A Break From Blogging | Why We All Need It

blogging taking a break
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.

Lydia xo

15 Comments

  1. 6th February 2017 / 7:43 pm

    love this post, and you speak the truth
    Sometimes you just need some time off, I really get it

    love
    Karlien

  2. 6th February 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I totally agree with this! Even though my break from blogging has been rather a lot longer than a week, I feel the same – third uni work and my part time job have just taken up all of my time and when I actually get free time, I’ve loaded my blog but just haven’t been feeling any inspiration as all I could think about was sleep or properly relaxing.

    Blogging used to be my way of relaxing – and it still is sometimes aka right now – but I definitely agree to take a back seat if it’s ever becoming a chore! I’m glad you had a lovely week and I definitely think re-prioritising is a great thing we all need to start doing!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  3. 6th February 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Absolutely guilty of this. And I’m only a newbie to the blogging game, but with a full time job and a Brighton to London commute every day, it’s hard to find the time or at least, use what little free time I do have, to prioritise blogging. When you’re just starting out you think whatever you’re doing isn’t enough and the reality is someone somewhere has already thought of the same idea, done the flat lays and pressed publish. All too often I’ve found myself caught up in taking photos when I’m visiting somewhere nice rather than being mindful and just you know, being still! Enjoying the moment. I love taking photos and that’s kind of my downfall – I see every nice coffee as a missed opportunity unless I’ve got it documented on camera. I think I should bite the bullet one day and venture out without my phone or my camera and then watch the world swallow me up haha. Thanks for the post Lyds – very relatable X

  4. 6th February 2017 / 11:09 pm

    love this post so much Lydia especially cause I always veer off from blogging when life/stuff just gets in the way and end up feeling bad but this has just totally reminded me that it’s ok and blogging isnt homework like you said..thanks for this <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  5. 7th February 2017 / 1:54 am

    I think the beauty of being a hobby blogger, like you said, is that we are writing content that we really want to share. It’s not just filler posts here and there to maintain a number of views or posts. I love your honesty! I have been thinking about writing a post like this myself and I think you just gave me some courage. Thank you!

  6. 7th February 2017 / 9:31 am

    Totally agree with you here. Sometimes I feel like I have to get a new post up, when in reality – I don’t. I really enjoy blogging but when I feel I need a break from it I always take one. Lovely to hear you got back into drawing 🙂 xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  7. 7th February 2017 / 6:46 pm

    So so true! We all need a break and a bit of a refresh sometimes! Xx

  8. 8th February 2017 / 8:00 pm

    So true Lydia I’ve only been blogging for 2 years and I have to keep reminding myself that I don’t have to share everything! Having a break is always a good thing😀

  9. 11th February 2017 / 8:15 am

    I totally agreed. and loved your blogging…

  10. caroline
    12th February 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Agreed. I’m guilty of taking my hobby much more serious than I should, but I love it, however my mental health and living in the now are worth much more to me. 🙂
    Good on you. 🙂

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

  11. 13th February 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Great post! Having a break sometimes is definitely a good thing. Sometimes I just don’t feel like sharing anything with anyone and we shouldn’t feel like we have to blog and take photos of everything! Love your blog xx

    http://www.secretsofarose.com

  12. 8th March 2017 / 9:34 am

    I took a break from blogging….nearly a whole year! blogging for me is more casual and my readership is low so I highly doubt that my blog was missed in the blogosphere lol!

    a break from blogging is good for the soul and creative mind; it gives you a chance to reflect and actually live life without thinking about taking the “right” pics and “right” wording for the next blog post. It’s also given me a chance to think about the direction of my blog and I do hope to blog more in 2017 x

    Chi-Chi | http://www.lifeofchi.co.uk

  13. Jessica
    19th August 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Loved this post and get where you’re coming from. But it’s harder for smaller bloggers to just take time out because often it means a lack / loss of engagement which can hinder growth/progress and cause setbacks.
    I would have longed deleted my Instagram app if I felt it wasn’t going to equate to a loss of engagement but mental sanity before the blog any day.

    simplyjessytee.blogspot.co.uk

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