Okay, so I had a week out… It’s not like I signed off here hating blogging, ready to cancel my WiFi and leave social media, but I didn’t both posting. It wasn’t a planned week off… I’d had stuff ready to share, but I never quite got round to finishing the posts off and pressing publish. The reason? I just didn’t want to. Occasionally, life does take over, and a world of social media and online updates isn’t what I need. Taking a break is something I try to do regularly these days, and while it may appear like a lack of dedication to blogging, I actually think it’s the opposite… When my mind’s on other things, I’d rather not churn out rubbish for the sake of saying I’d still posted three times a week.
I guess that’s the luxury of being a hobby blogger – I can have some time off if I think I need it. These days, I think we’re all so keen to share everything – what we’ve been doing, our relationships, our feelings, our outfits. Sometimes, that’s fine for me, but there are others where I’m not sure I want every inch of my life online for all to see and judge. I’ve had a few weeks where life outside of blogging was more important, and trying to convince myself that I gave a shit about reviewing lipstick just wasn’t happening. We’re pressured to be happy, bubbly and share beautiful pictures constantly, when real life isn’t a postcard. If you’ve got other things going on, there’s no shame in saying that blogging isn’t a top priority.
Annnd, my week off was actually pretty lovely... Even with very little planning. In the evenings I started drawing again, something I haven’t done for years and am completely out of practise with – I forgot quite how relaxing it can be though! I did flat pack furniture until I couldn’t bear to look at another piece of chipboard. I gave myself some TLC with new nails and coffee with my mum. I had a few too many drinks over the weekend, and the best night at Cirque Du Soleil, watching the new Varekai show (it’s just started touring the UK and is SO good… definitely worth checking out!). What I didn’t do, was think about where I could fit in outfit pictures, or whether or not I could get round to writing a post before it was time for cocktails.
I don’t think it’s good to allow blogging to become like revision or homework, where you feel bad if free time goes into anything else. There are so many other things to fit in alongside writing about what you’re doing/wearing/thinking… And sometimes, we need nothing other than pyjamas, cups of tea and The Office on repeat. I didn’t do the video I’d planned, and instead I pottered, remembering what it’s like to live a life where free time is just that – time to do whatever you want, rather than being miffed because you forgot to get the perfect brunch shot.
Now, I feel ready to write and edit again, but had it taken longer that would have been fine too. We aren’t all blogging machines, Instagram primed and ready to share all 24/7. One of my changes for 2017 was to constantly re-prioritze, and if that means putting blogging on a backseat for a few weeks then I think it’s much better to do that than gradually grow to dislike it.