6 Ways To Avoid Blogging Burnout And Keep On Blogging

Blogging and being a blogger takes time. If you’re a regular blogger, there may come a time when you might feel burnt out from blogging.

Blogging burnout often means feeling tired of blogging. It could mean feeling uninspired to blog or drained from engaging with the blogging community. Maybe blogging less and less.

You wonder where something will take you. The Killers, Melbourne 2018.

You wonder where something will take you. The Killers, Melbourne 2018.

This month marks six years since I put up my first post on this blog. Blogging burnout is something I admittedly feel. The longer I blog about all things multiculturalism and culture here, the more I feel it. There are days where I don’t want to blog, let alone write anything.

To be really honest, there are many days where sitting down and writing a blog post feels like a chore. Not to mention days where I’ve seriously thought about calling it a day on this blog.

Many everyday bloggers like you and me might feel blogger burnout because we get tired from monotonously churning out repetitive content. Or find it hard to keep up with fellow bloggers and reading every post they publish. Or don’t see the point of blogging anymore. The list goes on.

If you recognise blogging burnout and are determined to get back on track with blogging, blogging burnout can be a phase. Or it could be at the very least a phase until we next feel stuck on blogging.

Why you do what you do.

Why you do what you do.

How To Avoid Blogging Burnout

1. Ask yourself why you started blogging

As a blogger, you started blogging for a reason or a number of reasons. Over time the more you blog, the more you may adventurously explore different themes on your blog and perhaps lose sight of what motivated you to blog in the first place. Perhaps the more you blog, life behind-the-blogging-scenes goes on and our priorities on both the life and blog front change.

So brainstorm, ask yourself: why did you start a blog in the first place? What do you blog now? Knowing the reasons behind your blog can make you feel a sense of purpose behind it.

Every now and then I look at my ‘Why I Blog’ page, reminding myself of the reasons for keeping up this blog. Compared to 2012 when I first started, I still blog today because I love writing and this is a space where I can freely share my thoughts on culture and a space where others can share theirs too. The reasons on why I blog are simple but reasons that help me see the bigger picture of being a blogger.

I also initially started the blog to improve on my academic writing. Over the years I’ve published my academic-driven essays on the blog and in academic journals – achievements unlocked. But over the years I felt more comfortable writing in more colloquial language and it’s become the writing style on this blog these days. As the outlook of your blog changes, you could revamp your blog’s voice, theme or categorise posts differently to give it a new look and feel that resonates with where you’re at in life.

Get up, get organised.

Get up, get organised.

2. Get organised

When you make time for your blog, you choose to make it a part of your life. Make time for blogging, chances are you’ll feel less overwhelmed, unsure and intimidated with it. There’s a lot involved with blogging, such as putting together posts, visiting and commenting on other blogs and sharing your posts and other blogs across social media. So setting a blogging routine or schedule can help you juggle all (or some) of this and blog regularly – and once again give you a sense of purpose behind it.

At one point, I spent three to four hours at night responding to comments and checking out blogs – and that was after a full day of work. I honestly enjoy long blogging nights but then each night I would go to bed with bloodshot-Chucky-looking eyes.

Time limits help me manage blogging: one hour a day commenting and reading blogs, three to four hours a week researching a topic I’m going to blog about, a few nights one week drafting a post, a day to collate and post-process blog photos and one night once a month sharing fellow blogger’s post on social media. In between blogging, I get to live life and of course, get cozy sleep.

3. Blog less

Sometimes taking a break from blogging is what you need to feel inspired at it again. We all need to live and experience life in order to tell stories. A sabbatical of a month or even just a week could be what you need to recharge and come up with blog ideas again – and it’s not like the internet, your blog and the millions of other blogs will disappear overnight. Unless there’s a zombie apocalypse headed your way, you can always jump back into blogging when you feel ready to return.

Six years ago I blogged once a week. Then realising I wanted more time to research my posts, it was a post per fortnight. Then once every three weeks. Now once a month. And as much as I want to read every blog post of every blogger I follow, I’ve stopped doing that so as to manage my time. When I write my posts and comment on each blog, quality over quantity is what’s on my mind, more honest engagements because everyone deserves some attention.

In addition, having guests post on your blog is one way to blog less. It’s a good way to outsource and delegate blog content, while showcasing the work of other dedicated artists.

There's usually more than one person behind the show.

There’s usually more than one person behind the show.

4. Content variety

If you find yourself tired of blogging about what you blog, perhaps challenge yourself by blogging about what you’ve never blogged about before. Or you could revisit older posts and blog about these posts from a different perspective. Blogging about unfamiliar topics is way to stretch your blog content while making blogging feel less mundane.

Tailoring your content to a specific audience could also make you more driven as a blogger. Blogging for an (changing) audience, there’s a need to persistently think outside of the box to learn what makes them tick and engage with your posts – could be as hard as cracking the code to a dead-shut safety deposit box holding one million dollars in cold hard cash.

The same can be said if we want to blog for SEO and increase our blog traffic: learn to blog with essential keywords, snappy post titles, paragraphed text and more.

Moving forward, I’m toying with the idea of switching up my blogging approach by blogging less anecdotally and more analytically over the next year. While it has been fun writing about parts of my life on here, writing about non-fiction is what I prefer writing about.

Being a show pony can only get you so far.

Being a show pony can only get you so far.

5. Tell yourself blogging is not a competition

It’s easy to compare your blog with other blogs and bloggers. You can compare blog views, Likes and comments and why some blogs and certain blog topics seem more popular than others. When you compare, you might question your place in the blogging community, question if it’s worth blogging and even doubt your reasons for blogging.

Unless you are aiming to be a social media influencer or make a living off your blog, there’s no need to compete and outdo other blogs. There’s only so much satisfaction that comes from triumphing in the popularity stakes for a night, for a moment.

Admittedly up until a couple of years ago I kept an eye on my blog views. After all, blog views means blog reach, and reach means chances are your blog and work is connecting with others. But at the end of the day, blog views don’t necessarily translate to blog engagement and thoughtful comments. When my post Understanding the Asian-Girl Relationship went viral, a few hundred voices chimed in in the comments section. But when the post How I Came To See ‘Whiteness’ As Just Ordinarily Beautiful went viral, not as many chimed in.

In general, blogs that have a quite a reach are usually more personable and relatable. For instance, commercial blogs Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Mashable feature posts predominantly about everyday technology, style, dining, relationships and tips to get through life, and are read by millions each month. On the more modest end of blogging spectrum, authors such as Jeff Goins and Stephanie Klein made their mark as authors through hardwork in blogging and blogging about their everyday lives – sharing personal challenges, conversations with friends and parenting ups and downs.

As an introvert, sharing my personal life online isn’t something I’m comfortable with and I do draw a firm line between what I share and don’t share on my blog. Unlike many high-profile social media influencers, shunning the trends of showing my face, talking about where I work, talking about my personal relationships and broadcasting where I’m going each day is something I am not ashamed of.

