[LET’S CHAT] How Do You Deal With Blogging Burn-Out?

The month of August was rough for me.

I know what you might be thinking. “Mikaela, what? I absolutely love your blog and your posts were great and you got 800 followers! What could have gone wrong?” But it just felt rough. I wasn’t happy with the way my blog looked. I wasn’t happy with the content I posted. I wasn’t happy with my stats. And I was just overcome with that innate desire to just delete my blog and start all over.
Obviously, I didn’t. I stopped posting for a while, I took a good week to re-design my blog – and then re-design that re-design. I’m back to posting regularly again, and I’m really happy and excited with the content I’ll be posting for the rest of my first year of blogging. So, with all that, instead of doing a simple “I’ve Re-Designed!” post, I thought it’d be better to pose this as a discussion – how do you deal with blogging burn-out?
I think we’re all pretty critical of our blogs. Blogging is a personal experience, and then we put that experience out in the open for people to judge us and read what we write, which is slightly terrifying. So, of course we’re going to be critical of our own blogs. I know this is one of the reasons why I decided to re-design my blog and my content and my schedule – it just looked ugly to me and wasn’t working out, so I decided to change it all. Not to mention that constantly seeing so many other people’s book blogs on the daily doesn’t help with making us feel self-conscious about our own blogs, even if nothing is really WRONG with them.

I think the main reason we go through blogging burn-out is because we WANT to improve (or, at least, that’s why I went through it). We constantly want to keep growing and improving our blogs to make them better for not only ourselves, but also our blog readers! And, sometimes, the way our blog looks at that moment or the content we’re publishing doesn’t quite reflect the fact that we improve or seems like the same old, same old, and we can get bored of it. I know I’m one to often get bored  with my current hobbies and completely overhaul it and get involved in something else, only for the cycle to start all over again.

We can also go through blogging burn-out if we’re not reaching our goals! Most people come into blogging having SOME idea in mind of what’s it going to look like, some with low expectations, and some with extremely high ones. And if we’re not reaching our goals, blogging can become a bit less fun than we thought it’d be. I know I probably wouldn’t have as much fun blogging if I still had the same amount of followers now as I did in my first month of blogging, or I was working hours on posts and it seemed like no was reading or commenting on them.

And, sometimes, we just need a break. We can easily throw our all into blogging, and only a couple months later, we sort of lose that spark that got us truly involved. I know I needed a break, especially when you have to write, edit, and make sixteen posts a month, then reply to comments and comment on other people’s blogs. It can get stressful, and sometimes we burn out because we don’t have time to do ALL THE THINGS we promised.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m in a creative slump.

I thought June and July were pretty good for stats and posts overall, and I was so excited to post them, but when August came, I was less than enthusiastic. Do you ever have those moments where you’re super excited for your post ideas months before you actually write about them, but when it gets to that month of post ideas, you seem to hate every single one of them? That’s basically how August felt like for me.
So, near the end of August, I felt like I was giving up and I really wanted a change. I wanted to have better post ideas, I wanted better graphics and overall web design, I wanted to grow my blog even more than it already had. With that, I decided to re-design my blog.

It took a full week to do so.

Though I’m very satisfied with my blog the way it looks now that it’s finished, it was a frustrating endeavor. I changed my theme probably 10+ times to figure out which one worked for my blog. I changed my header probably 100+ times because it wouldn’t fit with various themes or it looked blurry as all hell or it looked like trash on mobile, but fantastic on desktop. I changed my blog colors twice. I had to re-design all my pages twice. I discovered I could customize things that I didn’t know I could customize. I changed my blog structure twice. I had to scour Freepik for the prefect graphics for countless hours, to the point where I ended up making an account. I brainstormed a bunch of post ideas FOR HOURS. I took the time to make a new, less stressful schedule. I looked to several blogs for inspiration and got frustrated because, damn it, why couldn’t my blog just magically look like theirs?
Basically, it was a very frustrating and stressful experience, but what I learned from it was that when you try, try again, you will succeed (eventually). Oh, and that I think I’ve become even MORE of a perfectionist than I have in the last year.
But, I’m back now, and for the better! I love the way my blog and posts look, and I hope you guys are loving it as well. I’m going to be linking up to Saturday Situation on Pure Imagination, I’m officially signing up for the Monthly Discussion Challenge, I’m going to attempt to start commenting back, I’m hoping to grow my social media accounts, I’m changing my schedule from four days to three – Sunday, Monday, and Friday – to lessen the stress and workload I was unnecessarily putting on myself, and I’m super excited for the content I’ll be posting from now on (and lowkey terrified because I can’t tell if I’ll get angry comments or not, but oh well)!
I’m definitely feeling much better now and getting that spark for blogging that’s gotten me down this path when I first started, and I can definitely say with relief that I’m completely satisfied with my blog, and I can’t wait for this new chapter!

