Have you ever taken (or wanted to take) a blog break?
Last month I took an unplanned blog break. I was burnt out and wanted to quit blogging. Rather than pull the plug on five years of work, I decided to step away and take a blog break.
As I took my break, I reflected on blogging and I made the most of my time away.
Before I share these insights, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent me comments and messages of encouragement. Your support meant so much to me. Also, the person who published my content without permission decided to remove it. I’m so thankful… and what a relief!
Let your readers know.
Let your readers know that you’re taking a break. You don’t have to get into the details if you don’t feel like it. Just tell your readers that you’re stepping away. Also, you can use social media to spread the news of your break.
Blogging is a time-consuming activity. To get the most from your break I urge you to disconnect from the blog world.
For the first couple days, I felt like I couldn’t disconnect from my blog. I kept checking my email, my stats, and social media. I finally took drastic measures. I deleted the blogging apps from my phone. I also changed the settings on my phone so I could not use data when I was away from wireless. What a difference that made! I almost forgot what it was like to go somewhere and not have access to my email!
A few days later, I returned to social media but I was nowhere near as “addicted” to it.
It’s hard to trust that your decision to take a break was a good one.
It was challenging for me to step away from my blog because I didn’t want to lose the readers I have worked so hard to gain. However, I realized that if my readers enjoy what I have to share, they’ll stick around. I would rather fill myself up and give quality content than spew whatever I feel like because I “have to” write something.
You are a blogger, so you must love to write. Acquaint yourself with writing for YOU! Keep your thoughts flowing.
I didn’t want to take a break from writing (I love it too much), so I wrote a lot during my blogging break. It was inspiring to step away from writing content for others and switch to writing for me. I did some journalling, I wrote some articles and worked on my homeschooling eBook.
Rest and rejuvenate.
While you take your blogging break, make sure to rest and rejuvenate yourself. Do the things you love the most.
I read, played with my children, cleaned, and baked. I even took a few naps! It didn’t take long for me to feel alive again.
Take the time to reflect.
You’re taking a break for a reason. Reflect on your blog life before you stepped away. Doing this helps to assess how you can improve your blog when you return.
The break from my blog gave me the opportunity to reflect on the goals I have for The Deliberate Mom.
I love blogging, but the time I spent on my blog was excessive. I concluded that rather than publishing 2-3 posts per week, I would scale back to 1 or 2 posts a week. I want to put my finest work on my blog. To do that with 3-4 posts per week is almost too much for one person to handle.
I used my time away to assess what’s working on my blog. During my break, I realized that my biggest source of traffic (when I’m not posting new content) comes from Pinterest. I’m certain my Pinterest tricks and tips have something to do with this. I established that Pinterest is the social media outlet which I need to focus on.
By assessing these things, it’s easier to discern where your efforts are best placed.
I also used the time away to plan how I will change my blogging habits. I created a realistic blogging and social media schedule. I even noted blog “vacation time” on my calendar.
Return when YOU feel ready to return.
Don’t rush back to your blog. Don’t let friends, family, fellow bloggers, or anyone else pressure you to return. Take care of yourself and nurture your creative spirit. You will know when you want to return.
Have you ever taken a blogging break? Would you consider taking one?