Blogging on Blogging

Typing like mad

Dr Tanya posts some intriguing questions about blogger burnout…

1. What, in your opinion, is “Blogger burnout”?

I can only speak for myself. It seems that some bloggers post all day long, and this would definitely cause me to burn out. Even if I wrote a giant pile of posts and scheduled them to be dispersed through the week, the idea of spending an entire day writing 35 posts or so to keep up my volume? Gahhh! I’m starting to crash and burn at the very thought of it. There have been days where I’ve churned out 5 posts, mostly shorties, but generally I manage 2-3, and sometimes only one.

Putting pressure on myself to perform in a hobby type situation is a surefire path to burnout. It’s happened with regular writing, when I’ve given myself arbitrary deadlines and goals, failed to meet them, and beaten myself up over that. Then I take a breather and chill, reminding myself that hobbies are supposed to be fun.

Relaxing with book and tea

2. Have you ever suffered from blog related stress?

Yes, I most definitely have! My first blog ended up stressing me out ~ again this was all my own fault. I became obsessed with my stats, comparing myself to the mommy bloggers and becoming upset on days when my visits/comments fell. I started writing provocative and political posts to generate more excitement, but I ended up with nasty arguments (predictable duh), and then I became anxious over this even as my stats increased. I wrote too much personal stuff and was way too snarky. This culminated in a huge horrible flame war over dogs of all things, my comments were hacked, and I took the blog offline.

Sinking in quicksand

3. What steps could you suggest to keep blogging from becoming a stressful activity?

For me, first, is to disregard stats except as an occasional amusement. I sometimes laugh over the fact that I’m creeping up to 2,700 “followers” and yet am lucky to get 30 comments on a post (including mine). Where are these other people? 😂

Second is to post when I want to, ignoring things I’ve saved. Most days I save all the prompts in my feed… and don’t use them. The next morning I unsave them. I refuse to pressure myself into writing a new post before bed when I’m tired just because there are saved prompts. Too bad, so sad.

Third, I must shrug off the fact that I simply do not have time to read all the great posts in my feed. I know there are lovely poems and wonderful stories and fun adventures written by talented bloggers, but I can’t devote all my free time to reading posts. I do try to respond to everyone who leaves a comment on one of my posts… apologies if I’ve missed anyone. 💖

So, there you have it… my basic formula for a peaceful blogging experience.

Frolicking with flowers and butterflies

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Images from Bitmoji.

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31 responses to “Blogging on Blogging

  1. That’s the right way to blog! Enjoy it.

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  2. Whenever pressure to make a new post comes, I have to look away. Usually, if I can clear my mind enough, something new and interesting enters in……. I also don’t use the scheduling feature. Never have…… Might have to look into it. Most of my WordPress buddies use it.

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  3. I hear you… You don’t want blogging becoming a chore, it’s meant to be enjoyed.
    A lot of us are wondering where these followers are coming from in order for our follower count to keep rising. It’s like a one hit wonder, and you never hear or see them again. I really think they stem from wht we input under “Tags” I have multiple tags I use, and I think that’s where my followers generate from. (Just a notion mind you).
    Here’s to happy blogging!!! 💓

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  4. I have no idea how people can manage posting 500 times a day (ok perhaps that’s an exaggeration). I would crash and burn very quickly trying to do that.

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  5. I think you’re doing a great job of writing your blog! Do what you want and we will be here. 🙂

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  6. I feel you, Paula. There are only so many waking hours in the day and you can’t devote all — or even most — of them to blogging.

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  7. I’m starting to blog more. I keep them short. I have no idea if they’re getting read except when a like or comment appears. It seems to me that by replacing Facebook activity with WordPress activity I’m not making a real change. I’m still being driven to do stuff so that I will be seen. That bothers me because it’s just ego and unless it makes me a million bucks, what good is ego? However, I don’t take shit quite that seriously. I’ll keep doing it (maybe) and try not to over-examine why.

    And? I have TWO blogs. They overlap somewhat. They should not. MUST not. The correction will become evident in time …

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    • To me, blogging is vastly different from FB. With rare exception (someone commented here a few weeks ago that atheists couldn’t be moral or truthful or whatever twaddle), I don’t engage in arguments. The vast majority of the time I’m reading/writing fiction or poetry or noodling about stuff that matters. Complete opposite of FB where it was mostly snark and arguing and rare to zero actual writing. People here are NICE. Idk why there were so many dickheads on FB, but they don’t exist here… plus you can ban IPs which is sweet.

      I have another blog, but it’s just a diary.

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  8. Great advice on how to survive and thrive in the blogosphere. You are right is it not all about stats it has to be about having some fun.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your varied blogging experiences.
    Most of us who interact here are in it for the fun.
    Do you think the business bloggers are stressed?

    You are so right about not being able to keep track of all the blogs in one’s feed. I dont stress over that but I do sometimes feel guilty.

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  10. Totally excellent post Paula 🙂 Very inspiring.

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