I’m back from Colorado! Two weeks felt like a month, and though it was wonderful to be off-line, it feels good to be back.
Blogging Breaks seem to work miracles for me in avoiding burnout and reinvigorating my enthusiasm for this time-consuming endeavor. Seeking balance has been an ongoing challenge as my blog grows and worldwide friendships form with people I care about. It doesn’t help that there’s wonderful content all over blogland, too. It’s hard to look away.
A couple years ago, I tried taking weekends off from the blog, and it didn’t work. Notifications amassed, and I spent my Mondays staring at the laptop until my eyeballs shriveled. Days off due to other commitments had similar results – a constant stream of busy-ness of one type or another and days of playing catch-up. My writing time suffered, and my husband started looking like an abandoned puppy.
The question that frequently rambled through my head was, “How does anyone keep this up and not burn out?”
The answer to blog management, for me anyway, seems to be in taking longer breaks than one or two days. Dollie Freeman wrote a short article on the benefits of blogging breaks that rang true: “Avoid Blogger Burnout With Blogging Breaks.” I encourage you to read the full article, but here’s the gist of her advice:
- Don’t work for your blog – let your blog work for you.
- Don’t sacrifice your home life, health, and relationships for the next post, the next series, the next promotion, the next…
- Schedule one week per quarter where you will NOT post anything on your blog. Write ahead and schedule if you’re inspired.
- In addition to one week per quarter, Freeman gives herself 4 additional weeks of unplanned ‘floating’ time to catch up, get ahead, work on a new product or just soak in the things that make her life meaningful.
- Stay grounded and humble. Although your readers are interested in your blog, they aren’t hanging on to your every word. They’ll survive without you.
- Life is too short to live it in front of a screen.
Back to my break!
I’m looking forward to visiting everyone. It’s going to take a few days to make the rounds, but I’ll be by.