Is blogging wearing you down? I know for me there have been various times during the past year where it felt like a drag. I’ve seen this sentiment expressed elsewhere on blogs, so I am fairly certain it’s a common phenomenon.
If you are like me and feel a sense of commitment in keeping to a predefined schedule, you probably just suck it up and write through the tough days. A couple of times this year when I did this though, I felt my writing quality suffered.
If your main income is derived from blogging you don’t have much choice. You essentially have to keep working through the doldrums.
Whatever your situation, it’s a sickening feeling to be tied to something that you can’t (or choose not to) take a break from.
For 2014, I’m going to work on giving myself some freedom to take writing breaks from my blog if I feel the need. Nothing too extended – just skipping a post here or there. I think the benefit to me will be staying fresh and not forcing myself to produce writing that is sub-par.
Are there optimal times to take a break from your blog? I think you should at least consider it on these occasions:
Holidays are great times to take a break from blogging. The big holidays we celebrate in the U.S. (Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas) are very family centric. Family members (especially children) and friends desire for you to be around and engaged during these special times of the year. The last thing I want my kids seeing on Christmas morning is their father tied down to his blog, only half engaged as they open presents.
Plus, the majority of your readers are involved in the same holiday activities you are, so they are less likely to drop by and read.
To begin training myself to do this in 2014, I’ll be cutting back my posts over the next couple of weeks. You might see one or two over that time frame and I’ll be doing some commenting on blogs as well. But I don’t plan to resume my regular 3-day a week posting schedule until the week of Jan. 6th.
During Negative Life Events
Life has a funny way of surprising us. Sometimes those surprises are enormously devastating. Instances such as the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job or severe illness would be times when blogging simply doesn’t matter. Life has more important issues for you to deal with in those moments.
With that being said, I could see how a blog could be a cathartic experience for someone going through a tough life experience. I would still be careful writing during such an emotional time. Writing through the pain may cause you to express feelings to the public you didn’t intend and might regret later.
Upon Experiencing a Content or Writing Drought
If you have been doing your blog long enough you’ve probably experienced the dreaded writer’s block. This pops up from time to time where you just don’t know what to write about. Or maybe it’s not that you don’t have quality ideas, you are simply having a tougher than normal time putting your thoughts together and constructing a well-designed post.
In those moments, it might prove valuable to skip a post or two and let your mind rest.
When it Interferes With Life Responsibilities
I don’t know the percentages, but I would guess the majority of blogs are produced as a side venture by the administrator. In other words, like myself, the blog owners have a day job that pays the bills and blogging is something they do in their spare time as a hobby or to earn some extra income.
I have to continually remind myself Luke1428 is a part-time venture. It cannot interfere with my primary responsibilities as a husband, father and teacher. If it ever begins to do so, I’ll need to scale back.
If Your Experiencing Frustration or Dread
Has blogging become the dread of your life? Are you waking up completely frustrated with the process of running one? If this is the case, it’s probably time to take a step back and think about why you are blogging in the first place.
You may find out you don’t really care about it anymore and decide to quit. Or some extended time away may give you an opportunity to reevaluate your agenda or simply get recharged.
It’s All Right
Don’t feel bad about taking breaks. We all need them from time to time. You may find that it reduces your stress and makes the total blogging experience more enjoyable.
The Internet is not going anywhere. The blog will still be there if/when you decide to come back to it.
Have you ever been frustrated with keeping your blog on schedule? How do you manage through the tough times? In what other instances might it be good to take a break?
Here are some Luke1428 articles that have been mentioned around the web recently:
How to Blog Carnival at Bloggers Classified
Carnival of Financial Camraderie at The Wealth Gospel
Is the Debt Snowball the Best Method for Paying Off Debt? in the Yakezie Carnival at KNS Financial
Thank you to these blogs and carnival hosts for including my posts!