Why Taking a Blogging Break is Good for the Soul!
I never thought to actually write a post on this topic, but I definitely found it necessary after such a great response to Tuesday's Life Lately post. I'm definitely going to get a little personal here, so bear with me.
There were quite a few comments, tweets and emails from y'all about my blogging break. All, were supportive and encouraging! So first of all, thank you for that! Some of y'all even sought out some advice on taking your own break from the world wide web. So I thought, why not discuss it here on the blog as well?!
I've been blogging for about a year and a half now. In many ways I'm still new to the blogging world, have plenty of room to grow and in other ways I feel like this has been apart of me for well beyond the time I've actually been doing it. Blogging has sort of become a second job in a way and apart of my daily routine. So much so, that it can be hard to separate myself from it (sorry for posting Instagrams at dinner my friends).
When summer began, I was really in the heat of blogging. I was posting about four times a week and really starting to see my hard work come to fruition. Then... life happened. Well, actually it was summer in general. The days started to get busier, my evenings started to get packed and my weekends seemed to end before they even began. So finding the time to blog and produce great content started to get challenging.
I also was entering a new relationship, preparing for several summer trips and events, and finding it very hard to find a free day on my calendar. I was really just enjoying life and while doing so, blogging started to slip away from me. Not in a bad way of course, but I just found myself really wanting to immerse myself in my offline life. There's NOTHING wrong with that! Something I needed to learn.
As summer came to a close, I found myself in a different scenario. I went through a really hard... breakup. I've alluded to this over the past few weeks. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed to share this, because well... it happens to everyone. At this point, I found myself shying away from blogging because my mind was undoubtedly focused on other things. I needed to focus on myself. Selfish? Maybe. But it was necessary for healing and growing.
The few weeks of focusing on life offline, really helped me clear my head and find new inspiration for all sorts of things. Ultimately, it was blogging that pulled me out of this emotional state. It was the fact that I've experienced so many wonderful things because of starting this little space on the web. But mostly it was the people that I've met throughout the past year and a half that I truly found myself leaning on. I wasn't thinking about "how many followers I've lost" or "how it was going to take some rebuilding" to get back to the point I was at the beginning of the summer.
I realized that no matter the length of a blog break, the reason for it, or the follower count that may dwindle... it is truly about the context of it all. The relationships, experiences and friendships that have come from it, and the passion I have for continuing on.
So no matter what you're going through. If you're in a blog rut, feeling uninspired, too busy to handle it all or just honestly going through a hard time in your life, remember the paragraph above and.. take a break. Life happens. Real things that aren't shared online or with your followers. So take all the time you need. Everyone will be supportive and understanding. I can definitely attest to that. **Photos Via