Blogger Confession: Why I take weekends off!

April 27, 2012 Blogger Confession 39

Blogger Burnout!

It happens to us all at one time or another.  It could last a couple of days, weeks, or in some cases make you quit all together.  None of us want it to happen but acknowledging that it does can help you stave off the book blogger blues!

That was some advice I got from a NY Lifestyle blogger friend of mine 4 years ago.  Seriously this was the best advice I ever got “acknowledge that it happens, then you can be prepared”.  What came next was just sheer brilliance on my friend’s part: take weekends off! “T” is just brilliant and if she was still blogging for fun I would just make her come here to tell you herself.  Now that b*atch is getting paid to blog (plus she reads this so I know she is sitting there giggling)!

So why take weekends off?  Well for a couple of reasons actually…

  1. Did you know that in the world of internet stats that weekends (just like on TV) are the “lowest rated” browsed times?  This runs from Friday to Sunday.  Not to say that people don’t browse the internet during that time but if you are going to take time off anyway –it is good info to have!
  2. From Wikipedia: A work week that is too long will result in earning more money at the cost of stressrelated health problems as well as a “drought of leisure.”  Now I kind of approach this with even my beloved book blogging hobby.  I believe that you need a break in order to take a breather from the stress-related pressures of blogging.  It pretty much can have the same cause/risk issues.  You may get more books to review BUT there is a big chance you will also have headaches and stress related issues.  It isn’t a job but it does take time and dedication. You take time off work–remember to take time for yourself away from blogging.
  3. This one is kind of just my selfish thing but I have a hard time coming up with 7 days worth of content.  I admit it—I am just not that brilliant.  5 days worth of content is just about right for me.
  4. It gives me time to catch up on my other hobbies: TV and Crochet!
  5. I have more time to be goofy on Twitter.  During the week I squeeze in 5 min here and 5 min there.  I just have fun on the weekends.
  6. It gives my head a break!  I work a 50 hour work week and spend 10 hours on my blog (give or take)–that doesn’t count reading or visiting blogs.  At the end of the week, I am pretty much a zombie!  Seriously it is not pretty!
  7. I have adopted a much healthier lifestyle than when I started blogging.  That means more time in the kitchen and at the gym.  One of those I like and the other I force myself to do!  You have seen my pinterest, it is pretty easy to know which one I like LOL
  8. My dogs start looking at my computer like it might make a good fire hydrant if I stay at it too long!  They demand snuggle dog time!
  9. My friends like to see me occasionally
  10. Really it was just really good advice that I am glad I took!

So how do you ward off the book blogging blues?  Any tips/tricks you want to share?

(“T” you really aren’t a b*atch…you are a LUCKY b*atch *smootches*)

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Felicia is just your average gal from Texas that loves Audiobooks with a passion! She can wine them, dine them, and love them forever. Her favorite genres: Cozy Mysteries, Thrillers, Romance of all kinds, Zombies, Urban Fantasy, and the occasional Historical Fiction. You may also find her reading on her kindle when a book hasn't been released in audio form yet! In her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children named after book characters: Tonks a beautiful Lab/Pyr mix (Farm Rescue), Lizzie a beautiful cattle dog mix (Pound Pup), and Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Pound Pup). She also spends times with friends, family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.

In her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children both named after book characters: Tonks a beautiful Lab/Pyr mix and Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix.She also spends times with friends, family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.

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39 Responses to “Blogger Confession: Why I take weekends off!”

  1. DarkEva

    Interesting post, Felicia :-) Long-time blog follower, first-time commenter. In addition to my blog, I review for a few other websites so I used to work away on weekends + weeknights but I’ve got a more organized schedule and even though I use Sunday for planning the week ahead, you’re absolutely right about weekend stats being down. I think every blogger has a different schedule and burnout is all too real, but thumbs up to taking weekends off, something I think more folks need to follow ;-)

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      I totally agree that burnout is all too real and can happen to anyone :) Everyone should create their own “weekends” and take some time to be outside of the blog!

