Personal Quibbles: Blogging Burnout and Writer’s Block

Why I’m taking an impromptu break.

At the beginning of the year, I had a goal to post twice a week and beat my blogging stats each month and managed to do both up until the beginning of this month.

Because of the holiday weekend, I said on Twitter I wouldn’t be posting anything so I wouldn’t be stressing about my blog while working long hours and being super tired afterward, but then that mini-break turned into a week of not posting and now it’s been even longer than that.

Why? 

I just haven’t felt like it. I haven’t felt like writing in general. I managed to watch Stranger Things 3 over the holiday and planned on doing a review, but I ended up rewriting the damn thing five times and I’m still nowhere near getting it done. It wasn’t coming out. I couldn’t write it the way I wanted to. I stressed for an entire day off, writing and rewriting to get nowhere.

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Posting twice a week, sometimes more sometimes less, for six months with an almost full-time job while trying to get my book published and keeping an exercise routine seemed to burn me out. I hated that I felt like I needed to finish a book so I could post a review. My blog isn’t a job (that would be awesome) and I post because I enjoy it, but I haven’t been enjoying it.

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It wasn’t just posting on my blog. I haven’t been on Twitter or talking to any of my friends there or here. I just haven’t felt like it. I’ve spent some more time outside or doing crossword puzzles or watching travel vlogs on Youtube.

I’m also craving a trip to the beach. It’s pretty sad how badly I need to go, which won’t happen for about a month. If I don’t spend some time outside of this…lovely town I lose it at some point. I’m not exaggerating, I need to get away from this place.

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Where Do I Go From Here? 

Here’s the thing: I’m in the middle of a long stretch of work until I’m off (nine days in a row) and I don’t usually post as much when that happens. I’d like to. I plan to at some point next week.

I just don’t want to force myself to do it.

At this point, I’m just waiting on vacation. Since I’m saving money for that, I’m putting self-publishing my book on hold. I haven’t requested any NetGalley books or put in for any book tours.

I would like to go to the drive-in at some point this month and on the 31st, am going to my first Queen and Adam Lambert concert.

That’s pretty much everything I wanted to say so in case someone is actually wondering why I haven’t posted or been online in general, I needed a break.

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8 thoughts on “Personal Quibbles: Blogging Burnout and Writer’s Block

  1. thepsoriasisclub says:

    Hi there! It’s super important to take blogging breaks. I even just started my blog and quickly found this out. What I found that has been helping me is scheduling posts and then using Hootsuite to promote them, that way it’s not as draining when I’m trying to hashtag everything when trying to promote it. Nonetheless, enjoy your trip to the beach. You deserve it! 😊

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  2. daniellethamasa says:

    Taking a break can be super important. It is easy to burn out because of the stress from pressuring ourselves to maintain a certain schedule. I had to take a couple day break from my blog a couple months ago. It was just getting so draining to write and schedule posts for every day of the week. It would totally be a different story if these blogs were a paid part-time or full-time job for us, but most of us do this as a hobby, so for fun. When it stops being fun, it is time for a break.

    Enjoy your time off, enjoy the beach, and when you are refreshed and ready to get back to blogging, we’ll be here to welcome you back. 🙂

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      • daniellethamasa says:

        I am doing better, thank you. It’s weird because I only ended up taking a two day break to reevaluate my daily posting schedule and come up with a new one. So far it seems to be working, but I’m trying not to stress out if I miss a day here or there.

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