I am so THRILLED to be back at it, reading and writing blog posts after a month-long blogging break. To those I am connected with on socialTwitter, this explanatory post may seem redundant to you. However, I wanted to make sure my friends on WordPress understand that I didn’t abandon my blog or suddenly ghost them. Keep reading to learn about my thoughts on the importance of taking blogging breaks
After an excruciating June, I took a much-needed, abrupt blogging break where I stopped writing, posting, and promoting my blog, as well as reading and commenting on other blogs.
Why I Took a Blogging Break
As many of you know, I’m currently a full-time graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in marketing. When I went back to school, I quit my full-time job and began working a part-time job closer to home. However, during June, I started working a second part-time job (more related to my field) AND I began an accelerated Statistics course. Between my two jobs and my intensive course, I was working seven days a week, with a schedule that was all over the place.
To make matters worse, I went through a very painful breakup with my partner of two years that left me feeling emotionally shattered and alone. Queue Ariana Grande’s entire Thank U, Next album for ~all~ the emotions.
Needless to say, June wasn’t my month. I was perpetually unhappy and stressed. My performance at both my jobs and in my course began to slip. As a way to escape, I started writing and shooting photos for as many blog posts as I could… but this was only to my detriment because I wasn’t dealing with my real life. So I did something I never thought I’d do – I took an unplanned, month-long break from blogging.
Looking forward to the future || Joshua Tree National Park
Why Taking Blogging Breaks is Necessary
I know that I often speak about the importance of consistency as a blogger (and I actually have an upcoming post full of tips on how to maintain consistency with blogging), but taking a break is sometimes vital for your personal well-being, as well as the vibrancy of your blog.
Whether your blog is a passion project, a side hustle, or a full-time career, taking a break from blogging can be a much-needed relief. Not only does taking a break free up time, but it can lessen the feeling stress in your life by removing the blog-specific pressure related to posting and promotion, as well as provide you with more opportunities to deal with the other issues in your life.
Five Benefits of Taking a Blogging Break
Increased Free-Time for Personal Activities or Dealing with Life Stressors
Lessened Blog-Related Stress Regarding Post Performance and Posting
Ability to Brainstorm Future Blog Post Ideas
Increased Creativity / Refreshed Feeling
Time to Tweak Old Posts, Give Your Blog a Face Lift, Create Promotional Graphics or Take E-Courses
Feeling cool, calm, and collected
Final Thoughts on the Importance of Taking Blogging Breaks
When blogging becomes more stressful than it is fun or starts to feel uninspired, this could be an indicator that taking a blogging break is necessary. Additionally, when life becomes overwhelming, it is okay to put your blog on pause to increase your capacity for reflection and life betterment.
P.S. Fun Fact: Just because I took a break, doesn’t mean I forgot about you all or your posts. Trust me when I say that if I’m a regular commenter or supporter of your posts, I’ll be playing catch-up over the next couple of weeks… so hopefully, you’ll enjoy the love coming your way! 🙂
Missed you all. Missed blogging. Glad to be back.
P.P.S. I gave my blog a little facelift with a newly updated theme. What do you guys think?