Friday, April 4, 2014

BLOGGING TIPS | 3 TOP TIPS TO AVOID BLOG BURNOUT

Top Tips, Avoid Blog Burnout, Southern Charmed Blog

Hello, beauties! In the past few months I've been finding myself nearing blog burnout at every turn. In my attempts to be a "serious blogger", I was putting every free waking moment into the blog in some way. Whether it was social media, post writing, picture taking, product testing, reading magazines and blogs (both local and international), or studying up on important bloggy things like layout creation and SEO. I'd started posting daily and thought I was doing all the things a proper blogger would do (fake it 'til you make it and all that jazz). Cue massive flaming burnout!

Due to a mix of life, anxiety, self-doubt, and biting off more than I could chew, I was forced to take some time away and get myself in order. While on break, I beat myself up pretty badly. I felt like an absolute failure. It was then that I realized that I had been sweating too much blog stuff, and, frankly, I didn't want to go back to that! So here are three things that I think every blogger needs to know, for sanity's sake!

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• YOUR BLOG DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT.
Seriously! So many bloggers are looking for perfection. Wanting perfect layouts, photos that would rival Annie Leibovitz's, and content that goes viral. Building your blog takes time. Minus the rare person, any blogger who does well with their photography or writing or whatever else out of the gate probably has a prior background in those facets of blogging. Even still, I would bet that those bloggers aren't totally satisfied all the time, either. I have a background in writing and editing, and I know I'm still hyper critical of my posts. Cutting ourselves some slack is key. The only thing we can expect from ourselves is our best efforts. Which leads me to my next point...

• DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER BLOGGERS.
DO NOT DO IT! DO NOT! NOT EVEN ONCE! Part of my self-doubt issues came from seeing the success of other bloggers and wondering what the hell I was doing wrong. My growth had stagnated, and no matter what I tried, I couldn't kick things back into gear. This led to me noticing the stats of other bloggers more than I ever had before, and soon I was an absolute, self-loathing wreck. When I started feeling nauseated just looking at my laptop, I knew something had to be done.

If you are suffering from blog stat envy, step away from the computer and spend some non-judgmental time with yourself. Would you let someone talk trash about a friend the way you're dogging yourself? Of course not! There is enough room for ALL of us to be successful. I soon came to find that even bloggers I love had lulls, drops in comments, and low times. What did they do? They kept at it! Armed with this knowledge, the best thing to do is forgive yourself, cut yourself some slack, and then get back to what you love, blogging!

• IT'S OKAY IF YOU NEED A BREAK.
Even the biggest, richest, most fabulous stars need vacations from their glamorous jobs, so why not take one from the blog every now and again, too? The blog will be there when you come back, and so will your readers. Those loyal guys and gals want you to take care of yourself. They want you to deliver content you're happy with versus posts you've thrown together half-assed for the sake of a new entry. If you're feeling stretched thin, take a break before you snap!

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At the end of everything, blogging should be fun. Even if it becomes a job one day, it doesn't have to feel that way. Learn to let go of the blog stuff and focus on all the ways you've enriched your life through the blog you've created. Think of all the friends you've made, the opportunities you've had, the skills you've honed, and the milestones you've reached. You'll find yourself having much more fun and loads less stress over it.

Love yourself, forgive yourself, and cut yourself a ton of slack! Like Cheryl Cole says, "We've gotta fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this blog. If it's worth having, it's worth fighting for". Okay, so she didn't exactly say that, but that doesn't make it any less true. You can make it, babes!

What are your top tips for keeping blogging fun? How do you combat stat stalking or blogger burnout?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!
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11 comments

  1. I constantly have a love/ hate relationship with my blog! It's so hard not to compare yourself to others when you want to be better. I think it's important to remember why you blog in the first place - to enjoy it!

    Jegz xo http://jegz-loves-tea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I couldn't agree with this more! Very well put :)

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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  3. I'm glad I read this today I've been feeling like this lately I think it's so natural to, but your right you have to keep going especially if you love it xx

    Libertylovesmakeup.blogspot.com

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  4. This is a really great post :) I had to take a break earlier this year as I wasn't taking any time to do anything other than blogging! I'm just starting to get into the hang of writing more regularly.
    Thanks for the great advice!
    Mia
    x
    www.prettyeclectic.co.uk

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  5. This is such an apt post for me at the moment, because I have been feeling exactly the same! My biggest fault is that I do compare myself to other bloggers, and I really should stop doing it, as we are all different!

    Thanks for making it ok not to be perfect :)

    Paula at Beauty Lover xx

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  6. I went through this a while ago and had to take a break, it was well needed. I ended up coming back stronger than ever! Nice post! x

    Cat | LilacGhosts

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  7. what a lovely positive post, nice to read from someone so down to earth :) thanks for sharing xx

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  8. What a great and motivating post. I have been slightly worried about my blog lately,but now I just want to write a damn good blogpost. Thank you for that boost!
    xx Lisa

    http://followinglisa.blogspot.de

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  9. Great post, sometimes it is easy to let the blog slip especially if you constantly compare to others, I find myself doing that loads! xxx


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  10. Great blog tips here thanks for the share.

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