20. When that hit, I went on reading (as you know, The Wall Street Journal, magazines, or hang out with people.) Somehow those help me coming up with ideas. Also I started to dig-out the trips that I went before. That seems to help me as well.The problem with my commitment of posting daily (as my friends have come to expect and normally at the same exact moments more or less,) sometimes on the weekends when either I don’t have time or lack of words, I feel I may fail my own commitment. That could take the fun out from writing.

    1. I think we should write for ourselves and hope people come back to visit for us 🙂 But you can find inspiration in so much! A conversation, a book, a movie, the outdoors, it’s just about clearing the clutter from the brain and just writing the darn thing!

      1. 🙂 Pretty much. And yes, you are right about we should write for ourselves. I understand the concept, but I need to insert that into my head. Meaning, I shouldn’t feel pressure for not writing. I do enjoy writing but I just need to make sure it doesn’t become a drag. 🙂

  21. Just because the pressure’s all internal doesn’t make it any less real. I can’t imagine there’s anyone who doesn’t get burnt out on every little aspect of life at one time or another, and one as intensive as blogging is a logical place for it to happen, especially when it’s entirely voluntary and unpaid, as it is for most of us. But eventually, we tend to come back to the original reasons we started the task of blogging, the *real* payoffs, and all’s swell with the world again. Nothing wrong with recharging, rethinking, taking a vacation, whatever it takes! If it isn’t fun, fulfilling and/or meaningful, why do it?? 🙂 You have enough mojo to fill ten trains, so if blogging is what you *want* to do, you’ll always come back to it eventually. 😀

    1. I’m working back at it 🙂 It is getting easier by the day…I’m sure within the next week I will be back full force.

      Thank you for your kinds words and advice! It means a lot to me 🙂

  22. I’ve been going through much of the same thing – and the longer I stayed away, the harder it was to come back and blog. But I think I work at other things better when I make the effort, so I’m working my way back. My big challenge has been feeling like I can’t blog if I don’t read and comment on the blogs I like, which is a bit crazy. I just have to find a new rhythm.

    1. Me too! I feel the same way! I know there are so many people I want to visit and make the time (like you). I just need to get my rhythm back.

      I signed up for Nablopomo for the month of May and hope it will be the kick in the pants I need 😉

  23. I have periods of blankness and it can be disconcerting but things pop into your head when you least expect it and your off writing again. The anxiety is natural but it is not warrented. Easy to say but also true. I’ve been there

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