If you’ve just read the title of this post, you’re probably wondering one thing:
Blogging break? When did you take a blogging break? Haven’t you been posting, like, four days a week?
Let me just quickly preface this by clarifying that yes, I have been posting four days a week, but, yes, I have also been on a blogging break. I know I’ve talked about this in the past before, but for those of you who don’t know, I write a lot of my content in advance. Creativity and motivation aren’t in endless supply, so when I feel particularly energized I write up as many posts as I can. I’ve found that it makes getting through blogging lulls a whole lot easier because you still have things to publish.
Now that I’ve cleared that up, let me say that while I’ve been present on the blog both here and on social media, I haven’t actually sat down to write a post in about a month. It’s the longest I’ve ever gone without writing a post in my two years of blogging, and it felt completely and totally strange. I’m so accustom to writing posts and taking photos and all that fun stuff that I didn’t realize how weird it would be to not do it (spoiler alert: so, so, so, so, so weird).
This break was semi-intentional. I wanted to take a week or two off so I could brainstorm some new post ideas, as well as figure out some technical stuff that I’ve been putting off for ages (*cough* *cough* going self-hosted). However, I didn’t expect that break to morph into an entire month. Things came up. I got busy. And the longer I went without blogging, the harder it became not only to find time to write, but to find things to write about.
Being on this break made me realize that sometimes the only way out of a creative funk is to just sit down and force yourself create something. Which is what I did the other day. Instead of sitting around, waiting for inspiration to strike, I told myself to get going on something. Anything. Whatever I could get down in writing.
While I’ll admit the process didn’t result in my best post, it did result in a post, which given the circumstances felt like a major feat. Having not written a single blog post in nearly thirty days, I finished this one feeling more excited and more motivated than I had in forever, and it taught me something important.
You see, what I’ve discovered is that your first post back doesn’t have to be your absolute best work, and you don’t have to feel super inspired while writing either. But it’s a necessary step in the right direction.
Getting back into blogging is like getting back into any old habit. It’s challenging at first because it’s been so long, but eventually you regather your bearings and figure things out.
I’m happy to say the longest blogging break I’ve ever taken has officially come to an end. I’ve got a list of post ideas written in the back of my planner, and I’m ready to start making a dent in them.
That being said, I really want to thank you all for sticking with me, even if you didn’t know I was dealing with this little rut. Reading and responding to comments was one of the only ways I still felt connected to blogosphere when I was feeling creatively uninspired, and it definitely gave me the motivation to get back to blogging 🙂
Have you ever taken a long break from blogging? If so, what did you learn from it?