In the case of the work I do on this specific newsletter and with Tedium, I have figured out ways to manage it all: This newsletter has a time limit so I don’t overextend myself on it, and with Tedium, I intentionally pull an old piece out of the archive to update and refresh it once a month, partly as a way to build in the occasional lighter load on a newsletter with a very regular clip.
But doing more can get a lot sometimes, and I think that as creators we need to be honest about the impact it can have being on the treadmill.
I think in the solo creator space we’re going to see a lot of good people start to hit the mental health wall after a while, as the extra junk that comes with being a public-facing creator gets in the way one too many times.
So my feeling on all of this, if you’re building a newsletter or creative project like I am: Find ways to create a lighter lift every once in a while, so when the signs of mental RSI kick in, you don’t just keep running into a brick wall.
And if your favorite creator seems to be looking or feeling a little stressed, don’t be afraid to check in. You never know how much that show of support can help.