It’s okay to take a blog break

blog break

Over the summer months with so much going on, I took a step back and gave myself a bit of an impromptu blog break. I didn’t stop entirely but I cut my posting back to twice a week (sometimes less), I stopped taking part in linkys, I massively scaled back my social media interaction and I went for days at a time without checking my emails.

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It wasn’t planned as such, but I just didn’t have the time or the energy to continue with the same level of commitment I’d gotten used to.

I admit that I felt pretty stressed about my blog abandonment in the beginning. I worried that everything I’d worked so hard for over the past three years would be lost. I fretted that my domain authority would drop, my site visits would take a hit, my ranking in the various parent blogger ‘charts’ would plummet and my social media followers would dwindle.

A couple of weeks passed and I completely stopped worrying.

Suddenly I didn’t really care about any of that stuff and, if I’m honest, I was loving my new found freedom from blogging.

Suddenly I controlled my blog,  not the other way around. I didn’t have to spend my evenings on my laptop, remember to join in with linkys on certain days, post an Instagram photo each morning or schedule social posts on an evening. I was still blogging, but it was on my terms, and not those dictated to me by score boards, Klout scrores or Google rankings.

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I stopped checking my monthly page views and decided only to blog when I really felt like it. Heavily pregnant and with a house move underway, those moments were few and far between.

The result?

A couple of months later, with the birth of our baby boy and all settled into our new home, I was ready to pick up where I left off back in early June. And so far I haven’t experienced any catastrophic consequences from my little blog break.

I mean, my blog was still here – exactly as I left it. How bad could it really be?

My Klout score took quite a hit (I’d hardly posted on social media), but ironically my domain authority increased (I’m fully expecting it still to catch up). My blog traffic dropped a little, but nothing to be too alarmed about. The emails from brands wanting to work with me didn’t stop coming in. 

But the best thing about taking a break was a renewed love I felt for blogging. I couldn’t wait to get back to writing posts and engaging with the community.

There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to do so either.

I remembered why I started blogging in the first place – because I need to express myself though writing and I love having a place where I can document these days and capture our lives as a family. I love being inspired by others in the blogging community and I need a creative outlet for my overactive brain which thinks far too much.

I’m sure every blogger becomes disillusioned along the way, or reaches a point where they can’t live up to their own high expectations of what a good blogger should be. I think when this happens and we start to feel resentful towards our blogs, or when we just don’t have the time or the energy, we need to give ourselves permission to take a blog break.

After all, sometimes giving yourself a break is the very thing you need.

Have you ever taken a blog break? Do you sometimes feel disillusioned by blogging?

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Mum Muddling Through

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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    New Mummy Blog
    September 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I absolutely agree, I’ve done the same, for the same reason and mostly by accident. To be honest I just haven’t had time, a newborn and toddler really do take up a rediculous amount of time… every second of every day really 😀
    I’ve definitely got renewed energy too now and have so many posts going out the next few weeks that I’ve started drafting of jotted down a few words for these last few months.
    Hope you’re all settled at home now too xxx
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    Kristie - Mammaprada
    September 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I can definitely understand this. There is so much that goes with blogging. It’s not the writing of your post but the considerations of SEO, linkys, keywords, promoting on SM. It’s a bit draining sometimes! And I only post an actual blog post about once a week! I can’t imagine how you feel doing more than this. I always find if I have the odd day off Instagram, not much changes. Sometimes I actually get more follows that day. I think possibly we worry too much. Hard though when you are working to build something. xx #coolmumclub

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    Talya
    September 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I think taking a blog break is super healthy as it helps you have a new point of view when you come back….I haven’t had a break for longer than two weeks before but two week….two months…pah! who’s counting anyway? Good to have you back though darling xoxo

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    Nicole - Tales from Mamaville
    September 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    This was me… except for the baby bit! I was away on a long trip to India, then returned to a new house in a new area and then had the entire summer with my pre-schooler home – so blogging took a major backseat. It did stress me out at first but then I too realised that for a change I was controlling my blog and it wasn’t the other way around. I wasn’t killing myself staying up at night finishing posts when I was so tired – and it felt liberating. Glad you’re all settled with baby and new home.
    #coolmumclub

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    Helena
    September 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Taking a blogging break is a great thing to do. Other jobs out there are set up with holidays to be accrued and taken too. #coolmumclub
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    Muffin top mummy
    September 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve started scaling back as I went in guns blazing for the first 6 months or so. I realised that being on maternity and worrying about keeping up with writing/linkies/social media suddenly made it feel like I’d never left work. I’m gradually trying to find a balance as I don’t want to step back too much at this point in my journey – but it’s so good to read that it all worked out for you and you’re feeling good about it again 🙂 #coolmumclub

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    highstreet beauty
    November 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    We often put pressure on ourselves and you are exactly right that taking a step back can mean renewed love for hobbies and interests and a reminder of why we started them in the first place!

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