Tips, Ideas & Advice: Blogging Burnout

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Welcome back to another edition of Tips, Ideas & Advice!

This week, we’re talking about blogging, one of my favorite topics. Last week, I asked:

I’m teetering on the edge of burnout from blogging non-stop for over 6 months now. Do you have any ideas how I can avoid that? Take a break? Write less? Quit?

First, thank you all who wrote in to encourage me and to ask me not to quit! Your words mean a lot to me, I do appreciate you taking the time to write me.

I don’t think any blogger is immune to burnout, whether you’ve been blogging 6 months, a year, two years or longer. At some point, you’d start to feel that you want to do anything, but blog. I hope the following advice will help you, as it did me. (This post is going to be a little long, I got a lot of good advice!)

Christi of My Tempered Tantrum (@mytempered):

There have been a few times when I felt impending blogging burnout. What seems to work well for me is to keep a set schedule. I decided a while ago that I would post absolutely no more than 3 times a week. I only work on my blog during certain hours. When it’s not “work” time, I try really hard to avoid emails, tweets, etc that might suck me back in. I don’t have a smart phone, so that helps. Not only am I not burning out, but I’m actually considering starting a second blog, if I figure out how to schedule in time for that.  Other than that, just keep reminding yourself that there are a lot of people (myself included) who enjoy reading your blog!

RoryBore of Time Out for Mom (@rorybore):

I had been to trying to post, read, comment, tweet every day – all to build followers.  Trying to learn how to design my site myself.  Many hours were logged! All while adjusting to a new baby, and watch two older children. And the home.  And the garden. And church. And perhaps a social life – maybe a date with my husband. I was overwhelmed and losing my blogging mojo!  So I decided to put myself on a blogging schedule. One that suited me! My voice – not what some other more popular blog did.  Each day of the week would have its own theme/agenda. This helped me plan and organize my posts.  At first I was worried a schedule might inhibit creativity, but instead I found it actually opened the doors! I no longer sat in front of the computer wondering, “what will I write about today?”.

For those times when inspiration and spontaneity strike – I just go with it.  That way I don’t get bored, and hopefully my readers don’t either. And most importantly – I take one day off.  You have to get out and experience life,  in order to write about it.  Weekends? Family time. Life is about balance. If inspiration and time permit, maybe something every now and then,  but no pressure.

Kristi of The Robot Mommy (@therobotmommy):

Many a day goes by that I go, “What have I done? This blog is becoming too much to keep up with!” When I started t.r.m., I knew it would become a labor of love. It would become so hard to manage some days but then inspiration would strike and I had an outlet. I created it as a diary for my children and it always will be that but it’s my personal challenge to write something everyday.

I may not post it or it might become something small and fleeting that I tweet or put on Facebook, but I’m writing.  And that’s for me. When you get uninspired, take a break. Go take photos of your son or around the house of things that you love. They may trigger a post within in or give you a chance to share another side of you.

Leah from Far From Perfect Mamma (@FFPMaMMa):

While I love blogging I need to do it for myself and for my daughter.  Not for my readers/followers.  Just like when we are told to not write what we think others will want to read, but what we want to write.  To be ourselves.  The same applies to what and how we write our posts.  It cannot become a job, but needs to remain your passion.  Otherwise your posts will become less interesting, less appealing and less fulfilling for your followers as well as for yourself.

I also think it helps to step back and evaluate why and how you are blogging. For me I knew I wanted to do some additional things to make it more fun and engaging so I am going through a design overhaul.  This will allow me to change things up a bit and allow for additional creativity.

Take a break only until your heart tells you when you have something to write. You don’t have to write less.  Again, let your heart and passion for writing lead you. And only quit if the passion is gone.

Lindsey of Campfire Song (@dashingly):

Remember why I started. I began to write my blog because I had something I wanted to say, and it’s a type of therapy for me. It was FUN. I had to make it fun again. Quit the unnecessary stuff. I deleted my Klout account and stopped attending every Twitter party that crossed my stream. SEO and formatting and the other blog “rules” aren’t as important to me as just writing. Reduce posting to 3-4 times per week, instead of 5-6. I wanted a sustainable balance, and posting less often is better than having to take a month off for burnout. Write shorter posts. If I only have the attention span to write a 300-word post, people probably only have the attention span to READ a 300-word post too. Write ahead. I’m expecting a new baby very soon so I’ve been doing this anyway. But not having that pressure of “OMG I have this due tomorrow and don’t feel like writing a thing” is a huge relief.  Ask for guest posters.

