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?