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.
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.
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?