A Blogging Break | The Importance of Blogger Self Care

The Importance of Taking Blogging Breaks

Guess who’s back, back again? LP’s back – hello friends! πŸ˜€Β 

Hi friends – 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 social Twitter, 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.

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.Β So I did something I never thought I’d do – I took an unplanned, month-long break from blogging.

The Importance of Taking Blogging Breaks
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

  1. Increased Free-Time for Personal Activities or Dealing with Life Stressors
  2. Lessened Blog-Related Stress Regarding Post Performance and Posting
  3. Ability to Brainstorm Future Blog Post Ideas
  4. Increased Creativity / Refreshed Feeling
  5. Time to Tweak Old Posts, Give Your Blog a Face Lift, Create Promotional Graphics or Take E-Courses
The Importance of Taking Blogging Breaks
Feeling cool, calm, and collected

Final Thoughts on 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! πŸ™‚

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?

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Have you taken a blogging break before? What are your thoughts on taking blogging breaks? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

38 thoughts on “A Blogging Break | The Importance of Blogger Self Care

  1. Yes, I’ve taken few breaks in my 1 Year of blogging .
    Some were due to my exams & other because I was feeling overwhelmed by posting regularly.

    You said it right, breaks gives us time to spend on our self. In this time we can release stress of blogging regularly & worrying about what to write next

  2. Loved this! I’m getting ready to come back from a short break. Sorry to hear about all of the stresses, but you’re lovely and incredible so I’m glad you’re back.

  3. Hey, LP!!!! I’ve been wondering how you are and thought you might be taking a breather. I’m so happy to see you and am grateful you are feeling better. It sounds like June sucked! I hope that your August is amazing and all that you want it to be. β™₯️

    1. Yes – was definitely necessary for me to have a breather… but I made it through July and am happy to have some more free time this month. Hoping to crush all my goals this month AND have some fun.

      P.S. I think I should be caught up with all your posts …. I think I’ve added like another 15 books to my long TBR list lololol.

  4. So sorry to hear about the break up, LP! Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next couldn’t have been more appropriate. Blogging breaks are sooo great sometimes, it can really leave you so refreshed! Instead of feeling good, you can get so stressed by it, some times, and it just leaves you more frustrated. But glad to see you’re back girl!!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    1. Aw thank you girl. I really missed blogging even though I was still active on Twitter/IG – felt so odd to be out of the loop with everyone’s posts. Always appreciate your support. <3

  5. I took a break when I first went to university and it was actually really helpful. I had been feeling a bit uninspired and like I was forcing myself to post. After the break however I felt so much better and have been blogging pretty frequently ever since.

    1. Mentally I didn’t want to take a break, but I knew that I needed it and in the end I do think that it was the right decision for me. It just felt so odd since I had been so consistent for so many months!! But now I’m hoping to get as many posts as I can pre-written so that I’m organized and ready to go once my semester starts up again in September!

      1. I’m doing the same because I start again on September too and I am pretty sure I won’t have time to blog as much.

  6. I have absolutely missed reading your posts and hearing from you (on here) the last month – so it makes me so happy to see you back! Welcome back! πŸ™‚ I am sorry you have been dealing with all that stress on your plate. You’re so strong – it’s inspiring. I agree with you on taking blog breaks. They’re so helpful. Can’t wait to read more posts from this series.

    PS: When LP says she’ll catch up on your posts, she means it y’all.
    Thank you so much for all the love on my posts, girl. XO

    Much love always,
    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

    1. Aw thank you girl – I really missed reading your posts and interacting with everyone on their posts, too. Felt like a part of me was missing without my blog, but very glad to be back. I think a break was the right decision for me. <3

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your break-up, they’re always shitty and leave you feeling all over the place. Although, I really hope you’re starting to feel a little better about it now. These kind of posts are so important because we’re only human, right? Taking blogging breaks are necessary because it’s so time-consuming, which, when you have a load of other things going on your life, can leave you feeling anxious and depressed. You’re right to have taken some time away from it all and I hope you’re feeling much better now. You and your blog are fantastic. Thank you for continuing to inspire and I hope August is your month! x

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. I always appreciate your kind words. As much as I wanted to be blogging, I really was able to deal with a lot during this break and feel recharged jumping back into my blog. <3

  8. I’m glad you’re back! I didn’t know you went through a breakup, I’m so sorry. Only looking at your schedule, working two jobs and doing a course at the same time, made me tired. I have a lot of respect for you how you handled it and I think it’s good you had a blogging break. Always take care of your health first!

    Love your new blog theme! πŸ™‚

  9. I am sorry June wasn’t the kindest of months for you. I am POSITIVE the remaining months of 2019 will be much better!!
    We all need a break sometimes. I have reduced my posts to once a week now because my life is so busy.
    Glad you are back!
    Alyssa x

  10. I have been blogging for upwards twelve years (and have had many transitions in the process) and I’ve taken many breaks, especially when life gets crazy. I used to feel guilty but what ive learned is that when I take that much needed time for myself not only is it vital for my personal wellness and balance but I come back stronger and wiser and with fresh, energized ideas.

    1. Wow that’s amazing that you’ve been blogging for so long – I hope to be blogging for a long time. It is totally important to take breaks when it is needed and not feel guilty!

  11. Oh my sad to hear how heavy it was and you are totally right, trying to adhere to a schedule for the purposes of pumping out a blogpost is so not worth it especially since you just feel like shit and your content is so forced and unhappy. What became a safe and creative outlet becomes something rotten. Thanks for sharing this! πŸ₯°

  12. I am learning about having to take breaks! or that since I am just starting, it’s ok if I don’t write every single day! I am a mom & wife, lets face it LIFE HAPPENS to us all! Its ok! It really is!

    1. It is okay because as much as blogging may be fun or important to us, sometimes life truly does get in the way and is so hectic! But we can always find our way back to it. <3

  13. Sometimes life gets in the way and we just need to take a little break! Glad you’re back and ready to take on the world. So sorry to hear that you’ve been going through a rough time, but hopefully things will start to look up! xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words – August has definitely been much kinder to me, so far <3

      Also, I'm not sure if you're aware but the link to your site in your WordPress Avatar is broken!!

  14. Hii LP! I’m so happy to see you back around the blogosphere, we totally understand that blogging breaks are super necessary sometimes. β™‘ I’m sorry your June/July weren’t the very best. I hope August has been much better & continues to be amazing for you!!

  15. Yes!! I love everything about this. I recently took a 2 month hiatus due to medical issues and just felt so bad about it. Thanks for your reassurance that it was the right thing to do ❀

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