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Four ways to spot if a blogger is burned out

Whether blogging for your own company, or overseeing someone who blogs for your brand, it is important to spot signs of burn out before content becomes stale and uninspired, which in turn makes your brand look stale and uninspired.

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4 ways to spot that a blogger is burned out (lack of updates, declining quality, etc.) and 4 ways to spot that YOU are burnt out on your blog (can’t find inspiration, etc.)

The right web content can bolster and strengthen your online reputation and connect you with your target market. One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to share this valuable content is through a blog. Blogs enable you to share up-to-date information with your readers and provide a forum for discussion and comments, in turn creating interest in your brand. However, simply having a blog isn’t enough. It’s also about having the right blogger. But blogging can become tedious and monotonous, and when that happens, it shows.

Spotting burn out in other bloggers

If you’re worried that the person blogging for your company (or even for a site you depend on for information) is burned out from the daily tasks of compiling data, writing content, and finding relevant images, here are four red flags to look out for:

1. Declining Quality – You may find that your blogger doesn’t catch as many grammatical or spelling errors as usual. This may mean that your blogger isn’t completing an additional read-through before submission because she just wants to be done with it. When a blogger is burned out, the quality is usually the first thing to go.

2. Lack of Updates – The second red flag to look out for is a lack of consistent updates or a mass quantity of submitted blogs right before a deadline. A blogger who is not burned out usually will remain consistent with postings, whether that is one a day or a few times a week. If your blogger has been silent for a while, you may want to identify and rectify the problem before moving forward.

3. Only Does the Minimum – You’ve probably set a minimum word count for your blogger. A burned-out blogger will only do the minimum, just enough to scrape by and call it done. You may even notice that the blogs seem to stop in mid-thought or doesn’t include a wrap-up paragraph because that would’ve pushed the blog to be more than the minimum word count required.

4. Repetitive Content – After a while, many bloggers resort to writing about the same old topics over and over again or even repackaging content they’ve already written. This could be because they’re comfortable with the topic or it’s easy to whip out 400 words on a topic they’ve already researched. All they have to do is word it a little bit differently.

Fatigue surrounding your own blogging efforts

But it’s not just bloggers that you should keep an eye on for burnout; you’re also susceptible. When considering your own blogging efforts, here are four ways to identify if you’re burned out, too.

1. Can’t Find Inspiration – Finding blog inspiration can be one of the hardest parts of being a regular, consistent blogger. If you struggle to find inspiration for new blog posts, you may be burned out. Even when you’re looking for blog inspiration, every topic or idea may seem too wearisome or difficult to capture with words. When you don’t even try to capture those brief moments of inspiration, you know there’s a problem.

2. Everything Else Becomes More Important – We all have a lot of items on our daily to-do lists. However, when everything else on that list suddenly becomes more important—especially if those include checking personal social networking sites, de-linting the dryer, or organizing your pens or notepads—this may mean that the idea of blogging that day causes stress and anxiety. And that’s when you know you’ve reached burn-out.

3. Anxiety over the Reception – Sometimes being too wrapped up in the reception of a blog post can cause burn-out. Let’s be honest; dealing with both positive and negative comments, constantly worrying about stats and numbers, and trying to get the information across while maintaining political correctness is exhausting. Instead, focus on the heart of the writing, the purpose and point of each particular blog. Leave the comments and the numbers for another day.

4. You No Longer Love What You Do – Now, this is a big red flag to watch out for. If you don’t love what you do or what you blog about, it will be a pain for as long as you do it. The trick is to find subjects and topics that interest you, excite you, and make you think. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Burning out from blogging is common because it is a constant demand. No matter how ahead-of-the-game you get today, you’ll still have to do it all over again tomorrow, and then again the next day. And that can become tedious very quickly. Once you’ve identifying blogger burnout, whether it’s one of your employees or yourself, it’s time to find ways to remedy the situation, including taking a few-days break, assigning new and unique topics, and getting back to why you started blogging in the first place. Then you can beat the burnout and continue with your work.

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  1. Doug Francis

    September 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    When you aren’t excited about what you do then it is hard to write, and that is where I was three months ago. No one wants to read anything from an author who is… negative.
     
    Anyway, after some vacation reflection and some new clients, there is a lot more positive energy that has been helping my creative juices flow. Finding a new location to blog with a positive vibe has helped too. Honestly, getting back up on that horse is easier than it looks
     
     

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Peloton seeking to sell 20% of company amid long-standing struggles

(BUSINESS) Peloton has been on the struggling bus (or should we say struggle bike) since its peak in mid-pandemic 2020. Now they’re looking to offload.

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In this economy, not even multi-billion dollar workout companies are safe. Despite workout startup Peloton being founded in 2012, Peloton reached peak popularity in 2020, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced all non-essential businesses to shut down, including gyms and fitness centers. Users could connect to classes at their convenience, and complete instructor-led workouts on their stationary bikes or treadmills, all from the comfort of their homes.

At its pandemic peak, Peloton was worth roughly $50 billion dollars, with its stock soaring by 440% in 2020. It’s been a bumpy ride for former Peloton CEO, John Foley. In 2021, the company faced a massive product recall, one for their Tread+ treadmill, which had faulty touch screens that fell onto consumers, and another for their bikes, of which 27,000 models received faulty clip-in pedals which resulted in user injury. Stocks fell from a 52-week high of $129 to just $17. A whopping 90% drop from its all-time high.