When you blog about what you’re comfortable with and what you believe in, that’s blogging aligning with your values – honest blogging, and honesty goes a long way when making a connection.

We're comfortable with what we're comfortable with.

We’re comfortable with what we’re comfortable with.

6. Talk to others who don’t blog

Others who don’t blog can have a different and refreshing view on blogging. For one, they can offer you a different or even brutally honest perspective on your blog, giving you a reality check about your feelings towards blogging. As blogging is generally seen as a casual hobby, those around you could try to convince you to give it up.

Very few of my friends and family in real life are bloggers, and very few read my blog. The latter doesn’t discourage me as I’ve never felt the need to show off my blog or my writing. Those of my friends who read my blog think it’s cool and are amused at how much time I put into it. Whenever I lament how I’m so done with blogging, they reiterate my blog – in their words – is ‘cool and famous’ and I’m a quirky bean 🙂

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Even after trying all these ways to feel more motivated about blogging, I still found myself in a blogging rut this year. Maybe sometimes when you don’t feel like doing something, you just don’t anymore. It’s like falling out of love with something or growing apart from friends as you all grow up. That said, I do feel my writing (and blogging content) is the strongest it has ever been; the more I still blog, the more I am still writing and getting better at it. Moreover, at the end of the day I really do express myself best with words.

Experiencing blogging burnout, you might feel a failure at being a blogger. But there are no boundaries to blogging, and we’re all free to come and go blogging. Notably, some have argued the average lifespan of a blog within the world of social media is two years (bloggers might stop blogging after one or two years). As blogs are taking on different formats, a study titled Lifetime Value of a Blog Post found by day 700 since being published, a blog post would have receives 99% of its impressions (times change, information becomes out of date and/or losses its appeal).

There's something we'll always enjoy.

There’s something we’ll always enjoy.

It’s then worth asking is blogging still relevant these days? Should you stop blogging when you don’t feel like blogging? Often blog credibility and reliability as information sources are questioned given many opinions on blogs are subjective and aren’t always fact-checked – so if you continue blogging, will you be taken seriously? Ultimately whether you continue blogging likely depends on what you want to achieve with your blog and if you can sustain your blogging motivation against these odds.

Sometimes doing something you don’t want to do is a means to an end. For me, blogging is a means to an end on the passion side: it’s a nice little writing portfolio proving I can write. It keeps me writing and keeps alive my determination of putting my own book out there. It’s a collection of lovely different people from around the world voicing their thoughts, learning from each other.

Come tomorrow, let's see where we'll go.

Come tomorrow, let’s see where we’ll go.

On a side note, while half of my blog is dedicated to writing about what goes on in Australia, most of my readers come from the States with a handful from Australia. This is not surprising as social analytics platform Sysmos found (through online aggregation) 29.2% of bloggers are located in the States while 2.22% in Australia. The blogging atmosphere in Australia is seemingly on the small and reserved side. Not that maintaining a high viewership in Australia is aim of my blog. Not that I expect anyone to read my blog. Bloggers and readers come and go, just like how people come and go in our lives and the ones who stick around are the special ones. But it’s an interesting statistic to note.

Where to from here with my blog is interesting. Freelance work has been trickling in. Writing my first book (and another) is well underway. There’s people to look out for. Chores to do. Dishes I want to make in the kitchen. Other hobbies I want to pursue like finding the keys to Kashyyyk. So where to indeed with this blog, we will see.

How do you avoid blogger burnout?

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150 thoughts on “6 Ways To Avoid Blogging Burnout And Keep On Blogging

  1. Wow! Six is a long time. Congratulations on surviving that number. I’m on my fourth year and have been struggling with blogger burnout for the past couple of months. I wanted to quit when I felt I couldn’t manage posting regularly. Basil asked me why I started blogging. And that’s such a great way to tackle burnout. I wanted to write and blogging is a great platform to meet people who think alike. I’ve reduced my number of posts and I feel more relaxed. I take long sabbaticals when we travel or if important matters need to be attended to. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this, Mabel. You’re not alone in this. xo

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  2. Congratulations on 6 years!!! Your hard work and dedication has paid off my friend. I see how many love your blog including myself. Very easy to burn out. When we find something has become a chore or no longer enjoyable it’s time to re-assess. For me I love blogging but come up with new ideas is tiring and even harder to commit to with a baby now. Still I try because I love it. Do what makes you happy always. Blogging has helped us become friends and for that I’m forever grateful xxx

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    • Your blog is an amazing blog, Bec. I initially followed you because you wouldn’t leave me blog alone! But I am so glad I did and I learnt so much about being vegan, reading and now parenting from you and your blog – a constant theme but evolving over the years. I so agree blogging has helped us become great friends, one of the best things ever. Sad that I can’t see you yet but really cannot wait xxx

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  3. Six years is a remarkable time to commit to something like this. I’m sure I mentioned previously that it would be sad to see you go but it’s better for you to look after yourself than to please your ‘followers’. I think I also mentioned before that for various reasons I largely withdrew from social interaction on-line, which is why I don’t have accounts with any of the major so-called ‘social media’. There also seems to be a substantial – still very much a minority, but a large number nonetheless – of folks who talk about the benefits and freedoms of cutting their own ties with social media platforms.

    I think the casual-conversation style of your writing is part of what drew me to your posts originally. It’s like having a conversation, albeit publicly, with lots of people on thought-provoking topics. I probably started ‘following’ you just after you moved away from your more formal academic posts.

    (Tries to banish the thought of Mabel with Chucky-eyes.)

    It’s been fun to talk about anecdotes and personal experiences but there’s a place for non-fiction discussions too. Even what people think is and isn’t fiction…

    With respect to being cautious about how much you reveal of yourself on-line, it’s something my father and his Canadian brother have instilled in me since pre-social media days (think I’ve mentioned that before too). You’ve at least posted the occasional photo with a celebrity or some such – me, people complain all the time how I don’t include myself in photos (even in private collections). Sharing of yourself may make one more relatable and promote ‘likes’/’hits’/whatever, but do you protect yourself and only share a ‘persona’, or do you share everything and risk being attacked personally?

    I had no idea how long personal blogs like these last (given that I don’t read all that many). If you’ve managed six, that’s a big achievement over two, competition or not.

    I also didn’t realise how few of your readers are Aussie. But not surprising, I suppose, given that the Anglosphere Internet seems dominated by American culture. Perhaps it’s also a curiosity factor, Americans wanting to read about Australian experiences, and an Asian-Aussie’s perspective at that.

    I also didn’t know you were interested in Star Wars. What keys might those be? Good to know your writing efforts seem to be starting to pay off. Depending on timing, I’m still willing to help with proof-reading if you need/want it (and trust me enough for it).

    From past discussions, I had the impression that you still enjoy writing but were considering giving up this blog and that any stoppage would unlikely be temporary but permanent. That’s still an option of course, and your prerogative.

