Hello beautiful people! Who missed me? It’s been a while since I last posted on here. I took a blogging break. Took some time off blogging you know. Ever since I created this blog in November 2020, I haven’t taken a break until lately. I decided to take a break, give myself some rest (I juggle blogging with university and it’s stressful as hell), and channel my energy to some other important parts of my life.

I took a blogging break

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I have always been scared of taking a blogging break because I felt as a blogger, people forget you if you don’t post. I didn’t want to go on a blogging break and come back only to find that I and my blog have been forgotten haha. Due to the fact that I didn’t want me and my blog to be forgotten, I was kinda hesitant to take a break but I took the big step anyways. And it was very much worth it.

IT’S OKAY TO TAKE A BREAK FROM BLOGGING

Taking a blogging break can be quite a challenging step to take. I have to admit that taking a break from blogging is not as easy as taking a break from any other thing. Most times, we get so obsessed with making our blog a huge success that we start to lose track of other things that really matter in life. But here’s a thing! Taking a blogging break is not bad, it’s necessary. There’s no need to feel guilty for taking time off. It is very much okay to take a break from blogging. In the end you matter. Taking a break off blogging is crucial for you and your mental health. So yea! Take a break off blogging whenever you get the chance.

I took a break from blogging

WHAT DID I GAIN FROM THE BREAK?

1) I focused on parts of my life that I have been ignoring

Blogging is very stressful and time consuming. Even more, it can be overwhelming. I’m obsessed with my blog. I love my blog so much that I ended up pouring so much time and energy into it while letting other important things suffer. But taking a break gave me time to work on other parts of my life that were ignored.

2) I was able to work on my mental health

If there’s one thing I love about taking breaks, it’s the fact that it helps you focus more on your mental health. During the break, I was able to work on and improve my mental health.

3) I had time to reflect on my goals

Since the begin of this year, I have been so busy with school and blogging that I didn’t really have time to reflect on my goals. But during the break, I reflected on my goals, re-strategized and thought of new ways in which I could bring those goals to life.

WHAT DID I DO DURING THE BREAK

1) I took a step back and reflected on my life in general.

2) I rested as much as I could.

3) I worked on my blog backstage. I optimized for SEO. Updated posts. I updated every single post I published from November (when I started my blog) till now.

4) After reflecting on my life, I made some changes here and there and decided to do things a little differently.

5) I learnt some things about blogging and SEO.

WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE A BLOGGING BREAK

1) You’ll have more time to focus on you and your mental health and you’ll have time to rest as well: Most times, we get caught up with life, blogging and end up forgetting to take care of ourselves and our mental health but taking a break gives you time to take care of yourself and your mental health. It gives you time to rest as well.

2) You’ll be able to reflect on your goals and re-strategize: Taking time off blogging helps you reflect on your goals, re-strategize and see ways in which you can bring your goals to life.

3) Taking a break clears your mind: Taking a break will clear your mind making it easy for you to come up with fresh ideas, plans and strategies that will help you grow your blog. During the break, I came up with some splendid ideas that I never thought of before. I was marveled by how much great ideas kept popping into my head haha. And those ideas will be coming to life ASAP.

4) It helps avoid burnout: If you are the type to blog for 1 year straight without taking a break, chances are at some point, you’ll burnout. But taking a break helps you prevent burnout.

5) It helps you be present and live in the moment instead of spending your whole day in front of a screen: Bloggers would agree with me that blogging can make you spend hours of your day fixed to a screen but taking a break off blogging will help you live more presently and in the moment.

A LITTLE UPDATE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE

It’s funny how fast time flies. I can’t believe we are already in June. It seems like it was only yesterday that we started this year and boom! We are in June! I didn’t post anything in May but this month, I’ll be publishing a whole lot of helpful posts. I have some really fab posts scheduled for this month and I promise you’ll love it.

Also, this month, I will be adding two freebies to the freebie library. I bet you don’t want to miss out. I was blown away by the amount of people that subscribed to my newsletter after I posted that I started one and believe me I am beyond thankful. If you aren’t already subscribed to my newsletter, you can do that here! June is packed and I am so excited for it! Stay tuned.

I missed y’all so much. I’m happy to be back again and I can’t wait to start posting regularly. How do you feel about taking a break from blogging?

38 Comments

  1. Taking a break from blogging is a good thing. And it’s also a MUST. I’m glad that you did it well. I ‘m planning to take a break soon. But I’m not sure when. Hehehe.

  2. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with taking a break from blogging. Is it possible that you’ve set yourself an unrealistic blogging schedule? Maybe looking at that will help avoid burnout as well

  3. Hi Ruth. I completely agree with you – I think that many bloggers would benefit from taking a break now and then, for the reasons that you outline. It’s all too easy to ignore other things, or not pay them the attention that they deserve, when we are focused on our blogs. Don’t forget to schedule some time for university stuff (your blog will still be there after you have attended a lecture or seminar, or done some other form of studying) 😉

  4. It can be all-consuming running a blog, I didn’t realise until I started one, and like yourself, I love mine too. But I do have to have a few days off here and there to focus on other stuff. Welcome back 🙂

  5. Thank you for sharing such an important message. Sounds like you have learned so much from your break too! You’re right, I think we get caught up and obsessed, we don’t take time for ourselves. I know I definitely feel guilty when stepping back from business!

