How To Write Blog Posts Without Getting Burned Out Or Bored

dead tired writer

Blogging is tough.

No I’m not discouraging you. But hey, let’s face it.

Just be honest to yourself and answer this question:

 Haven’t you felt at least once in your blogging career that writing blog posts is one of the most boring tasks?

Hey I’ll shut my ears; answer the question to yourself!

As a blogger it becomes a necessity to create content on a regular basis.

You need to consistently produce high quality content, otherwise your competition is waiting at your door step to eat you up.

And as a consequence, content creation becomes somewhat like a race – something you need to keep doing otherwise someone else is gonna overtake you.

But mind you, I am totally against the content creation rat race strategy. There is no point in creating content for the sake of it! In other words….

Content creation rat race strategy is pointless. Don’t get burned out! Click to tweet if you agree!

BUT when you are into this nifty blogging business, you gotta create content for people to consume. Otherwise there is simply no point in being there.

OK, so as I’ve promised in the title of this post, I’m gonna share a few tips (not the “average tips” ya know; take them seriously, please) that work for me every time so that I create content for my blogs (5 of them) without getting bored or burned out.

Diving in…..

Capture ideas

You would have heard this time and time again if you are reading my blog regularly. But I cannot stop saying that!

Coz capturing ideas when and as they pop up (they usually pop up at odd times, ya know) is one of the most effective practices (habits?) of being a blogger.

If you don’t have an idea bank, and if you’re 30 minutes away from your usual publish time starring at the blank the screen, content creation will just become the most bitter tasks in your life.

And remember, if you don’t enjoy creating content, I’m not sure how you can expect people to enjoy your stuff.

If you write a blog post in a hurry, without having a proper background or an idea, out of the blue, in order to keep up with the rat race and hence under pressure – your blog post is gonna suck!

There are numerous ways to capture ideas and you cannot give an excuse; especially with the technological advancements around us.

Right from a pen and a notebook to cloud services offered by the biggies like Google, Evernote, 4Sync and others where you can sync everything everywhere – you have loads of options to choose from.

Pick any one way that suits you and be ready to capture any idea that occurs to you.

When you sit down to write a blog post you should be able to choose a topic that makes you write casually and make your experience enjoyable.

And this is possible only when you have a bank of ideas at your disposal.

Work on multiple posts simultaneously

This may not work for everyone. Especially if you are someone who doesn’t like multi-tasking. But it works for me, always.

I always have half-cooked posts in my drafts folder – more than one of them. When I am in the mood to write or when my brain says “it’s time to write” I just pick up any post that strikes a chord with my mood then.

Coz you cannot write all kinds of posts at all times and at all moods :)

While some of you may tell this is a bad idea, I’ve found it to work, probably for two reasons:

  • Having a variety of posts to work on gives me ample choices to pick whatever type of post I can write, depending upon the time and my mood.
  • I am not “under pressure” to complete ONE post and publish it today by all means – no matter if I can write it or not.

Basically this gives me more freedom and more room for thought.

In addition, since I proceed with writing all the posts by almost simultaneously working on them, I get multiple posts completed at one time, rather than getting one post done. This is a plus and motivates me better.

Don’t try to be a perfectionist

not perfectionist

Trying to be a perfectionist and trying to write a “perfect” blog post is one of the major drawbacks that put many bloggers on hold with content creation.

In the effort to make every blog post “perfect”, bloggers push themselves too hard, take longer hours to finish a blog post, thus making blog post writing a tedious task!

First of all, “perfect” is a relative thing. Something which is “perfect” to my eyes might be rubbish to the others, and vice versa.

So there is no point in trying to create a perfect post from your own perspective. And there is no point in holding off blog post publishing in order to make it perfect.

But, hang on, I’m not saying that you can publish half-cooked crappy posts. You should always give your best in every post. But don’t try to make it perfect!

Note: If you think you are not a great writer and if you want to write great content I highly recommend you to check out Danny’s Write Like Freddy course.

Takeaway

Writing blog posts should be enjoyable. This directly influences the quality of your post.

If you crank out content under pressure or under compulsion (to keep up with the content creation rat race) then your content will most probably reflect your mood.

Apart from this, since blogging is a long-term commitment which claims consistency, if content creation becomes a burden or a boring task, you can’t stick to this business for a long time.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this. And if you found this post useful, please share it in your social circle so that your friends/followers can benefit too!

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Comments

  1. David says

    Wonderful tip the topic is evergreen no matter if a blogger is a newbie or an established one, buts most of the intermediate level blogger get bored when it becomes a daily routine to write article. It is natural that he gets bored and loses motivation once in a while.