How do you deal with blogging burn-out? Are you ever completely satisfied with your blog?

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60 thoughts on “[LET’S CHAT] How Do You Deal With Blogging Burn-Out?

  1. What we would do is take a break – that way you’ll be happy when you go back on it and see all the reasons why you started loving to blog all over again!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

    Don’t think anyone’s truly satisfied with their blog but can be pleased that they’ve come so far!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ

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  2. Ugh burning out SUCKS. But I’m glad you figured out a way to deal with it that helped you! When I had my burnout it was for lack of ideas on what to post, but this had mainly to do with the fact that I had no idea how to really blog, and get myself out there, and get to know other bloggers. So I kind of dropped off of the internet for a while, and basically started a whole new blog!

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  3. It’s good sometimes to take a break from blogging. It can be very time consuming and eat up a lot of energy, and I feel like that builds up until you begin to burn out.
    A revamp in a wonderful way to beat the burn out though!! And I love your new theme!!

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  4. I’m lucky enough to not have experienced blogger burnout in the year I’ve been blogging. But one thing that bugs me to no end is I don’t have a blog logo, I don’t know how to create one and it annoys the hell out of me! πŸ˜‚

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  5. Honestly, we should all take a bit of a break. I experience burn out all the time so I know how you feel. And dude, if you ever need to take a week off, do it and do not feel bad about it.

    I also know how you feel with being excited about writing a post, but then not caring about it as much when the time comes to post it. It’s such a sad feeling, but usually, the comments make it a bit better.

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    • Aw, thanks so much for the kind words! πŸ˜„

      Ugh, I feel it so often! I guess that’s what happens when you’re planning posts months ahead. It looks good at the time, but the week before, I’m like, “This is such a boring post. This is such a dumb idea. I don’t want to publish this anymore!” It’s true; they do! Sometimes, I end up posting it anyway, and it becomes wildly popular, so there’s that! πŸ˜‚

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  6. I definitely think taking a break is key. If you’ve realized that you are pushing yourself to blog, but no longer having fun with it, you definitely need to step away for a bit. Otherwise your content will be affected and you may lose followers!

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    • That’s true! I feel like I need to learn that; there have been days where I’ll post something JUST for the sake of having something, and then delete it because it was meh or it wasn’t something I was proud of. I just need to learn that I shouldn’t push myself for a fun hobby! πŸ˜„

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  7. I love your redesign. Looks beautiful!

    I totally related to this in August as well. I was in such a blogging slump that it lead me to a read slump and I was feeling so unmotivated. From what I can tell this seems to happen to everyone at some point but it was really frustrating. I am happy that the break and redesign worked for you and you’re back to posting. I will have to try that next time I’m in a slump!

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    • Thank you so much! ❀️

      Oh, I haven’t been in a reading slump, but I have been taking a break from reading, and it’s nice to catch up on shows and movies! πŸ˜„ It’s true; it happens to everyone, and I guess I’m glad it happened earlier rather than later down the road (or maybe it’ll happen again, WHO KNOWS?)!

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  8. I think good for you for recognizing you needed a change and then doing it! I know all the times I feel like changing my blog design I get scared because what if others don’t like it or the it looks worse than before? and it’s a big step to actually change it to something temporarily permanent. That being said, your new design looks AMAZING and I’m happy that you’re happy with it. ☺️

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  9. Love the re-design! I know how stressful blogging can be. And i’m so glad you’re reducing your posts to 3 times a week, not because I don’t love your posts, but because I really hope you’re not putting yourself under too much pressure! I’m so excited for September’s post now. I tried commenting back but it’s really hard! Esp. with the amount of comments you get…WELL all i’m saying is good luck! Don’t be too hard on yourself! We love your blog and you no matter how many times you post or how fantastic your design is.

