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Crawl into a Hole and Write


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Burnout. Serious burnout. That’s what I’ve got.

I’ve got social media burnout. Google+ burnout. Twitter burnout. Facebook burnout.

I’ve got marketing burnout. Business burnout. Advertising burnout.

I’ve got advice burnout. Eleven tips burnout. Seven ways burnout.

And when I’ve got burnout, guess who comes out to play?

Yeah, the curmudgeon.

And you know what the curmudgeon says, “Crawl into a hole and do some actual work.”

If you’re a writer, turn EVERYTHING off except your keyboard and write.

Who cares about your platform. Your friggin’ tribe. Your connections. Your re-tweets. Your fan page.

If you’re a writer, those things DO NOT matter if at the end of the day all you have to show for your effort is hour-after-unproductive-hour of “connecting.”

Of course, there are so many things wrong with this post.

For instance, a blog is social media and here I am railing AGAINST it.

Also, I am utterly guilty of jamming the social media air waves with my noise for days on end.

And finally, here I am, giving you advice.

But I knew I needed a break when I thrashed our bathroom after someone had said the word “tribe” for the thousandth time in one day.

I’m still cleaning up the mess.

Yeah. I need help. But that’s why I’m going to crawl into a hole and write.  Get a little solitude. Maybe then I’ll chill out.

And I encourage you to do the same.

By the way, what’s your social media limit? And how do you cope? 

Comments

  1. No finer post was ever written, my friend. See you in the hole.

  2. Burnout is a problem I’ve dealt with my whole life. Chalk it up to an obsessive personality and the never ending pursuit of perfection.

    Great post man, I dig the honesty here. I can relate on many levels to this as burnout has plagued me multiple times in the past. This past week was a reoccurrence of of that awful feeling and and climbing into a hole seems like the perfect solution to the problem.

    Keep spinning the writing wheel dude, I look forward to all your posts.

  3. Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe,

    Sorry man, you left that one wide open.

    As for burnout, I have to disagree with you about “just hunker down” and write. At least for me, I have to change gears which includes the mediums I use, the places I go and the things I read and watch. I let my mind wander to other things other than writing and that’s when ideas seem to come back to life.

    Your world as a paid writer is far different than mine, so until I walk a mile in your shoes, I can’t really tell you if your method is the way to go. Either way it’s damn good food for thought.

    • Well played, Brad. Now I’ve got two rooms to clean up! ;)

      And shifting gears is an excellent strategy for generating new ideas. For me the social media is a very real way to generate business, but at the same time I can get sucked into and not leave any time for me to write for me…which is to say I love getting paid to write but I also love to write creatively…which gets neglected if I’m dilly dallying all day on the social meds. Thus, I must crawl into my hole. Make sense?

      • Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, especially if you’re trying to make time for yourself. It seems like you’re in that hole quite often for the amount of great writing I keep reading…

    • I still get a kick out of this comment. Easily the best ever. ;)

      • Hey Demian,

        Good to know my the funny bone is still getting tickled….. ummm, yeah…

        The weird thing about your comment for this topic is that yesterday, I posted a post on finding that creative spark again after being in burnout mode which is similar to your post here.

        The mysterious forces are at it again.

        Anyway, good to hear from ya and happy to see you’ve found your spark again.

        Take care bro!

  4. I always have more to write about than I have time. The worst part is the inspiration comes while I am driving and not typing.

  5. Oh man, I know exactly what you mean! I’m pretty new to the blogosphere so I know the importance of social media, commenting on other blogs, etc. but recently I just don’t want to do any of it.

    I’m burnt out.

    I’m taking a vacation this week and am taking a long awaited break from constant blogging, twittering, Google+ing, etc… in fact, I only took the time to comment on your blog because I really identified with the post :)

    Hope you’re enjoying the hole you’ve crawled into!

  6. Too funny, Demian.

    I’m in the EXACT same place right now. When I woke up yesterday, I wasn’t my usual excited self. In fact, I had trouble thinking most of the day.

    Social media is definitely part of it.

    Re-prioritizing now.

    Hope to see you refreshed soon. :)

    Jennifer

    • In a lot of ways I guess that’s the life of a blogger/writer, right? What we need to get good at now is stepping back occasionally to cleanse the soul and revive so we can get back into the ring.

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