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Blog Burnout: How to Keep Blogging When the Going Gets Tough

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Blog Burnout

Blog Burnout

Since sitting in front of your computer to write a post hours ago, you can’t find the words. You’ve been publishing blog content regularly for the past couple of months. You’ve been aggressive in promoting them and connecting with other bloggers in your niche. It seems like blogging has taken over your life.

However, at this very moment, it looks like you’re suffering from blog burnout.

As the saying goes, too much of something is bad enough. The same thing applies when it comes to managing a blog. You may think you are overflowing with ideas with the content you plan to write or the strategies and campaigns you want to implement. But the stress and pressure of blogging will eventually catch up to you until you are worn out with writing. If you’re not careful, you might lose your passion and drive for blogging and put your blog in jeopardy!

Therefore, to keep that from happening, you need to learn how to prevent stress by keeping an eye on burnout symptoms, so you don’t get the severe case of blog burnout.

Four ways on how to beat blog burnout

Step away from your computer

There’s a fine line that separate healthy blogging from an unhealthy one. Being driven to succeed as a blogger is a good thing. However, if it starts affecting other facets of your life such as health and relationships, for instance, then you need to step back from blogging and re-evaluate your goals as a blogger and as a person.

Blogging could be no longer a means to end, but is now the be-all-end-all of what you do. Again, there’s nothing wrong with taking your blogging to the next level as it is a fun and challenging way to make a living, But you have to consider your current status in life and determine if your current pace in blogging is in line with the kind of life you want to lead. If blogging is slowly consuming your life, then there’s not only a higher risk of feeling burned out but also had an adverse effect on your well-being and social life.

Step away from the computer and go outside

If you could relate to any of the above, then do yourself a favor and turn off your computer and disconnect from the internet to keep your mind off blogging even for a day. Sometimes, all you need to do is to refocus your energies on your priorities in life so you can better assess your next move. Go out with your friends and have a great time or just relax and engage with your other hobbies.

Be more deliberate in your blogging

Some bloggers find solace in just writing content about whatever that pops up on their heads. They use intuition and judgment to come up with ideas for their blog. While something is comforting about blogging this way, it may not be the most efficient way to do things. Blogging without any clear direction can lead to a haphazard blog that doesn’t meet its goals regularly. This causes the blogger to panic and stress out as a result.

Therefore, you need to learn how to leverage tools like Google Analytics and Search Console to help you understand the performance of your site. Using both, you will be able to identify which pages are attracting the most traffic, how long people are staying on your site pages, where you get your site visitors, and more.

You can use both to answer relevant questions to your blogging such as:

  • What topics resonate with my readers the best?
  • Based on the best-performing pages, should I write content more frequently but with fewer words or the other way around?
  • Which online channels do I get bulk of my traffic from (organic search, social media, etc.) and how can I further increase them?
  • How can you use your blog to create a voice and bring change to something you are interested in or dedicated towards?

These questions and more will help you develop a blogging plan where you can schedule what posts to write, when to publish them, and how you will promote them. This way, you can create content that your audience wants to read and attract more people to your blog, resulting in higher engagement and traffic!

Have a shoulder to lean on to

Have someone to lean on

Despite your efforts in keeping your stress levels low, the risk of incurring blog burnout is still high. Even if you progress as a blogger, the bar always goes higher and higher, thus putting you over the limit. In fact, the sky is the limit as a blogger, and you’ll find yourself challenging your own instead of measuring yourself against others.

If your goal is to achieve blogging greatness, you may need as much help as possible. Having your family and friends to lean to when the going gets tough helps keep yourself grounded so as not to lose focus. You can also draw strengths from your peers that you have met through seminars and meetups. An accountability partner is a great way to get some feedback from your progress and see if you’re still in the right direction. At the same time, you can also critique your partner and set them straight if they’re losing their way.

Support also comes in different shapes and forms. Leaning on your hobbies and passions outside blogging lets you blow off steam and explore another side of yourself. Getting comfort from animals such as an emotional support dog can help you cope up with some of the hardships not only brought on by blogging.

Have fun

At the very core of blogging, or anything that people do on a regular basis, is the ability to make you happy.

If you enjoy the hustle and grind of looking for traffic through the content you write and publish, then blogging is definitely for you. If you find this process insufferable, then the stress you’re experiencing stems from the fact that blogging isn’t for you.

As with most jobs and occupation, you will encounter difficult times as a blogger. However, as long as you are up to the challenges brought by this practice, then you should be fine.

Beat blog burnout once and for all!