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    • Thank you! And yes, I’m much better with three posts per week! I’m very excited for all my September posts (and my October posts, but that’s premature lol)! πŸ˜„ Haha, I don’t feel like I get that many comments! It really depends on what I post and some get a LARGE AMOUNT and others do average! And thank you so much for the kind words! 😘

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  10. I deal with blogging burn out by not dealing with it. I just flat out stop and take a break. I know it may seem unfair to the blog readers to just snuff out in the wind without warning whatsoever but I always argue that I do this for myself, first and foremost. Plus once rested, the blogging mojo comes rushing back. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle blogging stuff again.

    Re-designing is a good refresher, too. I can relate to your frustrations in revamping your blog design. I lost count on how many times I have changed mine. But once you got it, you get excited to make new posts. πŸ™‚

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    • I mean, I feel that; I sort of just left??? It was only for four or five days, but in that one person that assumes that people notice if I don’t post on a certain day (even though I’m sure it’s just me). πŸ˜‚

      Yes, it’s so frustrating! I’m really happy that it’s over now. πŸ˜‚ And it’s true; a good re-design always makes me feel more productive!

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  11. I’m sorry to hear August was a burn-out month for you Mikaela. I had that a little bit back in June and it sucked so bad. For me though it wasn’t so much to do about blogging but something that happened in my real life that sent me on a downward spiral and just took the joy out of everything. I wasn’t really motivated to do anything but mope around. I managed to get through it because that’s the thing about any kinds of slumps, blogging or reading, they never last forever though maybe you feel they will, and one day you come out the other end. πŸ™‚
    I absolutely love your new design, then again I’ve loved all your designs. I’m glad your back to blogging and feeling more creative again, and glad you’re happy with your new design because that’s the most important thing. πŸ™‚
    Great post! πŸ˜€ ❀️

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    • Ah, yes, I can definitely feel that! When crappy stuff happens in my life, I know that blogging is the one thing that makes me feel better, but it’s definitely not that way for everyone! πŸ˜„ That’s true; slumps don’t last forever, and we’ll all eventually get right back to normal! Thank you so much; I think this one is my best one yet (though TBR last one was great as well)! πŸ˜„ Thank you!

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  12. I get the feel. Mine was, at the start, that my blog was too much simple with its style. I wanted something more but in the end I noticed that was, like, just in my mind. People still liked what I published and that give me confidence. Well, this change for every person.
    But I agree, taking a little break can always help. I did it with my italian blog (I’ve two blogs) and I did a restyle. After I felt much bettere.

    I wish you good luck with September πŸ™‚

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    • Yeah, I think it’s true that the flaws we see can just be in our heads! I TRY to think of it that way, but I am an easily bothered person and I want everything to look a certain way, and when it’s not, it bothers me SO MUCH.

      Breaks can help! I think we sometimes need some perspective away from our blog! πŸ˜„

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  13. I’m never completely satisfied with my blog, haha! I may be a slight perfectionist, so sometimes I like to have my designs be amazing- but that definitely doesn’t always work out as planned.
    I think all we need to do is to take a break, especially if we’re juggling too many things as once. Don’t make it harder on yourself, blogging is meant to be fun!
    Great post!!

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    • I am a HUGE perfectionist lol. Like, I’ll tell myself, “This thing is so little. Don’t let it get to you,” but it’s useless because it DOES get to me, and I want to just start all over again, and it’s an endless, unhealthy cycle. πŸ˜… But, yes, I think we all need a break sometimes, and it’s not bad to go through one! Thank you! ❀️

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  14. When I first started blogging a couple months ago, I had NO idea how much time and effort it would take. Really. I thought I’d just post reviews and people would read it. Not so. It takes SO much more effort to have a successful book blog than I thought it would. Coming up with ideas for posts, writing posts, keeping up with social media platforms, commenting on other people’s blogs, finding link ups to be a part of, figuring out if/how you’ll do giveaways… The list goes on and on.

