Blogging Break – A Good or Bad Thing?

I’ve had a couple of weeks break with the kids for Easter. We had a few day trips out, saw friends and family and spent a week in Norfolk with my in-laws. It was the same place we went to last year – a fantastic converted barn with indoor pool for the kids.

Unlike last year, I completely switched off from blogging. Last year, I was organised and had blog posts planned and scheduled ready to go. I diligently responded to all comments that came in and was busy on social media. This year, I did the complete opposite and did nothing. I had no blog posts planned and I didn’t really care, I just wanted a break from it all. Which made me think. Is a blogging break a good or a bad thing?

Reasons Why a Blogging Break is Good

  1. It has been incredibly liberating to not be ruled by my phone! To not feel the need to check stats, respond to comments and interact quite so frequently on social media. I’ve enjoyed time out to live in the real world.

2. I’ve spent some quality time with my family.

3. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I’m doing and where I’m going. I’m not sure I’ve arrived at any great revelations, but the pondering has been good!

4. A lot of people say that a blogging break gives them some new perspective, along with thoughts about new goals and ideas. I can’t say I’ve had this, as I haven’t thought about blogging much at all!

Reasons Why a Blogging Break is Bad

1. I’ve lost my momentum a bit. I’ve found it hard to get back into blogging and have lost a bit of motivation. I’m not sure about you, but I have found that creativity sparks creativity and that if I’m motivated and into writing my blog, I often find plenty of ideas come flooding into my head for more posts. Having a blogging break has broken the flow of ideas and creativity.

2. This drop in momentum and lull in motivation in turn made me question – what the hell am I doing anyway? Is anyone reading? Does it even matter? Should I just quit anyway?! I’m definitely one of those people who seem to do better when I’m busy and got lots on. If I find myself going through a quiet or sluggish patch with for example work or blogging, I find it affects my motivation with everything. I find that I lose my way a bit!

 

What do you think? Do you ever properly switch off from blogging? Or are you too worried about stats and readers?  I don’t feel guilty about having a break, my only problem is getting going again and I’m hoping in time and with us all getting back into the usual routine, things will fall into place again relatively quickly!

I’d love to know your views on blogging breaks!

 

 

60 thoughts on “Blogging Break – A Good or Bad Thing?

  1. I am a fraud amongst the blogging community to be honest because I write what I want and when I want and I’m totally oblivious to SEO, DA and the likes. I just love to write. However, I appreciate that there are people blogging for a living so that is entirely different. I think it is important to work out from the start why you blog – the road should be less blurred then! Glad you had such a good break! #BigPinkLink
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    1. That’s good to hear because I thought I was the only one doing this for nothing more than my own amusement! Thanks for that! Xx

  2. I think it’s a good thing to take a break once in a while and not be bothered about checking comments etc. Hopefully once you get back into it you will find your break has provided you with lots of inspiration for new topics.
    #bigpinklink

  3. I have only written one post this month – and I had about four weeks from my last post in March. I don’t usually checks stats etc, and I’m really only doing it for myself, but when I take a break, I do think, why am I bothering going back?! But then I enjoy it, so I do. I’m not a social media obsessive so I don’t think it’s ever going to rule my life. So, on balance, nice to have a break, I’d say #bigpinklink

    1. I think I’m in exactly the same position as you! I have wondered why I bother but this week made myself sit down and write something and actually really enjoyed writing it, so we shall see!

  4. I definitely think a blogging break (and a complete writing break, in our cases to be honest!) is a good thing. I would totally feel your negatives too, but I think for our own sanity, it’s nice to give ourselves permission to switch off. I thought you’d been quietly recently, hope you’re back on form soon, one missed your posts! #coolmumclub xxx
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    1. Ahh thanks Mrs L! I have enjoyed the break but really struggled to get back into everything since coming back. I’m not really one for watching stats so I have questioned whether it’s worth continuing at times. But I made myself write a new post this week and enjoyed it so I’ll see how it goes! Thanks for your lovely words of support. Xx

    1. I think that’s the thing. If it’s your job then you can’t afford to not be on it constantly. For me it’s not. Thanks for commenting. X

