Tips for Avoiding Blogger Burnout

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

Discussion

  1. How long have you blogged?
  2. What determines your blog’s success?
  3. Have you ever been close to or suffered from blogger burnout?
  4. Do you have any tips for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed?

70 thoughts on “Tips for Avoiding Blogger Burnout

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  2. Been blogging for nearly 3 years. Blogging for personal reasons /hobby shouldn’t be a slugfest. So one way is to blog only when you know you will publish good content. I noticed I commented here already.

    No, I’m not burnt out from blogging. Sometimes I think I run out of ideas but maybe this one area I underestimate myself. The thing is what stories I choose to tell vs. keeping private. I maybe wrong but for bloggers who constantly reveal their personal life…well, doesn’t that get exhausting especially when not a lot of strangers don’t visit/return?

  3. How long have you blogged?since 2005 even how I started elsewhere,not wordpress

    What determines your blog’s success?my readers,my content and the curation of the post.the more detailed it is,the more personalised it is,the better-I don’t care about likes,the and visitors,the important are may faithful little niche of people

    Have you ever been close to or suffered from blogger burnout?Yes I did get burnout once.stopped writing for a while,nearly deleted the blog,thankfully did not,and started again,a couple of years ago, more energetically

    Do you have any tips for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed?Having a break when you need to, involving and socializing with your readers

  4. Thanks for the excellent post and inspiration. I suffered from burnout and almost deleted my blog after 2 years. Thankfully, I snapped out of it just days ago, and now I am on the way to rebuilding my readership and focusing on my content. Thaks again and happy blogging!

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  6. Really appreciate your sending me the links to your articles, and like your tips on blogging as an ‘introvert’ :) One question I had is what you think is a workable approach to following blogs? In two weeks out, I’ve seen tonnes of better-than-average to great posts and feel compelled to follow all of them! But this doesn’t appear sustainable – I’m already spending way too many hours…Any advice appreciated :)

  7. I’m guilty of changing blog themes. I finally found the perfect one to showcase pictures. My previous theme just looked like a lot of words. Also a blogger learns as time passes to make the blog have more meaning. I really did not think it out in the beginning. In order to reach a wider market the scope of the blog needs to include other interests.

      • Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it out and it does showcase photos wonderfully. However, I do like the format of a traditional blog, much like twenty ten/eleven. I’m watiing for twenty twelve!

        • I like Triton because it reads like a newspaper or an preview of what’s inside. Your site looks great and your photos are very crisp. What camera did you use?

          • Hi Knit4Profit –

            I left you a comment on your website. Thank you for your kind comments! Especialy since this is so new to me, and I had mentioned to timethief that my camera is only a point and shoot! I’m not able to lift a DSLR. The pictures are enhanced throught a great program that timethief recommended – PicMonkey.

  8. I’m so glad I found this post, as I’m a new blogger (only a few days), and yes, already guilty of changing themes dozens of times. I lost track of time, was glued to my computer and stayed up late into the night, despite a very rigid sleeping routine :(

    I’m not working right now (laid off) but I do hope to be employed soon, at which point, I know I won’t be able to post every day.

    Is it normal to be so obsessed during the first week??

    I forgot my mission statement, to have fun!

    Thanks for reminding me!

    • Your mission statement is right on. We blog to share and to be validated for sharing. It’s important not become obessessed and forget to enjoy what we are doing.

  9. I can’t imagine posting every day; that’s way too much pressure to perform. 2-3 times per week is just right for me. I don’t suffer blogger burnout, but I have bouts of comment burnout. The thing that makes this whole blogging business worthwhile – building a circle of friends and community – is the same thing that amps up the pressure, at least for me; to read and give some comment love to all the people you like and/or admire.

    I followed you over here from the forums. Thanks for all the work you do to help out those of us who are clueless!

    • Thanks for the kind words re: my answering questions on the forums. At one time I did have a blog I posted to every day and more than once each day. That lasted for 9 months and then I recognized that my offline life was far more important than posting daily was. I value the comments I receive and those who make them but I have twice faced death and I know who counts when one is on their deathbed. It’s those who are in their everyday life, who love them and who they love in return that matter. Since then I have struggled to maintain a balance. You may be interested to know that the ration of legitimate comments to page views for me is one comment for every 70 – 800 page views.

