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April 9, 2015

Dealing with Blogging Burnout

by Donna Huber

We can all experience burnout from anything that we do regularly. When we are feeling burned out on our jobs we take a vacation. However, as book bloggers we often find it difficult to take a vacation. Blogging is only part of the job, and reading is a huge part of what we do and what do you do when on vacation? Read. So here is are a few tips for dealing with burnout with out having to give up reading all together (or the blogging for that matter).

Take a vacation:

  1. Remember all those free ebooks you picked up on Amazon or Barnes & Noble? Take your vacation week and read them. Not a fan of ebooks? Then stop by the library and check out your favorite author. In other words, read books that you are have not accepted for review. Discover the joy of reading again.
  2. Line up guest bloggers for the week. This can add a bit of work in the planning, but if you are good friends with authors ask them to help you out. Give a deadline so that you will have everything you need in time to schedule the posts.
  3. Set up feature posts. Maybe think of a theme for the week and feature a book each day that fits that theme.
Take a breather:
  1. Take a break from reading and binge watch your favorite television series. 
  2. If you blog every day maybe try to cut back a day or two week for a while.
  3. Take on a contributor. I love being able to share the reviewing duties with my two reviewers and with the 5 features writers there are several days a month I don't have to do any more than format. This has been great for staving off burnout.

Sometimes all we need is a little break to renew our passion for book blogging. However, if you find after a break that you quickly become burned out again or you feel no loss during your break, then it might be time to close this chapter in your reading journey, and there is nothing wrong with that.


  1. When I originally set up my blog, I told myself that I would only blog three days a week and I've held myself to that schedule. Even then, I do feel a little burnout. This year I've asked the ladies of "Broad Universe" to help me out with guest posts once a month. It has been such a blessing to me. I get a little relief and all these wonderful authors are sending in well-written interesting articles. I should have done this long ago. :)

    1. I think anything we do regularly can lead to burnout, even things we do for fun. Adding regular contributors has been one of the best things I've ever done for the blog. I love when I get a week that I only have to write the tips column. It's like a mini-vacation.

  2. Great points. I've been burned out lots since I started blogging. I also found that the longer you've been at blogging, you start to feel the burned around the third year. At least that's what I've been feeling. It's not like the first time when you had so much time on your hands and everything is new. It gets hectic once you've established your blog. And then you have no time to read and blogging just gets tiring. But it's definitely great to not blog some days. The world did not end of you didn't, and you didn't miss much. I hope.