Kristin of What She Said (@SaidKristin)

I would definitely recommend writing less. Not only will it lessen your feelings of burnout, it will also give you more time to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it, resulting in all-around better content. Also, your readers might come to appreciate you even more as well – while it’s always fun to see a new post from one of your favorite bloggers, there’s something to be said for the thrill of anticipation too, you know? Plus, as a blogger, you can get just as burnt out on *reading* other blogs as you can *writing* for your own. So, I’m a big proponent of only publishing 2-3 times a week. Anything more feels like overkill, both for myself and my readers.

It’s also perfectly fine to take a break if and when you need it. I’ve gone up to two weeks without posting and, while it takes some time to get my traffic back on track, it’s not like everyone – poof! – disappears. The blogosphere will always be here… and so will your loyal readers.

Missy of Wonder, Friend (@Missy_Stevens)

Give yourself a break if you feel like you’re headed toward burnout. But don’t just throw up your hands and say, “I’ve had it! I’m burned out!” Instead, have a plan, like taking a week off, or a couple days each week off. Schedule some guest posters, re-run some favorite posts, and just take the break.

Say goodbye to the guilt. In the past, when I’ve had to go on blogging breaks, the guilt nearly ate me alive. But not anymore. I take care of my family and myself first, blog second. I fulfill and obligations (whether spoken or contractual), of course, but aside from that, if I need a break from posting, I take it.

Finally, think of something you want to write or a project you want to tackle when you come back. Start a meme (or end one if running something like that is weighing you down), partner with a friend for a fun writing project, etc. Set a goal and then you have something to look forward to when you return.

Tracy of Sellabit Mum (@sellabitmum):

I would really think about why you started blogging – fame, fortune, international stardom, riches beyond believe, more shoes, or for fun, for family, for you, for connections? If you are feeling the bloggy burnout then I think you need to ask yourself why you are doing this and go back to what makes you happy because this should be fun and make us happy, right? If that means reading less blogs, responding to fewer comments, writing less or just writing when you really feel inspired – then do it….for you.

Jessica of My Time as Mom (@mytimeasmom):

I would suggest posting 3 times a week, rather than 5. (She is succinct as always!)

Phew, that is a lot of awesome advice, thank you all for taking the time to contribute. Do follow these wonderful bloggers on their blogs and Twitter!

Next week’s question comes from RoryBore of Time Out For Mom. She asks:

I would love some tips on how to make helping the kids with homework a more bonding and less stressful (and constant nagging) experience. Any advice, moms?

Any tips, ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Please email your tips, ideas and advice, or question/ topic you want me to highlight, by Friday, October 14, 10.00 p.m. (EST) to: mamawantsthis{@}gmail{.}com . Do note that I will not include tips, ideas and advice that are in comments.

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  • October 11, 2011 Life As Wife

    Great, timely advice! I try to post three times a week but sometimes life and burnout get in the way!
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I think 3x a week is very realistic, I’m targeting to do the same!

  • October 11, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    This is all wonderful advice!! I keep forgetting to e-mail you my fabulous ideas 😉
    But for real, I don’t pay attention to Klout or having a schedule. I post when I want to, join in memes when I want to, and if I miss a couple of days…oh well. I love the connections I’ve made though, and would never want to lose them!
    Hope all of those tips above help you!! I would hate it if you stopped.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I have forgotten about Klout altogether but I might need a schedule, my OCD personality demands it! I’m glad you do what works for you. I won’t stop, I love this too much!

  • October 11, 2011 Lindsey

    Every one of those tips is excellent. You’ve got some good-quality contributers 😉
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Yes, you included, thank you 🙂

  • October 11, 2011 My Inner Chick

    Mama, Alison,
    One must be completely passionate about blogging / writing ….or what is the sense of it? Why Bother?
    I agree. 5 Days a week is TOO much. How can one keep up? Balance is Everything.
    Great Advice! As Always. Xx
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      You’re right, balance is everything. I’m recalibrating now!

  • October 11, 2011 Erica M

    I read through the entire (very helpful) post to see what you’d decided. Are you still burning out? I’m sure the encouragement from your readers helped keep you going for this week. Have you made any long-term plans? We want you around forever!

    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I’ve decided I need to post less, look at my Reader less, and let go of the guilt of not visiting everyone every day. That’s probably the only way I can keep up and not burn out!

  • October 11, 2011 Hopes

    All such great advice! I’m going to bookmark this page for when my blogging burnout time comes!
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      You’ll be good, don’t worry!

  • October 11, 2011 Jessica

    My tip was the shortest of them all. Seems about right.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      You are as always, succinct!