    Again, I apologise for adding to the burden of your reading replies! Thanks for all the conversations thus far, and perhaps a few more to come (however infrequent)?

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    • I also think it’s quite remarkable that this blog has been around for six years. Six years seems like such a long time ago. Well-being and taking care of oneself is really the most important thing, and it seems you are thinking along those lines too – very kind of you as a person in general. It is amazing that you withdrew from social media for most part. Applaud you for that. I’m in the process of doing a social media cleanup, and some accounts are going.

      Thank you for the honesty on my writing, Simon. Very interesting. Casual-conversation style writing has always and still is a challenge. Don’t have any regrets going down this writing path as it has brought me to write about topics I’ve never thought I’d write about – for instance, birthdays. Sometimes I do think non-anecdotal style is best for presenting certain topics, such especially sensitive topics (faith, gender, racism, politics etc.).

      It’s a great question you posed there about sharing oneself online through photos, and you might just have given me an idea for a future post. The online world is a vast space and I think many have the impression is that the platform is endlessly big and they won’t be a target. Me and you do share selectively online (on my blog, elsewhere) and in a way, we are constructing a personally. I do feel that the only way to get to know a person is over time in person and offline these modern days.

      A lot of personal blogs I’ve encountered seem to go on for a year or at most two. For some reason I’ve always had trouble finding and engaging with Australian blogs. Really is a very different vibe from the blogs based in the States.

      It depends on the era of Star Wars we are talking about, and let’s just say the old-school films were the ones I like best. You probably might know how take over Kaskyyyk. Please, enlighten me 🙂 When I start something, I generally don’t like to stop especially if there’s a passion element to it. If I leave something, it usually is for good. Not one for in-betweens but you just never know with this blog. I do appreciate all the feedback from everyone and you, Simon (always so thoughtful) – it’s something I never expected and dealing with engagement has always been out of my comfort zone XD I hope you’ve been well. Haven’t heard from you in a long time and it crossed my mind you were traveling as you do each year 🙂

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      • Hmm, yes and no. I still remember a lot of things from around 2012. Mostly not so good things, but it was those things that spurred me to look after myself and withdraw from on-line interaction. At the same time, 2012 was a lot different to 2018, especially in terms of culture and general society, so it also feels quite distant.

        Oh good, more ideas for you, push back the day when you quit this blog. 😉 Security through obscurity is a poor way to approach things, one always has to be careful on-line. I think that’s the difference between real friends and ‘facebook friends’, having an off-line connection or at least meeting in person where you can really see someone for who they are. Cultivating a persona for on-line interaction can be helpful in separating personal from public life – in much the same way I imagine celebrities might have to. But if there’s too much difference between the two, that can’t be healthy either. I’ve mentioned before how I am on-line is pretty much how I would speak face-to-face, although perhaps not as confident if speaking with complete strangers.

        I’ll take your word for Aus vs US tone. Yours is probably the closest thing I’ve come to following a personal blog on a regular basis. You even make me consider if there’s anything I could write about on regularly. But then I got better. (That was a joke.)

        The original trilogy was my first, and I can understand why people – especially older folks – look on them the most fondly but for all the criticism the prequel trilogy received, I rather enjoyed them too (I always get chills when I see Palpatine’s grand plan come to fruition). As for the sequel trilogy… well, I was enthusiastic initially but I have mixed feelings towards Episode VIII and am becoming wary of the direction it’s going. But I’m reserving judgement for after Episode IX. I used to keep up with the novels (can blame/credit my first girlfriend for getting me into them) but they’ve pretty much been wiped out by Disney. There were some great stories and characters there, but also some pretty weird/crazy/poor ones too, so maybe it’s not all bad that they were discarded.

        As for Kashyyyk, I know that it’s the Wookiee home planet but as for conquest I can only imagine that’s in the context of a game. The player does visit Kashyyyk in Knights of the Old Republic but that was purely a visit, so I can only guess… The Old Republic? Never played that – again, staying away from on-line stuff, but I’d be interested to know what you mean by trying to conquer it.

        I can understand the no-compromises approach. You commit to something or not at all. I suppose I can be like that a lot of the time too. That you say engagement is outside your comfort zone surprises me given how much you devote yourself to replying to pretty much everyone who writes to you here and remember that’s possibly the main reason why I keep coming back to read your posts. 🙂 But perhaps it’s something you’ve grown accustomed to after six years.

        Surely not that long, I only missed one post and that’s because (for the first time) I felt I didn’t have anything constructive to offer. But thank you for thinking of me, I wasn’t travelling – already had my holiday in April and my annual Pilbara service in July. In fact, it was my parents travelling this time, to China for a cousin’s wedding – first time for Dad, second time for Mum. Definitely a challenge negotiating the cultural differences!

        Look, there I’ve gone again, written too much. Never a dull moment conversing with you! 🙂

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        • 2012 and 2018 are two very different times, and I think 2018 we are so much more exposed when we put ourselves online, and for some of us much more willing to share. Blogs have taken on different forms over these past years. For instance, Tumblr is regarded as a blogging platform alongside WordPress, though I think Tumblr appeals more to a certain demographic.

          I do have quite a few topics I want to write about, and have planned out next year’s blog lineup. I did that last year, but in the end some topics didn’t eventuate because I wasn’t feeling inspired to write about them. ‘Security through obscurity’ – I think that can be done offline too. Some can be reserved offline like they are online, putting on a mask or being discrete when interacting face-to-face. I’d fine someone hard to read if their online and offline persona are markedly different. Maybe that’s just the way they are, or they have conflicting personalities.

          To be honest reading your comments on my blog, I am inclined to think you are the better writer (look at all those tangents you bring to the discussion), and also the one with more ideas. Not only you got better, but you are the better one 🙂

          Seems like you know Star Wars quite well. The original trilogy is the one I enjoyed the most and always enjoy it when I rewatch it. I thought the prequel trilogy was okay (I was in Singapore when it was released, marketed heavily and a lot of my friends enjoyed it), but not a massive fan and the current ongoing sequel, I am finding it hard to get into it. As for Rogue One and Solo…I felt as standalones, narrative-wise both films couldn’t get going for me – at the end of the films, I thought the story barely started. Haven’t read the books or played the games…maybe something to do when I am bored unless you can convince me otherwise.

          As for Kashyyyk, I hope to find the planet and see how it is like (and avoid upsetting a Wookiee in the process). For one, I really want to know how the planet’s name is pronounced given there’s conflicting information on this.

          ‘You commit to something or not at all.’ You hit the nail on the head. That phrase is a bit spooky to me, because I am exactly like that XD It is challenging getting to comments not in terms of volume, but in terms of trying to see things from other’s point of view – and after all these years I have learnt that I am not always right, and to be a better listener. Every visit from everyone is appreciated, and sometimes I wonder why some are patient enough to write reflective responses 🙂

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          • I can’t comment on the on-line social aspect of 2012, you have the more experience there. I know that platforms have risen and fallen, with a handful of big names hanging around. I was thinking about those years in general, not specifically to on-line interactions, but clearly there are a lot of differences. I feel like (western) society is a lot more toxic now than ever – both off-line and on – but given an opportunity to speak face-to-face, one-on-one, people are usually a lot more receptive and understanding than in public with blanket statements and misunderstandings, or the anonymity of the Internet and toxic aggression.

