Not too long after I started my blog I was sitting with the two seasoned bloggers that I knew. One of them asked the other, “Have you burned out yet?”
“No,” answered the other.
“You will!” exclaimed the first one with authority.
I have always thought about that conversation and wondered when and if it would ever hit me. The entire blogging experience has been so much fun in so many ways.
Somewhere in the last three months though, burnout finally hit. Blogging had become all work and way too much of it. I’d been feeling burnout coming on for several months.
My husband changing jobs and all the stress that came along with it–for both of us, the stress of another pregnancy, sickness, traveling for the holidays, and always having the deadline of another blog post each day just all became overwhelming. I was exhausted and wanted to go lie down and read a book or take a nap while the kids slept, not go to the computer and work during every free minute.
After three plus years of blogging every single day, I have decided to cut back to five days a week for a while. I’ve cut back not only on the number of posts, but the amount of time I spend blogging altogether. It has been so needed and freeing during this busy time. Already I find that love of blogging returning. The love of sharing our last laugh is coming back and instead of dreading writing my next post as I felt for a while, the anticipation and joy are coming back. At this point I’m not sure if this will be a temporary schedule, but for right now it’s working great! So that’s what’s been happening in our neck of the woods…
I’m glad to know. The last couple of weekends I’ve been concerned 🙂 Good for you for doing what’s necessary.
I’m so proud of you for recognizing that you need to take care of YOU! We will still be here reading when you need a break. Take care, friend!
I noticed that shortly after you announced that you had blogged every single day for three years that there were gaps in the posts. I kind of thought you may be burning out! Glad you were able to do something about it.
Proud of you!
alice chase says
Good for you! Blogging should be a blessing to you not a burden. I’m glad you are not giving up though- I like reading your work. Stay happy my friend. 🙂
Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food for Moms says
Yay Esther…I’m feeling a little burn out myself..For me I think it’s the after holiday thing..plus we’ve had sickness and birthdays..BUT I too have cutting back..a little 🙂 I knew you were my mentor for a reason! Love to your family as you rest during this time. I pray God will refresh you and make you strong! Glad you are feeling a bit better to 🙂 <3
Susan Evans says
Take a break if you need it. We all love you!