Avoiding blog burn-out

burnEven if you love blogging, there will come a day when you are near burn-out. Or maybe you have already crashed and burned.

Try to notice the signs of an imminent burn out. Intervention time!

I see it in myself. I sometimes agonize over what to write for my next blog.


Same ole, same ole

Are you blogging only about writing? Or editing? Or social networking woes?

Try something different!

Do a blog of inspirational quotes (make your own with
background and script at Quozio).A-poet-can-survive

Post inspirational artwork.

Take pictures and then post your photos.

Invite guest bloggers.

Tell a funny story about your childhood.

Genre rut

You write sci fi so you follow sci fi blogs exclusively. No, nada, niet!

Go look for poetry, women’s lit, romance, horror, or western blogs! Yes, western!

Try something different, pilgrim.john_wayne


“Same shit, different day.”

Have you been following the same blogs for months and months?

A good way to find new blogs is to connect with other commenters on the great blogs you follow or via guest writers on these blogs.

Go outside writing

If you are following a poo-pile of writing blogs, go look for blogs that are non-writing.

Try art blogs or yoga blogs or hiking blogs.

How about photography or watercolor or pottery?

What about cooking or dance?

Or better yet, take a class in art, yoga, photography, cooking, or dance.

danceAsk a question

On your Facebook page, ask a question like, “What do you do when you have writer’s block?” or “What one thing must I remember for a book signing?” or “What do you do when you have no idea for your next blog?”

You will probably get enough comments to create your next blog post (save the FB comments!).

Fun, fun, fun

Stop worrying about your blog and go out and have some fun!

See Susannah Friis’s blog post about having Fun Fun Fun.

Take a vacationst thomas

I’m not talking to Maui or St. Thomas (though those would be nice).

I’m talking a vacation from blogging. Just decide to take a month off and then stick to it.

Have you ever experienced blog burn out? What do you do to avoid burn out or get over burn out?



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19 responses to “Avoiding blog burn-out

  1. Sports blogs. Don’t forget sports blogs! (Go Phillies, Eagles, 76’ers, Flyers)

    • karenselliott

      Ah, ya got me, Paulie. I forgot sports blogs. Good idea! And thanks for reading and commenting. Nice to see some old (as in years known) friends here on the blog.

  2. The answer is simple…go somewhere, write about it. Do something different every day, you have lots to write about.

    • karenselliott

      Oh yes, Esther. Like your On The Road blogs. They were fabulous! Lots of experiences led to much writing. I wish I could jump in an RV right now!

  3. Great ideas which seem so obvious when you say them, but which slip our minds completely in those hair-pulling moments. Fine read for a Friday night.

    • karenselliott

      Thanks, Shawn. Not too heavy, just right for a Friday, eh? I’m struggling a bit with blogging right now. And I know a few others that are struggling too.
      I think it helps to step “outside” once in a while.

  4. Great ideas Karen. Thanks!

  5. Hi Karen!

    I have been fortunate that I have not felt “burnt-out”…yet…but then again I’ve only been blogging for 18 months even though I posted something every day my first year as a personal challenge to myself.

    I think I might archive this post so I will have lots of helpful advice when and if the time comes to need it…;~)

    Great post!

    Donna L Martin

    • karenselliott

      Thanks, Donna. I think it took me 18 months to just find a general direction on my blog. You are doing great over on your blog. I especially enjoy to Writerly Wednesdays with all the guest bloggers.

  6. Great ideas, Karen!
    BTW, I saw your ‘new/old’ name on the Oscar Wilde quote.
    Love it!! 😉

    • karenselliott

      Thanks, Denise. I’m still waiting to get word back from my web master, so I’m sort of stuck in new/old name limbo.

  7. Ahh, great post. For some reason, I haven’t been burnt out yet, even though I passed the ‘100 posts’ on my blog a few weeks ago. I think because I have FUN when I write my posts. Yes, I want to show that I know how to write, and yes, I’d love readers and followers to decide they’d like to purchase one of my books, but more than anything, I just have fun connecting with my readers by sharing stories on my everyday life. And I have just as much fun reading the blogs of other who share their life with me and everyone else out there. The world gets smaller and smaller this way. Thanks Karen!

    • karenselliott

      It’s a great way to keep a log of your life as well, all collected in one spot. Isn’t it awesome how we can connect with people in other states and countries?

  8. Great ideas. Thanks for the tips!

  9. karenselliott

    Thanks Lori Lara. I just read your post on disappointment – well done!

  10. Thanks for the inspiration, Karen. . .I’m heading towards that rut!


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