Thursday, March 17, 2011

Think About It Thursday (13): Burnout

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Merriam-Webster defines 'burnout' as: exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
That's pretty close to how I'm feeling right now. Maybe not quite burnt out, but I'm getting there. And unfortunately, blogging is part of that. I've been posting now more than ever before - almost every single day and with the Dazzling Debuts feature, I feel almost obligated to read, read, read. This, on top of not having a real job, but working at least 5 days a week, sometimes all 7, leaves me dead by the end of the day. 

Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is pick up a book and read. Most of the time, I pull out a book, start to read or whip out my laptop to get to blogging/commenting and I wind up like this:
That's not to say I don't enjoy reading or blogging, but I'm working on finding a balance now. 

If you're a fellow blogger, are you ever overwhelmed by your TBR pile or balancing blogging with work and life? How do you handle it all? Day to day life can be overwhelming for anyone, so if you have any de-stressing tips, please share them.

8 comments:

Khadija said...

Definitely! Its just something that happens, you have your ups and downs with reading and blogging. I'm in a bit of a slump now myself, what i usually do is go on the hunt for something new other than reading and blogging i can do every once in a while and enjoy. It takes some of the pressure off my shoulders, and after a while makes it easier for me to read and blog. Does that make any sense? Sometimes i just need a little break from reading so i crochet, or bake, or listen to music instead. And after a while the pressure lets up and i start reading again like nothing ever happened.

Kylie1403 said...

I'm a relatively new blogger (and with my blog I only have 20 followers thus far) but I can understand.. I feel liek no no i need to be constant and so I keep working on it.. I cant imagine being on your scale... Im someone who gives everything my ALL so I can understand the burn out feeling!

Make sure you take time for you and if you need to drop a day or two...

BrittLit said...

I totally agree, whenever I'm doing anything other than reading or working, I feel guilty I'm not reading. Especially since there are so many books out there that I really want to read. Sometimes you just have to take a break though, so that reading doesn't get to feel to overwhelmingly like work. Good luck!

The Slowest Bookworm said...

Yes, I have totally felt like that. And still do. Single parent to a 4 1/2 yr old and I work too. I didn't realise it was all going to be such hard work when I started blogging. I've thought seriously about stopping but for now I'm trying to just back off a little. I've stopped accepting review books although I still have a lot to work through and some tours to do before the end of April. After that I may just go back to writing a line or two in Goodreads instead. We shall see, but yes, I am totally with you here xxx

Candace said...

Yes, I haven't felt burnt out exactly, but overwhelmed? Yes! Very much! I'm overwhelmed with my TBR pile, with the list of authors to contact with for the huge event I'm working on, not to mention the interviews I need to send out still. I'm not working right now (thank goodness!) but I'm still having a hard time balancing everything with my two kids. I have done pretty good with just letting things go though. First and foremost I read. That's why I blog, and as long as I want to read then I'll always fit it in. And if I can just relax and do what I 'feel' like doing when I feel like doing it instead of forcing myself to do certain things first then I do okay. Well, other then the housework, laundry and meal making. I never feel like doing any of that! So I have to force myself. But as far as blogging and reading stuff I just have to make myself relax.
I hope you find a balance soon!

lisa said...

for me, whenever reading and blogging ceases to bring me joy, peace, or overall good feeling - i give it a break. sometimes i get competitive and envious of those who read a book a day and post reviews like clockwork...but ultimately we do this because we LIKE it, right?

so whenever you feel like it's no longer something you enjoy - break! when you come back, you'll be ready and loving it up all over again. :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thanks for all the comments and understanding! I still love reading. If I ever don't enjoy it, I'll give it a break, but thankfully it hasn't come to that. I think it's more that my life has become too stressful and at the end of the day, there isn't enough time to read. That and there are some books I want to read, but can't because I have books for review that I have to read.

I'm getting better at the balance thing, but have yet to perfect it. For now, I think I'll continue posting as I usually do - unless I don't have anything to post - and I'll worry less about slow weeks :-)

Lori said...

I know exactly how you feel!! I got really overwhelmed at one point last year, but I told myself this is not my job! It supposed to be fun! So I don't allow myself to get overwhelmed anymore! :) But I have been feeling the tiniest bit burnt out. Between reading, blogging, my real job, blog designs, and trying to find time to write I've been grappling with which of these is more important. Which one I should put more time into. I still haven't figured it out, but I definitely haven't been reading as much as I did last year and I'm trying not to feel guilty about it!

Trust me you are not alone!

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