  • October 11, 2011 mg

    I have been blogging for 7 years and now have 5 blogs and over 40 (and growing) Squidoo lenses to manage but I still can’t get enough of it. I guess if you really love something you won’t feel burnout. Also it is important not to pressure yourself to write. If you don’t then you won’t feel burnout.

    I don’t blog during weekends and sometimes I go away for 2 months and no one even notices accept me. However, I find that I lose my momentum when I do that. So the best thing to keep me going is to keep writing. Once I write, I find new and more ideas to write about. When I stop, well, thats when I get the writers block.

    I don’t have any schedule. I update whichever blog I feel like updating whenever I feel like updating them. Sometimes I update all of my blogs in a day. Sometimes I write just on one blog and leave the rest alone for weeks. Thats probably terrible SEO but its okay with me because I am not on any fixed schedule. I usually tweet and post status updates on my FB whenever I update my blogs so my small group of followers still get my infrequent updates. 😉

    I write for myself for the love of it, occasionally for readers and sometimes for money but most of all for myself. Thats what keeps me going.

    What fantastic advise you have from so many. Can’t wait to read the homework advice!

    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for your input and can I just say, wow, hats off to you for keeping up with so many online commitments!

      One reason I’m deciding to slow down is because my son is growing up fast (and he’s not slowing down) and I find that at my peak, so to speak, I was on my computer more than I should be when he’s awake. So it’s a conscious decision to be online less. Also, it’s exhausting.

  • October 11, 2011 Kimberly

    I love how Jess is short and sweet and to the point. Great tips here and they all give me something to think about.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I think your approach so far has been awesome.

  • October 11, 2011 Christi

    Wow, you got a lot of great advice on this one! I took note of several of these suggestions for myself!
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  • October 11, 2011 Brittany {Mommy Words}

    All great advice and sometimes so hard to follow. I need to get on a better schedule but most of all I need to ditch those days when I get all focused on other people’s blogs and the comments and the rankings. It is just not worth it.

    Great tips of course!
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      You’re right, life is more precious than worrying about catching up with blog reading etc, sometimes, you just have to let go.

  • October 11, 2011 Bruna

    Great tips! It seems more and more I’m reading posts from bloggers who are feeling burnt out or needing to break from blogging for a while. Finding that perfect balance isn’t easy, is it?

  • October 11, 2011 Christine

    Yowza! Such good advice! Great post, Alison!
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  • October 11, 2011 Kiddothings

    Sorry I missed this last week! I was feeling a little burnt out myself and was trying to keep up with blog reading and commenting and writing. I’ve found a solution for myself and that is to write 3 to 4 posts a week instead of everyday. Even then, I’m barely able to keep up. Blogging is hard work I tell ya!
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes, it is. I definitely need to post less.

  • October 11, 2011 Mirjam

    That’s a lot of good advice. I know all this, but, I have to be reminded sometimes. Balance is everything!
    But pretty hard if you’re an all or nothing kinda girl!
    Be sure to take good care of yourself, really don’t want you to quit blogging!

    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I definitely don’t want to quit!

  • October 11, 2011 Kristin

    Lots of good advice here! Thanks for including mine. So, are you still feeling burnt out?
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Yes I am, I haven’t had a chance to implement the tips yet, I’m slowly getting round to it. Replying to comments 5 days late is one way 🙂

  • October 11, 2011 Emily

    Great advice! I had no idea so many bloggers kept regular hours and/or wrote with a set number of posts per week in mind! That’s something to consider…

    Thanks!
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  • October 11, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    Make homework more exciting? Dress like Abraham Lincoln.

    Obviously.

    Do I need to email that to you?
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha, no, it’s okay 😉

  • October 11, 2011 Kir

    another fantastic post from you , this is why you are awesome (and maybe a little burned out, because your consistancy amazes me!!)

    I have really tried NOT to post on the weekends, I love all the “communiites” I am a part of during the week and so I like doing that, even when it burns me out but I like the weekends to catch up or just take a break from all of this. I want time with the boys and John and not worry that people are forgetting me.

