How a blogging break was the best thing

Hello, everyone! Today I`ll be talking in depth about my blogging break. I know I told you the reasons behind it, but I never fully explained how this hiatus helped me. How it made me realise that I actually want to take blogging to another level. In January, I was ready to quit and now I am more motivated than ever. Sure, I don`t get as much traffic as I used, but that`s a challenge I am ready to tackle. Since I came back I had a post about beauty, one about travelling and one about mental health. And the feedback from you has been incredible, proving that I don`t have to write only about a specific or popular topic in order to be successful.

Whoever said blogging is easy had to idea what they were talking about. You have to think about what you`re going to write, schedule things and promote your posts. You might also be inclined to make a sacrifice to the Gods in order to get some decent lighting for your photos (#britishsummer at its finest).  Every place you go to needs to be Instagram worthy. Every product you buy needs to be reviewed and so on. You sacrifice your personal life for the greater good. And after a while, you get exhausted and all you want is a "Get out of Jail Free" card.  However, despite how much you need that break, you feel like a failure for wanting it. There must be something wrong with you because other people can do it. And I`m here to tell you that in fact, a break might be the best thing for you.

A New Perspective
Before I took a break, I was feeling extremely uninspired. And that was showing in the quality of my posts. I felt the pressure of always talking about the latest shit in beauty and fashion. I was talking about popular subjects, but I wasn`t true to myself. So when I came back I wanted to be honest and shift things. Now I want to do more personal posts, where I talk about mental health, relationships and friendships. I am aware that this might not be for everyone or that I`m not in my niche anymore. But like I said, I want to be true to myself.

Charged Batteries
Not only am I excited about what`s to come, but I also have plenty of energy. Whilst I was away I had time to read, travel, watch TV. I was able to be a proper human being with a decent social life. And that really charged my batteries. I`m at a moment where I`m excited about everything and I have ideas for hundreds of posts. And I don`t think I would have been here without a break.

Finding Inspiration
Because I had time to enjoy life, I also found inspiration in my everyday life. I have discovered new places and met new people. I can also have an original content based on my personal experiences. I`m not saying that I wasn`t inspired by everyday things before. But I was so drained of energy that I was missing out on many experiences.

Motivation
Being away also meant that I had time to decide what I want. Do I continue blogging or was it just a fleeting hobby? I`m not going to lie, at one point I shut down this blog completely (which might have affected my DA). But after a while, I started missing it. And I was able to draw the line between enjoyment and procrastination. Enjoying one or two episodes is fine, having a marathon daily is not. That`s why when I returned it was clear what I had to do. Yes, I`m still going to enjoy my life. But I also want to work hard to make this blog successful.

Hopefully, you`ve found this post useful. And if you`re in a similar place I want you to know that it`s OK to take a break. In fact, not taking one might be worse, as it will show in the quality of your posts. So focus on yourself and then come back to kick ass.



31 comments

  1. I always go through phases where I'm less motivated and it really does help to take a break!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I feel the same, but now I`m not that worried about those periods anymore. They come and pass

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  2. I always ended up having accidental breaks because I couldn't handle my work load and posting regularly. Although, since I've been back this time I have been more motivated to stick at it, and there's so many more ideas I want to get across x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Yes, I feel the same way after I came back.

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  3. my break was also amazing for me to reflect on things. Obvs I had lots going on but now I am lo more chilled when it comes to blogging. I have a new take on it and I am gonna write about what I want, and like you said not the latest trend in beauty or fashion. I wanna do me.
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Exactly, write more posts that make you happy.

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  4. Sounds like the break has been great! Look forward to see your new content.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  5. I regularly need breaks from blogging otherwise I run out of stuff to write about and my life just gets so busy that I don't need the stress of my blog too...

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. Yes, I was so caught up with blogging that I started missing out on life.

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  6. Trust me, I feel you! I literally just covered a topic about how hard fashion blogging actually is, the negative things people don't tell you or put out there. I'm glad a break did you good, but unfortunately to really grow we can never take them :( It sucks to know that and as long as you're up for the challenge of growing it into something huge, you will succeed! Good to have you back and with enthusiasm :)

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. I mean, I don`t want to be the next big blogger. I want to work on my DA and possibly make some extra money from blogging, but yeah, I don`t want to be that big. That`s why I think you can take a break every now and then.

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  7. I am a big believer in blogger breaks. Quite simply, blogging is never ending and it can be completely utterly exhausting. The amount of people I've seen who end up burnt out is one of the main reason I will never hesitate to take a break and I'm so glad you found yours useful too!

    Musings & More

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  8. I always take a break when I have no motivation and feel uninspired and I always come back with great ideas for posts. And also, changing my blog template was the best idea ever, it gave me a huge motivation when I wanted to give up! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Yes, changing my template helped me a lot as well.

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  9. I totally agree re having a break, it really helps get some perspective and allows us to really think and work out what we want to write about. I'm glad your break inspired you and helped everything shift into place :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  10. I defo find myself more motivated after I come back from a blogging break x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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  11. Breaks are definitely so important and can be very rewarding. I recently took one as well and now I feel so much better about my blog and so much more motivated :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Yeah, if you`re feeling unmotivated then a break is perfect for clearing your mind.

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  12. I loooove blogging breaks, I think there's nothing worse then trying to struggle through feeling demotivated, as it never works out. I always find that after a break I've got plenty of ideas and I'm very motivated to do it! Definitely agree with you that blogging is not easy!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Blogging does take a lot and that`s why it`s important to focus on us as well.

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  13. Thank you so much for this. At the moment I'm feeling really inspired so all is fine but there are periods when I'm unmotivated but because I want to keep up with my blogging schedule I churn out posts that aren't to my usual standard.

    From now on, anytime I'm feeling unmotivated I'll simply take a break to recharge my creative batteries. Taking a break is always helpful. I don't want blogging to become a chore, I want to always enjoy it. Lovely post. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

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    1. Rather than posting just for the sake of it, I`d say it`s better to have some time out.

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  14. So happy you had time to think about things. Sometimes we have to take a step back and reevaluate things. Blogging is a lot of work. I get very tired at times. There has to be a balance or you just burn out.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Yes, we all need a balance and sometimes we have to focus just on ourselves.

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  15. So good that you took a break...we all need it from time to time and it refreshes you and gives you a different perspective. Blogging is certainly not easy but anything worth having comes at a price. If it gives you enjoyment then absolutely continue even if occasionally you take a break. Also, being true to yourself is the best way...the right people will always make their way to you!

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Indeed. I think that blogging can get exhausting so I def need my breaks every now and then.

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  16. "Whoever said blogging is easy had to idea what they were talking about." O yeah! O yeah!
    And the best thing is to face it like you're doing. You have a wonderful blog. Cheers!
    www.oldnaija.com

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