Tip Tuesday: Avoiding Blogging Burn Out

Here’s a few tips on how to avoid burning out like this bus. Photo by Hans Eiskonen on Unsplash

Immediately after posting my first post, I already wanted to post another one. And Another one. I thought, this is so exciting, I can’t wait to post more!

It took everything I had in me to stop myself from doing just that. Its a terrible habit of mine to start so many projects, get excited about all my ideas and start a lot of work… and never finish any of them. I have a lot of art projects and designs that never make it to my Tumblr blog because, in the middle of it, I would feel so overwhelmed and stressed out that I would lose the energy to continue the project. Sometimes the burnout gets to the point that I’d hit an art slump and the sight of a pencil and a clean sheet of paper would just make me want to stop altogether.

Reflecting back on the past two years I’ve had with my art blog, I’d like to think that that habit is the reason why I struggled so much with making art. I personally placed myself under pressure to produce so much content in so little time. When I started writing, I thought to myself that I would never let that happen again. It took me everything I had just to prevent myself from going on a post-binge.

It’s so easy to get addicted to instant gratification, which I think is the drug of the 21st century. Instead of valuing the experience and the fun in everything we do, we start reducing everything to receiving likes. On Tumblr, I was so obsessed with getting reblogs to get my work out there that I would beat myself up whenever one piece of art (which would take me about 2 hours to up to 8 hours total to finish) wouldn’t receive the likes and reblogs that I thought it would get. I was so caught up in all of it that I didn’t notice the growth I had as an artist.

On Tumblr, I’d come across art blogs that would quit after a week, a month or even a year because their art wouldn’t receive the likes and reblogs that they were hoping for. I think now, with social media, we’ve begun to tie our value in everything we do base on the reaction of others. We only do something if we’re the best at it and if we get a ton of ‘likes’ from it.

With blogging, I’m basing my growth on the growing love that I’m having for writing again! Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash

Now with writing again, I’ve decided to stop basing the growth of my blogs on likes, views and follows (I am however very grateful for all of the followers that I have so far! Thank you for being with me on my journey 😀 ). I’m basing my growth on the new habits that I adopt, the new things that I experience and my overall growth as a person.

To do all of that, blogging has taught me an important lesson: patience.

By adopting patience in my blogging, I feel that it’s the one virtue that’s been helping me calm down and enjoy everything at my own pace. There are times when I get too excited but when I do, I just take a step back in order to keep excited from posting too much all at once.

Here are some tips that I currently use to avoid burning out with writing but I think it can be applied to anything!

Whatever You Decide To Do, Do It For Yourself

Whenever I start out with anything, it would always be to make myself happy. However, my reasons can get muddled up along the way and I would fall into the trap of instant gratification.

Love what you do and you will constantly enjoy it, no matter what! Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

To prevent burning out, we must constantly remind ourselves that first and foremost, we picked up blogging (or anything really!) for ourselves and to stick to that! We all started out with a goal in mind and we didn’t really care about getting tons of followers or likes. As a blogger, I just wanted to share my journey of becoming proactive with everyone, and to have a public display of accountability. I hope to stay this way throughout my blogging journey! If not, I will always come back to read this post 🙂

Whenever you feel that you’re starting to get burned out, think back on the time when you started blogging. Remembering the reason why you started and that you write for yourself will bring in the joy and excitement again!

Have Patience And Aim For Consistency

At the height of my obsession on Tumblr, I would be posting three times a day at most. It was so stressful and I felt that the quality of my work suffered for it. I finally had enough living this way and stopped in December and only recently started drawing again earlier this month.

To me, blogging is like raising a plant. I need to put my love in it bit by bit for it to grow. Photo by Carlos Quintero on Unsplash

Starting fresh, blogging has taught me to pace myself. Set a schedule for writing and aim for that! Being consistent and making quality is better than having an erratic schedule and posting so much in one go. Aim for writing quality and post at least, twice a week or whatever suits you! As long as your schedule fits in with your time and is sustainable you can regulate your blog!

Use Your Energy Wisely

When I published my first post, I was on a writing high because it felt so good to have finally started. I wanted to post so much all at once to keep experiencing that high.

When the writing bug bites, plan out your posts in the long run. Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash

After writing several drafts, I realise now that instead of aiming to just finish one post and to keep going, a better use of my writing high is to jot down ideas and start a lot of posts but just keep them unfinished. I’ve heard some bloggers use batch writing, and I only do parts of batch writing to some extent but personally I just like writing a lot of drafts, saving them and when I’m finally done, scheduling them so that I don’t have to worry about writing something in one night!

Have Fun!

Most of all, in my opinion, it’s important to have fun with yourself and what you do. Back in my teens, I did some things that I didn’t really like and only suffered for it. Now that I’m twenty, I’d like to spend my twenties doing the things that I love and having fun with myself!

