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Why It Might Be Time To Take A Break From Blogging

At some point in time, everyone needs to take some time out away from their busy blogging schedule. The concept of taking a break from blogging can be challenging, especially as a new blogger. When you are dedicating a lot of time towards growing your blog and trying to make a name for yourself taking a break almost seems counter-intuitive. I just took my first week off blogging which wasn’t planned at all but was much needed as I was struggling to balance blogging and work life.  

As well as balancing my time, I was lacking the motivation to write blog posts which I know is all too common in the world of blogging. Other times it can be hard to place a finger on why you are feeling a little lackluster towards blogging. Whatever you are experiencing, here are some signs it might be time to take a break from blogging.

You Are Experiencing An Extended Period Of Writers Block

When you are struggling to conjure up inspiration and ideas for writing a blog post, the immediate thought can be to throw in the towel. Which is fine, there are going to be days where you don’t feel like blogging. Whether you choose to push past that or not is individual to you. At the end of the day, you know best what you are capable of. But if you find this is a recurring pattern, it might suggest you are not in the right headspace for blogging at this moment in time.  

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You Have Become Too Fixated On Stats

It’s easy to get carried away analysing the stats of your blog constantly. When posts don’t perform as well as you’d hoped it can really affect your confidence as a blogger. It might even leave you questioning whether it’s worth continuing with your blogging journey or not. It’s important to remember that you didn’t start your blog to gain the most followers, likes, comments, etc. There was a message you wanted to put out there, something you felt you needed to share with the world. So when your blog isn’t performing as you might like, focus on why you started. It also helps to think about other bloggers in the community. You wouldn’t want them to suffer for the sake of posting new content, so why do it to yourself?

Your Routine Has Become Too Regimented

Does the thought of missing a posting day make you uncomfortable? Consistency is one of the most important factors when it comes to making your blog a success. But consider if it’s possible you have taken it too literally. There have been times in the past where I have pushed myself to post when in all honestly I should have just taken the time for myself. Giving yourself a break will make you realise how much pressure you were putting on yourself and not to do anything when it doesn’t feel natural.

You Have A Lot Going On In Your Personal Life

I don’t think there is ever a time where someone isn’t going through something. Maybe for the most part you see blogging as a form of therapy and a way of releasing your emotions. Other times you might find it’s taking more energy than you can afford to give right now. As a society, there is a perception that to be successful you must be seen to be doing the most, but that’s not healthy. You need to be able to separate yourself from your work and keep your mental health in check. If things are becoming too much, your followers will no doubt have an understanding and look forward to your return! Even if you have just a handful of followers, if they enjoy your content they won’t be going anywhere. I have found the blogging community to be an incredibly supportive network for one another.

Taking a break from blogging shouldn’t be something you feel ashamed about doing. Often when we take a break, we come back feeling more motivated and have new energy and perspective towards blogging. It’s important to take breaks whenever you see fit and not be too hard on yourself for sticking to a schedule.

What are your thoughts about taking a break from blogging? Have you found a break useful?

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15 thoughts on “Why It Might Be Time To Take A Break From Blogging

  1. Agree with all your points! As much as I’d like blogging to be a fun hobby, it feels like a part time job. sigh Some times stepping back can help come back with even more vigour. Though every time I decide to take a break – I just cant. 🙈 I love the blogging world too much

    1. For sure, it requires so much time especially as something you are doing on the side. I also agree it’s hard to switch off from, but you can really see the love you have for blogging from your posts which is rare!

  2. Wonderful post as always, Olivia! Blogging has been feeling like a chore for me lately and I know I need a break. But I’m scared to take one because I’m afraid I’ll never come back, so I just keep going. But maybe taking a break for a day or a week may not do any damage.

    1. Thank you so much Sheri, appreciate your support as always! It’s definitely a challenge and a fear I think a lot of people face. It doesn’t feel natural to pull yourself away from it when you have so much to lose but I’m sure a couple of days or even a week wouldn’t hurt if that’s something you have thought about doing ❤️

  3. This is very true. I think sometimes as bloggers we feel pressured to perform and always be consistent. Sometimes a break is the best thing that we can do for our mental health

  4. Lol I suffer from most of these. Thankfully, I maintain a weekly schedule, so things are much easier one me than if I were to maintain a 3x/week output. Thanks for this post!

    1. I think it’s normal for everyone to feel them at some point. I honestly don’t know how people that post so frequently manage it! Thank you for reading!

  5. Great post! I think it’s totally normal to take a break once in a while especially if you’re going through the things you mentioned on the post. I took about two and a half months off last year and it was great because I came back much more enthusiastic and felt better than ever about blogging.

  6. I have taken a break from writing blog posts before. I had family down and then I was poorly. I still worked on social media and sharing older content. But just taking the time off writing was beneficial to recharge and I came back more motivated. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

    1. Thank you so much for reading Lauren, life can definitely get in the way of blogging but its great you we’re able to get back into feeling motivated!

  7. I just keep this in mind: Blogging isn’t a 100-meter-dash event, it’s a marathon! Keep running like Usain Bolt and you’ll wear yourself out soon enough. You ought to slow down, just like the fable says – slow and steady wins the race!

    (Thank you for following The Monching’s Guide, by the way. Couldn’t comment on your About page, so I’ll just drop a line here – and hope things get better on your side of the pond.) 🙂

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