When it comes to creativity, I have periods where I feel so inspired I have more ideas coming out than I have time to process. 

During those periods I utilise as much of the momentum as possible. I’m at one of those peaks at the moment, but unfortunately the pressures of life have got in the way. 

After weeks of struggling, I began thinking how I could be more productive with my time – which is why I decided it was time for a social media switch off.

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Although it’s been good for me, it wasn’t the unicorn I was hoping for to free up loads of writing time. 

As publication day for my next post approached, I realised my idea talking about how social media impacts your wellbeing was too bloated with scrappy ideas, so as Wednesday reached it’s close, I admitted defeat and called it a night. 

Thursday was productive with editing, but I realised I was nowhere near happy to call it a finished product. 

It was there I realised I couldn’t keep working like this, and decided despite it breaking my weekly posting habit, I would take a blog break, so I could catchup, and get back to working in a less frantic manner. 

Although I failed my goal to post 52 times in 52 weeks, I realised the break was needed. Here are the benefits of a blogging break, and what I learnt:

Purpose of a blogging break 

You can see clearly why I needed a break from publishing – I was woefully behind schedule every week. 

And although I was reluctant having that time off from posting, it gave me time to regroup, and get my content back on schedule so it didn’t feel a burden every week where I was rushing to get something out as I reached my Wednesday publication day. 

Perfect Manifesto: I Took A Blog Break. Here’s What Happened…

There are other good reasons to have a blogging break: 

To avoid burnout: 

Taking time out will allow you to come back recharged, repurposed, and refreshed with new ideas. 

To regain purpose: 

When you blog for a while it’s natural your style and interests will evolve. Taking that time out allows you to reflect on how you are feeling and replan, rather than continuing to churn out content your note interested in anymore. 

To focus on other projects: 

Blogging takes up a lot of energy and as creatives we have lots of other ideas we want to look at. I’ve spoken with authors in the self-publishing community, who often step back so they can focus on writing the next book. Having a blog break, is priceless to let you focus on other interests. 

Life just gets in in the way: 

Whether it’s because you have a holiday planned and you don’t want to be responding to comments while sunning yourself around a swimming pool, of you’ve just got personal issues to deal with, then a switch off is a good idea, until you feel ready to return 

You get better for having a break, even if you don’t need it: 

One of the flaws of hustle mindset culture is it encourages using every hour of the day to be productive and sees taking step back as a form of laziness. But there are massive benefits to taking a break, even when you feel you don’t need it – “sharpening the saw” as Stephen Covey called it, which will give you much needed downtime to help you improve and keep performing at your best. 

Concerns from taking a blogging break 

You saw in my introduction, my own reluctance to take a blogging break. 

My issues where for three reasons – the first was because of my own desire for personal achievement

It’s my goal as a blogger to maintain a weekly posting habit – and I take a lot of pride being consistent enough to provide high quality content week in, week out, so it was always difficult to be honest with myself that I needed a time out. 

My own sense of personal achievement was attached to the identity that by not showing up, I was letting others down, but really it doesn’t matter if you’re there every week as millions of blogs are available to fill that void. 

The truth – by taking a break, I’m not letting anyone down except my own high standards of personal achievement. 

My second concern was how it would impact my numbers. This stemmed from past experiences where I’d lost passion for blogging and had taken breaks going over six months to find my audience had nearly disappeared to zero and I’d experienced a dip in search engine traffic. 

These fuelled my fears not to stop, but in reality, you don’t get these drops if your breaks are short. 

It’s worth remember with the blogging game whether active or not, there is always a natural law of attrition where you lose people because they get bored of your stuff, or move onto the next new shiny object. 

My final concern was by taking a break I would lose that creative momentum, because blogging like is just like any other habit, and it’s easier to do if you’re writing everyday. 

The solution I realised is to make sure even if you’re not posting, make sure your putting pen to paper to keep those ideas flowing.

If you’re struggling with writers block then I recommend checking out my post The Blog Writers Guide to Overcome Writers Block

Perfect Manifesto: The Blog Writers Guide To Overcome Writers Block

Conclusion 

This article was inspired by my own recent blog break, and during that time I learnt a few things on the importance of taking a rest. 

