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?