Do bloggers get existential crisis? Do we ever get burned out from churning thoughts and posting them?
Have you ever known the feeling that no one really cares what your write or what you think? Well, maybe that’s what I am going through right now. Things or situations doesn’t seem so interesting like I’d like to believe they are. I keep thinking of the places I’ve been, things I’ve seen or experiences I had; then I’ll have an urge to post about it — only to lose interest in the end because I’ll suddenly realize that who the eff cares anyway?
Is this Blogger Burn-out? The feeling that no one really gives a sh*t if you’re wearing clothes from the thrift shop, if you think this X singer is cute or if you are driving yourself to bankruptcy due to your quest for travels. Hence, you always hesitate to write your thoughts.
When I first started blogging, I write when I want to. Until I had a sudden surge of inspiration and started writing four posts a day. FOUR! Now I can even barely write one coherent statement. I really don’t know the reason for this slump. Is it the ultra demanding new work where I am now part of the management, and thus I have to start taking my head out of the clouds, and more with the ten thousand tasks at hand. PLUS add to that the numerous other distractions and adventures that would be too revealing when written in a public blog.
Note that I was blogging four posts in a day when I was still in the Kaisha where work is really slow and the lack of any brain activity will compel you to find ways to exercise your brain.
A quick check in the net reveals that apparently, Blogger burn out is common among those maintaining an online existence. However, most of the articles attribute the burn out from the fact that some bloggers feel that their sites lack the recognition (and traffic) it deserves. Call me crazy but I am happy with the three loyal readers that I have, after all I write because I want to and helps me release stress. Whatever transpires after that (like being featured in WordPress Freshly Pressed) is a really fat cherry on top of a heavily-decorated cake!
For those going through the same online existential crisis, here’s a few tips from www.problogger.net:
1. Do what you love.
Staying motivated is a whole lot easier when you’re constantly thinking about, and dealing with, the topic you blog about. If you love your topic, you’ll find it easier to think up content ideas, engage with readers, and establish a warm and welcoming voice that encourages rapport and develops readership.
2. Take it one step at a time.
When you start a blog, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the things you feel you should be doing to help it grow. Realise up front that your blog isn’t likely to be an overnight super-success and pace yourself. Instead of focusing on what you haven’t done yet, spend time each week assessing the things you have done, and considering ways to build on those results.
If you’re going to avoid burnout, you need to be kind to yourself. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to tell yourself it’s too hard, you don’t have time, and to give up.
3. Plan, plan, plan.
If you haven’t already, develop a flexible, but clear plan of attack for building up your blog’s content and reach. A focused plan will help you to keep your expectations of yourself in check, and to test and assess the results of what you do.
This kind of periodic review will give you information that you can feed back into your efforts to make each new promotional approach more successful, and helps you avoid the must-do-everything-now, scattergun approach that quickly exhausts even the most motivated blogger.
As you plan, you’ll likely identify some easy wins — things that you expect will be fulfilling or gratifying on some level. Perhaps these are tasks that will pull in a lot of readers, or maybe you just know you’ll really enjoy doing them. Try to space these jobs so that when the going gets tough, you know you have a favourite task just around the corner. This can make a big difference to your motivation over time.
4. Allow for downtime.
Once you’ve got a plan, fit some downtime into it. Make sure you’re not always operating at breakneck speed, or that if you are, it’s only for a short, manageable period. Be sure to build in time out for family and friends, and to be flexible about your schedule.
Above all, let yourself really enjoy that time off — don’t spend it guiltily obsessing about all the things you should be doing to build your blog.
5. Realise that everyone has bad days.
It’s true. Some of us even have bad weeks! And months. It doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel or that you don’t have what it takes. Of course you have it — the thing is, you need to manage it to get the most out of it. If you have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up. Accept that this is part of life.
As for me, I’ve just read a really stupid story on Tokyo Hive about a hotel staff going all psycho on Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (inhaling the towel he used? EUUUUUUW….) so please excuse me while I rant about it on another post.