Feeling Overwhelmed By All the Blogs You Read? Here’s How to Change That

overwhelmed readingIngesting content by other bloggers on a consistent basis can lead to feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm. It can be so overwhelming at times that self-doubt creeps in and you start thinking every post you write is trash. I’ve been there many times before and it’s not a good space to be in. So in this post, I’m going to discuss a few go-to methods I use when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the internet. 

Limit your blog reading

This one seems like a common sense tip, but considering that many of us spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to read every blog post that we spot in our social media feeds. To avoid that, limit your blog reading to a specific time of day. Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour per day (e.g. at night before bed, during your morning commute or on your lunch break) to read blogs. This way, you’re not reading blogs for hours at a time.

Designate a day to binge-read

Instead of reading blogs every single day, you could designate one day out of the week to read blog posts. This way you can binge-read articles from your favorite blogs. You can also spend time commenting and sharing the posts on your social media channels. I tend to do this on a Saturday or Sunday because I usually don’t have anything else going on and very few bloggers publish content on weekends.

Create a hierarchy

There are some blogs that I prefer to read everyday and others that I don’t. The best way I’ve found to deal with this is to create a hierarchy in my browser’s bookmarks folder based on how frequently I check the sites. For example, blogs like For Harriet and Fashion Bomb Daily are at the top of my bookmarks because I visit their sites on a daily basis because they have new content just about every day. Blogs that are updated infrequently are pushed toward the bottom of the bookmarks and usually get checked during my designated day to binge-read blogs. The cool thing about this method is you can create a hierarchy based however you want. You could do it by categories (e.g. beauty blogs on Tuesday, food blogs on Thursday and lifestyle blogs on Friday) or even days (e.g. on Mondays, you read ABC Blog and 123 Blog and on Tuesdays, you read BGB Blog and 456 Blog).

Only read blogs that you enjoy

One of the worst things you can do is read blogs out of a sense of obligation. If a blogger’s content isn’t appealing to you, don’t waste your time reading it. Forget about how popular the blogger is and how much other people are sharing and praising their content and only spend time reading blogs that you’re truly entertained or inspired by. Blog reading should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the internet/blogs? What steps do you take to deal with overwhelm? Leave a comment below.

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  • AG – Black is the New Black

    Took the advice of bookmarking & prioritizing and setting aside certain days to indulge this week. I already feel less cluttered and less overwhelmed!

  • It certainly helps when bloggers post consistently enough for you to figure out their schedules.

  • Yep, the bookmark method is one of my favorite ways to cut down on my internet consumption and save time.

  • Your point about it being impossible to keep with every little thing in the news and blogosphere is true, Leanne. It’s best to figure out the best sense of balance for yourself. It’s tough, but doable.

  • Kenya, I felt like that a few around summer last year and I literally took a few months off. It can be difficult when your business is online but at that point I felt so overwhelmed by social media and the internet I had to disconnect. Now I try to follow the tips in this post and since reading Drea’s suggestion, I now limit my social media access at the weekend. I may share a positive pic on Insta, but other than that I try to stay away. I think we also have to accept that it is impossible to keep up with everything and I tell myself if there is something I’m meant to see, I will. As bloggers, it can be a real challenge to get the balance right… thanks for this post Drea. :)

  • Bobbie

    I definitely bookmark the blogs I read. My daily blog reads, I know their post schedules for the most part, so I know when to head to their blogs which helps me not to be overwhelmed at all. All other reading I definitely catch up on Sunday’s

  • I like the bookmark method. I have two folders. Top Blogs and Blogs. My Top Blogs I go to a few times a week and the others I skim every once in a while. Great tips. So much content it can be overwhelming.

  • Thanks, Kenya – that means a lot to me coming from you! I definitely have those days when I just wish the Internet was never invented, or that I never had access to the Internet. It just seems like there’s always *something* happening on the Internet that warrants my attention. Hence the reason I spend Saturdays away from social media. The most I might do is schedule tweets in advance but that’s it. No tweeting, Facebooking, or Instagramming for me.

  • Kenya

    I’ve felt overwhelmed by the Internet so much lately I can’t even explain. But the tip about designating certain days for blog reading is certainly helpful. BGB is a great community and I’d hate to strictly become a taker without giving back to the other wonderful bloggers. Drea, as I’ve said before, you are the bomb and I see absolute awesomeness in your blogging future ;-)


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