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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Blogging Platform: what to do when it hits by Ukpono Etuk

If this counts for anything, on this day, two years ago, I published an article on ‘How to avoid blogging burnout.’ It was a complete recount of my own burnout. I was exhausted! And angry!
You know, I have been blogging for a long time now. It’s been a long time, baby. I must confess, I made some mistakes and I think these slowed down some of my successes. You can read this post on mistakes to avoid as a new blogger. I can tell you, right here, one mistake to avoid- blogging solo. Don’t ever blog solo. Have blogger friends, network, connect, truly connect with other bloggers.
Inasmuch as blogging can be fun, yes, blogging is actually fun, some of your blogging tasks are time consuming, boring and stressful. If you don’t have a hang of how to never hit rock bottom in your blogging journey, you can be so exhausted to the point of no interest. I mean, like totally leave your blog. For some people, it’s as bad as quitting all together.
Actually, if blogging has called you, you will always get back in here. *smiles* Blogging is a force! This is a platform where you share what matters to you – your stories, your knowledge, a piece of you, your passion, all without restraints, just how you like it. It’s your own space on the internet. You definitely are going to be back but let’s see, are you currently burned out? You’ve not blogged in months, I hope not years tho’. But you are just not up for all of it anymore, or at least, for now.
Reconnect with your focus 
Sometimes, you need to remind yourself of why you started and why you want to continue. Now, on your blogging journey, you are going to meet many bloggers who blog about different things, you are going to stumble on so many blogs that have content similar to yours. Gradually, there is usually a tendency to want to do more, be more, write like some other blogger or take on their blogging styles.
In essence, you lose touch of yourself, why you started, your true message and your blogging goals overall. I must say here that it is very easy to compare and be lost in comparism as a blogger. You want your blog header to look a little like this, you want your content to be tailored towards that.