Recently, author and blogger Nathan Bransford asked if there was an epidemic of blog fatigue on the horizon. Are blog readers having a hard time keeping up with all there is to read? Are (some) bloggers beginning to wear out from a heavy posting schedule or from balancing work, writing, and family demands with blogging?
For me, the answer is: yeah, kinda. Lately, I’ve been struggling to keep up with all the great blogs I want to read. There are so many posts that catch my eye every day but reading them all can mean sacrificing writing or family time – not
something I want to do. And my blogging schedule had become a bit too heavy for me – as work on my MIP heated up and household/homeschooling obligations increased – until I cut back from three blogging days to two. The relief I felt with that cut-back said it all for me. I was in imminent danger of blog fatigue.
On the other hand, as Jenny Hansen pointed out, your blog doesn’t have to eat you alive. If you’re blogging because you want to and because you love building a community, blogging can be immensely rewarding.
I agree. I love blogging. I love the community. I’ve learned so much about writing, myself and others. I’ve been encouraged and inspired. I’ve had the chance to grow as a writer and share my work. And I’ve had the chance to share in the work of others.
Yet, there must be balance. For me, that means cutting back on blogging days (at least for now) so that I can share my best and be my best in the blogosphere. It might also mean leaving fewer comments when I do read others’ blogs so that I have more time to read all the blogs I love.
Are you experiencing blog fatigue? What do think causes it? What’s the remedy? Any suggestions for blogging happy and energetic?
Photo Credit (in order of appearance):
Dirty feet and passed out? by FlackJacket2010, on Flickr CC BY 2.0
passed out by feeb, on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
lulù is sleeping by lo83, on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0
Let Sleeping Children Lie by stewickie, on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0