Will You Burn Out from Blogging?

Burn Out from Blogging?

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Burn out and you. If you blog everyday and visit every social media website known to mankind will you burn yourself out? How can you keep yourself fully charged up and raring to go like a nice long burning fire? I took yesterday off of blogging to re-group, read, and went for a refreshing walk on a nice New England day with a friend and de-compressed a little. Do you take time off of doing what you do most of the time to re-charge your own juices?

What is Burn Out?

According to Wikipedia burnout is a psychological term for the experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest. The term was coined by Herbert Freudenberger in 1974.  Herbert and another psychologist theorized that burn out takes place in 12 phases:

  1.  The compulsion to prove oneself – It can turn into determination.
  2.  Working harder – Not getting to the goals you set for yourself so you word even harder.
  3.  Neglecting their own needs – Skipping lunch, breaks, everything else becomes unimportant.
  4.  Displacement of conflict – Something is not right but can’t find the source of it.
  5.  Revision of values – Start to isolate yourself from others.
  6.  Denial of emerging problems – Becoming almost anti-social.
  7.  Withdrawal – Anti-social and alcohol and drugs may begin.
  8.  Obvious behavioral changes  – Other see the changes.
  9.  Depersonalization – Losing contact with oneself.
  10.  Inner emptiness – Exaggerated activities like drugs, etc.
  11.  Depression – Exhausted and hopeless.
  12.  Burnout syndrome – Collapse both physically and emotionally and need medical attention (could lead to suicide in extreme cases).

What are 5 ways you can avoid a burn out?

  1.  Take a break.
  2.  Do something totally different.
  3.  Have a few different interests – not just one to create a balance in your life.
  4. Write down what’s important in your life and see if you are doing something about it on a daily basis.
  5. Plan something fun that has nothing to do with your daily activity.

Do you see yourself in any of these 12 stages of burn out? 

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 6 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

8 comments On Will You Burn Out from Blogging?

  • Hi Lisa

    Very informative post. I find myself in this situation many times, I started a blog, developing games. At first, it was great, but sometimes I don’t want to do anything. They just all become hopeless. So I decided to take a small break everyday, alone, to breathe and stay calm. It makes me feel better.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I think most people who start a blog, eventually will experience a burnout and then quit all-together. Every-time we turn around, there seems to be something new we have to learn about when it comes to blogging: seo, promoting of posts and where to promote, post markup, subheadings, writing high quality content, using the right images and more. First, we must have a genuine passion for wanting to help others when it comes to blogging, is what I say. Other than that, we’ll still experience a burnout every blue moon or so, and that’s where your: 5 ways you can avoid a burn out come in, which is a fantastic remedy. Thank you so much for this post. 🙂
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    • Hi Artice, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. You are probably correct as I’ve seen so many bloggers quit over the past year or two. There is always something new to learn and overcome along the way. I think another rememdy is to outsource your weakest capabilities out. I know for me I outsourced some of the high end techie stuff. I spent too much time trying to learn to do it myself. Thanks for coming by and have a great day Artice.
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  • Hi Lisa – I have just come across this post and your site and I’m guilty of this “burn out” syndrome I have to say – over working on my blog and spending way too much time on it. Sleep and friends have had to make way. It’s REALLY important to just take a complete break from your blog once in a while – schedule a few posts in advance on the blog and social networks then relax for a few days. I’ve started doing this. Great site by the way! I’m a travel blogger. Jonny
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    • Thanks Jonny, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I must get a few posts in the schedule. Last year I went on vacation and had 3 guest bloggers fill in, it was great. I hope to do the same this year too. You are right, I’m about to hit the pillow shortly here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for coming by.
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  • Thanks for sharing this post!:) Sometimes I see myself one of those 12 above,lol. thanks for the remedy you shared!:) Great post! 🙂

  • I tried that blog a day thing and yes, I got burnt out. I also get burnt out with facebook. Too much to read at times. So I'm limiting myself to blog when I feel like it and not surf facebook to much. 🙂

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