It’s 9:40 p.m. on Sunday night and my plan for this week’s blog posts is getting thrown out the window. I love that I designed my editorial calendar to be flexible so I can change things at the last minute without worrying about sticking to a particular schedule. My preoccupation with the perfect editorial calendar was a hangup I dropped earlier this year because it’s not worth getting worked up over something like what posts will be published when on this site.
Worrying leads to stress and stress leads to burning out.
I’m not into blogger burnout. In fact, I have a 30 day email-based course on how to shake that blogger blahs and rekindle your passion for blogging. Today, I am sharing a few tips for beating your blogging funk because this last quarter of the calendar year is a typical time to feel over-extended.
3 Ways to Beat Your Blogging Funk
Strike when the iron is hot
As somebody who has a 9-to-5 job I understand that fitting blogging into your busy schedule can be tricky. You have social engagements, volunteer duties, family obligations, and self-care to think about! I tried getting up early to write and answer emails for Campfire Chic before work. I figured it would be a good way for me to do something for myself before heading off to the office to make photocopies and validate parking while also freeing up my evenings to binge on Netflix and scrapbook. I’m not a morning person and my creative juices just aren’t flowing before the sun is up so my experiment in trying to form a habit that didn’t fit into my style was a failure. I would get to my computer with sleep still in my eyes, feel extra grumpy that it was dark outside and I was staring at a computer screen already, and have no idea what to do with myself. I decided to go back to working when I know I can be a badass — 7 p.m. to midnight. It sure sounds like dumb hours and probably isn’t healthy for me in the long run, but I so much more productive during those times that I am in the morning or even mid-afternoon.
Find the time of the day that works best for you and get to work! If you find that quiet Saturday mornings are your jam, set your coffee maker to start brewing before you get up so you can plop down with your laptop and a cup of steaming coffee to enjoy your morning to yourself. If you work best after doing the dishes (yes, it’s a thing) then go do the dishes and tackle your project. Avoid working when you don’t feel creative or productive because you need your those juices to be flowing to enjoy the process.
If somebody tells you that to be a great blogger you need to publish posts multiple times a day, have a rockin’ mailing list, and a prolific YouTube channel, go ahead and ignore them. You only have so much time and energy to dedicate to what you do and I’m sure I can find examples of great bloggers who post a handful of times a month and aren’t on YouTube. Scale back on the number of social media sites you’re on if you don’t truly like those platforms. Not everybody likes Facebook. Some people can’t get into the fast-paced groove of Twitter.
If you are trying to post 7 days a week, scale back to only weekdays or even just a handful of days a week. I started out posting irregularly — between 7 and 15 times a week. It was madness and didn’t result in amazing content. I gradually reduced my editorial calendar to 3 days a week and it’s amazing. Find the schedule that works for you and ignore the folks that say you have to publish a certain amount of posts each week.
If things still don’t feel right after finding your working groove and scaling back a bit, brainstorm some ways you can step up and become a more involved member of your online community. Now that I’m writing fewer posts per week for my own site, I am able to step up my guest blogging. You could start engaging with others on message boards, participating in Twitter chats, or collaborating on projects with others now that you’re not stressing about your editorial calendar and unfinished projects.
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