Are you a blogger? Even if you aren’t, have you got just a little bit too much on your plate? Are you finding it hard to keep all of those plates spinning while trying to hold down a full time job, pay bills and try and have some enjoyment in life? Then I feeeel ya! Sometimes you need to take a break, today I am talking all about taking a blog break, why it’s ok to do so and why you shouldn’t punish yourself!
In the almost three years I have been blogging, I’ve taken maybe four blogging breaks. These have all been for different reasons..
After the craziness of Christmas and my attempts at Blogmas, I always tend to take a couple days or even two weeks off of blogging in January. I like to take some time to get my head around the New Year, have some time to reflect and let the fun of blogging re-inspire me for a new set of goals and content.
I have taken planned blogging breaks when I’ve jetted away off on holiday.
Last year, I was lucky enough to go away for three weeks to America. We did a little tour of Florida that included Key West and I just knew ahead of the trip that having to negotiate my blog and the blogging world while travelling so much and having a much deserved break from work, I’d find it too hard to juggle it all. I still bought my laptop and parts of my office away with me but I think I sat down to actually physically blog once in three weeks.
This year, I planned in a blogging break in May. We were going away for almost three weeks to New Orleans and Florida and I’d learnt from my mistake of dragging my laptop and blogging bits half way across the world just to feel guilty about not managing any blogging!
There’s a common theme here isn’t there. A constant and nagging feeling of guilt and worry that I’m not doing enough. And I know I am not the only one who gets this!
But you know what? Now that I am back from my amazing holiday to America, newly engaged and almost fully back into the swing of LoveRosiee and blogging, I feel amazing!
A well earnt break was exactly what I needed.
I am not the only one who has a crazy hectic life. I work 46 hours a week generally, which sometimes goes up to 54 hours. I own a house and don’t have the luxury of a cleaner. I have a massive family that includes three gorgeous nephews and one brand new niece. I also have a new Fiance!
So, kill me if start to think that I deserve a break!
And do you know what? I feel so much happier, so much more chilled and my inspiration has come to me in so many different ways because I took myself away from the crazy world of blogging to enjoy what was in front of me!
I, like so many of you, bloggers and non-bloggers, can get so easily caught up in blogging schedules, numbers, statistics and things like Instagram algorithms – it can be exhausting! Couple with that the constant work load of general day to day life, paying my mortgage and trying to actually see my friends and family and it boils down to one very tired and obsessive Rosie!
So, why do us bloggers punish ourselves so much when we NEED to take a blogging break? We shouldn’t. Blogging isn’t a 9-5 job by any means. I’m not the only one who can find myself up until midnight trying to perfect that post or edit that snap for the next day!
But we shouldn’t worry ourselves sick or panic over missed deadlines, loss of social media numbers or inconsistencies of content.
It does you the world of good to sometimes put the laptop down, look up and enjoy what’s around you!
Take a break, you deserve it!