            Oh wow, plans for at least next year. Sounds good! Even if you don’t feel like writing on all of them, you may find new ideas along the way. That reminds me of The Mask movie: ‘we all wear Masks, Wendy, metaphorically speaking’. A bit of a silly, but fun, movie, but what it has to say about hiding our true personalities behind fake personas in (often) vain attempts to please others is a good message. Someone with markedly different personalities on-line and off I would think either has a serious problem (schizophrenia, etc) or is perhaps insecure like Ipkiss (Jim Carrey’s character) in The Mask.

            I appreciate your compliment. I think perhaps you have a greater motivation to write – I’m only writing here as a matter of conversation, you write because you want to share thoughts or knowledge about something. I don’t really have thoughts on popular topics that I could churn out on a monthly basis. If I go off on tangents, that’s probably because I like to converse – and maybe I just don’t get that opportunity to do it much. About the closest I came to a proper blog post was something I wrote for Easter 2012 (https://www.deviantart.com/wedge009/journal/So-just-where-did-that-body-go-294228590). It’s not even an original idea, but looking back on it, I would happily say I still agree with everything I wrote back then (how appropriate, 2012 vs 2018).

            Of Star Wars, I’m perhaps more enthusiastic than the average movie-goer, but not so fanatical as to know all the minutiae of every single comic book, novel, card and computer game, etc. I also stepped back when I felt the novels set many many years after the original movies were becoming overly dramatic and implausible. And then Disney discarded all of that anyway, so I have little motivation to get into a reset/rebooted universe. I did rather enjoy Rogue One, though – I think part of its appeal was that it was tied so closely to the original trilogy, leading right into Episode IV with its closing scenes (BTW, I think I said before that my Chinese name means ‘new hope’ ;)). Solo is the only mainstream SW movie I haven’t yet watched – it looked interesting, and my dad said he couldn’t really follow it on the plane, but the negative reviews (even if exaggerated) wouldn’t be there without reason.

            For someone like you, if you haven’t made a start on any books or games, you’re probably better off spending your precious time elsewhere! I’m still not quite sure what you’re after with Kashyyyk, though – is it related to role-playing, perhaps? (Story-writing, not computer/card games.) I also imagine it would be hard to upset a Wookiee (unless you ventured somewhere ‘sacred’ by mistake or some such). Chewbacca might appear to get easily upset, but he’s only one example. As for pronunciation, personally I say ‘ka-sheek’… it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movies but I think Yoda mentions going to Kashyyyk to meet with his Wookiee allies during Episode III.

            Perhaps it’s only because I see similar traits in myself. If I get into something, I tend to invest fully, and then I’m reluctant to leave it until it’s done (assuming there is an ending, depending on the situation). Same idea as why I find it difficult to just stop work and leave if I’m in the middle of something. As for listening, that’s something I found you’re really good at, you at least try to appear to be receptive to what people share with you – and one of the many things I appreciate about reading/writing here. There is a danger in attempting to be so neutral that you don’t hold any opinion or position at all and thereby have nothing meaningful to offer – I’m certainly not saying you do that but I see it in the political-correctness of our society, at least in the past. Nowadays it has chosen a position – even though it would still claim to be impartial/neutral, and will be very vocal against anyone who dares suggest that it it isn’t. But I’ve written enough on that in the past.

            As for being patient enough to write reflective responses – if you’re including me in that, again, it’s only because I have a habit of being chatty when given the opportunity! 😉

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  4. I’ve gotten frustrated with blogging and bloggers, but I’m not sure if that’s the same thing as burnout. Specifically, I’ve seen many bloggers come and go, and good ones simply disappear or announce they are putting the blog to rest. 😉 So for those of us who are interested in being part of a community, that feels like losing a friend. But after all these years, frankly, I’ve gotten used to it.

    It’s also frustrating to put a lot of work into a post and receive little reception. Or when you try to figure out what you think people want, and you’re wrong. Ha, ha. I also think we all suffer from feeling like we should be appreciated more for our efforts, so yeah, blogging can be (like you mentioned) a full time job.

    But hey, it’s your blog. Take a three month break if you want. If you see it as ‘work’ then maybe it is time to take a holiday. And why not? You can focus on other writing projects or simply forego blogging and reading blogs for awhile. We all have our lives, get busy, and if it’s a struggle or a hassle, or feels that way, then I’d say, take a breakkk!

    Regardless of what you chose to do, happy blog-anniversary!

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    • That is an interesting distinction there – frustrated with blogging and bloggers vs blogging burnout. You said it very well too, that someone leaving the blogging community feels like losing a friend. Connections don’t come easy and there is much to get out of emotionally and spiritually from reading blogs and talking with other bloggers.

      I’ve always thought your posts downright honest, very well put together with a beginning and an end – like I am reading a mini-book. In general, I think we all want to be appreciated. It is an innate feeling.

      Reading blogs is something I’ve done less of. Maybe I’ll do it even less. Ultimately I’d hate to comment on a blog and don’t address the points that the bloggers raised, and give a thoughtful reflection. It’s also a good way to learn from each other. It is quite amazing how your second book is coming along and you are still keeping up blogging, Lani 🙂

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  5. Kudos on blogging for 6 years Mabel, and for your thoughtful posts. I like your solution to blog less often, mix up the topics, and find your passions. I’ve done much of the same over my 6+ years, with a similar sense of burnout in the last year. I’ve taken a couple of short sabbaticals, changed my time-consuming Awesome Story series, and sometimes post less often. It will be interesting to see where it all goes for both of us. Best wishes for your books, Brad

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  6. Mabel, I appreciate the way you write, delve deep into the topic you choose and put it across as a balanced post. Undoubtedly you put a lot of effort into each post you share and carrying on with the same quality for 6 years is a great achievement. It is natural to feel burnout. I wonder how some bloggers blog daily…probably their enthusiasm is short-lived or they reblog others’ content, which is quite common in case of book bloggers.

    “Why I started blogging” is a good question to keep going, a nice reminder that we are here for intellectual connections, a path that adds so much to our creativity and hearing each other’s view nurtures and polishes our talent. When I started blogging, I made a promise to myself that I would never consider blogosphere an arena of competition and would post at leisure. I must confess that I have to stretch my imagination at times to give a hard shove to my muse but I am a relaxed blogger. For me, quality is more important than quantity and I try to follow my rules.