  2. says

    Being a perfectionist is what gets me.

    I try to hard to get everything perfectly done, and sometimes that can be a hindrance.

    I am not saying it is bad to be one, but sometimes I can’t stand it.

  3. says

    Jane- I write business blogs covering the software and services that my company offers. It is hard for me to write about because it is boring. How do I write blogs on a highly technical software and still enjoy it?

    • says

      Hi Will, I’m actually surprised to hear that you feel bored to write on tech topics. Tech is one of the most busiest niches and you get new stuff everyday, if not every hour!

      But since you are writing about the software your company offers, you might not get that many interesting topics, I agree. But still you may have loads of tips and features to share (about your company software).

  4. Jae Mac says

    Jane,
    I’m a newbie “topic driven” lifestyle blogger and I find it hard to write everyday, because I don’t want it to become a personal diary. So I generally write at the end of the week to avoid that. Any tips for me to avoid crunch time? Thanks for the tips!

    • says

      Hi Jae, I don’t think that writing once in a week is a problem. If you are comfortable with that frequency just go with it! But make sure you write a specific amount of words every week.

      Nevertheless, writing everyday is really good – it just makes sure that you’re in touch and in the “form” to write. Try allocating 30 minutes a day for writing and just write during that time. Don’t worry about the quality of the content; just write and you’ll get better :)

  5. says

    amazing post jane , can you believe that i take around 9 hrs to write one post , i write 10-20 words then take a break and then come back to write another 10-20 words. Now i have started jotting down the points on sticky papers when ever they come in to my mind , these have really help me out to write blog posts.

    • says

      Saad, every one has different rhythm and yours doesn’t surprise me :) As long as you are able to create amazing content you are fine. And yes jotting down the ideas and the outline for the post helps greatly!

  6. Saskia Bader says

    Yes, many blogs fail because the owners become tired of writing new content. I use a “Ideas” plugin where you can organize your (content) ideas directly in your WordPress dashboard. Thank you for this post.

  7. says

    Great writeup ;) I usually find what works for me is to sit back and observe what’s going on in my marketplace, a problem that needs to be solved. I browse forums to get a idea of what’s most talked about, even sometimes getting inspiration through quotes. Then, I use google keyword tool, type in the phrase I’m targeting and get the top 3 keywords and create a post based on that.

  8. Norbert says

    Hi Jane,

    Great tips you’ve shared here. True, writing content for your blog can sometimes get hard especially when you’re not in the mood.

    I also capture my ideas and I essentially have a long list of blog post ideas that I normally refer to.

    I also like your idea of writing simultaneously although as you mentioned, it might not work for everyone. I’ll give it a try and see how it works out for me. Who knows! Maybe that’s what I need to start cranking up multiple posts a day esp since I’m a freelance writer.

    Thanks for the great write up!

    • says

      Norbert, yes, having multiple posts in drafts (I now use Focus Writer) helps me great. I just pick up the post I wish to write and proceed. Especially I am not under pressure while writing. If you are a freelancer this should help you a lot. Try that out.

  9. says

    Hi Jane.
    I think most bloggers would by now have that experience of a rat race content creation along their blogging period. That goes the same to me as well. For me the content that are already been posted is always perfect no matter what others think.
    By the way, did you put on some weight? Hehe.. You look a little bit chubby.

  10. Aditi says

    Yes Jane, you have truly highlighted a great topic. Really true. This is because updating your blog with new and innovative post everyday, definitely turns out to be boring and dead for the writers. This is absolutely true. Secondly, fresh and unique content are always appreciated by Google and visitors but it turns out to be difficult for the writers to come out with fresh contents everyday. I truly like reading your post and sometime it matches the profile with all blog owners. I hope the ideas that you have highlighted might be helpful and would truly shorten up the boredom of content writers. Thanks for the update!!

  11. Simmeon says

    Hi Jane,
    I like to write a post and complete it and move one. Although I do have lots of ideas that I’ll be constantly tweaking around. But no, I’m a start-finish sort of person, I don’t like to keep things lingering on for long periods of time.

  12. Aakash says

    Hello JANE,
    I believe that blog should be appealing and quality content because each and every user want to attractive and real matter. Blogging is worth to reach your customers and increase your business usability on Internet.
    Thanks for sharing valuable article!

  13. says

    Always have something to say. This way one can create awesome posts almost everytime..

    These days I stick with the posting daily strategy, not sure how it’s gonna turn out to be, but I’m still experimenting what works best for my blog.

