Dr. Tanya, of “Salted Caramel”, has a new set of questions for bloggers, on her series, Blogging Insights.
You must have come across this term in posts about blogging. Today’s topic is completely opposite of last week’s Blogging Insights when we discussed being grateful for blogging. This goes to show what a diverse field blogging is, its various aspects being limited only by the number of bloggers.
1. What, in your opinion, is “Blogger burnout”?
2. Have you ever suffered from blog-related stress?
3. What steps could you suggest to keep blogging from becoming a stressful activity?
I’m going to combine my answer for 1 & 2 together if you don’t mind. Blogger Burnout and suffering from blog-related stress for me are caused by symptoms of (SAD), Seasonal Affective Disorder. (I just finished writing a 2 part segment on my site with regards to this very topic). Which can be read here: https://beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/mindfulness-monday%e2%98%ae%ef%b8%8fmake-a-change-part-1-of-part-2-symptoms-of-sad-seasonal-affective-disorder-12-3-2019-part-2-how-to-cope-and-fight-sad/
The burnout is when (Strictly speaking about my encounter’s with it), is I can’t quite concentrate or focus like I normally do. When an idea or inspiration strikes, if I don’t write it down right away, it’s gone in a second. That thought won’t come back to me. The perfect example is like turning a light on/off, that’s how fast it happens.
The stress inducer behind blog-related stress is (SAD). I, myself become very agitated and frustrated because of my brain malfunctioning when I’m blogging.
One moment I’m on my “A” game and can write with not one issue, the next moment, I am so drained out and can’t get myself to function the way I normally would. It’s as if all my energy goes into a piece, post, etc… And, when all is said and done, I’m just plain exhausted, like I ran a marathon. It really sucks.
Answer to #3
Since the middle of last summer, scheduling my post in advance has helped me quite a bit. I don’t feel the pressure as much. However, that being said… Going back to (SAD), I’m lethargic and dulled out, so my thought process is slowed down drastically.
Here is a prime example of how slow I am: Sue Vincent, of “Daily Echo”, has a series, “Thursday Write-Photo Prompt”. I have written out 14 ideas of which way I want to write this piece, but I can’t quite put the pieces together in order to write one cohesive piece. My ideas are not connecting correctly.
Again… For me, planning and scheduling are the only ways I can function as a blogger, (especially now). The moment an idea pops into my head, I write it down. This does help with the pressure of trying to get something done.
Worst case scenario… I blog less so I don’t add more pressure to myself. I don’t want to turn my blog into “Work”. I enjoy blogging, but if it becomes a chore, the less I want to do it. I have no intention of discontinuing my blog due to (SAD).
Thanks for the questions, Tanya!