Enjoy blogging and everyone will enjoy with you! Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

If we don’t have fun with what we do, I don’t really see the point in doing it. Without fun, we can take ourselves too seriously and beat ourselves up when we don’t meet the goals that we want to achieve. By having fun, we can relax and be our best, as we have no pressure at all. Burn out can be avoided too as the idea of being stressed over something we enjoy wouldn’t occur in our minds!

So far with writing, pacing myself has helped me a lot. I’m enjoying just blogging at my own pace. As I don’t have any plans yet to monetize my blog in the near future, I’m blogging mainly to have fun, share my experiences and meet new people and make blogger friends!

I hope you can all use these tips to avoid blogging burn out! As a new blogger (at the time that I’m writing this), I’m using these tips for myself in order to keep enjoying blogging. After writing my first post, it ignited the love that I had for writing and I’ve been writing every day!

If you have any tips you’d like to suggest or just share your thoughts with the tips I’ve given, write them below in the comments!

The Question Of The Post: How do you deal with burn out? What steps do you take to overcome it?


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Claire S.

A person trying to make it in life as I go through my 20's. Currently trying to get rid of bad habits and writing about getting rid of them. I invest my time way too much in art, books and my dog. Figuring out how to use WordPress one blog post at a time. I write about proactivity, self improvement and appreciating life based on my own life experiences and lessons.

20 thoughts on “Tip Tuesday: Avoiding Blogging Burn Out”

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Jessica! I didn’t want burn out to happen to me again as my love for writing is slowly returning and so I’ve put myself a once a week schedule, mainly Tuesdays for Tip Tuesday 😀

      So far I have been consistent, I’m having fun blogging and I hope I can stay that way!

      A personal blogging schedule is great! Think of it as like a challenge for yourself 😀


      1. I try to post daily and for the most part that works out good for me. I’m just having a hard time trying to keep up with reading everyone else’s blogs everyday with my following growing so quickly! I’m definitely gonna have to get myself on some sort of organized schedule lol.

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    1. Welcome to WordPress fellow blogger! It’s so easy to get addicted to posting when you start out which is all the more important to regulate ourselves! Have fun working at your own pace!


  1. I totally agree with you Claire and its a wonderful post. As a blogger I too feel to write more blog posts after I get likes and follows.
    But I think that quality plays an important role than the quantity. So u think I will blog then only when I will be satisfied with my post.
    I try to stick to what I started blog for, it’s to share my experiences, improve my writing skills and get to know about my fellow bloggers and their posts.
    Keep writing Claire 😃

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  2. Great thoughts here! My husband encouraged me to keep blogging because I love to write, not to please other people. I’ve stopped basing the blogs worth on numbers and more on personal growth. I do try to stick to a current schedule and go for quality over quantity. It helps! I hope more people read your post because this is such great advice!

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    1. Thank you so much Elihu! It can be so easy to slip back into the rat race and worry about numbers instead of personal growth. We must do our best to remind ourselves what life is really all about! If we don’t we will be forever chasing numbers and never be satisfied, as numbers go on forever 😂

      A current schedule helps a lot!! And I completely agree with quality over quantity!!

      I’m glad you find my advice helpful, I try to include a personal story every Tip Tuesday so that whoever reads the post, knows that I’m speaking from personal experience 😂

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  3. Although I don’t tend to burn out in blogging, I like your list.
    Numbers 1 and 4 to me are automatic: I never lost sight of my purpose — which is to practice and learn writing great contents, my blog is my digital personal notebook. Also, it’s always fun for me, especially when I interact with other talented writers like you guys.
    Number 3: Patience is easy for me. As part of the “Builder” generation, I grew up learning the virtue of patience. But in consistency, I need more practice. Hehe!
    I love your number 4. As for me, my style is begin with titles. Every time an idea strikes me, I jot it down as a title. So now, I have a long list of titles that I will be working on.

    I like your post. A little bit longer, but worth reading. Thank you very much!

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  4. WE can easily fall into the trap of becomming addicted to likes or follows, as well as into giving them.

    I realised the folly of this when i saw someones ‘About’ page that had not had any entry posted in it by the author – it was effectively a blank page….. and it had SIX likes!??

    I try to keep this in mind on the rare occasions any of my blog posts score more than single figures likes. 😉

    Very wise and useful tips Claire, keep up the good work and patience and doing what you love to do. 🙂

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  5. I loved this post + as this has actually happened to me a few times. I would start to 2nd guess myself when no one would like my post. Then the self sabotage starts. I would definitely agree with you + if you love blogging then don’t let anything stop you from doing what you love.

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  6. So true…I guess I did..sort of..based my growth on views/likes/etc…I burnt myself out by telling myself that “no one reads them anyway”. I’ve got a bunch of post ideas still on paper (literally)! This time I will do it for my own.

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