    As of now, I’m spending more time on reading and writing – that’s it! When I stumbled upon any awesome blog post, I make it a habit of leaving comments just like this ;)

    That’s a great share Jane

  14. Joe says

    Hey Jane,

    Thanks for the post. After my 20th or so post I questioned whether or not I would continue my blog. I can be a daunting task writing everyday or even weekly. I can’t say that I am bored, but the task of writing at time is a bit much. The fight goes on!

    • says

      Joe, yes that’s totally natural to feel that way after you’ve written only 20 posts. But if you don’t give up until writing 50-60 posts you will see that the process has become a lot easier.

      Of course writing high quality blog posts take time. But you won’t struggle much to put your words out as you did when you were starting out.

      Bottom line: Just keep writing and you will get better at it.

  15. Bhushan says

    Blogging takes Patience if you are not too good then don’t try to become a perfectionist.have a patience and focus on work but not to complete all the work at a time.don’t take a panic.

  16. Gautham says

    Writing Content is very boring and stressful especially because we need to write content even for blog promotion. I planned on hiring content writers or welcome guest posts once my blog becomes popular. But after reading this, I changed my mind

    • says

      Gautham, if you think you “need” to write for your blog then its gonna be a tedious task, as opposed to you “wanting” to write for your blog. Don’t push yourself too much. Just go with the frequency that fits you. If you can only write 1 good post in two weeks, just be it!

  17. JZEEK says

    Great tip the post is good no matter if a blogger is a new comer or pro-blogger, Most of the bloggers get bored because of everyday writing it will really help us thanks keep up the good work…

  18. says

    thanks for awesome tips,many time it happen with me that when i write any blog post slowly slowly i started getting bore but now after reading this post i will over come from this problem….!!!!thanks for sharing…!!! :)

  19. sandeep kumar says

    Hi Jane…
    I do agree that when we try to be perfectionist then we lose our naturalism.
    We though this idea is not unique, This paragraph is not appealing etc and it leads to frustration sometimes.

    I would suggest keep yourself focus and read others articles as well so that you always have lots of ideas to implement.

  20. Nawaz says

    State of mind and interest are two main factors that helps a writer to do research and write contents that can be a great cause of traffic for a site.

  21. Ryan Biddulph says

    Hi Jane,

    Capturing ideas and publishing without worrying – ie, the lie of perfection – are 2 keys to my blogging strategy. Power tips here!

    Write an idea down immediately. As soon as it hits you. Type it online. Carry a notepad. Or simply open up WordPress and start writing the post all together.

    Most ideas fade away without people seizing them. Which is why most people struggle to succeed in the online arena.

    Create your post. Edit once or twice. Publish.

    No hesitation. No waiting. Hit publish.

    Your confidence goes through the roof if you publish quickly. You learn how to deal with criticism, praise, self-conscious beliefs, limiting beliefs…all that good stuff, when you publish your work for public consumption.

    Thanks!

    RB

    • says

      Ryan :) thanks! You know, recently I start experiencing something strange. Even when I write down an idea, when I visit it later I simply do not find it important to create a post.

      When I jot down the idea, its all inspiring. But when I look at it a couple of days later it sounds boring.

      So these days I not only write down the idea but also the outline to the post – the message I want to deliver.

  22. Vivek says

    ” Haven’t you felt at least once in your blogging career that writing blog posts is one of the most boring tasks? ”

    This is the questions which my room-mates ask me everyday. And my answer is … Yes always.

    Actually when you keep writing on the same topic again and again, then you start feeling like….. fu#k I am not going to write this and then I just leave my lappy and move out with my friends…

    But then I have to find some way and then finally my GF suggested me ( girls always rock )… and it works perfect for me..

    And thanks once again for great article..

  23. says

    That’s why I believe that choosing the niche carefully is the key to stay motivated and not getting bored. Finding a niche that you love, probably a hobby or part of the job will always help you to keep consistency.

  24. uphy says

    Hi Jane.. It’s difficult for me to make a quality post content to attract more visitor. It’s difficult for me to find good keyword too.. anyway, thanks Jane, I will try to do something best for my next post…

  25. says

    Hey i have read your blog thoroughly and i am totally agreed with your points.well blogging is a tough thing but i never be bored while i write my blog post.its just need some time and effection.blog writing is a very enjoyable work and if you don\’t enjoy your work you will get bored.although you have describe some good points in your post.

