We are all suffering from information overload and the notion that everyone must have a blog has led to the creation of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of new blogs every year. However, a significant number of those new blogs will be abandoned blogs or deleted blogs in less than a year from the date of their creation, as blogger burnout is a common ailment.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. — What is burnout?
Too many beginner bloggers I know spend too much time tweaking their themes and widgets and staring at their stats instead of focusing on content creation and time management. Successful bloggers are organized and manage their time well. They publish interesting content on a regular basis, promote it and build a readership.
Life is a balancing act and it’s not easy to achieve balance with one foot offline and the other online in an environment that never sleeps. The Internet doesn’t stop, can’t stop, won’t stop, so they say. It’s this aspect of blogging that can become repetitive and disheartening. You create content, publish, promote, comment, discuss and the cycle continues. – 5 years at WordPress.com
Sadly, most people quit about nine months in. Blogging is hard work…and commitments like job, family or other reasons can overtake your blog. That happens. This is why it is so important to count the costs before starting a blog… because in the end giving up on your blog will kill every post you’ve ever written… and success will not come. via 12 Things That Will Kill Your Blog Post Every Time | SEOmoz.
Though 2 of the 12 points in the SEOmoz article I linked to above apply only to those who have WordPress.org installs the rest are “golden”. Those that don’t apply to WordPress.com bloggers are:
4. Forgetting to fill out your page title and description fields;
5. Creating clunky URLs.
Readers today have little time and patience. When it comes to reading long, poorly constructed posts that wander all around the point without making it – forget it! – 8 Tips for Effective Blogging
- How long have you blogged?
- What determines your blog’s success?
- Have you ever been close to or suffered from blogger burnout?
- Do you have any tips for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed?