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.
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!).