Blogger burn-out

I already announced something on Facebook and Twitter earlier today.

I have gotten tired of continuously being on the edge of my seat for new whisky releases, writing tasting notes of stuff that comes out or has been/is no longer available for ages.

I want to get back to simply enjoying whisky, sharing experiences with friends and going to tastings. It feels more and more like a job instead of a hobby and while I wouldn’t mind being part of the industry, the way things are now I’m getting a bit overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time.

Overwhelmed by the amount of time I spend on Facebook, Twitter, whisky sites and browsing shops. Underwhelmed and disappointed by the vast amount of energy it costs me, not to speak of the money sink a hobby like this is.

This energy drain is something I find hard to deal with. There’s too many releases that I find interesting and after I’ve spent my cash and something more interesting comes out, I already regret buying the previous bottle.

So, what I’m going to try and do for a while is lay low. Trying to visit less shop sites, not reading bottle-share offers for a bit, and blog less about whatever is happening on the whisky related internet.

My reasons for this are two fold:

Personal in which I have to find a way to get out of my own sphere of negativity and get rid of the feeling of blogging being a chore instead of a hobby. Personal in which I really have to start saving some money for other upcoming expenses instead of burning everything on bottles and samples. Personal in which I find I have more than enough whisky that I like to drink but to which I don’t get by the sheer amount of sample I ‘have’ to review.

Outward in which I find the whisky fabric being very negative at the moment (although I agree with the negative arguments for about 99% of the time). Outward in people bitching to each other on items of blogger integrity and people’s opinions. Outward in me being weak and wanting to buy more than I can.

Of course, I have only myself to blame for owning more whisky than I can drink in a decade. Still I feel like an idiot for having this big a collection. I want to limit my buying too.

Currently I just buy random things that seem interesting at the time. I want to set some new rules for myself:

– I’m only buying if I would also find the whisky worth it if it costs € 10 more
– I’m only buying if I want to open the bottle when it comes in. (I have too many bottles ‘that seemed interesting at the time’)

Of course, I will keep my blog updated with things I find interesting, reports of tastings and trade sample reviews if I get any. Other than that, I’m just going to enjoy the stuff I’ve bought over the years.

Sorry if this rambling seems incoherent. I’m trying to make sense of it as well, and I’m trying to get my bearings again in this tumultuous hobby environment. Feel free to comment!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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6 Responses to Blogger burn-out

  1. Example of me being an idiot: Yesterday I really wanted to buy the Arran 17 that’s coming out. Today I wouldn’t know why. I’m glad I didn’t order it…

  2. I still want that arrran. but my collection is not as big yet 😉 i think i will not get it.

  3. Troy says:

    The rambling wasn’t incoherent…it was rather well-put. I think you’re being smart – just enjoy your life. Cheers Mate!

  4. There are too many things in life that people do because they have to, this shouldn’t be one of them. I try to live my life by one simple rule: if it’s not fun, then don’t do it. Life is too short to spend it doing things that don’t make you happy. So I applaud your realization and your decision. And hopefully we’ll still see you around twitter, etc.

    • Don’t worry. I’m not leaving, I’m just toning everything down a bit.

      Trying to keep myself from being on Twitter and Facebook all day, and blogging somewhat less. Probably a couple of times per week, but certainly not on a daily basis.

  5. mattveira says:

    That wasn’t incoherent nonsense. Actually words of wisdom & realisation.

    I came to something like that last year (i don’t has a big a blog / as active blog / big a collection / understanding like you)… But I realised I wasn’t enjoying my so called “hobby”. I wanted to have a large impressive collection & I didn’t want to miss out on anything going on. Bought bottles because they were cool, not because I wanted to drink them.

    I’m lucky I’m out of that rutt… And it was last weekend meeting lots of the whisky fabric, that I realised what I loved about whisky. The tadte, complexity, flavours are all fantastic… But that can be eclipsed by the sharing, community and joy it can bring to a group/friends even personally.

    I applaud you friend and hope you find your happy medium. Don’t give up blogging as you are gifted at it… BUT… Do what you enjoy and what brings you contentment. Hopefully we can raise a glasses sometime together.

    (Guildford Whisky Blog)

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