    I started making a To Do list for myself every day with 3 items lists on it. It can be commenting back, finishing a post, upkeeping my Instagram, whatever. Once I get those three items finished, I don’t go back to my blog for the rest of the day. I spend the rest of the time reading or doing other things I want to do.

    I could sink HOURS upon HOURS every single day into my blog. I’ve done that before and I start getting burnt out and even annoyed or resentful towards it. I find that doing the “3 To Do” items a day and leaving it at that takes plenty of time, but not enough that I’m burnt out by the end of it. Anyway, that has helped me!

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    • I definitely get that! I thought my experience on Goodreads and Books Amino would be good enough to help me get through blogging, but blogging is just a whole different thing! πŸ˜‚

      Oh, that’s actually a fantastic idea! I think I’ll try that out! I usually push myself to write and edit at least two posts on days that I don’t post just to get ahead, but yes harder now that I have school! 😝

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  15. I like to schedule in advance so if I don’t feel like blogging, I don’t have to! I have not blogged for weeks at a time, but no one would likely know, since all my posts were going up. (I go on to respond to comments. I just don’t write more posts.)

    But, honestly, having a co-blogger helps a lot. When one of us can’t blog for awhile, the other one keeps things going.

    I don’t worry about being imperfect, though, or about competing with other bloggers. Whenever I see posts cautioning bloggers to request fewer ARCs or to be accepting of reading older titles or to stop checking their stats, my first instinct is, “Wait. People do that?” I’m not really sure why I would read books based on what other people are reading or why I would post stuff I’m not interested in because I think it would get more views. :/

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    • That’s true! I’m doing less of the “planning out a whole month” thing, but it is nice to have back-up posts when you just don’t feel like blogging, but when you want to post anyway (which I didn’t, so that was a terrible idea). πŸ˜‚

      Ah, I could never have a co-blogger! I’m such a lone wolf, and I hate working together, but it would be nice! πŸ˜„

      Hm, I feel like most of blogging burn-out comes from me, not other people. I mean, I still continue checking out my stats, and it doesn’t make me feel terrible. Usually, it’s just me having bad thoughts about my own blog because I can’t help but notice how amazing everyone else’s blog is!

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  16. I’m pretty new so I think I have yet to experience that burn-out, but it’s true sometimes I’m quite lazy and don’t feel like writing any posts. However, I get tired so often of my design, so I try to change it every fee months.
    And something I’d love to do more is either discussions or recommendations. I love doing them but I don’t want to posts like 5 discussions/recommendations per month because I feel it would be a pain in the ass for me πŸ˜‚.

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    • Oh, yeah, I feel like I have some months that are more productive than others! And that’s great! I absolutely LOVE your new design by the way; it’s so gorgeous! 😍

      Oh, doing five discussions in a month is easy for me, but I totally get it! And recommendation posts take SO LONG to write oh my God. I always delay writing them because of how long they’ll take. 😝

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  17. this post basically just sort of summarized exactly why i haven’t started book blogging yet 😊 i think i’ll get pretty anxious easily about my own blog’s performance once i start, you see. and i’m trying to reassure myself every now and then. and yes, i’ll never be satisfied.

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    • I think it’s good to not just start out without a plan! I started my book blog on a whim, and I basically knew nothing about running one! πŸ˜‚ No idea how to do web design, how to make graphics, what widgets were, how to make a blogging schedule, what content to post, etc. So it took me a good two months to get my stride, and even now, I STILL find out things about WordPress I didn’t know existed. πŸ˜‚ Blogging can be hard sometimes, but it’s definitely worth it for me! πŸ˜„

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      • thanks for the tip πŸ˜„ but i’m a really sporadic writer and i have a hectic schedule during school days so i thought i’d better make a blog schedule, plan out everything, and pre-write my posts so i wouldn’t encounter bloggers’ block + go on an unexpected hiatus πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  18. Your blog looks lovelyπŸ’œ
    When I went through this, I ended up realizing I personally needed to start completely over. So I started a fresh new blog, new them, design, topics etc. I found that I didn’t really like my name as much anymore, along with everything else you mentioned. I lost motivation. When I started the new blog I instantly felt that inspiration and drive again. Of course I’m still here too right now but things do feel a lot better.

