How I fell back in love with Blogging – the burn-out aftermath

How i fell back in love with blogging

Hello friends,

A few weeks ago, when I talked about book blogging pressures, I mentioned how in Summer 2018 I had my worst blogging burn-out to date and was even considering quitting my blog altogether. And I thought that I would go from there and explain what helped me get out of that state of mind and love creating content on here like I did when I first started.

Back in 2017, after a *mild* burn-out, I wrote a post all about the blogging burn-out and although both these post are quite similar, I’m taking this one from a different angle, because whereas the previous one was burn-out specific and pretty general advice, the one I’m writing today is all about what worked for me personally to fall back in love with blogging, and it’s not really burn-out specific because you can always burn-out without falling out of love with it and vice versa. I feel like I’m rambling and not making much sense but ANYWAY.  Here’s me being candid about how I beat my struggles in the hopes that it will be helpful to someone out there who needed this post.

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This is the best thing you can do when you fall out of love with any of your hobbies/passions. That distance from it will either show you how much you miss it or how much you’ve grown out of it, whatever the answer is, it’ll help you take a few steps in the right direction. Also, that break will help give your creative juices a good kick and when you’re ready to come back you can do it with a lot of fresh idea that inspire you and that you’re ready to share with the world.

Back in July and August, I took a complete break from blogging, I didn’t write a single post during those two months. Sure, a few posts went up but those were scheduled in June. In those two months, I took a complete and clean break from my blog. No writing posts, no checking stats, no blog hopping, no replying to comments. NOTHING. I even took a step back from posting on Instagram. The only platform I was still fully active on was Twitter and I didn’t even tweet much about books since I also didn’t read much. It was basically a waiting game, I waited it out until I got that blogging urge again during the last week of August and even then, I eased my way back into it and only wrote posts when I felt inspired. My blogging experience has only gone up from there.

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Y’all know I follow my blogging schedule almost religiously, I only stray from it in extreme cases or if I have an additional post that does not fit into the schedule. So it might seem that I’m ANYTHING but relaxed about my blogging. That being said, when I first came back to the blog, I wasn’t strict about my schedule and didn’t really respect it, but as time went by, I found myself naturally leaning back towards the schedule and being able to write according to it. The most important part though and what made a huge difference for me is that I stopped pressuring myself to put out posts in their assigned days and beating myself up when I didn’t. Which weirdly only made me follow the schedule more.

I think what helped is that I’m not *scared* to miss a posting day anymore, which means I don’t stress myself and rush to posting so I actually enjoy the writing and scheduling process a whole of a lot more. In the past few months, I’ve only missed one day (Friday a couple of weeks ago) and it was…fine. I felt I couldn’t bring myself to write a post so I didn’t, and when I got around to writing that review (for The Weight of the Stars, if anyone is curious), I was actually really proud of it.

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I think I’ve mentioned this in a post before (I…can’t remember which) but for a while back then, I wrote what I *thought* people wanted to read because I wanted to be relatable and appeal to my readers, and didn’t really listen to myself or what mattered to ME, which means that I completely lost interest in anything and everything I wrote, my voice didn’t come across in my posts and I was just all over not proud of them at all and rereading them now kind of makes me sad lol.

Truth is though, people started following my blog and reading my content when I talked about whatever the heck I wanted to talk about, and according to them, they enjoyed it so I came to the realization that it doesn’t matter what people want to see because different people want different things, and no matter the content you end up putting out there it will find its audience so why not just write about things I cared about? And I not only started having a LOT of fun writing my posts but these posts attracted way more people than the posts I wrote when I was trying to please people who aren’t me.

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See, reading is originally our hobby, but reviewing books can make it feel like a job a lot of the time, which can make it draining and lose its original appeal that made us start blogging about it to begin with. Defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Which is why I stopped reviewing every book I read. I started finding myself with a huge backlog of books to review because I couldn’t review as fast as I read AND reviewing became a chore because I didn’t always have a ton to say about some books and have to squeeze my brain like a freaking lemon to get the words out.

What I do now is:

  1. I don’t review audiobooks unless it’s a special case of books that I really *have* to talk about (The Poet X and A Heart in a Body in the World are two examples). I listen to audiobooks solely for enjoyment which takes the pressure off of being super critical.
  2. If I find myself lacking words to review a book, a book that left me feeling “meh” but that wasn’t objectively bad, and it’s not a book I got for review, I don’t review it either. It’s not worth the trouble. Same goes for books that hit close to home and that I can’t review without putting too much or myself out there or word vomit my emotions.

And that’s all I have for today, friends. There’s really no secret to it, the key is to not let it take over your life and have a more relaxed approach to blogging. I hope this helps someone out there ❤


That’s it until next time.

What are some of *your* tips to fall in love with blogging again?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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34 thoughts on “How I fell back in love with Blogging – the burn-out aftermath

  1. Oh my gosh the squeezing your brain like a lemon line 👌 I relate to that so much! Sometimes even when it’s a book that polarizes you – you love it or you hate it – it’s so hard to find something to say. I feel like that about other posts sometimes too and do exactly what you said earlier, take a step back and come back later.