  10. I’ve only been blogging for about three months and already I know how much work has to be put into it. I haven’t noticed any effects of burnout as of yet, but I’m always checking myself to make sure I’m not pushing myself too hard. If one day I don’t feel like blogging, it’s no big deal, I’ll go do something else and not stress that I didn’t get a post. One of my main issues is that I do check my stats quite frequently, which I really need to stop. I’ve already cut down quite a bit, but I still have a long way to go.

    I think as long as I’m having fun with it that I have a successful blog. If I had to give a tip to re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed, I would say just take a break from it and do something else. Go read a good book, relax in the pool or do something that you enjoy. It’s not going to be the end of the world if you take a break and you can come back to your blog, so take care of yourself first.

    Great article, I loved it!

    • Hi Felicia,
      Thanks for sharing your common sense approach to blogging and your suggestions for re-energizing too. For me taking a long walk in the fresh air does wonders. Taking a couple of days off is also a re-engergizer too.

  11. I have been working hard at building my site. I have over eleven thousand hits but no like clicks and no participation. Perhaps I need someone to critique. Please visit my site at knit4profit.com and give me your opinion of what needs to change. Very much appreciated. Thanks

    • @Knit4Profit
      It takes time to build a readership and the smaller the niche is the longer it takes to build a regular readership. That’s why it’s critical for you to get out of your own blog and comment on other similar blogs frequently. Doing that will establish a small traffic flow back to your blog. Note that I only get one comment for every 700 – 800 page views and that’s the same as other bloggers I know as well. Perhaps this will be a helpful post for you. It contains the steps I take when I evaluate a blog http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/01/28/12-step-blog-evaluation/

        • I have visited your site and it’s beautifully organized. You have put much thoughtfulness and work into it and that shows. Everything is accessible and the navigation is intuitive. May I make a suggestion please? I long for more color. For example I think the visual impact on a casual visitor of seeing the Inspiration by African Fashion image at full size would be a positive one. Very best wishes for increased traffic. Your site deserves it.

  12. Dear Readers,
    Sorry for the delay in responding. We have had 2 days of power outages and power off and on scenes due to wild windstorms. The power is fluctuating right now and I’m worried about the effect on my computer and my fridge, but I’m determined to answer these comments before it’s gone again.

  13. hey!! your blog is wonderful. when i joined this site i had spend a lot of time choosing theme and even today i keep looking at stats more then i should do for contents. i have decided to post updates on my blogs once in 15 days.can u please tell me whether it is a correct decision or i should put in more efforts to frequent blogging.

    thanks and regards.

    • How frequently you publish it entirely up to you. I have found that in the weeks where I am ill and don’t publish 2 – 3 times weekly my stats decline dramatically. That may or may not be the case for you too.

      Thank you for your kind words about my blog. I do hope you find what you need in it to help you move forward with your blog. What counts most is content. That’s not to say that themes selection is not important for it is.

      Happy blogging :)

  14. I just started a blog in January and I am already feeling blogger burnout sometimes. I feel like I am running out of things to say but that is because I’m not focusing on my content. Honestly, I want to keep this up for years. I CAN DO IT!!! (self motivation XD)

    • Hello Joshua,
      Best wishes to you re: remaining motivated. Publishing an engaging Christian blog is challenging. It’s rare to find one wherein one can read original content that’s true to what Jesus actaully taught, as opposed to be being in line with the dogma and doctrine that was skillfully “crafted” after his demise. Best wishes to you when it comes to developing your writer’s voice and your blog.