  26. Aditya says

    Hi Jane,
    You have mentioned a good point here in your post but i guess if one is passionate about writing and sharing new things with others then blogging can never be a bored task to do.
    But yes i agree that writing too much can make a person tired at some point of time but when a new imagination comes in his mind he/she is inspired to write again.

  27. John says

    Jane you mention some very well points if you don’t enjoy while you are writing a post then how should your readers enjoy that post very encouraging point for me.

  28. says

    hey admin dats great you gave me a new idea of preparing multiple post at a time …….it will b fun doing this ……and for sure i wont get bore

  29. puneet says

    seriously at the time when i start writing article …………..i get bore and in between only i give up ………..i guess your these tips can help me out

  30. MitzieHallisey says

    Thank you for this post, it has some very helpful tips. I think I spend too much time on my posts because I try to perfect them. This leads to me sometimes not enjoying writing them as much , I will definitely take this point into consideration.

  31. says

    Great post, Jane. I agree that writing just for the sake is of no good. Thanks for sharing these great tips. You are doing a great job with your blogs.:)

  32. says

    Hi,
    Thanks for this post. I find that creating good content for ones posts can leave you a little burnt out after a while. I like to focus on one task at a time – so multiple posts theory might not work for me – I will give it a try…
    Regards Glenn

  33. says

    No matter what I do I can’t bring myself to post a crappy but adequate post. They always seem to end up 1000 words or more, and that takes time to write. Something that I have to work on for the future.

  34. Rowan says

    Can’t agree with you more Jane, there are some bumps in every blogging carrier. Being productive all the time you write is not gonna happen for all of us (I think nobody does that). Therefore blogging can be boring if you don’t catch up with new ideas regularly but Jane you must admit, it is not the worse thing compared to writing a killer post and not even getting a single comment on it. Oh god we got patience. :)

  35. zara says

    I usually get burnt out too often these days. The only reason I can overcome the boredom is because I blog about something that i love and do on daily basis.

    Though the tip to write 2 posts simultaneously is a kind of a great tip for me, I will surely try this out tonight.

    Keep sharing the good work.

    Regards,

  36. RaviSingh says

    Hi,
    I agree with you that perfectionist is the major drawback to put a blog. When we want to become a perfectionist then we faces the problem in content creation so we can’t a write a blog without getting burned out or bored. Thanks for sharing this work!

  37. Dipa says

    I am not a blogger,but i am a writer and i know how burnt out one can get with repetition in this job. A break every once in a while is a good idea to recharge those grey cells.

  38. Lee says

    Hi motivation is key here I think. Keeping things fresh mixing it up a bit. So that you are not just regurgitating old material that you have already written. Also I think taking a break is very important. Whether it be for an hour or a week. Whatever it takes to get the motivation and brain cell firing again.

    Great post thanks lee

  39. Fatima says

    The stress of bringing out a perfect writing piece kills the creativity in one’s writing therefore one must write with a free mind. A free mind is home to multiple ideas. Thanks for the great share Jane.

  40. Mark says

    @Jane

    My personal favorite thing to do before writing a post is to visit forums related to the niche.

    Every day, without fail, I will run across at least one heated thread that will inspire me to write a quick 500+ word post with all of the best take-aways from the thread.

    Works great.

    Mark :)

  41. says

    Excellent post. I found this really insightful. It’s especially great to ask these questions throughout the year, so you can ensure your blog is still aligned with the bigger “why.” I plan to refer back, and do that often in the months to come.

  42. says

    Yeah it is true. I always write Top 10 kinda posts. After every number I try to take breaks or else I feel like my head is gonna explode. After finishing the post sometimes I totally feel burned out. Gotta try some tips in here.

  43. says

    I could agree that some of us would see working on multiple post at the same time as a bad thing. I prefer to just concentrate on one topic and knock it out, but that’s just my personal opinion. As for the perfectionist part, yeah no need, its just a blog anyways, most people aren’t going to be reading it like its classic literature.

  44. Frank Martz says

    Don’t get bored writing content for your blog you say! I had two blogs about autos (my first passion), and continuously wrote and updated my articles. I kept dreading the fact that I had to do this on a regular basis to keep up with the “fresh” hot topics/subject at hand.
    So, one must not only love what they do, but, know what they are blogging about! I have seen a few blogs that fit that criteria. But, kudos to those who can blog on a regular basis, and can make money, AND can spread some of that $$ to those less fortunate!

  45. says

    Hi Jane,

    I visited your blog once or twice but have since then lost you! I am so glad that I am back here! Great sharing :)

    I have been blogging consistently for about 2 years. At the beginning, I was not enjoying the experience but I did it any way. I knew that my blog is where I would like to put my heart and soul into sharing my past challenges and expertise.

