DO YOU NEED A BLOGGING BREAK?

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A few months ago I decided to have a little week-long blogging break, which I don’t think I’ve ever done since I started Natalie Leanne in April. There was a number of reasons I wanted to step away from the laptop for a while, one being posting every other day can be quite time-consuming. I was a bit scared and nervous at the beginning, what if I didn’t miss it and didn’t come back? Thankfully that didn’t happen and I’m still here to tell the story 😉

 

If it becomes a chore…

Unless you do this as your full-time income, then you can totally have some time-off (well, you can anyway but whatever). You most likely started your blog as a passion project for yourself, and the last thing you want to happen is to lose your love for it. I always think you should never force yourself to post, it can lead to things feeling more rushed, and more than likely you can end up unhappy with the content you’re putting out there.

If other life events need your attention

Sometimes life just gets a bit too busy, and blogging can fall to the wayside. And that’s totally okay, by the way. Even if your blog is one of your top priorities, some things we can’t control and they need your time and attention. Having time off will help you feel less pressured, and will give you some time for yourself to rest when you really need to.

If you’ve lost inspiration and creativity

I find my inspiration and creativity go together hand in hand. When they’re there, it’s all good, however some times they can disappear for a while. I don’t know about you, but I can’t force out posts. I usually get all my ideas at the most random of times (the shower, before I go to bed, on a walk etc) so I make the most of jotting down them when they arrive so it saves some stress later. If I’m really struggling, I try to not let myself even think about it for a few days and sooner or later it all gets back to normal.

What I learnt from my week off:

  • Blog stats didn’t fall off the face of the earth, so that’s good to know.
  • It actually went super quick, but I did feel a lot more rested and ready to write again after a break.
  • Jot down ideas you have whilst your not blogging in a journal, so you can save them for later.
  • You realise how much time you actually spend. It’s not just the writing, there is pictures, scheduling and promoting too, amongst other stuff.

 

Have you ever had a blogging break?

 

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  • I loved this! I wrote a similar post about taking a break with blogging last year. I definitely can relate to this. I think I may take a break this week as I’m feel uninspired again and have too much going on personally I can’t keep up xx

    Lauren – itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • I think taking a break is sometimes SO needed and a really healthy thing to do xx

  • I’ve actually been pondering taking a little break from blogging recently just to recharge my batteries and find some inspiration in everyday life… this post was very reassuring. I love reading your advice! 🙂

    Daisy xxx
    https://daisychaindaydreamsblog.wordpress.com/

    • Oh I hope your break is going well and your enjoying the time off! 🙂

  • ive not had a blogging break, but i did have a pretty hefty social media one which ended up in me deleting facebook FOR GOOD and very rarely now checking twitter / instagram and only ever on a desktop. and it’s really made such a huge difference, i have so much more time for other things and i feel a LOT more focussed and positive!

    something id really recommend doing and its good to read that you felt much the same way too! i think everyone needs a break once in a while!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • I deleted Facebook for years and it was such a good decision, I’m not that keen on it even now if I’m honest! xx

  • I definitely think having a blogging break is a great idea. Recently with all our house moving stuff I have taken a slight step back as I needed to focus my energy and concentration elsewhere. I have been jotting down ideas, but realised that the world won’t end if I don’t stick to my schedule! When I started out blogging there would be month long gaps, just because I was busy at uni and didn’t actually have much to chat about! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

    • I think having a break is a great thing! It keeps you feeling more refreshed too and inspired for when you come back xx

  • Honestly taking a break can be the best thing you do! It can refresh your creativity and you’re in much better shape when you return!

  • I had a month long blogging break recently and I felt so much better for it! I had the same learnings as you, and learnt that people do come back when you start blogging again and won’t disappear forever!!

    The Makeup Directory

    • It’s nice to know that they have your back isn’t it? 🙂

  • Han

    I think it’s so important to take time for yourself and away from social media in general sometimes, I think it make such a positive difference! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

    • Time away from social media is always needed every now and again! xx

  • I’ve had many blogging breaks, I used to feel really guilty for this, but I realised that my life was so chaotic at the time it was nearly impossible and something has to give.
    It sounds like a blogging break was lovely for you. xx

    • Sometimes we don’t realise how much we should have one! xx

  • Sophie

    This really helped me feel not as bad about the fact that I’ve had to focus on my mental health and my family recently, so you could say my blog’s gathered quite a hefty bit of dust! But as I’m starting to feel ready to blog again and try my hardest to be the kinda blogger I want to be, I’m realising that it’s not just me! Even the bloggers who seem to have all their shit together like you and other influencers I look up to sometimes need a breather, and as you said, that’s definitely okay!
    I really needed to hear this today, so thank you! xx

    http://www.xosophhh.com

    • Aw thanks for reading Sophie, I hope you’re doing ok xx

  • Shannon

    I can definitely relate to this! I feel like if I take a break, especially since my blog is pretty new, people will just totally forget I exist and my blog will become a graveyard. Quite irrational thinking I realize, but it stresses me out nonetheless. Sometimes you need a breather though and it is perfectly ok! Trying to remind myself that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t post.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • I promise that definitely won’t happen lovely! It’s totally okay to take your time with it xx

  • I had a blogging break for a month last month simply because life outside of the blog was so busy but it was SO good because I came back motivated as ever and super inspired! Great post, Natalie!

    Fatima x http://www.fatimawrites.co.uk

  • Amy Eade

    I think if needed then blogging breaks are great, I’ve had a week here and there and usually feel so refreshed afterwards! (although you’re right, they do go very quickly!)
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

  • This is such good advice, everyone needs some time off/away and it can be a good thing and super refreshing! It’s not something I feel I need to do yet but when the time comes I won’t hesitate to take some time off to rest and focus on other important stuff.

    Madi x
    madiwilliams.com

  • I definitely agree that when blogging becomes a chore it might be time for a break. I always feel guilty if I don’t post but I think if the audience is loyal they won’t mind. xx