Blogging is a practice to be done regularly. This means that “burnout” and the feeling of being “overwhelmed” at times is something most of us face from time to time. So, here are 5 tips to keep you from getting blogger overwhelm, and yes, you can get overwhelmed here.
Of course, blogging over a period becomes a highly successful habit for every business niche or model online. But, like anything else, we can get a little overwhelmed with what is expected of blogging and our goals for our blog.
So, I wanted to share with you some tips that have helped me for the better part of a decade battle those overwhelming moments, not to mention for those I have coached here…
Forget Perfection, Just Blog.
Perfection can be great, but usually, it has been my experience with others that perfection can be a path to failure in blogging or any content marketing strategy or business for that matter online.
I strive to perfect my blog all the time. I strive to perfect my writing skills, my content marketing practices, my SEO, and of course, my list building and converting strategies. Like you, I want everything to work out perfectly for you, and for my business here.
But here is the deal, I understand that to move forward and better perfect my craft and business, I must first publish content, build that blog, start growing that list, and or, all of the above. I can’t perfect anything if I am not moving forward, if I am not, in fact, GROWING.
Perfection is one thing, wasting time trying to be perfect from the beginning is a fool’s errand, yes I said it; a fool’s errand!
I am a pretty orderly guy, and I love a great looking blog post full a value-added content, but it does not have to be perfect. Besides, when it comes down to the formatting of your content, the topic matter you choose this week, or the featured images you will use, it is all rather subjective anyways.
What matters most is the value that particular blog post brings to each person that reads it, and the fact that you regularly post good content.
Do not let perfection be the reason for failure, or for giving you that overwhelmed feeling, it is truly a waste of your talents and time.
Perfection comes in time, and with certain things here but, no matter what, it is all in the eye of the beholder here, that is what perfection truly is online.
“Not only are bloggers suckers for the remarkable, so are the people who read blogs.” – Seth Godin
Update Content That Needs It.
Once in a while, you have some great evergreen content that needs a little polishing up. I know that this can seem overwhelming, especially with everything else you have to do today, however, it needs to be done.
But here is the deal with evergreen content; when you can’t think of anything to write about today or, you do not have time to create a post, then why not just update some great evergreen content you already have?!!!
It works to keep me progressively moving forward; it keeps me writing, yet it does not make me feel overwhelmed. To be honest, working on some old content here and there helps to get the creative juices and ideas flowing again.
So, when I get overwhelmed by trying to figure out what to write about this week, I simply turn to what I’ve already written and, work on that before I start to feel overwhelmed in the first place.
See, there are many things we can do, and that keeps us moving forward, even when we are feeling overwhelmed or like we are not going anywhere.
Take A Photo.
I like to go for a few walks a day; reason being is for my health, and to simply take a break from work, even for the work at home blogger I am.
I also like to take my pictures here and there for my blog, and that truly relaxes me and makes me feel like I am getting some work done because I am. See, before you get overwhelmed, you can do things away from your blog that is for your blog, and all without getting overwhelmed.
Taking pictures is one of those things I love to do and something that I use in my content as well.
What about you?
Is there something you like to do that can not only keep you from getting that overwhelmed blogger feeling but at the same time helps you promote or build more content for it?
How about making picture memes, short blurbs on social media, little video or podcasts with tips in it? Either way, find what else you like to do and do that when you start to feel that blogger overwhelm feeling coming on.
Take A Break.
Basically, what I am saying here and above is to simply take a break from blogging, or writing in general for a bit. Maybe an hour, maybe a whole day or a couple days, but take a break.
Sometimes we just need to stop for a bit.
I know, you are worried about falling behind, losing out on traffic and money and so on. Well, if you are creating blog content for only those reasons, no wonder you are already losing traffic, money, and your business.
Apparently, you are blogging for the wrong reasons.
Yes, a successful business and generating a great income because of our blogging are reasons we do blog, but they are not the only reasons, and they are usually not the first reasons. Actually, I love to blog about niche blogging and online entrepreneurial-ism.
I also like Bigfoot, and MLM too!
I am passionate about my 3 favorite subjects, and yet, sometimes, I get tired and need a break from them.
Create A Blogging Work Flow.
Creating a workflow with your blogging efforts can be a godsend. Recently I’ve learned this lesson as I created enough content from today through March of next year!
Was that a good idea? The answer is no. Why? Well, I think it might make me lazy, and lazy is one of the deadliest enemies of success online. Seriously, one of the biggest sellers today are things to help you run your online business faster and easier.
Well, I am sorry, but most of that stuff just breeds failure.
You have to blog (write). You have to make videos, or at least create a podcast of some kind. You need to follow up and continually engage with social media and then, yep! follow up and create more content. Rinse repeat as they say.
There are tools to help you write better, but there are no tools that are going to create your content for you, only freelancers can, and if you cannot afford them, well, you are doing it.
But, through creating a simple workflow with your blogging to-do’s, you can get a lot accomplished, and a lot of great content published to the web that can truly turn some heads into readers, readers into subscribers, and subscribers into money.
I have a simple blogging routine today, and it looks like this:
- I blog once a week (1400+ words)
- I make a video for it
- I share it out to social media channels
- I email it to my list
- I engage with those who engage with it
- I rinse repeat this process every week
Not too complicated, and to tell you the truth, I do this on two blogs right now and one of them, on average at least, the blog posts have 3000+ words.
Hey, eventually, like John Cusack said in the movie Grosse Point Blank; “you get to like it.”
Get a blogging workflow going on, and watch the tension and craziness leave, and success become the only path you are on.
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