In February, Cofounder and CEO John Foley stepped down, following Peloton cutting 2,800 jobs. (In other words, 20% of their staff.) Foley, in conjunction with the board of directors, created a succession plan and appointed former Spotify CEO, Barry McCarthy, to head up the ultra-famous workout company. Peloton is also actively recruiting investors for a 15-20% Hey, Elon, if Twitter doesn’t work out, there’s always Peloton!) A deal like this could bring cash flow, and the change in leadership could re-inspire confidence in consumers.

However, Peloton is still far from out of the woods. Now that the pandemic is kinda sorta dying down, gyms and fitness clubs are back open, and, at least in the United States, we’re not facing imminent shutdowns, fitness fanatics want to workout in person.

They want the experience of going to the gym and working with a personal trainer in person. In addition, their competition replicated the Peloton experience, for a fraction of the cost. (with all of their equipment costing over $1,000, plus a membership that has to be paid monthly to access the classes.) Peloton is no longer growing, and instead faced a $439 million dollar loss, as compared to the $60 million dollar growth the previous year. Unfortunately, the forecast for the next quarter and the close of the fiscal year is no better. Leading some financial experts to believe that Peloton will never bounce back, and certainly won’t make a full recovery. Many investors worry Peloton was “covid stock” aka only ultra-successful as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The future of Peloton remains to be seen. Will they find investors and bounce back? Will they file for bankruptcy and restructure? Or will they join ranks with companies like Blockbuster and fade into obsoleteness?

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Proven, clear-cut strategies to keep your company’s operations lean

(BUSINESS) Keeping your operations lean means more than saving money, it means accomplishing more in less time.

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The past two years have been challenging, not just economically, but also politically and socially as well. While it would be nice to think that things are looking up, in reality, the problems never end. Taking a minimalist approach to your business, AKA keeping it lean, can help you weather the future to be more successful.

Here are some tips to help you trim the fat without putting profits above people.

Automate processes

Artificial intelligence frees up human resources. AI can manage many routine elements of your business, giving your team time to focus on important tasks that can’t be delegated to machines. This challenges your top performers to function at higher levels, which can only benefit your business.

Consider remote working

Whether you rent or own your property, it’s expensive to keep an office open. As we learned in the pandemic, many jobs can be done just as effectively from home as the workplace. Going remote can save you money, even if you help your team outfit their home office for safety and efficiency.

In today’s world, many are opting to completely shutter office doors, but you may be able to save money by using less space or renting out some of your office space.

Review your systems to find the fat

As your business grows (or downsizes), your systems need to change to fit how you work. Are there places where you can save money? If you’re ordering more, you may be able to ask vendors for discounts. Look for ways to bring down costs.

Talk to your team about where their workflow suffers and find solutions. An annual review through your budget with an eye on saving money can help you find those wasted dollars.

Find the balance

Operating lean doesn’t mean just saving money. It can also mean that you look at your time when deciding to pay for services. The point is to be as efficient as possible with your resources and systems, while maintaining customer service and safety. When you operate in a lean way, it sets your business up for success.

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A well-crafted rejection email will save both your brand and your time

(BUSINESS) Job hunting is exhausting on both sides, and rejection sucks, but crafting a genuine, helpful rejection email can help ease the process for everyone.

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Nobody likes to hear “no” for an answer when applying for jobs. But even fewer people like to be left in the dark, wondering what happened.

On the employer side, taking on a new hire is a time-consuming process. And like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get when you put out ads for a position. So once you find the right person for the role, it’s tempting to move along without further ado.

Benn Rosales, the CEO and co-founder of American Genius, offers an example of why that is a very bad call.

Imagine a hypothetical candidate for a job opening at Coca Cola – someone who’s particularly interested in the job, because they grew up as a big Coke fan. If they get no response to their application at all, despite being qualified and sending follow-up emails, their personal opinion of the brand is sure to sour.

“Do you know how much effort and dollars advertising and marketing spent to make [them] a fan over all of those years, and this is how it ends?” Rosales explains. This person has come away from their experience thinking “Bleep you, I’ll have tea.”

To avoid this issue, crafting a warm and helpful rejection email is the perfect place to start. If you need inspiration, the hiring consultants at Dover recently compiled a list of 36 top-quality rejection emails, taken from companies that know how to say “no” gracefully: Apple, Facebook, Google, NPR, and more.

Here’s a few takeaways from that list to keep in mind when constructing a rejection email of your own…

Include details about their resume to show they were duly considered. This shows candidates that their time, interests, and experience are all valued, particularly with candidates who came close to making the cut or have a lot of future promise.

Keep their information on file, and let them know this rejection only means “not right now.” That way, next time you need to make a hire, you will have a handy list of people to call who you know have an interest in working for you and relevant skills.

Provide some feedback, such as common reasons why applicants may not succeed in your particular application process.

And be nice! A lack of courtesy can ruin a person’s impression of your brand, whether they are a customer or not. Keep in mind, that impression can be blasted on social media as well. If your rejections are alienating, you’re sabotaging your business.

Any good business owner knows how much the details matter.

Incorporating an empathetic rejection process is an often-overlooked opportunity to humanize your business and build a positive relationship with your community, particularly when impersonal online applications have become the norm.

And if nothing else, this simple courtesy will prevent your inbox from filling up with circle-backs and follow-up emails once you’ve made your decision.

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