    The ways to avoid burnout that you have suggested are fantastic! Let’s follow them and keep going. 🙂

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    • You are very kind with your words, Balroop. Thank you so much and I’ve always appreciated you for stopping by and also as a blogger, writer and friend. You are very observant there on how soem blogs blog daily and constattly reblog others’ content. Book bloggers do do that often – I guess that is the book blogging community for you and for most part, done in supportive fashion. I do feel some new blogs like to reblog content for attention and if they get minimal attention, they move on from blogging.

      From reading your posts, it feels like you are very creative with each post and each post reflects your love for writing. I’ve always liked how you convey emotion so well through your poetry and also through your self-reflective non-fiction posts about the challenging emotions we feel. Quality is definitely all over your posts and I think many of your readers agree with that. You keep going too 🙂

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  7. This is a great post, Mabel and very timely.
    Like you, from time to time, I question what I’m doing. While I’ve contemplated stopping, I enjoy the buzz of writing and sharing photographs of food too much. It’s a hobby, it’s a release. It brings me joy. That’s why I keep doing it.
    I hope you continue with your monthly rhythm. I always enjoy reading your work.

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  8. I read this with interest in part because I also have times of feeling burnt out. Asking why you blog in the first place is a really good starting point. It’s my opinion that better blogs have authors who care about the topic they are writing about, regardless of their stats.
    Like you, I also work on a blogging schedule. I do this in an attempt to balance all the things in my life. Sometimes I’m more successful than others.
    I am also considering taking some time off around Christmas and the New Year. That worked well for me last year, so I may go that route again.
    Cheers! and happy blogging 🙂

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  9. Wow! This post really contained a ton of stuff I never considered! It might have to do with our age difference as well as our motivations to share what we write. First, in answer to your question, I never suffer the burnout you speak of because I keep changing things up, often randomly. It’s only recently I have felt like there was any sort of theme to my work, and it causes me to smile and shake my head a little.

    Years ago in college, a guy I am still in touch with told me my nature writing was so good that I should focus more on it. Thus I avoided it almost for that reason, for nobody was going to dictate my creativity. I had come from a very controlling family household and, once I came of age, no one was going to tell me what to do, ever again.

    So much for sweeping generalizations. I find such an effortless correlation between the photos I take in nature and writing about it. It’s so easy, I am stunned I held out this long 😝 Loving my subject matter makes it easy to share. But I also have a somewhat unstructured life and no kids in the house anymore. I cannot imagine the burnout you speak of, though there are times I am absent from WP for bursts of time, here and there. As you say, no worries because it will always be here when I come back. Of that we can be fairly certain.

    As always, love your writing, Mabel. You really explore your subject matter from every angle and your photographs are always stunning. Kudos on another great post! Aloha 💕

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    • I love how we are from different generations and bounce off ideas off so well each other, Bela. That is amazing to hear you’ve always had the drive and motivation to blog. So well prepared to switch things up, organised in the midst of chaotic change 😀 The themes that I feel that come through your work, especially in your poetry, are nature and the wars against nature. Your photography of Hawaii is also amazing too. So that college guy friend of yours was right about your writing, and combined with your determination, it sounds like you are living life as you want it now, blogging, writer and all.

      Pretty sure you can hold out for much longer with your craft. It really is very consistent. But easy 😝 Sounds like you are very in-tune with your art and yourself and you have every right to soak it all up and keep going. Life will unfold as it unfolds, and some times will be better for blogging than others. Good that you manage to work it in to your unstructured life – you could always spend all of your time exploring outdoors and not tell us about it 😝

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Bela. This post was a great one to write and I thought the photos turned out great. Aloha right back at you 💖

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  10. Mabel, I feel this post is written for me and reflects so many of my current thoughts … it’s spooky! 😀Six years is a long time blogging and the only way to continue is to evolve. You are right to ask why you started blogging … and also why you want to continue. In the beginning I was blogging twice or three times a week … easy with just a handful of comments. As my blog grew, I enjoy answering and reading others, but found less time for my own posts. I’ve now decided to post as and when … let inspiration strike! Meanwhile, I enjoy reading other blogs such as yours in a more relaxed manner, an hour a day. This means I might be late to the party but still get there! 😀 How true about the cosy sleep – in the beginning I found myself waking early to reply to comments and was becoming stressed … much more relaxed and sane nowadays! It’s interesting about the blog views … I love learning about the world and about your perspective from Australia! I also find the US is my biggest source for readers, closely followed by the U.K., then many countries abroad! Blogging is an organic act, not easily understood by those on the outside … I’ve now stopped trying to explain to most apart from those who show a genuine interest! So happy you’re continuing to share your thoughts and knowledge. Happy Blogging … and living outside this WP world! ❤️

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    • ‘Six years is a long time blogging and the only way to continue is to evolve.’ I think you are right. Life changes, we all change, our readers change, so naturally what we blog is constantly evolving. It is so interesting to hear how your blog has changed over the years, Annika. Although I only started following your blog this year, I can see you put a lot of effort in engaging with your readers and sharing your writing passion. No shame in being late to the party at all – the party is always here in the blog world and I take that when you are ‘late’, you are coming from another time portal and you were just having some cozy sleep in snuggletown 😀

      So interesting to read that most of your readers come from the States. Certainly, not everyone gets blogging and it really is a niche activity. Sort of similar how not everyone gets sport or some forms of art. I hope you get to keep enjoying blogging and live a life outside of this blogging world too 🙂

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  11. I wait for your posts every month! Every time I comment, it seems like I’m saying the same thing! Your post resonates with me on so many levels – always!
    I am approaching the 2 year mark in a month and I have definitely experienced blogger burnout. I admire the research you put into your posts, and I think this goes a long way for a lot of us. Also, definitely managing the time has been a big struggle for me. It takes time to research, write, take photos, promote your post and engage with others. Reminding myself why I started in the first place helps! But after a couple weeks, I see other bloggers making headway with followers and engaging content, and I wonder what I should be doing?
    Thanks always for your posts and good luck with your book!

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    • Thank you so much for following along my blog, Nadia. You are very kind. I’ve seen your blog around, and I really resonated with your title – An Introverted Blogger. That is so me XD

      Good on you for blogging for two years. Managing time can be a struggle, and you are bold to admit that. There are a number of things involved with blogging, and sometimes life is important and you have to just go live life. Some bloggers do seem to grow pretty quickly. Perhaps it’s partly due to liking blogs (sometimes for a like in the face of competition), or investing a time in engaging with other blogs. It really depends in one’s intention too 🙂

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  12. This post is just what I needed. I’ve been blogging for almost five years and posting daily, and I admit that, as I get older with work/less free time, I’m starting to find blogging a chore. I still love to write, but there are days when I don’t know what to put out or end up writing something sub-par, just to meet my daily blogging quota. Turning to my own “Why do I blog” post from four years ago has helped me regain sight of why I blog in the first place (as you wrote). I suppose taking breaks over the years (from a few weeks to even a couple of months) have helped me get rejuvenated to write again– I guess the question now is whether I find enjoyment in daily blogging as I had in the beginning of my blogging experience. Thanks for writing this enlightening post!

