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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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4 Blogging Lessons Learned in Bali

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I have spent over a year collectively on the Island of the Gods.

Bali is a special place.

This popular island in Indonesia teaches you 4 clear blogging success lessons too.

Let’s dive in guys.

1: Expect the Unexpected

During a house sit at a huge villa in Jimbaran I:

  • faced down and helped slay a spitting cobra
  • dealt with a chicken killing dog
  • lost 2 of the pets (1 to cancer and 1 to likely thievery)

This list could go on forever. From this sit alone.

Bali is a fun, fascinating and sometimes wild place. Like most developing places; you never know what waits around the corner.

I am writing this guest post because the security certificate expired on my blog. I had no idea this would happen right now. Completely unexpected. But being a blogger for 10 years I know to expect the unexpected.

When my developer wakes up he addresses it and we move forward. Until then I am at peace with my blog being down. No worries. Part of the blogging game.

Expect the unexpected with your blog guys. It will happen.

2: Learn to Celebrate Everything

Balinese are an appreciative people who celebrate everything.

Staff at the villa in Jimbaran regularly took off for ceremonies, celebrating everything from cell phones, to papayas, to motorbikes.

Even cremation ceremonies are lavish, eye-popping celebrations of life and death.

Appreciate it all with your blog. Wins, losses, and all in between. Celebrating it all makes you appreciative of the internet lifestyle.

I celebrated big wins and tough losses because all these experiences made me I am the blogger I am today.

3: Step Away from the Herd to Be Heard and Seen

Kuta is a tourist trap. Ubud town center can be a bit too much.

But the rice fields well outside of Ubud and the Bukit region of the island are authentic, colorful, peaceful gems.

My wife Kelli and I stand out from many other bloggers because we tend to stay in more remote areas of the island. Even in the popular fishing village of Jimbaran we did a house sit in off the grid farm country and rented a place up in the hills, away from the heavily touristed bay. Our experiences are authentic; not many tourists in Kuta facing down spitting cobras.

Blog in your voice. Tell your story. Be genuine. Blog from the heart.

Step away from the blogging herd. All success lies well away from the herd of bloggers in your niche who tend to follow each other like blogging sheeple, blogging in 3rd person voice and never sharing authentic experiences.

4: The Best Experiences Happen Outside of Your Comfort Zone

We rented a villa in the rice fields outside of Ubud once.

We had to ride a motorbike 5 minutes into the rice fields to reach the villa.

Save 1 other human living on the other side of the compound no people existed for miles around.

The experience was amazing. Once in a lifetime deal. But we had to get used to snakes slithering inside of the house, using an open air bathroom as huge fruit bats flew over your head at 2 AM and roaches, mosquitoes and other insects regularly shacking up inside of the crib.

I would never trade in this amazingly fun, freeing and brilliant experience but of course I felt terrified at times. Definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

A bit before 10 PM on a Wednesday night I’d be comfortable in bed. But since my site is down for a bit now I nudge myself outside of my comfort zone to write this blog post. All part and parcel with being a full time blogger who renders generous service for his readers.

All of my biggest blogging wins occurred because I went the extra mile; even if doing so felt highly uncomfortable.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Your greatest blogging success occurs well outside of your comfort zone.

What blogging lessons have you learned recently?

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Top 5 Most Competitive Niches for Bloggers

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Finding the perfect niche is like a unicorn for many bloggers. The right mix of passion and competitiveness can be found in the most surprising places and isn’t always clear until you’re already well on your way. But the good news is that the harder you look, the closer you get — which is a cliche, but surprisingly true in this case. So before you give up on your dream of creating content about knitting dog pajamas or anthropomorphized helicopters, start by having a look at what niches are the most competitive at the moment.

Most blogs earn their money through affiliation. The good thing about affiliation is that it doesn’t require you to focus on one particular brand, unlike sponsorships. You’re free to place links in your content or not. And to write whatever you like about the brand in question. Money is earned through reader engagement, not through passive exposure.

Travel

Of course, the most coveted and stereotypical blogging dream niche is travel. Who would turn down reviewing hotels in the Caribbean or exciting jungle safaris? Only a few bloggers get to do this, however, but there are still a lot of sub-niches that are easy to get into and earn well in. Local guides and localized content is a great way to find perfect fits for valuable affiliation links and you can even make direct content advertising if you ask. The future is definitely localized.