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  2. this is such a lovely post. i think a break is SUPER necessary when burn out happens. and if you decide you don’t want to go back to blogging that’s fine. i’ve found a more relaxed stance and not feeling guilty about everything is just the way to go for me. i dont want to feel obligated to do anything, i just want to post content i love. i adore your blog and posts so much ❤

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  3. These are such amazing tips, Fadwa, thank you so much for sharing them, definitely keeping this post in my bookmarks for when I need a reminder and to share it later, too. ❤ I always find it so hard to take a step back, but I feel like it's the n°1 thing to do when you're feeling burned out. It's so important to take that step back and, naturally, you'll find yourself coming back with more ideas, renewed creative juices for sure or, well, you'll find out that you don't miss it all that much and in both cases, it's good because you'll know where you stand :)Lovely post!! 🙂

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  4. This is a good post, Fadwa. Reading is supposed to be something we want to do, and if it isn’t because of pressure we put on ourselves, I agree, it does defeat the purpose. It is okay to take a break every now and then and I LOVE your blog. So, just post what is important to you, and you will find you do have an audience and enjoy yourself.

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  5. This is just what I needed right now so thank you! I am there….and I can relate so much!

    I’m going to have a little break too I think and just post what I want to, not what I think people want to see ❤

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  6. What you said about reading for pleasure vs. reviewing as a job really hit home for me. Every since I started blogging again, I’ve felt like I ~need~ to review every book I read in some form or another…but the reality is that nobody reads every single review any one person ever writes on Goodreads or their blog anyway. I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing reviews, but I definitely want to stop forcing myself to read books I don’t want to read, or write reviews for books when I really don’t have much to say about them.

    I’m really glad you came back from your long break…but I’m mostly glad that you’re having fun with blogging again, and that you’re writing about things you want to write about. ❤

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    • I love writing reviews and forcing myself to write them even when i’m not inspired too sucks the joy out of it and it’s just not worth it to me. I highly encourage you to read the books you want to read and review those you want to interview, that’s the only way to keep loving what you’re doing.

      Thank you so much ❤

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  7. That is really awesome that you were able to change your mindset and find the pleasure of blogging again! I went through a similar shift late last year, too, and since then, I’ve really enjoyed blogging a lot more. There are still instances where it feels more like a job than a passion, so I’m still working on trying to treat reading as less as a job and remember I do it because I love it.

    I hope you continue to enjoy it! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Love that you wrote out a post like this. Blogging can be so hard and when you’re not in the right mindset, it’s nearly impossible to shake it off. After blogging for so long, I always feel like I’m consistently dipping in and out of moods re: burning out or not. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Thank you for being so honest. Blogging can be difficult – I don’t post nearly as much as you and I still feel the burnout. I still feel like I don’t have anything to talk about, to contribute to the community. I blog because I still enjoy it, but idk, sometimes I wonder if I have anything real to say? Am I making sense? Lol.

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  10. I so agree, because not too long ago I felt that blogging was becoming a burden, and I kept pushing it and posting less-than content because I felt like I had do. I definitely wish I had this post at the time, it would’ve shown me my mistakes. Also, I’m glad that you’re back in the swing of things. Great post.

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  11. Thank you so much for this post! I love your blog so much, and how you put out quality posts with quality graphics all the time 💕💗 I think all of these advices are great, and I will definitely come back to this post from time to time!

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  12. I can so relate with everything you’ve done here. I’ve not been burned out recently so much as super busy and uninspired, but I’ve also adopted these mindsets overtime, like not reviewing a book if I don’t have many thoughts on it or not sticking to a schedule (and then wishing I had, lol). ^_^

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  13. I’m so glad that you were able to bounce back from that burnout! I’ve only been blogging for about a little more than a year and fortunately haven’t had a burnout yet but if I do I’m definitely coming back to this lovely post :)))

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  14. Aahh Fadwa, I really love this post because it resonates with a lot of what I’m going through right now!! I think for me, the not stressing out about not posting on schedule thing isn’t working. It would have been great before since I stressed myself out waaay too much about not posting on the right day, but now it’s just made me lazier lmao! But I’ve started reading again for pleasure now and even though it means I have a lot of review copies to catch up on, I feel more motivated to read

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    • I hope you get out of that funk soon, it sucks ❤ and i definitely understand how that can make you lazier, i’m definitely the same, i would slack A LOT without a set schedule. And yaay! Honestly all you can do in these circumstances is find your love for reading again, Arcs can wait!

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  15. I actually related more to this post than I thought!
    First of all, having to squeeze my head to write a review was very much part of my routine back in the day. I also wrote reviews for pretty much 90% of the books I read and most of the time I didn’t even have that much to talk about. Like, it was fun, that’s it. I don’t feel intensely about each book I read, so now I only write long reviews for a few of the books I read.
    Another thing I did that was very stupid and I realize now it took away a lot of my enjoyement from blogging is that I worried a lot more than I should about the pictures I was going to use. I like taking away photos of my books for my reviews and I’d worry so much about how they would look, how they wouldn’t have the same font or cover as the American edition so no one would recognize it, and how pictures of physical books look better than e-books… It was all a big amount of pressure that ultimately didn’t matter. I take only a couple pictures now for my reviews and I’m much more laid back about how they look.
    Taking a time off of blogging was absolutely needed. It allowed me to look at the big picture and take notes of what was working and made me happy and what wasn’t. It for sure made me fall back in love with the entire process now!

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    • Ohhh yes i remember having that issue too when I used stock pictures (i didn’t take my own pictures back then) but then i made the decision to stop using pictures all together. I might incorporate my own pictures at one point again, but as of right now I’d rather not because i’m trying to avoid any added stress haha. Especially since I read a majority ebooks and editing pictures with the cover takes a bit of time.
      I’m glad taking time off worked for you tho ❤

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