It has been pretty clear that I have been neglecting this blog for quite some time now. It isn’t something I love to admit, but I have really pushed this to the back and always seem to skip over anything on my to-do list(s) that have to do with blogging.
 
There are a few reasons for my absence in the last couple months… work has been busy (but awesome!), heartache, and just life in general.

But, I’m back! 
 
Since I write a lot at work, sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit down and write out even one blog post. So I figured, that might actually make a great blog post: how to make time for blogging when you don’t feel like you have it. (‘It’ being any creativity left for the day, or ‘it’ being the time? For me, it’s a little of both a lot of the time.)
 
But, I’m sure that’s me getting into my own head and just being a tad lazy from time-to-time. So, what should you do when you are hitting a creative block or how can you find the time to push out a, still quality, blog post when you’re busy?
 
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Write in advance
 We all know this one and we all know it doesn’t always work. I’m going to start making this work for me again by cutting down how often I want to start posting again. Instead of trying to get a post out 3-5 times a week. I’m striving for up to three posts. Writing three posts throughout the week, or on a weekend, is definitely manageable!
 
Sit down and start writing
 It’s exactly what I did with this post. Honestly, I posted a story to my Snapchat and one of my favorite East Coast gals, Sara, messaged me right away telling me to WRITE! To just do it! I told her maybe I’d start a post tonight (and didn’t honestly think I would). I do love how motivating and inspiring she has always been for me, so I did as she said and started writing. (I knew she was right when she said, “it will make you feel better.” And you know what, DUH! She was right.)
 
Write down your ideas
 There are so many times that I come up with a great blog idea but am in no position to actually sit down and write the blog. That’s when I put it into Evernote. That way when I am ready to start typing my heart out, I have a list of ideas to go to if I am hitting a creative wall.
 
Remember why you started
 For me, it feels great to hear from all of you gals about how much you appreciate these posts and how helpful you find them. I love to be able to share my thoughts, experiences and insights, and connect with you all! And, of course, for all the posts that are not PR+career related, it just feels good to write. Just like Sara said, “Do it! It will make you feel better.”
 
Now, I want to hear from you! Jump over to Twitter and tell me, how do you make sure you carve out time in your week to keep up with your writing? And, if you start slacking as hard as I have, how did you get motivated to jump back in?
 
xo rachel

3 Comments on Overcoming Blogger Burnout

  1. Olivia Adams
    October 28, 2014 at 11:33 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Rachel! I totally feel you, girl! I've been feeling the same way about blogging lately, especially because my job requires me to write at least 3 blog posts per day for work. I love writing, but at the end of the day I'm always too drained to think about writing for my blog.

    I've found it super helpful to just embrace my inspiration spurts and take advantage of them whenever possible. I've found when I write when I feel like it, I can write better posts. However, if I'm lacking inspiration, I think of a list of blog post ideas and try to write at least one!

    I think it's so ironic how I work in PR, create content schedules, and write all the time — yet I can't even create a content calendar for my own blog, lol! Maybe it's a sign that the reason we don't blog as much is that we don't want to get burned out.

    Wow, so I just rambled a lot! But thank you for sharing this post!

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  2. Rachel Laitala
    October 29, 2014 at 12:52 am (3 years ago)

    Haha, I feel ya! This post was very spur of the moment, but I think it helped get me back into the groove of writing. I still don't have a calendar for my own blog either. Maybe that is part of my problem! 😉

    It is nice to know that I'm not the only one feeling this way! I was talking to my mom about it though and she brought up a good point – maybe actually doing it will open up this creative part of our brains that I know I don't use as much as before. It's a good outlet to take my mind off work, but still be creative in a little bit of a different way. (Even though my brain might feel like mush, even as I write this comment. Haha.) So, it is a good release or going to burn us out?? Finding that middle ground is key. 😉

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  3. Mike
    November 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm (3 years ago)

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