  15. I have been blogging since fall 2008, but have not been very active during that time up until 2012 which has kind of been a turning point for me. Recently I have noticed that when I try to write posts that reflect on my personality, that blog post gets a lot of attention. Like when I made a post on Halo, I got a couple subscribers and a bunch of views. When you write quality content, you are definitely rewarded with readers. I mean hey, why else would I be visiting this blog? XD

  16. 1. Starting my fourth month.
    2. Success is accountability on my project (what my blog is about) – gathering new ideas from commenters, reading about new things, etc. The conversation determines success.
    3. I had burn-out the second month; I was spending hours and hours trying to make everything perfect.
    4. I still have a lot to learn, but what has helped the most is having the content be the first priority and then if I have time work on all the other issues. The best thing I did was par down the number I was following to a reasonable number.

    Great and timely post. Thank you.

    • Hi there,
      I have watched your blog come along and have been cheering you on from the sidelines. You made an excellebt theme choice IMHO. Your organization is good and accessing your content is easy.

      Putting content creation first is a break-though step for new bloggers. It’s so easy to get caught up in obsessing over stats and wasting time in chat forums. Limiting the number of blogs you follow is also wise step too.

      I’m recovering from being a perfectionist and your mat find another post and the comments on it to be of interest. Procrastination is a type of avoidance behavior where a person puts off tasks because of hectic schedules or because the tasks are unpleasant or uninteresting. Until I did some reading, I didn’t recognize there were such strong connections between procrastination, perfectionism, and depression. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/09/14/to-procrastinate-or-not-thats-the-question/

      Blog on!

  17. Good post Timethief. It’s nice to meet someone who makes an effort to help others.

    My blog has been going just over two years, and won ‘best european blog’ at this years Bloggies. I’m delighted.

    I think the hardest part is keeping your motivation going until you get over that hump where your readership starts conversing with each other so you don’t have to row the blog along with replies to comments all the time. This frees you up to spend more time researching for new posts, which is what my readership really wants: well researched and considered posts.

    These come from others too. A good tip is to encourage your readers to submit guest posts. They then feel like part of the team, and bring in friends too. This grows your blogging family, and makes finding someone to look after your blog while you go on that well deserved break easier.

    I can’t resist checking in while I’m on holiday though, and the wordpress app for Android rocks!

    Rock on

    Rog Tallbloke

    • @tallbloke
      Hello there,
      I especially like the point you raise in your second paragraph. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a merry-go-round that never stops. Though I know every blogger expects a reply sometimes I don’t have the time to reply promptly to every comment.

      I have been encouraging my regular readers/subscribers to submit guest posts and have published quite a few. Sadly, I get lots of requests every week from those who do not read my guest posts policy in advence and expect me to publish stuff that’s aimed at promoting commercial sites and or products on behalf of their “clients”.

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/guest-posts/

      Congrats! on winning won ‘Best European blog’ at this years Bloggies.

  18. Hi timethief:

    I’ve been faithfully blogging away since May 2009.

    I haven’t experienced blogger burnout but I did lose my blogging joy once.

    It was when I undertook a large career project and decided to play in the WordPress daily blog challenge at the same time. I made it all the way to the 28th of the month and then stopped. Instead of feeling like I was contributing it felt like I was posting just for the sake of posting. I prefer to post when I have something compelling to say.

    Thanks for sending out these questions. I’m enjoying everyone’s responses.
    S.

    • Hi Susan,
      I hope you will forgive me for taking so long to reply to your comment. I needed a break and I took one. I’m feeling a little less burned-out now and I have gotten over the fact that I lost all my draft posts in the data file I was transferring to my computer when the power went out – again.

      What you said goes for me too.
      “Instead of feeling like I was contributing it felt like I was posting just for the sake of posting. I prefer to post when I have something compelling to say.”

      Best wishes to you always

  19. 1.How long have you blogged? Consistently for about 13 months.

    2.What determines your blog’s success? Building readership. It has grown and I get regular comments from readers. Still, I don’t understand why I don’t have more readers and find it frustrating sometimes. On the other hand, my commenters are very faithful which is satisfying.

    3.Have you ever been close to or suffered from blogger burnout? Yes. I find it difficult to juggle with everything else in my life and often wonder why I bother when there is such an overload of content out in the Internet to read already.

    4.Do you have any tips for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed? Not yet. If I miss for a few days, no one really notices which further makes me wonder why I bother. I have gone from 7x / week to 4-5 x / week. I may cut it a little more.

