For the past week I’ve been experiencing blogger burnout. Keeping up with blogging is a tough thing to do. My biggest problem was having nothing to say that hadn’t already been said. I don’t blog just for the sake of putting up a post. I like to have something to contribute and lately, there’s been nothing. Zip. Nada. So what’s a blogger to do?
First and foremost you have to relax when you hit a roadblock like this. I learned that stressing out about not having something to post won’t help the situation. If anything, it made my brain come to a complete halt. So don’t stress out. It’s ok to take a few days off.
Revisit The Excitement
I actually used the burnout as an opportunity to get back to doing the things I hadn’t had a lot of time to do anymore. I started commenting on blogs again. I joined Plurk. I twittered. I wrapped up TheSocialGeeks podcast for tomorrow with Chris (@Idonotes) of TheSocialNetworker. I was in Google Reader a lot more and I actually read my feeds instead of scanning them. I even started stumbling more. This helped to get my creative juices flowing again.
Converse On The Phone
I started answering my phone calls more too. Talking is another way to break through writer’s block. So instead of IMing everything on Google Talk or chatting away on Twitter and Plurk, I picked up the phone. I talked with old friends that had no clue about tech and I talked to a few geeks too. I talked and didn’t worry about blogging.
Write It Down
After every conversation, I opened up Microsoft Onenote and wrote down ideas. This is basically my idea of a blogging journal. After I wrote, I played with those ideas and let it marinate. I asked questions to myself and wrote responses for each question. For some, I even did some research. I got it out my head and on my new laptop.
Now Go Back To Work
Now I’m back and I have exciting plans for SheGeeks and a special treat for everyone next week. However, now my brain is being stimulated again and I feel like writing. I now have a host of ideas to write about too. Maybe this is why Pro Bloggers say you should create backup posts. I’d rather not though. I don’t always write for the future. I’d rather write for today, not tomorrow. So when you’re feeling the burnout set it in, relax, take a deep breath, and go back to what got you to where you are in the first place. Revisit your roots. Do the things that you get your creative juices flowing. Take your time. Write your thoughts down. Then, when you feel it’s time, go back to giving it everything you got.