This is a LONG DELAYED post on my reflections from a workshop I attended with Martine de Luna last September 2014 on Blissful Blogging : How to Get Rid of Blogging Burnout”.
I’ve been blogging since late 2013 and I must say I was a little bit surprised that I am actually still blogging (not as often as I had hoped, but I am still at it). I decided to attended the workshop not so much because I was burned out already but it was getting to be a struggle to blog.
At that time, it was getting to the point that I was dreading weekends because I was either feeling guilty for not having a new blog post or stressed because I have not yet taken a photo of my latest creation. I decided to sign up because blogging is important to me. Blogging is my way to share my art to encourage others to keep creating.
After the workshop, a Skype session with Martine and several more weeks following through, let me share what I’ve learned so far:
- Revisit your process (Martine had several tips but at the end of the day, you have to find what works for you. In my case, these worked for me)
- Always be ready: Make lists, maximize Evernote (one of my favorite app ever!)
- Incorporate my BLOG to-do’s in daily to-do’s
- Organize blog-related activities like I do at work (Duh! How did I NOT know that?!!)
- Keep it simple
- I don’t need to have a long essay for every blog post
- More pictures + fewer words = 1 blog post
- Break it up
- If there are several stories in a creative activity, I can have more than one blog post
- Accept and work with the GIVENS, don’t use them as excuses
- I will always be busy at work and at home
- I am not a great writer. So what?
- I’m not the best photographer but I can improve (but I do need to practice and learn)
- Ask for help
- I attended a workshop
- As a follow-up, I am working with a consultant to help keep me on track
- I have a tribe / support group to keep me going
Do you have your own struggles? What else can you share to keep going?