  20. 1. How long have you blogged?
    I’ve actually been blogging in various places since 2004, so I’ve quite a lot of experience of blogging per se. That said, the blog that I recently deleted – Absurd Old Bird – which was becoming very successful, was the longest-lived one at just over two years.

    2. What determines your blog’s success?
    Hmm. My current blog, compared to Absurd Old Bird, is not as successful but I think that’s because of its focus which is to show my art. I’m gradually adding some more stuff to the posts than just the artwork, but I’m finding it difficult as really anything other than talking about my process (which I’m not comfortable doing to any large extent as then I can’t create) or something to do with the subject matter tends to detract from the imagery. That’s why I’ve hesitated to put into the posts links to other blogs or do my old ‘giveaways’, etc. You see, I don’t think that all blogs are created equal. Business blogs and personal blogs can reach out to other bloggers and connect much more easily and successfully whereas art’s always been something of an outsider, and an art blog is too.

    Absurd Old Bird’s success, though, was easier to define – it hinged on me putting a lot of myself into it, from humour (of which there was a lot) to a few serious posts, a lot of photos and some of my artwork and the most important factor of it all was the communication between me and my readers.

    3. Have you ever been close to or suffered from blogger burnout?
    Frequently. I have OCD and overdo nearly everything I do and blogging is no exception. I’m actually close to it at the moment and have been on and off since before I deleted Absurd Old Bird (1st January). I think, actually, that I’m struggling quite a bit with blogging and wonder if I’ve lost the urge. Time will tell.

    4. Do you have any tips for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed?
    Yes, I stop using the internet completely for several days. That way my brain isn’t being fed endless information and images and I can start to output again. There needs to be a balance between input and output and I think the internet inputs far too much for us to be healthy.

    Thanks for this post, TT. Hopefully my response hasn’t been too lengthy.

    • Dear Val,
      Your replies are always thought provoking. I appreciate how freely you have spoken about your process in your art blog as I have a barrier to doing that in my offline life. I think yacking about art takes away from my appreciation of it and I really don’t want to hear what others think. “If you like it buy it for what you see in it,” has always been where I’ve been at.

      Your tip for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed on not using the internet completely for several days is a good one. Despite the fact the many power outages we experienced this winter were inconvenient, the time I had offline gave me a better perspective on the need for balance in my life.

      Almost every blogger I’m in contact with would agree that communication/friensdhip is what makes their blogs successful. I don’t have an outgoing, chatty personality type and I’m so hard pressed to find time to blog, comment and answer comments in. I value the relationships I have with bloggers like you very much and the validation I receive when people do comment keeps me blogging on. Please keep up the struggle to blog with me because I love your art blog.

  21. 1.How long have you blogged? Over last 2 years across 3 blogs which I created all 3. I wrote for a 4th multi-authored blog regularily. I have to think about the latter.

    2.What determines your blog’s success?
    What I consider whichever blog is a success is simply getting some readers daily. (I don’t get tons.) But more importantly that I write stuff that I’m proud of or at least decent.

    3.Have you ever been close to or suffered from blogger burnout?
    I don’t worry much about this at all, since the amount of blogging I do adds up to approx. 2-4 posts per month across 3 blogs. Certainly that could change but I’ll let that happen naturally. If I don’t have anything useful or creative to say/show, then I don’t bother and forget about it for awhile. An idea will pop into my head over time. That’s why I do draft blog posts and put them in the queue, sometimes several months ahead. It saves me for the times later when life gets unexpectedly too busy for me or I’m not feel creative. So I can duck under cover from the world, by publishing a post I already wrote several months ago.

    4.Do you have any tips for re-energizing when feeling overwhelmed?
    Draft blog posts in advance and post -date them. Take advantage of your brainstorm, creative spark now. But be patient enough not to publish the post immediately. Let it simmer nicely like fine wine.

    I got some blog posts “wine” aging nicely right now and am excited to publish them soon. After all some have been slumbering for past 2-4 months!