  2. Alexis

    Last year when people talked about blog burnout I was like “whaa!! But it’s so fun.” Now I’m a bit more realistic. I actually set posts once a week about 3-4 weeks in advance. I so I kind of spend more time commenting and reading…and studying. I used to stare at my blog every day and try to think of content for the next day. Or think all day about the what would go up. I got burnt out just stressing about the posts daily. Burn out is very real. I don’t even look at the blog on some days. I just check my email and read the comments. I need to do better at replying to comments more quickly.

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      Blogger burnout comes in waves! Most of the time it isn’t blogging but writing reviews. I never realized just how exhausting they could be if you put thought into them LOL

  3. Amy

    I’ve come to terms with if I have a day without content the world will not end. I do usually do my blogging on Sundays. During the week is hard for me between work, part time tutoring and my kid’s activities. So I usually try to hammer out a weeks’s worth on Sunday. Which does suck if the weather is nice. But it is the day that my hubby does the grocery shopping and tends to fall asleep watching races on the couch, so it I can sneak it in without losing too much family time. If he snoring, I’m typing.

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      It is funny how the world does not end? I am a little disappointed that it doesn’t at least give a big heavy *sigh* LOL :)

      I think we all put pressure on ourselves way more than other bloggers put on us. :) :) :)

  4. Tara SG (25 Hour Books)

    I think it goes without saving that I was a victim of blogging burnout. I’m sooooo happy that you’ve found something to help you avoid this terrible fate :)

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      ((((((( hugs )))))))))))))

      I know you did. I almost did last year too. (I am pretty sure all my reviews sounded the same if you look at them from March 2011 to Sept 2011).

      I am glad you are back!

  5. Smash Attack

    I post on Sundays for Clock Rewinders, but I definitely work on bloggy stuff more on the weekends because the weekdays is difficult. So yea, working 7 days a week is difficult. The blog doesn’t yet feel like work for me, but when it does, your advice will come in handy!

  6. Tina

    I was so burned out, I took an entire month of from writing reviews…:) Im hoping in May I come back to blogging refreshed.

    I have a feature that runs Saturday….and Im normally on at weird times when I check friends blogs…however I have vowed to take 2 days off when I dont do anything blogger related….usually Sundays and Fridays…..:D

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      That I think is the key! Listen to your inner voice and figure where you need a break!!!!

      You were great at planning though—:) Your month off didn’t look like a month off! You rocked it.

      Me–if I take a month off you will notice LOL :) It will be like crickets in a field on a country night.

  7. blodeuedd

    I take Friday’s off, I am just too tired to check blogs so that is what I do todya, I catch up on blogs on Saturdays and these days I do not post on weekends. only if I am late with something.

    Do good advice

  8. Shonda

    Great post! I’ve noticed my blog suffers the most when things are crazy at work. It’s always the first thing to get neglected unfortunately. As a result, I tend to do most of my review writing, scheduling for the next week and commenting on other blogs on the weekends. I can’t fit everything in during the weeknights. Like you, thinking of content for every day is hard. I also have to realize each week may be different. I’ve learned to not beat myself up for weeks that I only post 1 review or participate in 1 meme. Life happens and I just have to jump back in again when I can. It took me a long time to get to this point!

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      Mine too! In general my blog falls behind work, family, and friends in my priority list. When work is crazy, my blog is very empty or occasional. I remind myself all the time it is a hobby :)

  9. Kristin Clifton

    You forgot Summer is coming!!! Oh, wait! It’s summer all the time in Texas, isn’t it? Except for those freak ice/snow storms :)

    Great inspirational post! I love it for the comment’s conversations as much as the post. I wish I had more time to post during the week so I’m exactly the opposite as you. But that’s the difference in my lifestyle.

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      LOL yes it is FREAKING SUMMER HERE ALL THE FREAKING TIME! That is when I hibernate and actually read more. I would never get reading done if I live in South Dakota–I love winter :)

      I think the conversations have been fantastic!

  10. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I was/ still am a bit burned out so I started taking weekends off too. It’s helped. I have been dealing with other stressors so I really need to take them off. Right now the only thing that really goes up is either authors that want the weekend time or winner lists. I figured those are fine on the weekends. I am still trying to carve out time for other things but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ve passed on books I really want to read. I’m so happy to have AimeeKay to help out. Otherwise I’d be totally sunk!