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    • I had a look at some of your travel posts, Rebecca, and they very down-to-earth, like you are making most of your time outside of blogging. Almost five years is a long time to blog, and congratulations on that milestone. Blogging daily is also an admirable feat too – and it does sound like you love writing a lot. Hope you get to travel more and so find more inspiration to blog!

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      • Thank you, Mabel. Granted, I write my blog, because I enjoy doing so. I actually blog daily on my personal blog, but all the same, I find that I enjoy writing more than finding it a chore. Writing is my passion, and I hope to continue to be inspired on this platform to generate quality content for people to read about. 🙂

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  13. Great post, Mabel! I’m also in my 6th year of blogging and it is easy to become burned out. For me, having a full-time day job outside of the home, taking care of elderly parents and writing books, makes it impossible for me to blog every day. Although I do read and comment on other blogs religiously, there is no way I write and comment my own posts every day or once a week. I’ve been posting twice a month for a while now, but have considered going to a monthly post. You’ve really got me thinking…thanks!

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    • Thanks, Jill. Congrats on your sixth year of blogging. Sounds like you juggle your life and blogging very well. You are also an author too, congratulations on that. Space our your blogging, space out your life and you get to do the things you both need and want to do – there’s a time and place for everything. Wish I had discovered your blog sooner, Jill. I don’t follow too many writing blogs (as someone mentioned in the comments, quite a few of them tend to reblog a lot, which isn’t bad), and I want to so I am following yours. Good luck with blogging 🙂

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  14. I hope you keep your blog going.
    The reason I do not post often anymore is because of guilt. No not “white guilt” you silly.
    I am in so much trouble at work for being deadwood that I always think that I should use the time productively.
    I have a ton of ideas for posts (as if ideas have weight. Wait, are ideas influenced by gravity? That could be a post.)
    I might have a couple of hours on a weekend, but then I think “I should really research that work report a little more” instead of writing up a blog post.

    There is an important COUNTER to that however. To quote Jordan Peterson “writing is thinking”. I think I would make better output at work if I allowed myself some creative writing once in a while.
    (Mabel thinking: “What, Pokemon Nicknames is creative?”)
    Also, sometimes I think of a humor idea and want to write it . Later I realize, that’s really NOT funny — only one in a million would think so. It’s like the guilt feeling during a bad hangover.

    So please hang on. I took a sorrowful hit when MorningBerryz48 quit.

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    • Showing up to work in the first place is always, always an achievement XD Maybe you could write down the ideas you get somewhere, and then come back to them later and blog about them. Or leave them if you come back to them and find you can’t make sense out of them…as you said, some ideas aren’t funny and just won’t work when you revisit them. Sounds like you want to make a difference at your work.

      Lol, I do think Pokemon Nicknames are creative and those are the posts I like best on your blog. Pokemon Nicknames can be endless. From the looks of it, I’ll be blogging next year. I want to since this blog has given me many opportunities and things that never crossed my mind. Maybe a few blog posts less than this year, but blogging nonetheless. Thanks for the support.

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  15. Good suggestions, all. I used to blog almost every day and now it’s once every 10 days. The decreasing frequency might be because my stockpile of stories about West-East relationship conflicts diminished, but also because I’m busier.

    I kick around the idea of ding more book reviews now.

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  16. I just recently experienced blogging burnout, Mabel. I’d been going strong without letup for over 5 years and in combination what was and still is going on in my life, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I blogged less and less and my uplifting and encouraging posts stopped coming. The joy of blogging was completely gone and I actually got to a point I thought I was just going to walk away from blogging period. Recently the urge and joy have returned, thank goodness. For me, it was life itself that interfered with my “rhythm” because it in of itself life exhausted me. Getting a lot of rest and taking a lot of time off, did the trick for me. I’m back to blogging and observing how I am feeling very carefully. If I begin to tire I pull back immediately. Just putting together posts at times is exhausting much less blogging. Your post is right on!! Great writing again, dear friend!! Keep on shining!! ☺️☺️☺️

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    • You have been blogging and doing what you do artistic-wise for a while, Amy. It is definitely evident through your blog, which you so consistently upload. Your posts aren’t afraid to admit the not-so-uplifting side of life, and I think that is why many of us gravitate to us – because you keep it real. And when you do experience the uplifting parts of life, you are able to describe them so well because you relish these moments. Very wise of you to get a lot of rest and recognise if you need to walk away for a while, you do. You keep on writing too and keep on shining 😊💖💕

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      • I have a saying in my life that I am not shy to let others hear … What you see is what you get when it comes to me. A neighbor of mine recently told me it is clear who I am just because of how I act and what I say. There is no pretence about me. I’ve really just wanted to focus on the light on my blog yet my Heart has at times made it very real as I poured out my Heart in the hard times. Again I don’t play games or do I pretend when I have tears rolling down my face. THANK YOU for being who you are as you continually encourage me to continue on the path I am. I do the same for you, Mabel! 🤗🤗🤗

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        • In other words there is no bullsh*t with you. No pretence, I like it just like how many of us here it too. Playing pretend just masks things and can make things worse, so thank you for being you on your blog and being honest on here. Thank you so much, Amy ❤ ❤ 🙂

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  17. Mabel, this is a fantastic post. I’ve been on burnout mode for a bit. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy blogging at all. I still do! But life events dampened my enthusiasm for my blog. I’m coming back around now with a refreshing new theme and site goals. I love your suggestion of asking non-blogging friends what they think because they have a fresh perspective. Great idea!

    I prefer your once a month in-depth and thoughtful post to a blog that posts daily. I look forward to getting your book, Mabel. It will be an interesting read, for sure. Thanks for inspiration to continue on the blog road. It’s been so nice to connect with you along the way. ❤

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    • Thanks, Lisa. Very kind of you to say. I mentioned this on your blog, and I’ll say it again: love your sleek new blog design, very refreshing. I’ve toyed with the idea of changing up my blog’s theme…but the last time I did that it took me months to customise CSS and get it to looking how I want it lol.

      Hoping my book will come out at some point. It’s such an inspiration to see you publish four books and going strong – showing it can be done. Thank you ❤

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  18. Hello Mabel,
    I don’t want to make you feel overwhelmed or pressure to reply, so I’ll try to keep this short 😉
    Thank you for another wonderful and thought-provoking post. I think you know your work is immensely appreciated, and you’ve “given back” to the community in so many ways.

    I think it’s important to focus on you first & foremost and what makes your life more enriched, challenging and happy. I also feel (perhaps because I grew up in the “pre-internet days”) it’s important to get away from the screen and enjoy “real” life and all the challenges it brings.

    Congratulations on 6 years! ❤ ❤
    Take care, and best wishes always!
    Takami 🙂

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    • It is very nice of you to be so thoughtful, Takami. I appreciate each and every comment, no matter how long or short. It’s amazing to see kindness and people giving me their time on here, and I pace myself so as to give something to back to everyone.

      I also grew up in pre-Internet days, and life away from the online world can indeed be so good. Photography seems to take you out and about, and hope you enjoy what you do in real life. Your shots are always something to behold and I wish I had discovered your blog sooner ❤ ❤ ❤

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  19. Mabel so much of what you have written resonates with me. I’ve almost packed it a few times. I think for me it was setting priorities. Like you I spend much less time reading and commenting on other blogs. I have started adding guest posts which takes the pressure off. I have become much better at not comparing myself to others. I wish you well as you work through this rut. Early on I was given some sage advice. “If it’s not fun anymore change it or quit” That has really helped me along the way.

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    • I still remember us meeting in Melbourne some years ago, and we had such a great chat over keeping up with blogging and visiting other blogs. Don’t think each of us felt the burnout then. Changing up the topics I’ve written about has certainly made me continue blogging. I enjoy all of your posts, Sue, from the posts you write to the guest posts as they each bring a different flavour to Travel Tales of Life – and each post has an adventuring element to it. Here’s to keeping blogging 🙂

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      • Yes i think at that point we were both filled with energy on the blogging front. Perhaps the key is to be open to change and to listening to one’s inner voice. I really enjoyed reading this Mabel. Perhaps because so much of it rang true for me too.

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  20. ‘Sometimes taking a break from blogging is what you need to feel inspired at it again. We all need to live and experience life in order to tell stories.’ – I’ve posted more frequently when I was younger and less susceptible to the effects of stress. Now that I’m older and chest deep in academic-related matters, I’ve noticed that the frequency of my posts have significantly decreased. I’m a tad bit particular about my consistency, so the idea of having guest blog posts has never occurred on my mind. Plus, most of my friends prefer to read blogs than to write one. 😂

    ‘As an introvert, sharing my personal life online isn’t something I’m comfortable with and I do draw a firm line between what I share and don’t share on my blog. Unlike many high-profile social media influencers, shunning the trends of showing my face, talking about where I work, talking about my personal relationships and broadcasting where I’m going each day is something I am not ashamed of.’ – Likewise. I do share things that occur in my personal life from time to time, but I’ve been cautious not to reveal sensitive information or ones that would reveal my identity and those who I’m writing about. But it’s true – discussing about the places where we work would be dangerous to our employment as well.

    For me to avoid blogger burnout would require me to be done with academia first, lol. I’ve given up on becoming a social media influencer because it would clash with my future career. There may be a conflict of interest and if there are pictures and videos of me online, it will endanger my safety.

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    • I do find you are posting quite regularly despite your busy academic life, much more so than me 😛 Also they are very descriptive and vivid, especially the dreams – you narrate them very well. I actually think finding guest posts hard. You can get other bloggers to post on your blog – but in these instances you’d probably want the blogger to have some kind of connection to what you blog about. Personally I don’t have guest blogs because I don’t want to and I feel guests blogs might break up the tone and style of my blog, which I am very particular about.

      You never know if those you are writing about will not want to be featured on your blog, and they might take offense. If I do mention anyone or want to quote what one of my friends said, I will ask them for permission first. Some have said ‘No’ and that is perfectly fine with me. I respect that.

      Lol, so you are saying you might give up blogging if you give up academia? I thought you might give up blogging to be more hardworking for academia 😀

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      • You’d be surprised to know that I’ve a notebook and a pen on my bedside table to record the dreams. Or I’ll wake up and hurriedly use my phone to write it down.

        ‘You never know if those you are writing about will not want to be featured on your blog, and they might take offence.’ – that’s true, though. None of them knows that they are being written about on the blog, even that college friend of mine. Oh, I usually don’t quote what my friends said – I describe it from the viewpoint of someone observing our interaction.

        ‘Lol, so you are saying you might give up blogging if you give up academia?’ – Somewhat. Blogging keeps me sane. Once I’ve finished my studies, I might give up blogging because it’s risky to have a blog in my working life. What if I accidentally write about something I shouldn’t? 😂

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        • Wow, you record your dreams the moment you wake up. Chances are that will help you remember your dreams. Sometimes I’ll have a dream, wake up, remember the dream and as I go about my day I’ll completely forget about the dream lol.

          Imagine if someone found out you wrote about them on the blog and they got mad because you never told them. In those situations I imagine I’d lose a friend D:

          Haha, you could always blog anonymously or under a pseudonym if you want to continue blogging. Just blog about random dreams and we can all pick at them. Or share TVB shows 😃

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          • I usually do it to help me interpret the dreams because some of it are rather realistic – to the point where I wake up with a question mark or with teary, swollen eyes.

            I guess I’ve been lucky that no one found my blog…. I might end up creating a new blog under a pseudonym that focuses on my writing and dreams when I’m working. =D

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  21. Hi Mabel what a topical topic as far as I am concerned at least 😀 I am blogging less and less but mostly because I have been too busy in other worldly matters. And now that things are more settled I am finding it difficult to find my blogging feet or should i say fingers 😉 I think it’s more a case of blogging block than burnout or maybe it’s a case of out of sight out of mind. Actually I think it’s the lack of time after a full day of work I am too tired to think of anything to say and to say just for sake of saying something is a bit too much. So I get up at 4 am to just write and try to do my reading and commenting in the evenings – hoping you’ll be generous enough to excuse my ramblings 😀

    All the best for your book writing and many burgers and fries to you!

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  22. It is similar for me. Even though there are tons of things I could and would like to write about, I somehow lack the motivation to get started or even worse I start and after 80% is done I am so unsatified with the result that I don’t publish it (have several articles hidden away…)
    In the first couple of years I really wrote a lot but after I got ill I never really got back into it. Now I have like 2-3 articles tops a month, sometimes even only one but at least I feel good enough to write and to share it 🙂

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  23. All good points. I see many blogs start strong then stop and never return. I think everyone gets some form of burnout or boredom with the process and either you get through it or you don’t. For me, blogging less but keeping posts at what i perceive to be similar quality each time is my answer. I have no desire to post if I have nothing worthy to post. And regular breaks, including not looking in the reader at all.

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  24. For me is not blogger burnout, but creating content. There the creative writer inside that wants to write, but doesn’t know what to write. What can I write that might connect with one or two people, but at the same time isn’t so personal.

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    • Hope you get to find that creative spark to write, Michael. You are always so honest in your blogs, not shying away from challenging times. I do really enjoy following your blog 🙂

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  25. It was just less than a month ago I came back to the blogosphere after a six-week break. Did it do me any good? To be honest, I’m not really sure. I don’t think of blogging as a competition but often I feel I must do it to earn the right to comment on other blogs, which I know it absolutely ridiculous. Asking a non-blogger to evaluate my blog is something I hadn’t thought of and I think I’ll pursue that.