    • Hi Jean,
      I like your draft posts idea because it’s long been my practice to have potential posts on the back-burner. Until not very long ago I had many (over 100) drafts in various stages of development. I copied them into a document to store on my computer and that wasn’t a mistake but deleting them from the blog was. What happened when I was uploading the file with several tabs and windows all open is the power went out. A couple of days later when the power was on I tried to open the file but it was corrupted. So now I’m back to blogging from scratch again. SIGH …

        • It really bummed me out. I have learned a harsh lesson. Never have multiple tabs and windows open when there are high winds. Never delete draft files from your blog until your are sure the file you copied them into is intact and on your own computer. That’s when the power went out ie. when I was uploading the file to my computer. :(

  22. I had a touch of BB this morning. So I took two cups of coffee and read this post. Now I feel better… : )

    1. I’ve been blogging about 2 years.
    2. I feel most successful when posts get Likes and Comments. Blogging is written performance art, and every performer needs applause and feedback to stay engaged and energized, IMHO.
    3. Yes, I know that burned out feeling. In my case, I think it often stems from perfectionism, and/or some vague notion that every post has to be an absolute winner. Also: my posts rely on a lot of images; the mechanics of prepping images for a post can wear you down.
    4. Re re-energizing: as has been mentioned, walking away from it all for awhile is probably the best strategy. We get too close to things, take them too seriously. I, too, feel an obligation to comment on friends’ blogs– and sometimes you need to take a break from that, too, and hope they will understand.

    • Hi Mark,
      Have I told you lately how much I value your comments? Without doubt we blog for validation. “Likes” and comments are indicators of support and encouragement and how could I miss the fact that you invest so much time into creating your fabulous posts? Like you I hope my readers will understand when I simply can’t make enough time to comment on every one of their posts. I don’t “walk away” from blogging. The breaks I take are almost always due to a health crisis, or to an inability to connect to the internet during the stormy winter season when power outages are common where I live. I can’t wait for spring to happen.

      • I’m convinced it would be a much better world if we took the time to affirm and validate the kindness of others. It’s especially important to affirm the work of a constant giver like yourself.

        Health and physical well-being are not the most important things in life, but the mind-body connection means they impact everything else. So take good care of yourself, please, and beware of the tyranny of self-imposed obligations!! : )

  23. I’ve only really been going since July last year, I did have a Tumblr thingy but I got rid of that. WordPress has been ace since I’ve come here and I can’t see myself abandoning my blog any time soon. It is true I used to blog more when I first started but as you said work is starting to overtake my entire social life not just my blogging time but I do try to keep up even if it means it’s a post every other day.

    I wish I had more time to keep up with my other blogs but as long as I’m keeping my main one going all is good. At my last job, all I did was go on WordPress all day as I had nothing to do, this new job however… *shakes fist*

    • Hi Pete,
      It’s very common for beginner blogger to start multiple blogs. It takes time to build a readership and while that’s ongoing it’s easy to think one has time for more than one blog. However, when one does build a readership and has more than one blog time management becomes a huge challenge. It’s okay to focus more time and energy into one of your blogs. Maintaining our off-life is important and you have the company of a lovely lady who needs your time too.

  24. 1. I started in October 2010, so I’ve been blogging for 16 months roughly.
    2. Original content, I think, plus human interest story and the ordinary person fighting the government – in other words elements of our journey appeal to different people.
    3. I’m not suffering burnout as such, but time is a problem for me, with trying to finish our book.
    4. I had to cut back on my commenting/reading. I miss reading all the blogs I used to read every day, but it has just got too much. Writing is OK, I could usually find something to write about every day – it is the time that is the problem.

    Very nice article! :)

    • Hi Robyn,
      Your family story is a compelling one and now you have begun the book you face time management problems. Commenting on other blogs is important but in your case writing the book trumps spending as much time as your have previously spent on commenting. Take good care and know that I expect to be reading your blog 16 months from today. :)

  25. Thanks Timethief,

    Your content always seems to help me when I need it most. I have bookmarked this wonderful post.

