Blogging When “Overwhelmed” is an Understatement
Any blogger who has children, a spouse, a job, or any other combination of life responsibilities will at some point or another become completely overwhelmed.
There are just not enough hours in a day to support the countless activities that are required to run a successful blog and have a life. There will be many nights when after a long day of fulfilling all of your other duties that you will simply decide that sleep is far more important than your latest blog post – and it will be!
Creativity takes energy and time, so you’ll definitely need your fair share of rest, but too many skipped blog posts and soon your blog will begin to fail. Catch too many zzzzz’s and that’s what your A-List blogger dreams will turn into. (Z-list, anyone?)
Blogging is the ultimate catch-22, to succeed you need to spend time and energy that must be balanced against all of your other responsibilities. Some days, you are going to get so overwhelmed that you’ll want to quit – but whatever you do – DON’T QUIT!
When it feels like you’re being pulled in 50 different directions, here are some tips to follow:
Take a break and reflect on what you want to accomplish with your blog. Spend some time writing down your goals and planning how and when you’ll get them done.
Ask yourself some important questions. What are you trying to do with your blog? Why are you working so hard? Are your goals realistic? Are you being impatient? Are you blogging so much that you’re not enjoying your life with family and friends?
Remind yourself of your goals -
Sometimes we get off track and without realizing, we are no longer working towards our goals, but are just working. Make sure the time you spend in front of the computer is spent wisely and is used to accomplish the tasks that will produce the results you want. Beware of spending too much time on social networking sites – it can hinder your productivity if you’re not careful. Give yourself limits and stick to them.
Re-educate what knowledge are you missing -
Sometimes things aren’t working because you don’t have adequate knowledge. Take the time to do a little research about your niche and fill in your informational gaps. Then take what you learn and put it into action right away.
Do something to refresh your motivation. Take a few days off and stay away from the computer to give your mind some time to rest. Many times we force ourselves to do things that we really don’t want to do, and while that is a part of being disciplined, over-doing this can really drain your energy and completely kill creativity.
Stop being so hard on yourself -
Regardless of your goals, you still have to recognize that you are only human and that you don’t have super powers to make things magically happen. Don’t beat yourself up just because things aren’t going the way you want them to.
During an extremely overwhelming move out of state, I had to start working with other bloggers to keep my blog going. Working with a team has actually proved to be the most rewarding thing I’ve done. Now my readers are regularly exposed to new voices and perspectives, including the wonderfully talented owner of this blog
Applying these tips won’t eliminate your responsibilities, but it will allow you to hang in there so you can get your blog to the next level. Before you know it you’ll start seeing results: your traffic will be up; affiliate sales will improve or you’ll have a strong community to support it. It’ll be worth it in the end.
So what do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? How do you keep your blog going when everything around you is going crazy?
Kiesha Easley holds a Masters of Art in English. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo and has been published on Fuelyourblogging.com, Twittip.com, Emaminer.com, Associate Programs, and others. She is the author of We Blog Better and Highly Favored.