Gambling

Making content about gambling is often as much about search engine optimization as affiliation links. This has made reviews and guides extremely competitive, but creating content only for SEO purposes can be a little monotonous. More localized information in a specific niche like mobile gambling makes mobile-casino.ca a perfect example of how to stay competitive without losing quality.

Health & Fitness

For ethically minded bloggers, this niche can be a minefield. Health and fitness bloggers can benefit from having a blog of their own in many ways — such as keeping themselves healthy and fit, while also inspiring others in the process. This niche market is also filled with misinformation, dangerous recommendations and straight up lies. Are you the one to finally inform readers about the one true way to stay healthy or get fit? Joking aside, whether you’re a zealot or a skeptic, there are affiliation networks for you. Just include a source or two, please.

Lifestyle

Including this niche might be cheating. It can cover so much — but that doesn’t mean that your blog should. Specialised content that you’re both passionate and informed about can be very valuable for direct ads. Everyone has some kind of lifestyle niche they’re focused on, whether it be simple admin improvement or urban hiking. Find out if readers are interested in the topic, either directly or related, before you go all in, though.

Blogging

With how competitive blogging is, blogs that explain how to succeed are more popular than ever. You’re reading one right now and you could write your own very easily. You don’t have to be the best or the most insightful to write an inspiring blog about blogging — it’s more useful than you think to write down what works and what doesn’t in your own humble experience. You can be an expert in learning.

Have you noticed any commonalities yet? If you look hard enough in any niche, you’ll learn enough to create content with a fresh and exciting take. And that’s the current trend for being competitive: Being both subjective and informed; localized and aware of international trends.

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Do You Really Know Your Readers?

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See the featured image up top guys?

I know readers dig my eBook. Said readers dig my paperback too.

Enter this featured image. I use similar images frequently on Blogging From Paradise. Smart way to appeal to my audience.

But during lean years I did not know my readers because I:

  • did not listen to my readers
  • did not ask my readers questions
  • did not spot my reader’s pain points
  • did not read my reader’s comments carefully
  • did not spot patterns among my readers

Eventually I woke up. Easy to see this now. But back in the day I had a hellish time owning the fact that I did not know my readers.

Reader Red Flags

You do not know your readers if:

  • traffic stalls or disappears
  • blogging profits stall or disappear
  • engagement dies on your blog
  • nobody seems to reach out to you on social media

These are a few red flags guys. Own the flags. Honestly. Owning your mistakes is one quick way to turn things around, to free yourself of this common blogging error.

Do You Know Your Readers?

I mean; do you really know your blog readers? Be genuine before you answer the question.

I know my readers incredibly well now because every blog post, video or podcast I create meets their needs. No guess work, no writing and publishing because I want to write and publish a post and certainly no off topic posting here, on Blogging From Paradise or any place where I guest post.

The other day one of my blogging buddies endorsed my paperback with a YouTube review. In addition to feeling grateful I tuned into one other idea; his endorsement, emails from other book customers and smiling selfies from other book customers alerted me to the fact that my readers are beginning to buy my paperback too, in addition to my eBook. I published a post linking to my paperback and explaining how my book solves pressing blogging problems after spotting this pattern.

I know my readers better and better each passing day because I listen to my readers more closely each passing day. As everything expands with my blogging campaign I find it easier and easier to help folks, to come up with blog post ideas and to know my content hits the mark because blogging with my readers in mind has been the simplest way to connect with these folks.

Your blog is for you and your readers. Never forget this fact. Never forget that if you write just for yourself you are publishing a cyber diary. No need for anyone to read a blog if the blog does not solve their problems.

Knowing your readers genuinely requires you to be:

  • compassionate
  • empathetic
  • heart-centered
  • loving
  • caring
  • observant
  • present

Listen to the latest podcast interview I did with Alonzo Pichardo on his Sound Cloud channel:

He has invited me to chat on his highly popular channel – with over 300,000 listens between only 8 episodes.

Alonzo is a master at spotting the most pressing issues of his audience. My readers also suffer from problems related to these topics. Naturally, as he shares and builds his impressive tribe and as I build my tribe, we have well over a quarter of a million listens between only 8 podcast episodes.

If you get to really know your readers and patiently hit the mark with your content, over years, 10 listens becomes 100 listens, then 100 becomes 1000, then 1000 becomes 10,000 listens, then 10,000 becomes 100,000 listens, and upward from there.

Develop an intimate bond with your readers guys. Poll them. Email them, asking how you can help them.

Much of your blogging success rests on knowing clearly what your reader wants so you can serve it up to them.

Listen. Ask. Observe.

Prosper.

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