Blog burnout is something that bloggers have to go through. In fact, it’s what separates real bloggers from the rest. If you can’t bear the stress that goes in blogging, then you may want to look for another occupation that will make you much happier. However, if you’re going to overcome blog burnout and reach success, then you need to take the tips above to heart.

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Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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1 Successful Blogger Assumption that Needs to Go

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I see a lot of bloggers who make excuses as to why they fail.

Some outside condition or circumstance holds sway over these folks.

But even worse; said bloggers tend to say successful bloggers did not have to face any hardship or traumatic circumstances on their way to becoming established, pro bloggers.

I cannot tell a lie; I made a similar assumption as a new blogger. I believed millionaire bloggers took an easy journey while bum me had to face obstacles millionaires never had to face.

I discuss why you need to let this assumption go to build a successful blog:

OK guys.

I live a dream life.

Spending months or years in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica, I have seen some of the most spectacular places on earth.

But I faced many obstacles along the way. I ran into financial hardships. OK; let me rephrase that. I lost all of my money LOL! I also had a difficult time with family at points during my blogging journey, some of whom questioned my decisions.

Blogging confused me. Being an entrepreneur baffled me. I became terribly frustrated with my blogging trajectory a few times during my blogging career.

My mom has suffered through a terminal illness while I built my blog. I battled depression earlier during my blogging career.

But here I am. Blogging From Paradise.

Established, pro bloggers usually face and embrace far more difficult obstacles on our blogging journey. Doing so makes us more fearless which helps us grow like a weed while most bloggers feel weighed down by fear, doubt and anxiety.

I can almost guarantee you that assuming successful bloggers had an easy, bump-free, smooth journey is a root cause of your blogging struggles. Even if you succeed on some level you stunt your blogging growth by assuming successful bloggers had it easy while you have it much harder.

Not true, guys.

Diving deeper into obstacles and strong fears, you begin to see why nudging into these energies feels highly unpleasant but also helps you develop a type of fearlessness. Being more fearless than the average blogger helps you create prolifically, build new connections and most of all, you avoid panicking and being shaken out when your blogging results don’t seem to be growing too much.

My life became easier after I nudged into deep blogging and life fears because after these unpleasant but brief experiences, I no longer feared burning out, being criticized or failing. Letting go those 3 chief fears made me work more persistently, more energized and more focused than most bloggers, promoting my success.

Excuses Are For Losers

Excuses are for losers. If you make excuses that you cannot succeed because you face difficult obstacles that top bloggers did not have to face, you only hurt yourself because the statement is untrue.

You lose traffic and profits because you don’t do the uncomfortable but freeing things successful bloggers do to succeed.

Guys; this journey is fun and quite fascinating. Sometimes this blogging journey feels scary. Move forward through scary moments. Do not make excuses. Do not explain away your struggles and failures because you assume successful bloggers would not have succeeded if they did not face the same struggles, because this assumption is untrue.

You probably have yet to face the really deep, scary fears we all need to face before gaining blogging success so release your excuses, move forward based on your passion, be generous, open and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

Blogging gets easier if you cease making excuses and start getting things done.

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Why Bloggers Need to Start Paying More Attention to Your Pay Stubs

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It’s payday, and you’re ready to go out and celebrate with your coworkers, friends, and family. For bloggers and internet marketers, the concept of a ‘paycheck’ might be something totally new — or something they actually issue to themselves on a monthly basis. However, even for those in the workplace, fewer people are getting actual paychecks and paystubs, as automation is now key.

If you’re asking, “What is a pay stub?,” then congratulations on getting paid via direct deposit. As of 2016, 82 percent of American workers received their paychecks that way.

With direct deposit, you only have to check your bank account to make sure the money was credited. You should still receive a payroll stub from your employer, though, and you need to pay attention to it.

Read on to find out more about why paycheck stubs are important — even for bloggers.

What is Gross vs. Net Pay?

The biggest and most obvious thing displayed on a pay stub is the amount of money you made. But looking at your pay stub also allows you to figure out how you made that money.

There are two types of pay displayed on that stub: gross pay and net pay. The gross wages are the overall amount of income you earned over that pay period, regardless of if it’s biweekly or monthly.

Do you get paid hourly? If so, you would take the number of hours you worked and multiply that by your hourly rate. Both of those things should also appear on your paycheck stubs.

In the world of blogging and affiliate marketing, you might be getting paid a $100 commission on every new hosting referral made, but after taxes, you could be looking at another 30% cut in actual profit made.

