Blogging inspiration: taking a break

I’ve really appreciated the activity I’ve seen on Twitter lately, supporting bloggers by telling them it’s okay to blog the way you want. There seems to be this pressure – that we put on ourselves – to follow a checklist if we want to feel like bloggers.

A lot of this happened while I was having a break from posting so it was encouraging to feel it didn’t matter I wasn’t currently setting posts live and that didn’t stop me from being a blogger.

I hate taking blogging breaks, but this year was particularly hard. I know it’s not all about the statistics, but I’ve really seen an increase in numbers recently and feel I might – finally – be doing something right. I’m never going to be a big blogger, but I love what I do and that’s good enough for me.

Sometimes, though, it gets too much.

Are you starting to struggle to think of content? Is it getting too much to keep on top of everything?

Blogging Break 1

I’m stubborn; everyone who knows me knows it. Stopping something, even for the right reasons, felt like giving in. But I wasn’t giving the blog the attention it needed: I wasn’t promoting posts, I wasn’t scheduling social media and each weekend was a frantic rush to write the following week’s posts.

It wasn’t fun.

Blogging Break 2

Although I wasn’t posting, I was still writing and scheduling content. Without the pressure to sort out social media and promoting posts, I could take the time to enjoy what I was doing. I was spending more time editing content, playing with layouts and trying to improve images. I’m happier with my content.

You’ll notice throughout this month and into the next, I’ve had a slight change of style of how I present the reviews.

Scheduling social media

Scheduling social media will never be a thrill. I’ve used Tweetdeck for a while and it works fine for what I need. But I’ve also just discovered Buffer and started using that as well. I have a convoluted system but it works for me in knowing where I’m up to with scheduling.

I’ve just been introduced to Later, a scheduling platform for Instagram. The best part is you can set up the posts on the computer, which is hopefully going to reduce the number of typos I keep making in those posts.

With Facebook and Tumblr both having scheduling options on the platforms, I’m now better at getting myself organised. I’ll spend some time at the weekend setting everything up, but I then know if I’m exhausted after work, I’m not letting myself down by not doing it.

Does anyone know any free platforms/apps to schedule Pinterest content? I’m coming up short!

Blogging break 3

I’m also hoping to get a new camera! I’m so fed up of just using my phone. Currently, I’m borrowing an old one from my brother while I figure out what I want. I’m really interested in improving my photography, so watch this space!

How about you? Do blogging breaks leave you inspired?

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16 thoughts on “Blogging inspiration: taking a break

  1. I often get so demotivated with my blog. Say, if one post I really enjoyed writing doesn’t get as many views/interaction as one I didn’t enjoy so much, I then feel like I shouldn’t be posting what I enjoy over what other people enjoy. It takes a moment to remember that this is a hobby and I should put less pressure on it! Great post, love hearing your thoughts (:

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    • I feel exactly that way as well – I’m constantly putting pressure on my self to write the type of posts that people might like. With only being a small blog with limited views, I feel like I have to – then I step back and remember why I’m doing this. Thank you for the lovely comment!

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  2. I’m glad the time away has taught you some things. Blogging is important to us but we can’t make it so important that it stresses us out. I struggle with this too 🙄 take care!

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    • What a great position to be in – I hope you can enjoy it for a long time! Thanks – it’s slow progress (despite constantly bugging my brother for tips!) but I guess it’s just a matter of practice. Let me know if you discover any great tips!

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  3. You can scheduled Pinterest posts on Tailwind 🙂 I love this post and I can see a lot of myself in it, tbh. I’ve taken various blogging breaks in the past before I took it seriously but I don’t think I could do it now. But if I id, I’d do the same as you and work on scheduling content for when I’m back so I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time by not blogging. It’s important to take a break when we feel like we need one – I always say your blog will be there to welcome you back, it’s not going anywhere ❤

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  4. Blogging can get quite overwhelming at times so taking a break can really help. It’s great that you have been working on your blog behind the scenes without the pressure of posting. You just gotta do what’s best for you. I also really love the bloggers journal, it’s so pretty! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • It can – and the break really did the trick! Thanks – the dates in it are technically for last year, but my mum was so proud of herself when she found it in the sale and got it for me that I didn’t tell her that! Besides, it’s not like it matters, only a day out 😉 Thank you!

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  5. Sometimes, you need a break for almost everything. Sometimes, it’s voluntary and other times, it just works out that way b/c you get overwhelmed w/ other things in life, too busy, something else takes priority, or whatever. It’s great to able to bounce back and have new ideas, and become even better after the break! Nice post.

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    • Thank you! Yes, this was definitely an occasion where I just needed a time-out and to find my love of it all again. It’s so time consuming that sometimes you just need a breather. Thanks for stopping by.

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