Burnout part two...
Eddie Awad wrote that this could be “blogger burnout” – could be, but I doubt it. Blogging should be something that is fun, enjoyable, and totally non-committal. You are free to either do it or not, as you see fit. With RSS feeds, no one needs to poll a blog by themselves, their news aggregator should do that for them. Although – not enough people use that – as evidenced by the fact that when I took a couple of days off – the hits on my blog did not go down in a large way. It would appear that people kept coming.
Did I experience burnout for a while? No, not really – there was just a 12 day period where I quite simply didn’t have anything to say (March 10th – March 22nd). And then all of a sudden I did. I still did my day job, asktom.oracle.com, a conference, a consulting gig, a user group, my daughters soccer tournament and so on. I was busy, had other things to do. The blog is a place I write for fun (if my teachers from high school ever saw me write those words “write for fun” they would not believe it) and if something else more relevant gets in the way – so be it.
So, I don’t think people are “burning out” as much as finding other priorities and things they need or want to do more.
For everyone that “turns off” however, two or three more seem to pop up. I’ve been enjoying some of the new ones and will continue to aggregate the old ones waiting for stuff to turn up.
Read that definition of burnout on the original blog entry. I don’t think people coming and going from the “blog space” is burnout:
burnout: The low moral or hopelessness stakeholders feel because of churn, overwork, unrealistic goals, and/or inadequate support. People stop trying because they feel like they've tried and failed, or their work is meaningless or unappreciated.
It is not meaningless, unappreciated, failed.
It should be a hobby – fun and personally meaningful. When it becomes something that you could stop doing because of burnout – that would mean you should have stopped a long long time ago.