Why a blog break can do a world of good

Why a blog break can do a world of good

I’m so tough on myself when it comes to schedules. If I say that I will do 3 posts a week on certain days of the week, I get super mad at myself if those posts then don’t happen. I know that my audience probably doesn’t care – I have a really understanding readership and I’m basically nobody. However, I’ll know. So, taking a break is never something I’ve really done intentionally… Until December.

I was exhausted.

Uni has always been effort, but the first term of my final year really took the most out of me. I was going through an awful time mentally, was doing more extra-curricular work than I should, and was drowning in deadlines and reading lists. I missed a lot of posts, and I convinced myself that Blogmas would make everything okay, and though loads of my posts were prepped, it took more out of me than I care to admit.

Instead of enjoying my Christmas and the atmosphere, I was tied up with sharing posts and checking my stats. The posting everyday wasn’t the issue – it was the pressure that came with the sharing and maintaining and creating social content to match. When I got back to London, I spent a few days being wrapped up on outings with friends and time with my family. I recall coming back from a sleepover at my friends on the 18th, thinking about the fact that my blog hadn’t even crossed my mind for the 24 hours I’d spent with them… and it was beautiful. It’s not like I wanted to give it up – I love it far too much for that, but I was worn out. And I feel like that started to reflect in my content.

So I took a break.

My plan after Blogmas was to go straight back to my normal schedule of 3 posts a week. However – as you may have realised if you read my final post of Blogmas – I seriously couldn’t. The new year felt like a nice fresh start, and a good starting point to return to. So, I declared that that’s when I’d be back, and I tucked away all blog posts until then.

But here’s the thing…

Turns out, I didn’t really take a break at all. From 27th December to the 1st, I spent many hours sat at my laptop scheduling blog posts. Suddenly, I had this sudden burst of motivation that I didn’t have before and before I knew it I was drafting and prepping posts like there was no tomorrow. I have content planned until mid-March, I had the first 3 weeks of content scheduled and ready to go… I had a whole new lease of life for my blog, all because I’d given myself a breather.

But, like I said, there was no real break. I blogged just as much – if not more – than I had been before. However, the difference was that I didn’t have the same time constraints as before. Having something to look forward to and prepare for renewed my love, and I no longer felt like a machine that churned out content. It became refreshing, exciting and on my own terms again.

I strongly recommend

This is the first time in the 2 years that I’ve done this, that I’ve ever taken a designated break of more than a couple of days. Yes, I know that it was only a week… But putting my foot down and deciding that nothing would come out for a while took the power back into my own hands, and brought back my love. If you’re ever feeling a bit tired of your blog/anything in life, or feel like your content is becoming a bit stale, I could not recommend a break more. I suppose it would be different if it were my full time job… However, with any sort of hobby, sometimes taking a step back and re-evaluting your direction can be the best thing for you.

So there you go! This was a bit of a word-vomitty post, but sometimes those are my favourite kinds. They’re the posts that kicked off my blog and I find them to be the most organic and free-willed, plus this was something that I wanted to talk about, as I was so impressed with the aftermath.

What are your opinions on breaks?  Are you good at taking them?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

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  1. January 19, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    Sometimes I’ve given myself an “active blogging break”. So I don’t post any new content, engage much and try and limit my social media useage but I’m still scheduling new posts “behind the scenes” and I’ve always found these the mos useful type of breaks and find tons of inspiration and motivation 🙂 xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:37 pm

      Yeah, that’s essentially what my post was and it was honestly so useful!

      Jas xx

  2. January 19, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    this is so true.love the post.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  3. January 19, 2019 / 1:40 pm

    Although I’ve never had a schedule for my blog, I’ve definitely taken breaks from blogging for one reason or another. I’m not 100% sure if taking a break has helped me in any way though. Good on you, Jasmine, for giving yourself a break! No matter how long it is, it’s definitely worth it!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, and yeah it’s definitely worth it for me!

      Jas xx

  4. January 19, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    I felt like this with singing but I’ve had almost 3 YEARS off hahaha. I even dropped out of a vocal degree, I completely fell out of love with singing because of constantly being picked at and examined on every part of my voice and performance. I was scared to start again because I thought I might have lost my voice and all the techniques I had trained so hard to build and teach myself but within a few weeks of regular singing, everything came back and some things were even BETTER than they were without any work as I think my voice has just naturally matured. To be honest I’m currently feeling a bit overwhelmed with my blog, even when I’m only posting minimal I feel like all the things that come with it like promotion and threads and interaction are weighing me down a bit. I don’t tend to work well without a schedule though so I’m struggling to know what to do. Whether to have like a month long break and spend my time brainstorming or pursuing other things, a proper sit down and think about the direction I want to take it in, a re-brand, I just don’t know. I love having so many things I’m passionate about but it can get so tiring knowing what on earth to spend the most time on!
    Alice Xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      Omg I feel you so much with the hobby thing! There are so many things that I want to do and I often feel spread too thin, it can get super overwhelming. Blogging has so many steps to it and it’s hard to know what to do and when, especially when you’re trying to take it easy and watch your stats take a hit because of it. I’m glad that singing is going well again and I can’t wait to see what you do with it all! Perhaps giving the blog thing a rest for a while is for the best!

