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.
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.
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.
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.