I took a blogging break in September.
Well, kind of.
SheMonster Media is my writing and VA business and I love it. I enjoy writing content for myself and for other people. That kind of took precedent over keeping up with the SheMonster Media blog and social media accounts. Growing this online space is important to me, but as I entered my third year of the BPR program I’m in, I had to focus on other things. At least for the time being. So I took a blogging break.
Taking a blogging break isn’t the worst thing you can do.
It might be difficult. You might worry about losing followers or momentum, or stress about not being connected at all time. You may even fear losing interest completely.
The truth is, these things could happen, but if you’re struggling to keep up with blogging and it’s becoming a problem, it might be time to take a break.
Here are a few reasons why I took a break from blogging.
5 Reasons to Take a Blogging Break
1. You Have Too Much Going On
A lot of people start blogging because they think it’s going to be a fun side hustle that take only a few hours a week. In reality, the top bloggers spend 40+ hours a week on their blog, many even more! Rachel, the founder of The Confused Millennial, once wrote that she spends 14 hours a day on her blog!
If you’re a full-time blogger it’s fine and dandy to spend the majority of your day online. But, if you’re like me (and a lot of others), you probably have a ton of other responsibilities.
For example, I have a daughter. She’s going to be 10 this year. She convinced me to adopt a dog, a hamster, and a 10 gallon tank of little fish. That’s a lot of responsibility to keep all of these things alive and well! F’real. Any parent or pet owner can tell you how much work goes into raising a family!
I also work as a freelance writer and VA and spend a few hours a week doing that. Then there’s my on-campus job at school that I need to commit 2-3 a week to. A lot of people have full-time jobs, or part-time jobs on top of their blog.
Finally, I’m in school full-time. Earning a BPR is hard! There are so many projects, assignments, tests and papers. It takes up a lot of my time outside of class.
My point is, a lot of people have more going on in their lives than just their blog. And every now and then something will come up that makes blogging feel like just one more task on their to-do list. And maybe that one more task takes them over the edge to insanity-land. It did for me.
2. There’s an Emergency
Things happen unexpectedly all the time. Hurricanes come crashing in. Family members get sick. You have to up and move out of nowhere (which is what happened to us in August/September).
When these things happen your mind is elsewhere, and so are you. You’re handling things out in the real world and that’s important.
3. You Get Sick
Then there’s always the chance of you, yourself, getting sick.
Maybe it’s just a cold or the flu, or maybe it’s something more serious. Either way, you have to take care of yourself!
Putting pressure on yourself to blog when you’re not well is not going to help you get better. It’s only going to prolong the problem. Which is why you should take a blogging break to nurture yourself.
Taking a break to take care of yourself doesn’t mean you’re lazy, or unreliable, or even selfish. These are all thoughts that run through my mind when I take a sick day (or more), but none of it’s true.
4. You Need to Disconnect
Being online all the time is a lot of work. When I started blogging it was just blogging, and maybe a few tweets here and there. Now, bloggers are expected to be everywhere, on every platform, maintaining daily posts and conversations with hundreds of people.
It can be really overwhelming!
Which is why a lot of people really do need to disconnect sometimes. Even if it’s just for a week, or a day.
One summer I stopped blogging for an entire month so I could be more present in my daughter’s life and we had a blast! Just this year I took a week off to go camping.
5. You Simply Lost Interest
Like with anything in life, you can lose interest in blogging. Which, you know, would be kind of hard to do if you blog full-time, but it’s another reason to take a break from blogging.
A lot of bloggers fall out of love with blogging and choose to stop altogether. Others decide to push through and keep going, maybe because they have to (like, if it’s their job and source of income). And then there are those that understand that sometimes you need to take a break, even from the things you’re most passionate about.
If you find yourself losing interest in blogging, be honest with yourself and your readers. Let them know you’re taking a few days off. When you return, you’re likely to come back full of new ideas, projects and energy!
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Take a Break
There are so many reasons to take a blogging break, and none of them are wrong. If you find yourself struggling to maintain your blog, do yourself a favour and take a break.
Have you ever taken a blogging break? What was your reason and how did you go about it?