You might have noticed that it’s been much longer since my last post – over a month! If you looked at my online presence, you’d think I dropped off the face of the earth. No Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, tweets, and only a few pins (I cannot stay away from Pinterest!). I needed a blogging break, and I’m so glad I took it! Here’s why I took a break, what I did with my “free” time, and why a blogging break might be beneficial for you, too!
Why I Took a Blogging Break
One simple answer: one day I woke up and I just didn’t want to blog. I love writing and designing graphics. I love interacting with people that I meet through blogging. There are so many amazing things about blogging, but there was a day I just didn’t want to. So instead of stressing or forcing it, I didn’t. There were other things I wanted to do, but I felt like I couldn’t spare the time.
If you’re not a blogger, let me give you a little insight (and if you are a blogger, I know you’ll be relating to this!). We’re constantly advised by “experts” that we need to publish blog posts several times a week in order to be considered “successful.” We’re also supposed to publish on all social media channels several times a day, focus on growing our email lists, learn this new trendy thing or that new fad. Add to all of that taking care of a family, a house, and for some, jobs. It’s endless, and it’s a lot to keep up with. But we do it because we love our blogs and the communities we’ve made with them.
There has been a lot on my plate lately. I don’t want to sound whiny about everything I do; I really enjoy my life, but I needed something to give, and it was the blog.
What I Did During My Blogging Break
I won’t say that I made any huge achievements, but I did so many things!
The first thing I made sure to do was to start spending more quality time with my husband. This poor guy works so hard to support our family, and he really got the short end of the stick here. Instead of having a stressed-out and distracted wife, he got to come home to a much happier and relaxed wife (well, as relaxed as I could be after spending all day with a hyper 4-year-old chatterbox and twin girls in the throes of the terrible twos). The time we spent together in the evenings wasn’t preceded by “Let me finish this post first…” or anything else like that. He got a lot more of my full attention and appreciation, and I think he’s pretty happy about that.
I’ve had more time to devote to my creative side. Yes, the blog counts as creativity, but I’m talking my artsy creative side. I’ve been playing with watercolor paints, and I’ve discovered zentangles. Oh my goodness, those are so addictive and soothing.
One of my great passions in life has always been reading, and the blog has taken up all my time I used to devote to that. I’ve been reading so much more lately… a little at night before bed, some during the kids’ nap time, and really any time I have a book near me!
And get this – I slept in! Oh the sweetness of it! Instead of waking up and being at my desk every morning by 5:30, I got an extra hour or more of sleep! I was able to get up just a mere 30 minutes before the kids – enough time to get some coffee, get dressed, and take the puppies outside.
I will admit that the first week or so I was torn and bored. Before this break I would spend almost every spare minute glued to blogging – not just writing, but social media promotion, taking “Instagram-worthy” photos, commenting on other people’s blogs, and so on. During the break I stopped all of that. I felt so torn, like I knew I needed to get with it and do something, but not wanting to. It took me a little while to accept that I didn’t HAVE to.
Would a blogging break be beneficial for you?
Maybe! I feel so much more peaceful lately! I got my break, and now I’m ready to come back. I learned that life will go on without blogging. Taking a break doesn’t mean failure; for me it meant adding more to my days. I got more me time, and my marriage got a boost. Those two things right there are priceless.
If you’re considering taking a break, weigh the pros and cons. Make a special list for it in your bullet journal! Ask yourself these questions:
- What would you do with your time?
- How long would your break last?
- Are there any consequences?
- What are the positive effects it would have?
I will also add that sometimes you have to ignore your well-thought-out list, and just go with your gut. If you get to the point I did where you just don’t want to anymore, then you might need a break.
I’m so glad to get back to Momma Wants Java. I missed writing, and I have missed my blogging friends. The best part about all of this is that I feel like I have a much better understanding and grip on how I’ll be balancing life and blogging.