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  19. This is so funny because I just wrote a whole long post about how I feel like I’m (creatively) in a slump right now, even though I’m back to posting a lot—after a very low number of posts in July and August. Then I hopped over to your post and saw that you’re feeling the exact same thing! Guess great minds think alike, right?

    I have no desire to redesign, but I definitely feel your pain when it comes to lacking that spark. Hope we both get ours back soon!!

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  21. Your blog looks quite lovely, so mission accomplished there. As far as stats and whatnot, my goals are set pretty low so I can avoid disappointment. I know, not the best strategy, but it keeps me from getting depressed about it all.

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  22. Aw I LOVE your new design! I am, however, sorry that it took so long- I know the feeling. It’s why I am afraid to redesign my own. The last time, I ended up doing exactly what you did, redoing everything a million times, and not sleeping for weeks. It was a mess.

    I feel you with burn out in general. Honestly, after almost 4 years, it’s like “ugh, didn’t I already post that?” when I am trying to come up with ideas. And ideas were NEVER my strong suit, so you can imagine how rough it is now πŸ˜‰ How I dealt (deal, still) with it? I somehow managed to train myself to stop caring as much. I used to straight up NOT sleep- or sleep for like, two hours- just to make sure I responded to every comment AND commented back, that I posted 5-6 times a week, etc. Now, I try to do what I want. I DO try to comment back and reply as much as possible, but if I can’t? I let it go, because I am a human being who can’t do ALL the things. If I only post twice a week? Meh, it happens. And THE most important, for me, was that if I couldn’t come up with a topic, I would just… let it go. Not post, and NOT beat myself up.

    Oh, and to answer your question, NOPE, I will never be satisfied πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, I think it’ll be a while before I attempt to redesign my blog over again. πŸ˜‚ This is my third or fourth re-design, and this one definitely took the longest, by far.

      Yeah, people who can still keep up their audience and come up with new ideas for years and years when it comes to blogging are amazing, in my eyes. But that’s so true! I’ve definitely tried to relax more and only post three times a week and not force myself to read books or ARCs if I don’t want to. Sometimes, I need to remember this is a hobby, so I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.

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  23. I agree with pretty much everything you have stated as reasons for burn out. I actually ended up taking a full year off (also due to personal reasons, last year was very rough). I decided that I needed to blog again. My co-blogger wanted to get back into it again, and we decided to do a full re-design, meet and come up with new ideas, etc… we just got excited about it again. But it’s a lot of work.

    I personally have a little baby and have had lots of nights with little sleep, so that creates some chaos on my creative mind. πŸ™‚ I also am not reading the insane volume of books that I used to. But I am slowly getting back into reviewing again, doing some fun posts, and joining some challenges. It has become fun again and not a ‘chore’ , even though a blog is A LOT of work. A lot of people don’t understand how much work it can be! And very true that sometimes we have to remind ourselves that it is a hobby and take some of that pressure off.

    Your redesign looks beautiful and happy that you got the ‘blog bug’ again!

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    • Yeah, sometimes a longer break is needed! Re-designs and new ideas can definitely do well at refreshing a blog! BLOGGING IS SO MUCH WORK! I know I’ve been taking a break from reviewing because I’m not reading as much, and it’s true, blogging shouldn’t be a chore; it should be a fun hobby!

      Thank you so much! ❀️

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  24. I totally have burnouts. Just recently, not even a week ago, I also re-designed my blog’s homepage, changed the header for a slideshow and the structure of everything. It took me SO LONG, but I was needing the change.
    I felt SO blocked and my mind was frustrated, so I knew I had to do something about it. I put a lot of time into it and was EXTREMELY happy with what it looked like in the end. It helped my creativity, and this month I officially joined the 2017 Discussion Challenge!

    I love your discussions, thanks for sharing!

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    • UGH SAME! I took me forever to do my dang blog transformation, but it was totally worth it since I’m digging the way my blog looks at the moment! ❀ Same, I also joined the 2017 Discussion Challenge, and I've enjoyed partaking in it so far! Thank you so much, Sophie! πŸ˜€

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