Monday, August 5, 2013

Blogger burn out: HELP!

Hello blog friends! How are you all doing?

Today I couldn't help but be completely honest with you guys and just say I am feeling totally wiped out with the whole blogging thing lately.

I don't know whats with me. I just feel like I don't know where to go with my blog from here, and that my blog isn't growing as rapidly as I want it to.

I know part of the problem is my stubbornness in desiring for things to happen as quick as I want them to. I have to keep reminding myself that at the end of the day I'm not the one who's in control of how quickly I make progress in my life, God is. Have you ever felt this way about your blog? How were you able to motivate or re-ignite the inspiration in you to keep moving forward with your blog?

I hate it when God puts me in a position to wait. Okay just kidding God ALWAYS has me in a position to wait for Him on something, but lately I am feeling more than ever major impatience in waiting on God's timing with moving forward with my blog. God keeps telling me to be patient and that good things are RIGHT around the corner, but I'm just having a very hard time waiting on Him to bring me to that point.

...or maybe this is just me feeling confused as over, and finding myself in a completely lost place with this blog. I remember when I first started blogging: I had a list of goals, directions, and ideas to get things going. Now as time has went on and I have continued to work on my blog since that point, I find myself in a place of having no clue what to do from here.

I find myself becoming frustrated, overwhelmed, and annoyed every time I begin writing a post for my blog.  What happened to the peace of heart and excitement I used to have about my blog?! Ugh. My mind is drawing a HUGE blank on what to write about. I feel that my blog is stuck in a rut, along with my own head!

I'm also nervous about graduate school, and making time for this blog. I pray that the Lord will make that possible, but seeing how busy my friends have been in the past who went through my graduate program, I'm worried how things are going to go. I would never want to let this blog go. (wheres the tissue box?!)

I love my blog! and most importantly, I love all of you! My mind is in a weird funk, and its going in a million different directions. I just wish God would give me some kind of direction with where to go from here. Instead of wishing, I think thats my cue to start praying about it.

What did you do in the past when you became burned out with blogging? I'd love to hear your guys suggestions on this topic! I know all of you reading this will have plenty of wisdom and encouragement to share with me, so please help a sista out! I would be so very grateful! :)

I love you all!

Love always, Jess

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  1. I totally get where you're coming from with the Blog Burnout! I've been thinking about my blog a lot lately and how to get it back on track come September when I have reliable Internet again.
    I always enjoy reading your entries, it is such a great ministry and way to connect to others in a similar season of life. I will pray that God allows you to continue blogging and the transition into grad school is as smooth as possible! :)

  2. I remember feeling similar to you about a week and a half ago when I gave birth to my second child. I knew that a new born required a lot of time that would take away from me blogging. But I resided in myself that that was reality. I posted on my blog what was happening with me. I was amazed by the support from my audience. I suspect you would get the same response. You don't have to blog daily. Your post are already inspirational and if you rush they might lose their power. So whenever you feel inspired, blog. As long as you stay organized, grad school shouldn't be too stressful. I remember getting my masters degree almost three years ago, while working a full time job, and taking care of a baby and my family. Being organized kept me going. All the best to you with your blog and grad school. I pray God's blessings on you.

  3. I think we all get burned out sometimes. It's just a matter of patience I think. Some blogs grow so much faster then others and its frustrating to see. But some people have hours to spend on their blogs while some don't. I love your blog girlie so I would encourage you to keep fighting but if its not something you want to do anymore just be happy :) life's to short


  4. I've definitely gone through those stages a few times, and I found that it was when I was comparing my blog to others that I got discouraged. Some blogs gain 25 new followers a day, and I have no idea how they do it. I get discouraged when I compare my blog to others because there will always be a more popular, faster growing blog out there than mine, but I try to remember I started blogging for me! It's my hobby and my chance to share about my life, so I try to just focus on that! Hang in their- this too shall pass! I know God has great plans for your blog and your life!


  5. I've been burned out on blogging lately too. I'm currently taking a 2 week "blogging break" which is really helpful. I've found that if I only post 2-3x a week, I feel less burned out and have more to talk about. I tend to equate blogging with "must reply to every comment and read every blog every day" which just isn't possible, so when I'm crunched for time I just post on my blog and reply to a few comments instead of catching up on everyone else's blogs too. I've found it's really helpful to not blog as much when I'm busy with school.

  6. When I get burned out, I literally just take a break.
    Sometimes it's just time to pause, recollect, and push the RESTART/REFRESH button. I think it's totally fine to take a break for a few days, maybe even a week or two if need be.