    Kind regards,
    Stephen

    • Hello Stephen,
      Thanks so much for your ongoing support. February was an awful month for me. I was barely hanging in and blogging through the pain by my metaphorical fingernails. I’m feeling a little stronger now as most of my symptoms have disappeared. However, I’m extremely tired and I’m being very careful not to push myself too hard. But I do expect March will be a much better month.

  26. 1. I’ve been blogging for a year and a half.
    2. Comments determine my blogs success, shows I’m doing something right. Also commenting on other blogs and engaging with my audience.
    3. No, I take it with a grain of salt. I blog because I enjoy to share my stories with the world, I don’t stress out if nothing comes to mind.
    4. Walk away from you blog for a few days, allow your mind to wander to filter in the good thoughts for the next blog post.

    • Hello Jennifer,
      I have previously had a very actibve and popular news/politics/environment blog which I published in more than once daily. It wore me down and over time I decided to let it go before I reached the burnout stage.

      Your number 3 and 4 answers are also right on for me. I don’t manufacture ideas to blog about. Many times I blog on topics that arise in the support forums but if I don’t have something worthwhile to blog on then I don’t publish. I have a very busy off-line life and walking away from my blogs for a day or two is not only necessary but it’s also part of my not burning out strategy.

  27. I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary (March 6). Over 1,900 posts — I have not missed a day.

    My “06880” blog covers all things related to my hometown of Westport, Connecticut: events, trends, interesting people, you name it. The tagline is “Where Westport meets the world.” I never lack for stories, and that keeps me going. Some posts get 50, 100, even more comments (the record is 217). Engaging with readers, taking ideas from them, responding to them — all that keeps me going. I’ve never come close to burnout (knock on wood).

    I love my blog, and my blogging life. I consider myself very, very lucky indeed.

    • Hi Dan,
      I does appear the contratulations are in order. Three years is impressive and the number of published posts is too. I hope you never suffer form any signs of blogger burnout.

  28. 1. Almost three years.
    2. Reader interaction. I have a lively readership and they make blogging fun.
    3. Yes. I posted too often (3-4 times a day) and couldn’t keep up with the comments. Now I post twice a day (one is a daily joke) and reply to as many comments as I can, but don’t beat myself up if I can’t. Also, I kept my readers informed of my struggles and they were all supportive of my choices, without exception.
    4. Tell your readers what’s going on – they’re bloggers; they get it.

    • Hi Tilly,
      Congrats in advance re: your impending 3rd blogging anniversary. I can’t imagine having time to publish 3 – 4 times daily. I can’t even imaging posting every day, which is not to say that I’m not egging you on. :) I am an introvert and a private person. I tend to post personal stuff in my personal blog http://thistimethisspace and avoid posting it into this blog. Maybe I ought to be more open about how very tired I am.

  29. Good points, timethief. You continue to point me in the right direction!
    I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years. My blog is a success to me, even though it doesn’t have the following that other bloggers have. I haven’t felt burned out, but I think it is because my posting schedule is modest. – 2 or 3 times a week maximum, fewer when other things in life take centre stage.

    • Hell Margie,
      Your blog is delightful and so are you. I especially like your images and the themes you come up with for your posts. I also find that 2 – 3 posts weekly work best for me on both blogs. I was very ill with Shingles all through February and have fallen behind but I do intend to pick up the pace again as soon as I can. For me blogging success is defined by reader feedback. I’m so grateful I have some readers who hang in there and I try to practice reciprocity whenever possible.

  30. I monitor myself constantly for burnout. When I took a 2 week trip and had guest posters for me – I was concerned that I would return and not want to pick up blogging again….but I couldn’t wait!

    I have backed off on commenting on a zillion blogs – I was spending 6-8 hours a day and needed to focus on quality content and recipe development. Ibe seem a surge with better content….but I also MISS commenting all the time! There are so many talented bloggers out there!

    Thanks for the great post!

    • Hi Ann,
      Congratulations re: returning to blogging with gusto. I too have had too little time for commenting and this time of the year is hectic for us at work. Monitoring yourself for signs and symptoms of blogger burnout amounts to taking care of yourself. Good on you for doing that.

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