Blogging Burnout and Writer’s Block: This is Not a Tutorial.

blogburnoutIs it gone? All that inspiration and creativity? Has it been sucked out of you for whatever reason? Maybe you should make a pro-con list like Rory Gilmore. Maybe you should just quit. Maybe this, maybe that. Maybe who knows what.

Coming from a writing background, studying it in school, some really smart people say that Writer’s Block exists and some other smart people don’t believe in it. I do know that creativity ebbs and flows. I do know that sometimes taking a break is good.

Blogging Burnout is a bit different than Writer’s Block. Some people start a blog just for fun and it stops being fun. No judgement here. Some people love fashion or cooking and the blogging comes from there. There’s so many different ways to come at this blogging thing so this may not apply to you at all. But if you happen to be a writer and blogger…

Here’s the thing I know about Writer’s Block. Keep writing. Push through. We all need breaks and breaks can be good. But don’t stop. The more you create, the more creative you feel. It ebbs and it flows and if you can accept it and play in the sea anyway, then do it. Sometimes you’re frolicking around in the surf. Sometimes you’re being pulled out by a riptide. Sometimes you can’t find a shell in the sand to save your life.

Just do it. If writing is a calling for you, then keep going. Take care of yourself but keep going. Because if writing is a calling, then stopping because of Writer’s Block? Waiting for a lightening bolt of inspiration to suddenly strike you? That feels no better than being blocked. Sometimes we have to search out that inspiration; sometimes it comes to us divinely like a message in a bottle. It cannot always be predicted. But just like we cannot predict sickness, we can eat healthy and take care ย of ourselves to avoid it. So surround yourself with things and people inspiring to you. Keep a journal. Take photographs. Do something creative just for fun. Anything.

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Please know I am reminding myself of this right now as well. Sometimes, it is just not possible to push through for any number of reasons and I empathize with that. I’ve gone through some tough seasons with my family…where I lost the words. Usually though, for me personally, I can only say that I am a better human when I am writing so if I am not writing here not her, I better be writing somewhere else. That is just me though.

I took a few days off this past week in that I did not write here ever day but more like every few days. Because I am very upfront, I will say I have been battling Blogging Burnout a bit. I’ve talked to others and I don’t think I am alone.

I can only speak for myself here though. It’s a combination of a lot of things: difficulties in real life but also just feeling like this blogging thing, this blogging world? Well, I’ve been feeling a little closed in by it.

For example, I collect books and I love to read. Good writing inspires good writing. Lately, I’ve felt that the blog world has been very recycled lately. This is not a dig. Does anyone feel the same?ย I feel like I need my blogging shelves filled with great bloggers who are also searching for creativity. But I can’t control my Bloglovin’ feed and what people post so I’ll go into the world in search of new inspiration.

In the meantime, when it comes to Blogging Burnout and Writer’s Block, I’ll be here, playing and working in the surf, riding the wave and always looking for next one.bloggingburnoutpin

Have you ever had Writer’s Block or Blogging Burnout? What are your thoughts on it?
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18 thoughts on “Blogging Burnout and Writer’s Block: This is Not a Tutorial.

  1. Lindsay

    I am also struggling with this now, and I think the term “recycled” fits perfectly. I try to stand out but am currently lacking the creativity, and, like you, feel closed in. No advice to offer today, just empathy.

  2. Rebecca

    Yup. Going through this now. Feels like it’s been slowly simmering for months and is now at a full on boil. Your advice to do something creatively is great – I will do just that!

  3. Kristyn

    Yep! I got so burnt out a few times that I just needed to stop and re-evaluate. Last time it happened, I took off about 5 months. I completely stopped posting, getting on Twitter, Instagramming from my blog Instagram and just lived life. I did get married in that time, but that was about it. I didn’t want any part of it.

    This time, I have stopped blogging at my lifestyle blog and I am in the process of creating a food blog (totally different beast). It’s such a challenge, but I do love a good challenge, so I can’t wait to see what happens with it!

  4. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I get burnt out and hit writer’s block when it comes to blogging, too. I try to make sure I have regular breaks so that I don’t get there as easily. Typically I’ll stop working at night and just focus on being with Andrew or whatever we are doing that night. And I try to take weekends completely off of anything blogging related as much as possible. When I do start to feel burnt out, I don’t force myself to do it unless I have a deadline. I just do something fun to refresh myself.

    1. Nina Post author

      I need to get better about recognizing the feeling and planning the break until letting it go to the point where I am just done. This week I feel more like myself!

  5. Jenny

    I’m new to this blogging thing, I’ve only been doing it a year this month. I’m sure I’ve been one of the bloggers that are posting annoying things that other bloggers get bothered by just because of the learning curve. I know I’m kind of at the point now that I’m feeling a little blogging burn out. I think it’s mostly from not seeing as much progression in the last month as I have been and it’s a little frustrating.
    I hope that as I keep working through it, I’ll be able to improve my posts and not be one of the recycled bloggers.

    1. Nina Post author

      I find that if you are blogging about things that bring you joy…it is harder to experience burnout. It doesn’t mean you won’t. But when I am posting things because I know it will get attention on Pinterest but not because it brings me joy, burnout comes more quickly.

  6. Katie Elizabeth

    I definitely think we all go through this every once in a while! I did over the summer, but just forced myself to push through and keep posting and eventually it eased up. Hope you find what works for you and the love for blogging returns! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Nina Post author

      That’s what I did this summer. Last week personal and family stuff got in the way but now I feel back in the swing this week!

  7. Anne

    Yes, yes, yes…..so there with you and trying to overcome it. I have learned not to fight it. Give in and know that this too shall pass.

  8. Rebekah @ The Straight Arrow

    Today is the first day I have published a post in weeks (aside from one I’d written a month earlier and scheduled to post). I just didn’t want to blog anymore. I lost interest and backed away, hoping the urge would come back. I am so glad it did, but I don’t think I’ll be as active as I was. I think it’s healthy to step back, take a break, and reassess your reasons for writing or blogging.

    1. Nina Post author

      I agree. I wish I planned it though, as in I recognized the need and planned it, instead of it just happening and then feeling guilty. But this week I am back in the swing of things.

  9. Amanda

    I can honestly say that I’ve been blogging for over 5 years and have never had burnout! I love blogging, and I think maybe it’s because I never did sponsorships or set a blogging schedule, but I seem to always have ideas and have a lot of fun with my blog! I personally think people get too caught up in a schedule, etc., and lose the fun of it, and that’s what causes a lot of the burnout ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Nina Post author

      That is so awesome, Amanda. I mean that genuinely. Let that be a lesson to all of us! I have made myself some promises and am in the midst of figuring out what takes the joy out of it. I’ve already removed some of that and already feels lighter.

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