  6. I’m just back from a break myself! It definitely has to be done every now and then and I’m glad you were able to take the time to yourself. I feel more refreshed and full of ideas now that I’ve had the time off.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing an important message, that most bloggers really need to read and do for themselves. It sounds like you’ve learnt a lot from your break and that’s always such a good thing. I am so glad I came across your post in the replies on the blogger RT account. It’s really something I needed to read. Thank you!

  8. I’m so pleased your break was worthwhile. We all need to take a break sometimes, just to focus on ourselves and the important things in life outside our blog! It’s lovely to see you back. Looking forward to seeing what you share next Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  9. Whatever activity you are engaged in, as soon as you start to feel really overwhelmed, you have to stop and take stock. By taking a step back, you can assess the situation and see what adjustments need to be made to get off on the right foot and not feel drained once again. We are often excited by the things we are passionate about, but we must remember to measure the time and energy we devote to them so as not to burn out, but also to maintain a balance with all the other areas of our lives. So you did the right thing.

  10. I’m glad you’re back! Yay! Breaks can be healthy, and I’m glad you’re looking out for yourself. It’s so easy to fall into the hustle trap. I may need to take my own break soon, but I’m trying to hold off just a little bit longer.

  11. everyone always tells me to stick to a strict blogging schedule but taking breaks is just as important. i am really glad this break helped you in all these ways!

  12. I’m glad you’re back, Ruthie! Taking breaks from blogging is SO important – you are a person, after all, not just a sum of your digital life. Plus, the benefit of running a blog is that search engine traffic and whatnot will still continue even if you aren’t present 🙂 I’m glad your break was productive xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

  13. I enjoyed reading this! We started the same month, Nov 2020. As for me, I haven’t taken a full blogging break yet but I’m taking notes on your reasons. I agree with all of them. I think I just want to stabilize my blog first with more content before I leave it alone and focus on affiliate marketing. Love this, learned a lot! Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

  14. I think taking a break sounds really healthy. Good for you for doing that for yourself! I think I’d be nervous to take a break for the reasons you mentioned. In the winter, though, we adjusted our blog posting schedule to give ourselves a bit more of a balance in life. It’s so important to be aware of self care

  15. I’m glad that you gained a lot from your blogging break, thank you for sharing! It’s so important to look after yourself, especially when you run a blog or social media- it can all get a lot and you don’t want to get burnt-out x

  16. Great post, I’m really glad a break from blogging really helped you! I definitely think breaks are important when it comes to blogging as it can be as full-on as a job, even if it’s a hobby xx

  17. I always love reading your posts but I’m glad you took a break, sounds like it was just what was needed! I was the same and took some time away from blogging because life was causing me so much burn out that I didn’t have time for blogging too! Glad you’re back and excited to read this months posts!

  18. Welcome back – so glad you took a restful break! It sounds like it was exactly what you needed, and I don’t think this is talked about enough how important it is to take a break. I relate to a lot of this with thinking about my blog at all times, I took 1 weekend away a couple weeks ago and honestly came up with some amazing ideas without even trying to think about my blog! So sometimes the time away is great for us to realign ourselves. I’m glad the time was good for you and thanks for speaking about it!

  19. great post and actually really needed to hear this! As hard as it is to step away from blogging, taking a break is definitely needed for your mental and physical health. Cheers! xo

  20. Love that you took a break and came out with such a plethora of positive thoughts on how breaks ultimately help us refocus and rebalance ourselves! We definitely need that space to breath from time to time. 🙂

  21. Welcome back. I completely agree taking breaks from blogging is so important. I regularly schedule in days where I’m not focusing on anything relating to my blog.

  22. You’re so right that we shouldn’t hesitate from taking a break especially when blogging is not our job. Sometimes breaks are needed to rest and come back with more motivation too. Glad to hear that your break was good for you!

  23. Welcome back! And I’m so glad you were able to have a nice break & focus on yourself & self care. I did the same thing a few months ago & it truly was the best way to have a reset.

  24. Yay for breaks Ruthie, but most importantly – welcome back! I hope your break was good and that you gathered all your ideas to start afresh!

  25. I love this post. I recently took a bit of a blogging break and I feel a lot better. I think breaks are important no matter what you do. I’m taking a week off over summer to live a little and take some time for myself. Thank you for reminding me to look after my mind! Em x

  26. such a great post! Taking a break and avoiding burnout is all you need, and you should NEVER feel guilty. I literally wrote a whole e-book on it because so many don’t know how to take time off haha! Great post!

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