  1. Although it hurt to break a personal habit goal to publish every week of the year, I appreciate taking the week off has benefited me in the long term. 
  1. Time out has helped me getting back on track with blog publishing, meaning I’m not rushing to meet my deadlines – a massive benefit as I’m not putting that pressure and stress on myself to keep up. 
  1. It’s allowed me to take a step back to research, working on some new ideas I’ve been thinking about for a while. The break has helped me get on the path to turn these ideas into a reality. 

Despite my original views, I now see the value of a blog break to allow time to recalibrate, balance the demands of work, and put creative energy into other projects. I will certainly plan another time out in future. 

This is not a definitive post about blog breaks – I welcome your thoughts, and own experiences. Drop me a message below and I will respond. 

Wishing you the best in your success. 

James @Perfect Manifesto 

11 thoughts on “I Took A Blog Break. Here’s What Happened…

  1. Taking breaks is so important – I’m pleased it helped James. There’s no use pitching up in desperation – goals can be counter productive when we try to force life all the time. Coming down to the ground for a while helps to reset and repair. It costs a little in the short term but better that then burning out. Great post btw. Wishing you well 🙏

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    1. Thank you. I love blogging and have more ideas than I have time to process but having a break has been priceless to get me back on track.

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  2. During the eight years I’ve been blogging, I’ve taken several blogging breaks, James. All were beneficial and helped both my mental and physical health.

    My blogging breaks have ranged from a few weeks to a few months (the latter, just before the publication of my books). Sure, I lost some followers, and my stats did take a dip while I was away, but when I came back with new ideas and new material, it wasn’t long before both sets of those stats recovered and exceeded in numbers what I had before I took the breaks.

    I think it’s more about finding the perfect blogging balance. For you, publishing content once a week seems to be the right balance, whereas, for others, it’s more or less. Whatever that perfect balance is, we should never forget why we first started a blog and whether those reasons are still why we do it.

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    1. It’s a good call, this is my first planned one where I set a date to come back.

      The few months off will have been good for you to focus on your books and get your mindset for writing something substantial rather than having to break off for blog duties.

      If you keep writing good content people will keep coming back, at least that’s what I like to believe!

      The once a week schedule works great for me as it gives me more chance to focus on the quality rather than quantity and it gives me more time to put my thoughts together – I have no idea Hugh how I used to keep up two posts a week, and even thought of writing a third! But I saw the writing on the wall last year and knew I couldn’t keep the pace up without someone giving!

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      1. It’s good that you not only saw the signs that three posts a week could be too much but that you actually took action, James.

        I witness so many bloggers who don’t take any action for fear that they will lose followers or see their blog stats fall. Yes, they put their followers first over their physical and mental health.

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  3. As usual, you’ve hit the nail on the head. I used to worry about taking a break but found when I did, it made no difference to my stats and I felt rested and refreshed afterwards.
    It can feel like a burden when I’m churning out content so a break every now and then is a good thing.

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  4. Great Post James. It is important to take a blogging break. It is hard for all TY he reason you have stated, a lot is lost. But, a lot is gained too. Having said that I have really lost my flow with all things creative, I show up but at random semi consistent times, but there no schedule (like I use to have). So much going on behind the scenes -aka life!.

    Great Post and utterly spot on in every way

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    1. Your life can really impact routine and also your creative flow! I always feel at my best when I’m working in jobs that bore me so I need to express myself in other ways!

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  5. Genius post and idea James !!

    I was just talking to a fellow blogger the other day about how I was also feeling burnout about blogging — especially since the pandemic when everything went virtual including my teaching job! — so I went from weekly blogs to once a month blog and restructured my posts = refreshing !

    LOVED YOUR CONTRAST BETWEEN SHORT TERM SACRIFICE FOR LONG TERM MOTIVATION AND HEALTH

    Thank you for this post and all the ideas in it. I can tell how much work goes into each piece. I appreciate it all! 🙏 ✍️ 💡

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    1. If things aren’t working it’s a good choice to restructure your posts. I used to publish twice a week but knew I couldn’t do that anymore!

      I’m a massive of the 7 habits of highly effective people and often have to remind myself about ‘sharpening the saw’ so that I am more effective in the long term rather than trying to do it all in the short.

      Thank you very much! I do spend quite a bit of time working on my ideas 😀

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