    I look to you for blogging advice lately as much as I look to Jessica for other social media advice. xo
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I think I worried about people forgetting me if I post less, but time with my boy and husband (and me time) – definitely has to come first. I need blogging advice as much as I give it 🙂

  • October 11, 2011 Kimberly

    i don’t think that any blogger is immune to the burn-out. Blogging is really hard work…and just like a job. Only with a job, you’re allowed to have vacations…why is it that us with blogs feel like we can’t have a vacation once in a while???
    I’ve taken many this year.
    And surprisingly, the blogging world carried on just fine without me 😉
    I think vacations should be mandatory for our sanity.
    Who do I have to speak to to get this in the rules and regulations of blogging??
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      The Blogging Gods? I want vacations, definitely. When you sort it out with the powers to be, let me know 😉

  • October 11, 2011 Missy

    Love all of this advice! Several people said it and I concur – having a schedule is essential. I just said something about scheduling out 8-14 days and many people seemed shocked. For me, it’s what reduces panic, rushing and therefore burnout!
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  • October 11, 2011 Jamie

    Wow these are really great!! So many different ideas and perspectives but all of them basically say – do it for you and the rest will just work! Great prompt.
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  • October 11, 2011 Amanda Austin

    Agreed with all of these. I went from posting whenever to posting 3 days/ week and one of those is my celebrity recap. It helped me because now I only have to worry about 3 days/week posting, and many times I have more than I need! That’s a good problem to have.
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  • October 12, 2011 Tonya

    Great tips, Alison. Thank you for posting this. I know you read my post on writer’s block post yesterday. I don’t feel like I have bloggy burnout because I have a TON of ideas, I just don’t have the words/emotion/strength to put them down on paper. Sigh. They’ll come to me in time.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I know they will, hang on in there!

  • October 12, 2011 Sweaty

    Nothing soothes a blogging burn-out more than positive comments, I think. Hee hee. Great advice, and 100% agree on posting less than five times a week!
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  • October 12, 2011 Dwija {House Unseen}

    I do love the fewer-posts advice. Sometimes I feel guilty (why? I don’t get it!) for only posting 5 days a week as opposed to 7. Isn’t that insane? I’m trying to work it down to 3, truly. My kids need more of my time and if you could see my house right now, you’d know it needs more of my time too!
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Yes, you are insane, but in a good way 🙂

  • October 12, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I love when people only post a couple times a week because then I can read every post. And I do like to read every post of my friends. But I can’t when there are, like 10 posts! (this is general, not directed at you).

    I’ll be so curious what people say about the homework. That’s a tough one for me.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I know what you mean when people post very frequently, it’s just impossible to catch up with. Sometimes I read the older ones and don’t comment. So I realize 5x/ week for me is too frequent – not just for me, but for my readers!

  • October 12, 2011 Leighann

    I totally missed this question!
    I agree though, having a schedule is key as is not over doing it by feeling you have to post daily.
    It can be overwhelming at first and it’s important to moderate.
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  • October 12, 2011 Leigh Ann

    These are all great tips, Alison. I found that I relieved a little pressure by doing like Jessica said and only posting 3-4 times a week. And I have a schedule to keep me honest: M/W/F and then Sunday. But if I don’t have a post and absolutely can’t whip something up, I don’t fret. I’d rather give my readers quality content than something I just threw up there. Those are the worst posts.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Yes, you are absolutely right, I would hate to write a sub standard post just to fill a day of posting unnecessarily.

  • October 12, 2011 Elena

    I think Jess has a good, quick point. I’ve started only doing 3 times a week max and then Sunday recipe. It has helped a ton! I also agree with Leigh Ann – if I don’t have something to post anymore, I don’t freak out like I used to. Quality > quantity.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      You’re absolutely right!

  • October 12, 2011 kendall

    I only post when I feel like it. Sometimes that’s once a week. Sometimes it’s three times a week. I actually try to avoid posting more than that, because I feel like posts need a little time to breath. For what it’s worthy. And only because you asked 🙂

  • October 12, 2011 Mad Woman behind the Blog

    OH Alison, this was the post I needed to read today. I’m teetering too.
    Thank you.

    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I hope this helped you!

  • October 12, 2011 Kid Id

    I’m feeling that way as well. So I’ve slowed down a lot on reading all the blogs and tweets and stuff. Your question reminded me of how you’ve described yourself – someone who takes up an activity head-on Type-A all the way until you get burnt out on it. And you wondered whether you’d get to that point with blogging also. Sure enough, you knew your patterns well. So based on that pattern, I assume that if you want to keep going with the blogging, it sounds like you need a new exciting challenge to keep your interest up and something new to learn related to blogging. I can already envision the possibilities… : )
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I think I set myself too many challenges already 🙂 But you’re right, I might just need to do something different.