    As I am getting better, I am now enjoying it. I have recently been awarded as the Best Up & Coming Blogger in the Top 50 MLM Blogs Contest. I am sharing this not to impress but to encourage others to hang in there.

    Jane, you blog is providing a WEALTH of information to assist others. Well done! Keep up the good work, I will make sure that I won’t lost my way any more!

    Viola The Business Mum

  46. says

    Same here, I am not really a pro-blogger and I have to admit I am not good in writing content. But upon reading your post, there’s something within me that makes me smile and think… “yeah it’s fine that my content may not be 100 %perfect”. But sometimes to keep me going on the topic I am writing, I will go outside, take some deep breath, relax and this keeps me even think better. :)

  47. saqib razzaq says

    Don’t always try to be perfect. Such a simple yet important and beneficial sentence. After knowing that you work on multiple post it seems like a light in striking the walls of my head and saying me to try this trick.

  48. says

    yes i am also agree with you. Blogging is not so easy and not so tough. its and effort of a person and his needs. if some really need money then he will work hard. Innovation and creativity is the mother of blogging.

  49. says

    I saw your interview through facebook and came accross your blog, Am glad i found a useful blog, am gonna read everything inside…Thanks for this great post any way.

  50. says

    I think, multitasking point is very practical and effective though most people may ignore it. But it really works this way – e.g. I have an idea on couple of posts topics but may not have enough info to complete them. In that case, you can start off with all together and meanwhile keep researching to complete them. This way, what you come up with is really detailed post and you will not feel bored either.

  51. Doreen Dickens says

    Thank you for sharing. Writing/blogging can be exhausting especially if one is doing it without any breaks. I experience burnouts frequently and i thank you for sharing the tips. You have helped me a great deal.

    Regards
    Dickens

  52. Lily says

    This is such an awesome post. I really understands writers. At first they tend to get excited to write about something that inspires them and then at the middle they find it hard to finish their work. Thank you for sharing this post.

  53. vicky says

    You are right that content creation is a real occupying task. Unless one enjoys what he write, he/ she cannot expect the reader to enjoy reading that stuff. the idea o writing multiple post at a time looks appealing to me as I am the knida person who likes to do multiple jobs once. I am surely gonns follow this advice and see how it works out for me. Thanks Jane for this inspirational post.

  54. Pat Drummond says

    Jane,

    although your blog posts vary in length, would love to hear about how long on average you spend on putting together a post? Although i’m not a perfectionist when putting a post together, sometimes I still wonder if I am taking too long to put an article together.

    cheers,
    Pat

  55. says

    Blogging is all about writing quality content for you to be competitive. Blogging requires passion and your ability to capture your target audience attention. As stated above, this is through writing informative posts that have quality content that is relevant in your niche.
    This is a great post.Thank you for sharing.

  56. says

    Hello Jane
    I am visiting your blog after a very long time. You have changed the design and this is really looking great. A nice blog design Jane. Coming to the article, I do agree that Blogging sometimes become boring as you need to write all the time (sometimes against your wish). And what people love is Interesting and well researched posts which definitely takes time to write. And you have shared some good points which one can follow to come out of this feeling and give his best without getting bored. We always have to do something different from everyday stuffs which will keep our interest and hep us give our best.

  57. Katie says

    Hey Jane,
    LOVE LOVE your point about having a BANK of ideas. I have never really gotten far enough to call it a “bank”, but I will say that even KNOWING that there are ideas to fall back on somehow takes the pressure off of me, and I can come up with better ideas more fluidly.
    Thanks for affirming this!
    ~Katie

  58. says

    It was really impressive published article. I do personally learn in the post and also I will share it to my friends later after reviewing. Really interesting post indeed. Thanks.

  59. says

    Hey Jane,
    First of all, let me take of my hats. You said try not to be Perfect while writing and you just rolled out a perfect post from my view.
    I’m a one who doesn’t usually read articles from the web. I just scanned through em’.
    Since I was in this situation where I can’t even reach the “New Post” button, I controlled my patience and read it. I actually got a boost to write on my blog even when I reached the part where you said Dive in.
    Congrats that’s a killer one.

    I’m having a lazy kinda time this month and I always push my plan to the next day to write. While I was reading this post, I paused and created an account on Evernote and lemme thank you for sharing that. I think with this app, I will be able to note down things I pop up in mind and helps me in researching a particular topic.

    Again thanks a lot Jane. :) Good luck.

    ~ Zion Amal Rafeeq

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