The Importance Of A Blogging Break

Sometimes the hardest things to write are the most important. Not just for the person writing it, but for the person reading it.

The blog can take over

I have spent so much time lately with my head buried in this computer that I hadn’t realised just how much it was, dare I say it? Taking over. I know for a fact that I am not alone in this. I have lost count of how many blog posts I have read recently where other bloggers are feeling down about their little corners of the internet. I’ve read posts where bloggers are feeling uninspired and have even contemplated quitting their blog.

It’s important to remember that this is a stage that I think, if we are honest, every blogger goes through. When you spend so much time doing one thing, it is inevitable that it’s going to happen, sooner or later. Maybe not necessarily the desire to quit, but the feeling that it’s all getting on top of you.

Realisation

This happened to me a few days ago.

The day that this post will be published, I will, with any luck, be on an aeroplane, on my way to somewhere hot and sunny. It’s our first official school holiday and we are heading to Portugal for a week’s break. Yes, a break.

I had every intention of taking this laptop with me. The husband had said he thought I shouldn’t. That I needed a blogging break. I disagreed. How could I take a break? How would all of the work get done? How could I possibly keep my stats up if I took a break? How could I get all of the work done if I’ve not got my laptop with me? It would impossible.

It wasn’t until a few days ago when I started to feel the anxiety in my stomach. I felt myself having a panic about everything that I needed to get done before the holiday. It was then that I realised that it was all absolutely ridiculous.

Why on earth was I doing this to myself? One week away was not going to mean the end of the world. One week away was not going to mean the end of my blog. One week away was not going to kill me. In fact, one week away, with a break from it all, could be just what I needed.

Taking a blogging break

I’ve found myself working day and night recently to keep up with everything. I’ve felt a little burnt out. I’ve not had enough time to myself and I’ve felt more tired than I have felt in a long time. I’ve been doing too much. I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself and I realise that it’s time to slow down.

So I made a promise to my husband. I am leaving the laptop at home. I am handing my blog over to two lovely guest bloggers next week and I am taking a blogging break. You heard it here first!

I can’t promise that I won’t check my emails and reply to any that need it. I won’t be stepping away from social media because I love it too much. But my nights of tapping away on this laptop are done for the next seven days, and I have to be honest, I’m really looking forward to it. It is very much needed.

Whilst I’m looking forward to the break, I’m also looking forward to coming back, refreshed and full of new enthusiasm. A blogging break can do you the world of good and it is so important to remember this.

Take time for you

So, if you like me, have found it all a little too much lately. Have a rest. You don’t need to be going on holiday to do it. Even if it means shutting the lid of the laptop for a few days. Step away. It will still be there when you’re ready to go back to it. Take a break. Take time for you.

I posted a fantastic little quote in this week’s Wednesday Wisdom that sums up this little revelation in a few sentences. Check it out here.

 

What do you do when you feel it’s all getting a little too much? Do you blog when you are on holiday or do you have regular breaks? Let me know in the comments (and I promise not to read them until I get home!).

 

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13 Comment

  1. Reply
    Amy - The Rolling Baby
    23rd October 2017 at 9:22 am

    I think it’s good that you’re giving yourself a blogging break and I hope you enjoy you’re family holiday!
    I’m a new blogger, so haven’t hit that stage yet, but I do find myself constantly thinking of my blog, new posts, what I can do to promote it etc and already I can see how easy it is for it to take over. #FamilyFunLinky

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    Donna (@bobsysmum)
    23rd October 2017 at 10:06 am

    I’m attempting a break this week so this is good timing! I left work to go freelance last October. Since then I’ve been working or blogging every single day! So, this week me and Husband have both arranged a whole week off….I just need to fiddle with mail chimp and then I’ll stop!! #familyfun

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    ettieandme
    23rd October 2017 at 10:12 am

    Ive been feeling the same recently, I was stressing about not having enough time to do anything, then I wrote a post about it and realised it was blogging that was taking up all of my time! I’ve made a pact with myself to only blog once a week now. You need to have time for you. I hope you have the best holiday #Familyfun

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    rachelbustin
    23rd October 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I’m terrible, I went away last week and took my laptop with me. I do try to have one evening off each week from blogging. I had a mini blog break last month, but that was only because I had extreme morning sickness and spent most evenings in the toilet. Lucky I had a few posts scheduled to tide me over.

    Enjoy your break! xx

    #familyfun

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    Lisa Pomerantz
    23rd October 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Enjoy every minute lovely lady! <3 #familyfun xoxo

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    Sadie
    23rd October 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I hope you’re enjoying your break!
    #anythinggoes

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    absolutely prabulous
    24th October 2017 at 10:15 am

    I seem to be on a constant blog break ha ha. Seriously, almost 4 years as a blogger and I can confirm the breaks are needed. This year has been hard for a lot of bloggers; I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to quite, that there is a low ‘ebb’ in the blogopshere, poor etiquette (sadly) and a general despondency including over blog conferences. But this happens in any industry in any job. Enjoy Portugal. Report back please…we’re thinking of moving there now we’ve been in Malta 12 years 🙂 #dreamteam

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      Jaki
      24th October 2017 at 10:13 pm

      We LOVE Portugal. This is our forth time here and it’s never long enough. Go for it. But only if we can visit! 🙂 xx

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        Jaki
        24th October 2017 at 10:13 pm

        Ps. Check out my Insta if you need any more convincing! X

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    jeremy@thirstydaddy
    24th October 2017 at 3:38 pm

    enjoy your holiday. We went out of town a few weeks ago and the only thing blog related I did was to keep up with deleting spam comments. Have a great time #anythinggoes

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    randommusings29
    25th October 2017 at 7:21 pm

    We all need a bit of down time! The world will still keep turning if you have a few days off (took me a long time to see that)
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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    Sinéad (shinnersandthebrood.com)
    26th October 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Oh how lovely to be getting off to the sun! Lucky thing! You’ll come back refreshed! Love Portugal. Have lots of fun!

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    Alana - Burnished Chaos
    28th October 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I took a complete break at the start of the summer when we went on holiday for a week. I didn’t even go on social media! And it was exactly what I needed. And when I got back I didn’t rush into it all either. I took another week to do bits here and there rather than rush straight in and let the stress pile back up again. It was the best decision I made. We all need a break from time to time. Hope you’re having a great holiday.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

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