I first want to say Thank You to everyone for bearing with me this past two weeks. I’ve had some really exciting things going on the home front and needed more time to tend to that than I thought. I promise to get into the details on that real soon but in the meantime, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about taking breaks from blogging and how beneficial they really are.
I’m not gonna lie, taking a break from every single piece of writing I do was hard. I hadn’t taken a hiatus like that since last year. That blogger’s guilt can be rough and I couldn’t help but feel like a total slacker sometimes! It’s easy to get caught up in the blogger race – growing a blog, gaining readership, working with brands, and just trying to keep up. And what we may not realize is that the pressure we feel isn’t even coming from the outside but actually from ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s essential to push and challenge yourself, especially if your goal is to be a professional blogger (like I’m trying to be). But you can push yourself too much and things like your blog and personal life can suffer. Whether your blog becomes more of a chore than a fun outlet or you just can’t find anything to write about, taking an occasional break from it is really a good thing.
You Give Yourself Room to Be Inspired
When you take away the pressure of getting blog posts out on time, make sure they hit your social networks, and responding to a never-ending stream of emails, you leave room for your creativity to grow and have some fun. When I had a little downtime, I would just type some random things into Google and came across an awesome website for vintage clothing (which I will blog about soon!). I went into my closet and came up with some super cool outfit combinations that I can’t wait to take pictures of when I’m normally when I’m scrambling for an outfit to blog about. The pressure just stifles out any type of inspiration to hit my brain. Do you remember those days before you started blogging? You had a list of ideas that was a mile long because you saw everything through your creative lenses. Taking a time out can get back into that frame of mind as well as give your content a breath of new life.
You Realize Where Your Passion Lies
If you’ve been struggling with whether your blog is going in the right direction or don’t know if you want to blog anymore, taking a break from it will help you find answers. It’s just like relationships, you can’t see where the problems are when you’re in the thick of it. You have to see it from the outside. If you’re like me and just couldn’t wait to log back into WordPress and get to blogging again, it’s safe to say you still love your blog and you just needed a quick break! I missed it terribly and so happy to come back with not only a renewed passion for it but with a new set of ideas as well! If you come back to your blog and realize that you really didn’t enjoy what you were writing about but still want to blog, go back to those list of ideas you came up with and get back to what you love! If you didn’t miss your blog at all, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate blogging. It could be taking energy and time away from something else that you would rather enjoy doing.
It’s an Opportunity to Get Fresh Content on Your Blog
In this post on IFB, one of the suggestions they gave for preparing for a vacation was to get some guest posters while you’re away. Take the mental time out to expose your readers to bloggers that may not have heard of before. I have a staycation planned for my bday coming up and I’ve learned to take it as a chance to invite some of my favorite bloggers to take over while I’m away. I’ve been meaning to do that for the longest and this hiatus put the fire under my butt to try it out! By injecting new voices and new types of content to your blog, it keeps things new and interesting for your readers attract new ones while you’re taking time to relax and recharge your creative juices.
Have you ever taken a break from blogging? What did you learn during your time away?