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    • ‘I must do it to earn the right to comment on other blogs’ It is an interesting statement. You can be anyone who doesn’t have a blog and comment on blogs. But I think often a blogger likes to know the person (and hence blog) of the person behind the comment. So I see where you are coming from. Maybe you will get eye-opening feedback on your blog from a non-blogger and you can share it on your blog.

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  26. A subject near and (maybe not so) dear to my own heart, Mabel! I’m not sure I have full-blown burnout, but I have definitely slowed down on my own posts (only when I travel or shortly thereafter), and I’ve had to cut back on blog reading as well. I, for one, prefer when people post less often as the material seems fresher; when I see posts multiple times a week or repeatedly on the same subject, I kind of zone out. Hang in there – you’re a couple of years past me, I think!

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    • You have a good point there when you say less posts, the more fresher the posts may be and the less you repeat the same subject. Seeing multiple posts from the same blogger in a week or even a day does zone me out too….but kudos on them for having the drive to constantly blog.

      Based on your travels, it seems you never slow down on your travels 😛

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  27. For me whenever I feel inspired to write I usually try to produce more than one blog post drafts so that when that lazy day or feeling uninspired day comes, I can just sit back, relax, and enjoy other things without having to worry too much about whether I have enough content for my blog or not. Sometimes when I feel the burnout is coming I just go out, see new places, read some interesting articles, or watch something. Quite often inspiration comes afterward.

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  28. I’ve celebrated seven years of blogging – once a week, every Friday. I take two Fridays off a year. That’s it, because I enjoy it so much. I don’t ever get burned out from blogging, but sometimes I get stressed about making sure I read everyone’s blog who I’ve connected with. That’s really the only reason I need to take a break. But on the upside, I learn so much by each blog I read. xo

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  29. Another thoughtful post Mabel.. I think those of us who have been at it for a while (6 years for me too – much longer than most!) have all faced burnout more than once. For me blogging is an opportunity to share my photography and my thoughts – whether anyone sees/reads them or not. It’s an artistic outlet which has led to some new friendships and motivated me to keep shooting. I blog once each week only, as anything more II think dilutes the content and tires the reader as well as the author. When I burn out, I simply continue with my weekly schedule and over time I find enthusiasm once again. Our new weekly challenge has given me some additional motivation, as has my relationship with the other 3 challenge authors. Like anything in life, commitment and growth are both critical IMHO. Thanks for the interesting topic!

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    • Thanks, Tina. Six years for you too. It’s been a while here for you on the blog as well. Your photography is amazing as always, each shot carefully crafted and they do captivate many of us – and naturally you and the other three bloggers are perfect for hosting the photography challenge. Interesting to hear you keep blogging weekly even though you burn out. I do that too, hoping that spark will come alive again…and you know, now and again it does. Keep blogging, Tina.

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  30. I published my first blog five years ago, so I’m a little behind you. I like to blog once a week, although sometimes I skip a week. Since my blog is called “Behind the Story,” I started with the idea of writing posts that were related to my novel, “Tiger Tail Soup.” That meant they were usually about Chinese subjects. Gradually I started writing essays about things that come up in my life. And sometimes I write photo essays.

    I’ve finished the first draft of my second novel, so soon I will go back to writing posts that will give my readers a glimpse “behind the story” of that novel. Because it’s set in the Philippines and Vanuatu, I expect to write about both of those countries.

    I like all of your suggestions about how to avoid blogging burnout. All five points are crucial. Sometimes blogging less and commenting on other blogs less often is the answer if we want to continue loving blogging rather than feeling overwhelmed.

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    • That is a lovely explanation of the title of your blog, Nicki. I always thought it was related to the stories behind your book, and also basically behind the scenes of your life thus far. Looking forward to seeing your second novel and the sneak peeks you will give to us – and I do still need to check out your first 🙂

      I feel I enjoy commenting on other blogs more compared to putting out a post on my blog every other week. Checking out other blogs is a great way to learn, and in turn that helps me find inspiration for the blog posts I do write.

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  31. I don’t know if I can call it burnout, but I haven’t been writing lately. The baby is my excuse! I don’t really have time to sit in front of the computer anymore. There are some things I would like to write about, like the postpartum traditions and baby clothes styles in China, but let’s see when I can manage to do it… Real life comes first!

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  32. Excellent advice as always Mabel. No matter how much we enjoy blogging, I think we all experience the burnout, I know I sure do. Many bloggers take a lighter break in the summer. I prefer to take mine in winter while on extended vacation time. It rejuvenates me for when I return. 🙂 xx

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  33. Congratulations on reaching your six-year blogging aniversary, Mabel! It really takes commitment and I have seen far too many excellent blogs fall by the wayside and disappear off the face of the earth. I completely relate with this post and admittedly struggle with burnout when it comes to writing and publishing content on my blog. In a way, it’s astonishing to believe that it’s been over eight years since I began using WordPress.

    These days I post far less frequently than I used to, and the general target is twice a month, but sometimes it still feels like a chore when so much work goes into each entry – whether it’s choosing, processing, and resizing the pictures or writing a 1,000-word story that I feel is both informative and engaging. I think the main issue for me is that there’s a huge overlap with my day job (working at a travel magazine), so especially when things get stressful at the office, blogging about travel is really the last thing I want to do when I get home.

    Not many of my offline friends and family read my blog, and like you I am perfectly happy with that. What matters more is the community that has grown and the friendships that have developed because of it. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of my favorite bloggers in person over the years, and I can honestly say that blogging has completely changed my life. It gave me the impetus to change careers and move countries; after all the wonderful opportunities that came because of blogging, it seems wrong to throw in the towel and call it quits. 🙂

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    • Eight years on WordPress is a long time to be blogging, and almost a decade of blogging for you. A big achievement and you should be so proud of yourself 😊 Your posts are always so informative and well-researched: you present the history of a place to us in palatable terms, and alongside that you have vivid recollections of your travels that you experience with your five/six senses. The photography is second to none whether with your camera or phone. Amazing to hear your work is at a travel magazine – sort of closely aligned to what you blog about. You must be busy at work and when it comes to your blog, you must have a kind of passion to blog even if it’s twice a month.

      Community and friendships are certainly something to be cherished here in the blog world. So lovely to hear you have met some of your favourite bloggers in person over the years – and it must have felt like catching up with old friends. I’ve also met some bloggers over the years, and one of them is a very good friend in real life now. Blogging seems to have such a great impact on you personally and professionally. Who knows where it will take you next. Thanks for the support, James. Looking forward to visiting your blog soon 🙂

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  34. Good tips Mabel – I am going through this (or maybe a writers impairment… don’t use the ‘B’ word) at the moment and I will employ some of your tips. I am still worried about a Zombie Apocalypse though 🙂 🙂 Take care Mabel and stay warm.

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    • I hope you get over this writer’s impairment and stop feeling stuck. Sometimes you just don’t feel like it. You never know, a zombie apocalypse could be just around the corner and I wish you well. It is finally starting to warm up here with rain to make it humid. The best. You stay warm too 🙂

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