      Jas xx

  5. January 19, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    I love the layout of your blog and how you have everything set up ! I think taking breaks are good for any writer so I am so happy your wrote about it. I too began to stress over the same thing and that’s when i developed an idea to have guest bloggers. Not only do I get to share my platform with others and learn from them, but it helps me to brainstorm as well.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      I’m glad that you found something that works for you!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:32 pm

      They’re so useful!

      Jas xx

  6. January 19, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    Yes Jasmine! I did the same during my “break”. I have a couple of months of content planned – and two posts scheduled! I feel terrible for taking breaks though, almost guilty 🙈

    SO keen to see what you do with your blog this year ❤️

    Rebecca 💫 | http://www.15bex02.com ❤️

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much Rebecca! And yeah I’m the same – I always feel so guilty for taking them, but they’re for the best!

      Jas xx

  7. January 19, 2019 / 11:21 pm

    This is why I only ever post once a week-I’m too busy with the other aspects of my life and hate the thought of being overwhelmed:-)

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:03 pm

      Yeah, it’s not worth being overwhelmed!

      Jas xx

  8. January 20, 2019 / 9:35 am

    I love this! I had a year long break (haha lol) and it was the best thing I ever did. There’s no obligation to post constantly! I’m glad you have your motivation back 😀 xx

    https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you! Glad that your break worked for you!

      Jas xx

  9. January 20, 2019 / 9:42 am

    It definitely sounds like you needed it! I’ve never taken a break either. Somehow it feels like not posting stresses me out more than the stress of keeping up with posting? I took one post off at the end of May and that’s it. I love that your break wasn’t an actual break though😂 x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      Yeah, I was the same until it was literally too much for me haha, and yet I still didn’t take a proper one!

      Jas xx

  10. January 20, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I definitely agree with this, and every so often I’ll take a break from it all. If I don’t feel motivated and my heart isn’t in it, I think it shows in my content. I agree the engagement element can be a big part of the time I spend, and sometimes I have to just take a breather

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      Yeah, I feel like it shows in my content too!

      Jas xx

  11. January 20, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    So we did Blog-vember—where we produced 3 posts a day (blog, video and podcast) for each day in November. Like you, our plan was to do this first-ever-attempted massive blitz, but then to take a break during December. But, like you, once we didn’t “have to”, we begin filming and planning and posting as if there was no break. I admire that you sound so organized! I mean, if you’ve got content done and scheduled through March, then you’re a boss! Even though we try to batch when we can, we are never more than one week ahead ever, so you definitely are doing something right! Thanks for sharing your journey.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:14 pm

      Damn that’s so much content! No wonder you needed a break! And awww thank you <3

      Jas xx

  12. January 20, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    There is always a cost when it comes to taking breaks in blogging that is – lower stats. Well at least for me. I actually find it so difficult to find more than one day for blogging due to work and uni commitments 🙂 I try my best to avoid focusing on the numbers and instead I use up all my energy to write good content! Breaks are fantastic way of recharging that energy!
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      Yeah, stats is the one saddening aspect of it all!

      Jas xx

  13. aimsysantics
    January 20, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Taking a break is so needed sometimes! Sometimes taking the break can give you a real boost in motivation like you said can’t it?!
    I’ve taken unintentional breaks before, and generally when I go on holiday, I will have either scheduled posts to go or just not post for the duration I am away. That way I can enjoy the break more.

    Great post!

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      That’s a good way to take a break!

      Jas xx

  14. January 20, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    Christmas can be a rough time for a lot of reasons; I always get hard on myself about not eating right or being very productive during that time of year. But then I remember that ITS THE HOLIDAYS and it should be spent enjoying friends and family and everyone else in the world is taking a little break too. And then I always end up getting way more done in the days after, because that icky guilty feeling propels me into being even more productive than I usually am, so it all balances out.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      Love a bit of balance

      Jas xx

  15. January 20, 2019 / 5:33 pm

    I definitely recommend breaks. I became my most inspired and made my best decision after a blog hiatus.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      Me too!

      Jas xx

  16. Geraldine
    January 20, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    Breaks are so important so we don’t burn ourselves out! Good on you for taking several days off! I struggled getting back in the groove of blogging 1-2 times a week after blogmas, when I had something to post every day! The business about posting every day was seriously so rough though, haha. I’m glad you took control and got your blogging business in order 🙂

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

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