Most bloggers, at some point in their blogging career, experience burnout.  I have, for sure.  Burnout is horrible – you don’t feel motivated to write, you don’t know what to write, your blog-related email inbox is intimidating, and it all feels like too much.  You might seriously consider quitting, and you wonder if anyone out there really cares and if it’s worth it.

You may absolutely love your blog and your readers, but as with anything you love that takes effort, if you don’t pace yourself you’ll find yourself on the fast track to burnout.

I would like to share some of what I’ve learned in my two years of blogging.  I’ve fallen into the mom blogger crazy rat race before, but then I discovered that I needed an attitude change.  I’m writing this for you and me – if I write it down then maybe it’ll stay in my head and I won’t find myself dragging myself to my computer half-heartedly.  Since I’ve changed my attitude, blogging has been so much fun for me!  I have been able to write and schedule posts, make time for online communities and connecting with my readers, and I’m having fun doing it!  I really hope that the following thoughts help you do the same:

Find What Works for You!

♦  There are many articles online sharing tips and rules for running a “successful blog”.  Many of the tips are great, and I think it’s a good idea to expand your knowledge, but they’re not always realistic for you. Find what works for you and go with it!

♦  One of those rules is posting every day.  I have read that you should post every day to keep your readers engaged and your traffic up, but sometimes it just isn’t practical.  Believe me, I have a two-year-old and I know.  It’s better to post less often and have something to say that people want to hear than to post more often and not have good content. Many popular blogs post only 3 or 4 times a week, even less – and they have a great following.

♦  Remember that every blog is unique – I’ve noticed that the popular blogs are run differently.  The things that make them popular are usually personality and good content.

Review Bloggers, This is For You.

♦  If you are a reviewer, keep a list of the reviews you need to write either on a calendar, on your computer as a Word file, or as a Google document.  Don’t try to remember this stuff, or you’ll go crazy.  ;-)

♦  Schedule time to write your reviews, either a certain time frame (for example: every night for a couple hours after your children go to bed) or follow a schedule.  Find out what works for you!

♦  Don’t take on too much.  If it’s reviews, figure out how much you can take on before it starts feeling like you’re sinking slowly in a muddy mire.  ;-)  Limit yourself to that certain number of reviews a month.

Make Sure You’re Having Fun

♦  Make time for the fun stuff!  For me, it’s commenting on friends’ blogs, social networking with Twitter and Facebook, participating in forums, and writing posts like these.  Offline fun includes taking walks with my daughter, crafting, reading, and watching The Office reruns.  ;-)

♦  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  And I mean stats.  If you’re checking more than twice a week, you might be thinking about it a bit much.  Unless it’s just fun for you to check out keywords, where people are coming from, etc.

♦  Think about what stresses you out, and do it LESS.  This is your blog, it’s supposed to be fun!

If you’re starting to think about quitting or taking on a co-author so you’ll have less responsibility, you might want to take a step back and think about your blogging philosophy.  Chances are that you’ve put a lot of work into getting where you’re at now – do you really want to lose it all?  A change of attitude might be all you need to make it fun again!  Believe me, your readers don’t want to lose you.  I’ve seen popular mom bloggers quit only to come back when they’ve discovered how much they love it!

Take a break!

If you need to, take a short blog break!  Or cut way down on the reviews for awhile.  Give yourself time to think.  Doing this has helped me so much, and I’ve found myself thinking of more content-full posts I want to write much more often, too.  It’s like taking a vacation and coming back refreshed.  So worth it.  :-)

Do you have any tips or advice for bloggers to add to this list, things you’ve learned along the way?
What makes blogging fun for you?

Read about my blog burnout experience here:
The Joys and Trials of Being a Mom Blogger


26 Responses to Realistic Blogging Commitments for Mom Bloggers

  • I have a lot of blogs, so my goal is to post to each one at least once a week. Occasionally, I fall behind on some though.
    .-= moonduster (Becky)´s last blog ..Maintenance Mode =-.

    • I don’t think I would want to manage more than one blog! Though I have some ideas for more… I try to quiet my mind when those ideas come, though. lol I don’t have time!

  • Love this post, as I feel exactly the same! I have experienced burnout over my 2 years of blogging too, and tend to work in cycles where I do a bunch of reviews, then back off for a while. Believe me, there are times when I’ve considered just deleting the blog due to my own pressures of keeping up with posts (along with a 2 year old). Though I find that I pressure myself more than my imagined readers, so I’ve learned to just let it go. I often tell myself that the world won’t end if I take a week off! It’s not surgery or anything life saving.
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..easter weekend 2010 =-.

    • You’re so right – I think many of us think we’re failing our readers if we don’t post more often. I doubt readers even notice, though mine might notice a week.

      I’d probably wonder what happened to you if I didn’t see an email newsletter for Katydid and Kid for a week, but I wouldn’t really notice until I DID see it again because I’m so busy! Then I would just be really glad to see you posting again. :-)

  • Thank you for this post. I was just thinking that do I need to be posting everyday, and you put it all in perspective.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Earth Day Booklist for Toddler’s =-.