  • October 12, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    I must have missed this question last week…
    although I’ll still give you my two cents…
    I don’t force it when it comes to blogging. If I have nothing to say then I don’t…which is why sometimes I blog twice a week and sometimes it’s five times…it just depends…and I honestly think readers can tell when you’re just trying to churn something out to get the hits…so I don’t…

    and I’m excited to see what everyone has to say next week…homework with child #2 can be stressful…blech
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  • October 12, 2011 jacqui

    All really good advice. I like that Jessica gets right to the point and, as it usually is, her point is a good one.
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  • October 12, 2011 Julie

    Even if you really, really like Cornflakes, you can’t eat them every day. It’s important to nourish your life with other things and to put blogging on the back burner from time to time.

    Lots of great advice here. Seems as though this time of year brings on the blogging fatigue for some reason.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I like your analogy, you’re absolutely right!

  • October 12, 2011 Mama Track

    Love reading these tips! I’ve been thinking about posting less too these days. It’s hard to keep up with. But a bit like crack, if you know what I mean….
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes, I know what you mean!

  • October 12, 2011 Carri

    Great tips! I stopped posting on weekends and that’s really helped me. During the week, blogging is my “Mommy Time” and it helps me decompress after a day with the kiddo.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      I stopped posting on weekend as well. I use that time to just do…..nothing 🙂

  • October 12, 2011 Ann

    Folks had some really GREAT advice. I found that working on a schedule helped me tremendously. I spend the day with hubby (we’re retired) and after dinner around 8pm, it’s my time to hop on the computer and get some work done.

    I also found that not replying in comments to each individual comment shaved a ton of time. I do, however, reply to specific questions and repay a visit to their blog…
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Not replying to every single comment is something I’m working on!

  • October 12, 2011 Poppy

    I can’t even get it together long enough to make a schedule but that sounds like a great idea!! I have always posted randomly and sporadically 🙂 I think I’m a bipolar blogger, is there a pill for that?
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Haha, I’ll let you know when I find it.

  • October 12, 2011 Robin

    Great advice. I came close to hitting the burnout point recently too, and the biggest thing that helped me was not forcing myself to comment on every single post on blogs I read regularly. I don’t expect people to comment on everything I write (I love you for it, Alison, but really – you don’t have to!). I still read but I comment a little less.

    I’m trying to post less too, but it’s hard. 😉 Though I see there’s no new post from you in my reader, so maybe you’re taking this advice? I do think it’s good – I’ll always read, whether you post 3 times a week or 5, but if less is better for you that’s okay with your readers too.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Yes, the commenting on every single post is taking its toll on me, I’m definitely rethinking that. I think people are more forgiving than I think, I just need to let go of the guilt.

      Posting less is in the plan!

  • October 12, 2011 Natalie

    This was all wonderful advice! Yes it can be overwhelming to be writing posts and commenting on other posts. I’ve learned to post a little less and to make mine shorter just like some of the others mentioned. Hope this advice helped your burnout Alison!

  • October 12, 2011 Christine

    That is all excellent advice. Looking forward to the next one!! I know you read my mommy dearest post on homework and I’m going to let myself believe you picked this topic just for me 😉
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  • October 13, 2011 Alexandra

    All of those reasons are helpful, but for me:

    it all comes down to the WHY.

    The why is the connection.

    I go without sleep, for the connection.

    I try to use my time so that I can see everyone I love at least once a month.

    It’s the why of blogging: My world connected with the people I love.

    Life is too short to spend it alone.

    I love you, A.
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    • October 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Alexandra! It’s the connections that keep me going, I just need to learn to let go of the guilt of not reading everyone, every single post, commenting on every thing. I need balance, for certain. Love you too. xo

  • October 19, 2011 No Drama Mama

    Great advice! I’ve been blogging for about three months, and I had no idea how time consuming it would be. The past two weeks I had to travel for work, and I simply didn’t post for those days. I feel so refreshed now after my mini break!
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  • October 19, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    Sorry I missed this too! But know that I get what you are going through – as it sounds like we all do – and I feel for you!

    Alison, I think burnout goes hand in hand with guilt. We moms, and especially mommy bloggers, try to do too much a lot of the time. We want to be everything to everyone. I know that I have felt overwhelmed so many times by the things that I have committed myself to. I think how we blog is an extension of how we live in that respect. I’m working on trying to take on less, trying to finish things before taking on anything new, and blocking off specific time to work on specific things.

    Great advice here. I hope you find some balance. You’re a much loved presence in the blogosphere!
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      Thanks for understanding Sue!

  • October 25, 2011 Alexandra

    This is the thing:

    whenever I feel I NEED to do something, I ask: what is it I’m afraid of? What is it that I think might happen?

    And it all comes down to this:

    It’s only blogging.
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