Is It Time To Take A Blogging Break?
A few months ago, I came to this conclusion.
"I'm thinking about quitting blogging."
When others asked me why, I shot off all of my reasons... "I have way too many ideas and can't seem to write about them. I don't really know if who I'm trying to help. I don't always use it in a way that helps my business grow. On top of THAT, I struggle with consistency and disorganization which is the #1 killer of all blogs."
Almost every person I talked to said the same thing, "Okay. So take a break."
Not to give up. Not to throw in the towel.
Just take a break. Take a step back.
I found there to be so much freedom in those few words.
When you're overwhelmed, disorganized and feeling like things aren't working like they should, don't be a afraid to press pause. Sometimes when we're in the thick of it, we can't see what really needs to be done.
If you're feeling like you're drowning in too many ideas and needing structure, don't be afraid to take that blogging break! It can be as little as a few days or up to a few weeks if you need it.
"But won't I lose my audience?"
I know this feels like a bit of a risk. But a good point to remember is that if you're going downhill, so is your content. Your audience is sure to follow. In the grand scheme of things, taking a couple of weeks to refresh, recharge and get organized is in the best interest of your audience.
If there's too many consequences to stopping altogether, could you hire someone to cover for you? Can you put in some extra work in advance to allow for the break? Do whatever else you need to do to make it work.
Then when you're ready to pick it up again, buckle down and get to work on the things you need to. Be purposeful! When you return from the break ask yourself the following questions...
1. What do I really love about blogging and what type of posts brings life? What was my original vision for it and has that changed?
2. Who is benefiting from my words? Are my posts solving the biggest needs of my audience?
3. Does it assist my income the best that it could or does it give me the creative outlet I need?
4. What type of structure/workflow do I need to set up? What would be my dream schedule and what changes could make this happen?
5. What feels disorganized or cluttered? Can I eliminate this or clean it up? When and how?
6. What do I need to learn? What programs, apps, systems are failing me because I just don't have the experience? Where do I need the most help?
As you can probably guess, I'm not quitting blogging.
I took my blogging break and came back with so much focus and clarity. Plus I received some really sweet notes from you all to give me extra assurance to keep on. Thanks friends!
Are you in need of a blogging break? What scares you about it?