    • I’m so so glad! It’s not fun beating yourself up over something like not blogging often enough. It’s the quality that matters! :-)

  • Yes, fabulous post! I would love to republish at Top Mom Blogger! Let me know (email me).

    Also, i got a popup when i entered your site for a cool mom guide asking me for a password. thought you would want to know

    .-= trisha´s last blog ..Franky and Daisy Girls swimsuits =-.

    • I would love for you to share this at Top Mom Blogger! Emailing you now. :-)

      I’ll see what I can do about the popup… I’m not getting it! Is anyone else?

  • I think the beauty of mom blogs is there’s so much flexibility. You can post when you want and readers will come back. I have a deal blog and there’s no point in having it if I’m not putting up the best deals in a timely manner :)

  • Great post! I am so guilty of falling behind and then being burnt out and when that happens I wonder why I do it to myself to begin with! You offered some great advice that we should all take to heart and follow!
    .-= Allison ´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday…Kisses =-.

  • I agree whole heartedly about the “post everyday rule”. I have stopped reading some blogs that just throw in filler posts, to say they have one.

    We all find ourselves writing a review on occasion for a product that we are well aware doesn’t make for the most exciting reading, but I have seen the blogger equivalent of calling everyone they know, to say they just blew their nose…lol

    Trust me people, some stuff just isn’t worth blogging.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Bad Bangs =-.

  • Great stuff and so true. It’s easy to feel alone when you’re burned out, but reading s post like this helps us all realize that we are not alone and there’s comfort in that. Burnout happens to us all. Making sure you’re having fun and taking a break…couldn’t agree more! Thanks for sharing your thoughs.

  • I totally get what you saying 110%. I, myself got overwhelmed with reviews. I bit off more than I could chew. Yeah, I now understand the “rat race” of mom bloggerhood. It almost feels like mom bloggers are all competeing on who can review the best stuff. If you’re only in it for the free stuff, moms will eventually get bored and move on to the next thing. I actually re-did my website to more personally suite me. I put pictures up of all my 4 kids and remodeled my site.

    We ALL need some personality in our blogs.

  • I schedule days off … and weeks off. Bloggers need vacations and breaks too.

  • I just adore talking, which is why I blog. To be honest, like most, I got into doing reviews for the free stuff, but since I started I have found how much I love discovering new companies and brands. I’ve always preferred small mom and pop businesses to huge corporations, and blogging has connected me with so many fantastic businesses and business owners, I love it. I am also surprised at how much I love knowing about the newest stuff – for example, my sister is pregnant, due in august, and my mom said something about “It’s funny how many more products they have for babies now than they did when I was having \kids. they even have wipes that are designed for wiping noses – they’re called booger wipes or something’ and im like ‘BOOGIE WIPES! YEAH, I see those on blogs all the time!’. Stuff like that just happens a lot now, and it’s surprising to me how much I enjoy knowing about all the new stuff.

    I also have been opened up to the world of being eco-friendly and couponing. I follow several eco friendly/natural blogs and now find myself saying things like “It’s really NOT cool that they use these nicer “cooler” 3d glasses now – think about all that plastic that is just being thrown away! the cardboard ones were fine for the purposes of watching one 2 hour movie’

    I ramble so much – I told you I love to talk! Hehe :)

  • You were absolutely right, I did need to come and read this post. I do sometimes (most the time) put too much pressure on myself when it comes to my blog. I appreciate this post!
    .-= clueless Mama´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday….I Think We Found Nemo! =-.

  • I complete agree about the burn out! One reason is that I maintain, or try to at least, two blogs. I have a partner at the second and we just opened it up to two regular contributors. Which I am totally okay with, they both bring their expertise on education. How do you respond when readers, if they do this to you, write in and ask why you are or aren’t posting on a certain topic.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Come Join Me on BlogFrog & Exciting News =-.

  • Great post!
    .-= Virginia from Lady V dZine´s last blog ..EtsyMom Spring Gift Guide =-.

  • I think that those are great ideas, I myself for that last couple of months have been experiencing a burnout and am trying to find my thing or lift to get me out it!
    .-= Sharon @ My Musings and Stuff!´s last blog ..Ready for a Date Night? =-.

  • I absolutely LOVE this post. I’ve been through burnout quite a few times and it’s always good to remind yourself why you started blogging and get back to that.
    .-= Cat @ 3 Kids and Us´s last blog ..Boudreaux’s Rash Protector Review =-.

    • You were the one I was thinking of that quit and then came back! You were missed way too much. A void in the blogosphere. I’m so glad you came back!

  • Hi Lindsey, I commented above and the more I thought about what you had to say, the more I got to thinking about burnout in schooling at home. I linkied to your blog in my blog post for today. Thanks for the great ideas and the reminder to have fun.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Schooling at home…BURNOUT =-.

  • Great post with advice I need to remind myself to follow :)
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Me, Interrupted… =-.

  • These are all such great points. I saved myself a lot of stress by not forcing myself to stick to a strict posting schedule. I’m a freelance writer, and I just don’t have time to do it ALL on top of taking care of my family.
    .-= Mary@Everyday Baby Steps´s last blog ..Recovery Products for Cosmetic Procedures =-.

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