FRIEND FRIDAY: The Burn
December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
Blogging starts as this exciting endeavor; every pretty dress or fashionable person you see on the street makes you want to write a new post. Unfortunately this zeal doesn’t always last -sometimes it wanes and waxes, or sometimes your passion just fizzles out. Here’s my input on dealing with the stress of blogging – how often I hit the blog writing block, and what I do to get back into it.
1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number changed since you started blogging?
Currently, i probably spend between 10-15 hours a week blogging. This includes researching topics and content for new posts, reading the blogs of others, and writing my blog posts. I try to keep my blogging schedule balanced so that I don’t get overwhelmed and it doesn’t conflict with my other responsibilities.
When I first started blogging, the time I would dedicate to it was definitely more sporadic, and I believe this lead to the failure of my first few blogs. Some days I would spend 5 or more hours sitting in front of the screen doing blogging-related activities. And then from that I would switch to not going near a blogging platform for weeks at a time.
2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on… how do you limit your time spent on these tasks?
Honestly, I’m not always the best at self-monitoring the time I spend on my computer. Thankfully other responsibilities in my life, like school and my job, make sure that I don’t devote every second of the day trying to do more in the blogosphere. My roommate is also pretty good at prying me away from the computer screen.
3. Have you experience Blogger Burnout yet? How have you dealt with that?
The majority of times that I faced blogger burnout in the past, I did not have the best way of dealing with it. I would normally just abandon the blogging project and never think about it again. Recently I dealt with an absence from this blog, but that was due to a family-related event, and it lead to a more general burnout in all areas of my life. However, in regards to my blog, I dealt with it this time was by looking at the deadlines and goals that I have set up(which I keep posted above my desk). I used these to motivate myself back into posting.
4. This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time. Will your blogging change as a result?
I actually don’t think that I will be that busy during December, as my semester at school is now completely finished and my only other obligations are to my job and my friends. I think I will make use of this free time to attend more events and work on getting more content up on the blog. So this December hopefully will feature a lot of quality posts.
5. Could you foresee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore? How would you identify that it’s time to walk away?
I honestly can’t see myself not blogging in the future right now, I’m still young in the blogging world, and I see a lot of ways that I can improve my blog in the future. If I had to chose a time to walk away, it would probably be if I became very busy with other things in life, but I can’t see that happening in the next 5 or 10 years.
What do you think about all this blogger burnout? Has it ever affected you? How have you dealt with it? Please comment below!