I’ve been blogging a long time and every so often, I go through phases of having absolutely no blogging mojo. In fact, this is the first blog post I’ve typed for Squidgy Moments in over two months.
My readers have been wondering where I’m gone, I myself have wondered the same but sometimes you just need to take a step back. Generally there is no real reason to why I stop. I could be just tired, life may be in the way, I just might not have anything to say! What I see online quite often though is other bloggers beating themselves up about not posting. I see other bloggers pressuring themselves to post daily and I feel for them. Unless your blog is your professional website, no one is pressuring you to post and you shouldn’t feel you have to post to keep your readers / the internet, who ever happy. In fact, sometimes its ok to take a break from blogging.
- Digital detoxes are good for the soul
I’m a Digital Marketer professionally and so I spend most hours of my day being consumed by the online world. This can get quite over-whelming and the only way I can pull back from being online is to take breaks from blogging. Detoxes are needed to re-energise so when I feel I need one, I completely embrace it!
2. You have more time in the real world
Blogging is hard work and its time consuming as well. Taking a break from time to time means I have more free time to myself and heck, this is needed often! I have my evenings free, I’m on social media less and I get to spend time doing things off the internet. Taking my recent break allowed me to reevaluate what I wanted to do with my blog moving forward and my conclusion? Less pressure on myself to be ‘on’ all the time. I like the real world and I want to spend time in it. And that’s ok!
3. You are open to inspiration
Sometimes when you get wrapped up in the world of blogging and your own blog, you can become very closed minded and self-centred (and I mean that in a nice way!). Thoughts like, did I get enough views, did I get more followers, did I share my post 100 times all start to fester and may impact your creative side.
Its easy to burn out when being a blogger and I think that when you take a step back, you can really see the bigger picture. My recent break has allowed me to see the world the way I love to see it and it has given me some inspiration for some great new posts and I love that. I’m not worrying about hits, follower growth or anything of the sort. I’m just going with the flow and allowing myself to become inspired again.
What many don’t realise is that blogging comes with a lot of work. There’s writing the post, taking photos, proofing, sharing, scheduling follow up content on social media, sharing the link in FB groups, engaging with comments and this all goes in a big circle, one of which is hard to escape once the cycle gets going. If you are a blogger and you feel you need a break, don’t feel bad about taking it. We are all human at the end of the day! If you are a reader of my blog, don’t worry, I always come back after my breaks but I hope this post has helped to clarify where I disappear to from time to time. 🙂
I love my blog, its been a part of my life for 5.5 years and my recent break away from it, these past two months has really proved that my passion is still there. I will be back in full action soon. In fact, I’ve two incredible trips between now and Christmas to take that I’ll be dying to blog and tell you all about! So stay tuned. 🙂