    Don't get so frustrated with yourself! It's 100% normal. Maybe this is Gods way of telling you to take a minute to break away from blogging and the sometimes stressful things that come with it and ENJOY life. Yknow? Take a minute to actually smell the roses instead of missing out on it's sweet smell trying to snap photos and 'blog' about it.

    I'm rubbish with analogies LOL

    But I hope that made sense!

    Take care love!<3


  7. The most important thing to do when you have a period of little inspiration is NOT to freak out about it! Blogging breaks come and go, and are normal. Last summer I stopped blogging for over 3 months, and then realized what I needed was a brand new blog to get my creativity flowing. :-) This summer I haven't stopped blogging, but I am posting less, and you know what? That's okay. :-) I just haven't been as inspired this summer. so I'm not posting whne I don't have anything to say. I think things will pick up more for me during the school year!

    And don't be stressed about your blog's growth. You've had yours only a few months and you already have almost 125 GFC followers! That's nothing shabby! My old blog (which I had for a year and half) never reached that many. Just enjoy the phase you're in now.

    Love you lots, friend!!

    xoxo Miss ALK

  8. You are not alone, girl! Burnout and writer's block (or blogger's block) happens to all of us (as well as living in times of waiting and practicing patience!). For me, I really need to make sure that I take breaks from blogging and the blogworld because as much as I love it, I also need to take time to recharge and live my life (instead of solely documenting). I guess you could say it's all just a balancing act that we're all still trying to master! :)

    When I first started blogging, I tried blogging 5 times a week or making myself blog. But the longer I did that, the more I hated blogging because it was a chore and not a hobby or creative space. So, I started to put less pressure on myself to pump out posts and found that that really helped me write some of my best posts to date.

    p.s. I'm feel ya when it comes to this fall and blogging! I'm super worried that I won't have time for it. I guess I have to work on that balancing act, too! :)

  9. I totally understand, Jessica! I blogged in high school into college at another blog, but I felt like as my life changed my blog didn't fit my life. I took a blogging break for about a summer, not knowing if I would start a new blog, continue from my old one or not blog anymore at all. The answer was to start a new blog, which is the one I currently have! But I didn't put too much effort into it and just focused on school. I feel like taking a break from blogging helps your perspective. Or creating a new series on your blog or simply finding other blogs to read as well!

    I also understand about waiting for God's timing. It's all up to him! Right now, I'm still really excited and passionate about blogging, but I feel like once school comes, I might need to spend less time and energy on it. But I'm trusting that if this is an outlet I enjoy, God will make some time for me to blog and connect with bloggers. But he will also help us to not get burned out or he will use it to make something better happen! We all get burned out sometimes! Thanks for sharing and being honest with us. I know we can all relate :)

    xo, gina

  10. I nominated you for the Liebster award!

  11. Just know that you are an inspiration :) I read your blog every day and am in AWE always. My sister & I were just talking about your blog a few hours ago, before either of us had read this post. You never know how many silent followers you have! :) Try not to be to hard on yourself to post daily, or even have a set day! Just post when you feel like it and it'll be less of a stress :) Take care beautiful and God bless!

  12. Thanks for putting your heart out there. I think this is a great opportunity to let God lead you. You might have to listen more carefully and pray more often, but this is just an opportunity to expand your faith and let God take this blog where he wants it. He is using you to do so many amazing things, can't wait to see how it all plays out this year with grad school. Blogging has been relaxing and fun for me and maybe you will find that writing for God will be a whole lot more relaxing and enjoyable than writing for school :D Love you!

  13. You're not the only one trust me. I've since moved from blogger due to a few issues.

  14. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog from the Wildcard Wednesday linkup! First, I have to say I'm pretty impressed! I just started my blog in March as well and just recently reached 100 on GFC. I think 126 is pretty good growth for the past several months! But on the other hand, I know exactly how you feel. There are so many popular blogs out there that make it look so easy, and it's hard not to be impatient with a new blog! I think the most important thing is to keep it real and honest, and if your heart's truly not it in, just take a little break :) You have a lovely blog, by the way, and I personally think you should keep at it :)

  15. I think everyone struggles like this with their blog. We all hit slumps. Sometimes we see other people progressing faster than us or we see others doing things we wish we'd done. You are still very new at this, it's not easy, stay with it, stay patient!
    Kallie, But First, Coffee

    Ps. I followed you :) found you from wildcard wednesday!