About a year and a half ago, I realized I was experiencing social networking burn-out. It just got worse and worse.
I referred to my own blog about this problem, and tried the tips I’d written myself: Avoiding blog burn-out.
I tried more tricks:
Trim the blogs I subscribe to
Don’t blog as much
Don’t get on social networking so much
When on social networking, don’t spend as much time there
I exercised more. Made more art. Stepped outside. Read more. Socialized more.
Nothing helped. I was still burned out, and I couldn’t kick it.
And then, after a recent phone conversation with Elizabeth H. Cottrell of Heartspoken– to discuss my burn-out – it finally occurred to me (can you say, “Duh”?).
My life changed about a year and a half ago, and my energies were being funneled into new and challenging activities.
I started a new job in the summer of 2014. Learning a new job (with about an hour of training from the previous gal) took a toll. I love the job, but it can be exhausting.
I started going to a university class, fall 2014. It was only one class a semester, but it was a lot of work.
Then, the summer of 2015, I started tap dance lessons (yes, at 57 y.o.). Tap was always something I wanted to do, and now I’m doing it.
And this semester I’ll be taking two classes at Minot State University, so I’ll have even less time to social network and blog.
While Elizabeth did give me some great ideas for a new direction for my blog, I’ll tell you right now – I won’t be blogging as much. And I won’t be feeling guilty about it.
I have new priorities, so I took a look at blogging and realized it’s just not a huge priority now. While I will blog occasionally, I just won’t be popping up in your feed as much as I did before.
Photos by me from Lake Metigoshe, Summer, 2015.