Day 12: How do you fight blogger fatigue?
This is a serious issue for me, because I have the attention span of a goldfish and need to keep a treasure chest of ideas, pranks and things to keep myself from falling under. Yet, there are times when I do not successfully manage this, and when that happens, I rely on a system. I have a number of completed drafts in my arsenal and on days when I’m too tired to stick to the schedule or write a post, I throw one of my completed drafts up. Most of the time, this day or two is enough for me to recharge and keep the fatigue at bay (mostly).
But sometimes that doesn’t work, so I have to rely on these things to keep the excitement alive (why does blogging sound like a relationship? It’s like a bad self-help book!):
- Visit other blogs. Read their posts. Be inspired. Get excited, comment, comment, comment. Share the love and write away! Reading posts from other bloggers and seeing their hard work keeps my spirit alive. It’s like, if they can do it, I can too!
- Do small reviews. When I feel blogger fatigue going on, I write a series of small reviews, such as my Double-Trouble reviews, or DNR series. When you’re only writing 100 to 200 words, you don’t feel the fatigue as much and you end up writing more than you’d think.
- Stay away from social media. Blogging is great but it can be draining. You know what’s worse than that? Social media. When I feel the dreaded fatigue coming on, I keep blogging but I stay away from Twitter or FB for a while. It gives my introverted batteries a chance to recharge. I know this is taboo for some, but it is just the internet and there is a real world outside of it.
- Do something that doesn’t involve a book. I tend to go to the movies, or go by a friends house and fling myself on their bed and say, no more! No more books! Even if it is for one night or day, it stops things from getting worse and it’s a break. We book bloggers are not mythical gods, we get tired. We must remember this.
- Recognize when you’re getting tired or fatigued with your blog. I know this is a bit obvious, but sometimes it just hits you and you’re just left there, wanting nothing to do with your blogging baby. Well, if you recognize the symptoms, you can launch an offensive attack. Yes.
Ta-Da! These are my 5 recommendations for staying sane while blogging.