A couple of months ago I was so motivated. My blog was doing great. I upped my posts to three times a week. It was all good. Then I went to vacation and I had only a couple scheduled posts but I thought I would get back in the groove of things. But then I didn’t. I thought I was just tired and needed a few days to recuperate but then I still wasn’t writing. Then came the unexpected blogging break.
I hate the idea of a blogging break. It makes me feel like I somehow gave up, which I know I didn’t. But I hate the feeling that I was getting behind on the blogging race. The comparison trap is a dangerous place. Blogging is like a job so stopping even for a little bit is scary and overwhelming, but it happens. So when you find yourself in this place, here is a few things you can do.
Where is your blog going? Are you happy with what you’re posting? On this break I tried to showcase my older posts and realized I wasn’t too thrilled with my most recent content. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed writing them and I got a good response, but they aren’t exactly posts that are shareable or evergreen. It made me see that I have to be specific and write about things people can relate to. Even if it means redirecting my blog (again) it’s worth it because I saw what works and what doesn’t.
Spruce Things Up
If you feel like you have to do something, work on the back end things of your blog. Clean up plugins you don’t use. Update your theme. Repurpose old pins to better quality. Basically take some time to take care of your blog to make sure it’s running properly and you love the way it looks and feels.
Take the Break with Stride
I got pretty frustrated the first few days when I would open WordPress but wrote nothing. I was thinking about the numbers and the Tweets that needed to be scheduled, but nothing was going to change the fact that I needed to stop and refresh. Just enjoy it. Binge watch shows and try a new hobby. Just have fun with it because there’s no point in forcing something. You’ll get get back to the grind soon enough.
Have you been on a blogging break? What’s a tip you would give to those struggling?