As an example, let’s say a worker named Bob makes $20 an hour and worked precisely 80 hours the last two weeks. That means the “gross pay” amount on his check should be $1,600.

What if Bob has an annual salary of $50,000 instead of an hourly wage? Then he would need to divide $50,000 by the total number of paydays in the year. If he’s paid every two weeks, then that adds up to 26 annual pay periods.

Net pay is how much money you’re actually going to see in your bank account after various deductions get applied. Those deductions can include things like taxes, health insurance, and your 401(k).

Employer Contributions

When looking at your payroll stub, you’ll also see a space for something called “Employer Contributions.” What does that mean?

If you work a full-time job with benefits, then your employer pays for a significant portion of your health insurance. You might pay $50 every two weeks, but your employee might pay the other $100. This will be on your stub as “health insurance” or maybe “medical.”

If you’re lucky enough to work at a company that provides 401(k) matching for your retirement, then that will be under “Employer Contributions” as well.

Generating pay stubs used to be more complicated, but nowadays, companies can use an online pay stub generator. It may take a while to create a pay stub for everyone in the building, but the actual process isn’t nearly as arduous as it could be.

Most Bloggers Will Probably Ask ‘What is a Pay Stub?’

Answering the question “What is a pay stub?” is critical, but it isn’t all you’ll need to do to stay on top of your finances. More often then not, pay stubs are still being used, but since we are living in an electronic age, it’s usually all happening behind the scenes.

Avoid the temptation to throw away your pay stub as soon as you look at it. Keeping your pay check records will help you look for any patterns or problems at work. It’s also the best way to provide proof of income.

Don’t forget to put some of that paycheck in a savings account, too. For more on that topic, be sure to check out our top finance and stock market blogs to follow online.

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Why All Blogging Metrics Are Vanity Metrics

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Ha!

Made ya look, right guys?

I did a Facebook Live Broadcast recently discussing this concept.

Check it out here:

All blogging metrics are vanity metrics because you check any blogging metrics to see how YOU are doing. Who cares? What about your readers? How are your readers doing? How are you helping your readers? How are you assisting your readers? If I see one of my videos nabbed a few hundred views I realize my video nabbed a few hundred views but this is entirely unrelated to how my readers are doing, because numbers and human beings are different concepts. Numbers are inanimate objects. Humans are humans.

Passion

I love to blog. I know how I am doing when blogging because I feel passionate about blogging. Do I need to look at a number on a screen to verify that I feel passionate about blogging? Nope. Any time I check a metric I think about how I am doing but checking numbers on a screen has nothing to do with how my readers are doing.

I serve my readers not by checking stats but by writing this guest post. I serve my readers not by checking metrics but by creating a video. I serve my readers by commenting on their blogs and by promoting my readers, not by trying to get bigger and bigger numbers after poring over metrics for minutes or hours on end.

All metrics are vanity metrics because all metrics are about you; you never check metrics to see how your readers are doing but you do check metrics to see how you are doing.

Stats Can Serve a Useful Purpose If……

….you spend a few seconds or a few minutes gauging stats, to see if you want to head in a different direction.

Emphasis on seconds or minutes, guys. Stats can be a little stopover, indicating you may need to let go an activity or maybe you need to expand an activity. Beyond those few seconds or minutes, give the rest of your attention and energy to creating helpful content and building meaningful connections.

Stats never bought my eBook so I do not check metrics. People buy my eBook so I do serve people every day, for hours a day.

Stats are all about you and service is all about other people.

Stop obsessing over how you are doing. Exit survival mode. Exit self-service mode.

Focus on other human beings. Write your next blog post. Create a video. Comment genuinely on a blog, personalizing the comment after reading the blog post. Promote another blogger on social media or via your blog. Be a servant; not a stat checker.

Develop some skills and meet a ton of people daily. That is my blogging mantra.

If you don’t focus heavily on blogging outcomes/stats and trust advice from seasoned pro bloggers you will see increasing success eventually. If you believe in yourself and help people and hone your skills through persistent practice you will succeed through your patient generosity. No need to obsess over numbers because obsessing over numbers is obsessing over yourself. Obsessing over yourself is a recipe for failure because you will run a cyber diary and sell nothing by focusing on yourself; you need to serve human beings to grow your business, not yourself.

Be patient. Be persistent. Be generous. Create and connect. Don’t obsess over stats. If you follow your passion – and you better – you know exactly how you are doing. You’re doing great! No need to verify that feeling with numbers on a screen. You’re good. Ask other folks how they are doing and serve them. Help solve their problems.

Get out of your head into a life of service.

Blogging success will be yours.

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