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      I love that AimeeKay helps you and not just because she rocks. Burn out happens to us all :) I have had it happen and luckily taking off a week here/there solves it LOL

  11. Heidi

    I agree with this post but I always run a Saturday review just because I can’t squish in three reivews during the week. However it is posted in the computer on Thursday or Friday so I don’t even have to think about the blog until the following week.

  12. Missie, The Unread Reader

    Felicia, since starting my blog, a little more than two years ago, I’ve made myself a promise that I’d take weekends off, and yes, I’ve occasionally blogged on the weekends, but it’s rare.

    You’re right, coming up with content for 5 days out of the week is enough work. I need the weekends for me time, and family time, and activity time. Honestly, I try to avoid getting on my computer altogether because I have to look at it all week for work and my eyes can handle only so much screen time.

    But yes, taking weekends off helps me tremendously. It makes me feel refreshed when I come back to blogging and commenting on Mondays.

    P.S. How do I get T’s job?

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      I want “T”s job! She worked hard for it though—she was blogging way before it was cool :)

      I think weekend’s off are such a good thing for body, mind, and soul. Me time is so important. Plus, I need time to try stuff in the kitchen and that takes me hours!

  13. Jenny

    YES!!! I take weekends off too Felicia! I look forward to Saturday mornings when I don’t have to make sure my post went up and I don’t feel any obligation to comment. Don’t get me wrong, I love commenting during the week and talking to everyone, but it’s nice to have a break from it too. The traffic is a good point as well, my numbers are crazy low on the weekends–due in part to the fact that there’s no new post, but even when I did post on Sundays, those numbers were still lower than they were during the week.

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      Exactly! I usually sign on Sunday nights during my TV time to make posts, get scheduled, clear out my reader for the beginning of the week. I think it just helps me stay clear.

      :) :) :)

  14. Paranormal Haven

    I’ve been better about no blogging on the weekends. We still post but I have them 99% done by Friday so at the most I’m just spending a few minutes on them during the weekend.

  15. Amanda

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a full 7 days of posting (except rare occasions like right now with my blogoversary — though with guest posts, it’s just scheduling — or when I was running bout of books from my blog) and though I notice a dramatic decrease of traffic on the days I don’t post (Thursday and Saturday), I don’t feel the pressure to put content out there. I have a really specific blogging schedule, and I stick to it. It helps me from getting overwhelmed.

    I think setting aside time (no matter how much it is) to take a break from blogging is a fabulous idea to keep it from taking over your life. It seems that a lot of people burn out because blogging becomes a big obligation.

  16. Liz

    I’m with y’all on this one–coming up with 7 days a week content is tough. Besides, I agree with #1–with so fewer people online, it’s harder to interact and promote your blog/site, so we might as well take a little break and just have fun with it :) Good advice for those of us who want a life outside of work + blogging!

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      Exactly! We have to be faithful to those outside interests or it will come across in our blogging (I think). A happy blogger is a better bloggs—oh jeez now I sound Polly Anna. LOL

  17. Marq

    There’s no way I can blog 7 days a week. Like you, I’d have a hard time coming up with the content. And frankly, I need a break! Hats off to the bloggers who blog and have content 7 days a week.

  18. aurian

    Lol, you are totally right in not blogging 7 days a week. I write a review when I have finished a book, so there can be a hiatus for a few days on my blog. I also post about the new books I have gotten, and I really try to post one item a day, but that is not always possible. I don’t have a schedule for myself. If I am busy, that means no blogging time. What is most time consuming for me, is catching up on all the blogs I follow. Which is easier now I can follow almost all of them by email. Still, lots of time, so less blogposts to read a day, the better ;)

    • Felicia The Geeky Blogger

      LOL I hear ya!

      I think that is my other reason–I love visiting and commenting on blogs. Seriously I love it as much as blogging. I feel like I am going to everyone’s house for a quick cup of tea :) I don’t want to get burnt out on that—EVER!