    1. Yes I agree. It’s just the getting back to it I struggle with and the questioning of what’s it all about!!

  5. I totally hear you Cheryl! I took a blog break on the second week of Easter and I thoroughly enjoyed having my evenings back. I couldn’t switch off from the whole SM thing though – mainly instagram because I’m hooked!
    I find a linky break is more critical to my sanity than a blog break as it’s so intensive – but it’s always good to get back when you do!
    All in all, I find the break essential like any form of ‘annual leave’, and although it is hard to get back into it, it all comes flooding back – usually just in time for the next break.
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub – and yes, WE ARE READING and loving what you do.
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    1. Hah! Thanks Sarah. I honestly don’t know how you guys manage the weekly linky, so I’m not surprised that you need a break from it! I made myself get on with writing a post this week and enjoyed it, so I think like everything else, it’s just a case of getting back into it. Xx

  6. I’ve had occasional blogging breaks, both voluntarily and unintentional. Before the last one I found them refreshing and found it easy to come back from, but my last one nearly broke me. Like you my motivation was gone and it has taken a very long time to get it back. I don’t tend to worry about my stats as they are quite low anyway but falling behind on things I actually want to write about gets me down. So it’s half and half for me on them being a good thing. #coolmumclub

    1. Funny how it can either up your game or make you more despondent. I’ve experienced both! I think a break is good but you need to force yourself back into it to find out whether you do still enjoy it.

  7. Oh Cheryl I could talk to you about this for ages. Honestly, I’m so conflicted I don’t know how to answer it. I totally nodded my head furiously in agreement re the creativity sparking creativity. Our mind gets on a roll and ideas flood out as you said. But equally blogging without a break leads to burn out in my case. Then I take a break and frankly speaking from experience, it can go either way: I come back totally reinvigorated and raring to go or have lost ALL momentum. The last year has been a very strange one for me on the blog front actually. Sometimes I long to go back to the days of being oblivious to linkies, stats, DAs because I got really good views anyway. The bigger the blog has grown, the more stressed I am. I’ll shut up now as I’m at risk of typing a longer comment than this blog post’s entire word count but it’s so lovely to read you again. I miss our little Twitter banter xxx #coolmumclub
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    1. Ahh thanks Prabs, it’s good to know it’s not just me!! I am the same either raring to go after a break or totally losing momentum. I’ve struggled this time round with the last one. I made myself sit down and write a new post a couple of days ago and enjoyed it so hopefully I will be back on track soon! Thanks for your kind words and always love reading your posts / comments no matter how long they are! Xx

  8. I could have written those points. I often wonder this. I know that nobody will notice if I take a break but then I wonder why I bother in the first place. But that’s why this year I have really focused on why I blog: for me and for a journal of my life. So having readers and sharing is just a wonder benefit of it. I do think breaks are important. I often take a break from Linkys when life is getting on top of me and I feel like I have so much free time. I think when we go away later this year I will take a complete break like you did because it’s always good to get some space from everything! #CoolMumClub
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    1. It’s good to know that other people feel this way and it’s not just me! Thank you and enjoy your break!

  9. I could have written this myself -word for word. ive been taking breaks and not giving a stuff about scheduling stuff. and its been bloody great! ive put a lot less pressure on myself too in terms of numbers. I’ve enjoyed it more that way too! #KCACOLS

    1. I agree that when you’re doing it for yourself there’s less pressure and a bit more enjoyable. That’s what I’m focusing on now!

  10. I’m in the beginning stages of blogging so taking a break is not good for me. However, I agree that it is necessary to take a blog break when you hit a blogger’s block. It is one of the suggestions I make in my post with ideas for dealing with blogger’s block. It’s great that you took a break and spent time with family. I feel like family time is so important. I hope you are able to get back into blogging soon! #KCACOLS
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    1. Thanks I think a break is a good thing ultimately as it brings a new perspective. I’m slowly getting back into it!

