In a couple of months, I will be celebrating 9 years of blogging. I have discovered during all this time blogging that my burnout in blogging tends to coincide with life ... when life gets crazy. Sometimes it has been during one of my many moves. More recently, it has come with trying to juggle starting a new job, returning to school for a couple of classes, dealing with a loved one's diagnosis with dementia, and more. I find that I just lack the time to write, but I rarely lose the desire to write and blog. I always have lots of books and ideas to write about. But, life has to take priority, and the blog gets put on the back burner.
When this life burnout happens, I take some time away from the blog. As inspiration strikes, I make a note. I still try to write behind the scenes. And, I always try to read a little bit every day. When I finally find the time to blog again, then I have my notes of inspiration and writings to refer to.
In addition, at the end of every year, I try to evaluate my current features on the blog. I look at my priorities for the blog. And, I make changes necessary to move forward. Sometimes, the new features continue. Sometimes, they don't. I just go with my gut, and write from my heart. I blog what I feel like, when I feel like, and try not to let the pressures get to me. And, continuing to converse with my fellow bloggers throughout it all continues to energize me and want to be a better blogger. Afterall, it is the community that has kept me around for this long and it will be the community that keeps me around for a long time to come!
What strategies do you utilize for preventing and/or dealing with blogger burnout?