  11. I’ve recently taken a few small unplanned breaks from blogging and I’m so glad I did. I’ve actually found that I’m now only blogging for myself, I honestly can’t remember the last time I checked my blogging stats and I no longer beat myself up if I haven’t written in a week. Can’t say I’m so good at taking a break from social media but thats another topic haha!! Hope you get your creative flow back soon lovely, I’m more than sure you will. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x
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    1. Thanks Hannah, I think you’re right that you enjoy it more when there’s less pressure to look at stats etc. Slowly getting my mojo back! X

  12. Cheryl I have taken a couple of blog breaks because it is so all consuming that the only way to completely switch off is to remove myself from it completely. It is important to put it all in perspective and I find that it is easy to forget those close to me in my quest to connect with my online audience. It is a tough one but I am comfortable with my decision and yes the downsides are you lose your MOJO for a bit but equally it doesn’t take that long to find your stride again. Everyone is still there. Glad you liked Norfolk. It is my home county. Love it! #coolmumclub

    1. Ahh that’s good to know that I’m not alone! I think it’s important too. Love Norfolk!

  13. My blog started accidentally really and I felt I tried to run before I could walk. I now only blog when I choose to as it is something I really want to enjoy and get the most out of (for me!). I hope you get back on track and where you want to be 🙂 Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS and we hope you join us next time.

  14. I think it’s good to have a break. You can have too much of a good thing. And sometimes it does detract from family life when you’re constantly needing to respond to messages. When I first started blogging, I would have complete breaks from blogging for family holidays (so weeks at a time). But I found, like you, that it was hard to get back in the swing afterwards. I felt demotivated by the inevitable drop in stats and interaction.

    Now on my “breaks” I have 1 or 2 posts scheduled per week, and I schedule a few tweets to alert the world to the new posts, but I don’t do any active promotion or join any linkies or respond to comments. I do all that once my break is over. I find this is a middle ground that works for me.

    I hope you find your happy medium soon and can have the best of both worlds 🙂 #coolmumclub
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  15. I’m away for 3 weeks in June – 1 week with my parents and then 2 weeks as a family of just us 3. I’m currently debating what to do. I am planning some posts to schedule in a couple of times a week but think I will drop my 2 weekly update posts. In terms of properly switching off, I think I will when we are in Spain because I really just want to relax. I think I really need it. But whether I’ll be able to have a full social media break for 2 weeks i don’t know!! #coolmumclub

  16. Very refreshing to read this post as we’ve just got back from 3 days in Norfolk glamping where there was no wifi or electricity and it was sooooo blissful. I just didn’t think about any of it, because there was no point. I did find myself on the beach checking my twitter when I had one bar of reception then had a word with myself and looked around me at my kids on the beach and put it away. It was so good for me as I’m new to all this and have become a bit obsessed as it’s so easy to do. I can see why it’s hard to get back into it though as creativity feeds creativity as you say, and then you start to question what it’s all about anyway! Thanks for sharing this post. I have come to the conclusion it’s very good for me personally to have a break every so often. I’m fed up of checking my phone all the time but obviously I’m back to it now! #KCACOLS

    1. I get told off by my husband a lot for checking my phone! A complete break is good and can remind you about the important stuff of living in the real world!

  17. Blogging breaks are essential, after all we are only human and cannot do it all! I find when life takes over all blog related tasks come to a halt and whilst it may take some time to get back into the swing of things I actually enjoy living in the now and spending time with my family. #KCACOLS

  18. I took a complete break for two weeks over Christmas and came back with loads of new ideas and motivation galore. I just took some time off over Easter and have found it really hard to get going again. I don’t regret taking the time as we had great fun as a family I just need something to kick start the writing again. I think it’s made me realise I need to find a better balance somehow. I’m off to BlogOn soon so hopefully that will be the jumpstart I need x
    #KCACOLS
    Alana – Burnished Chaos recently posted…Happy Days: Scooting and ExploringMy Profile

    1. Easter must have done something to all of us as I’ve heard a few people say the same. Perhaps it’s the Easter eggs!?! Good to get a balance, hope Blogon brings it for you. X

  19. I had a break recently too and have also struggled to pick back up with momentum. I don’t think it is a bad thing. I have no idea what I want to write but I do want to so I’m sure something will come soon enough. At one point I didn’t even want to write. I no longer worry about numbers and stats but I used to. I stopped checking when I realised it was sucking the joy out of it all. I hope you find your rhythm again soon.
    #KCACOLS
    Kirsty – Winnettes recently posted…Mother’s Day with Every Mother CountsMy Profile

    1. Thanks Kirsty. I think these slumps are quite common! Sometimes you have to make yourself do it to get back into it. Agree about the stats checking! X

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