Honesty hour: It can be hard to bounce back after a break from blogging.
Taking a break from blogging can sometimes give us some much-needed free time to focus on other things going on in life or just time off from post writing, queuing, designing, and brainstorming.
But I think anyone who has ever taken a break can agree that it can be hard to get right back into the blogging swing (esp after a long break).
I took a break from blogging for a few weeks in December during my final essays and exams. I was expecting to have a bunch of queued posts, tons of fresh ideas, and a new excitement for blogging.
Well, the deadline I had set for myself to restart posting was nearing and I still hadn’t written a single thing.
While I did get over my funk (as you can probably see if you’re reading this right now!), here are some tips that would have made it a lot quicker and easier:
1.Wait until you’re ready.
Similar to a post-break-up recovery, give yourself enough time off to take a break from blogging in the first place. If you’re super stressed at work and write one mediocre post and then take only one week off to find that your next post is equally mediocre, consider giving yourself more time to make room for blogging before well, blogging. Maybe even equip yourself with some groovy 70’s slang and jargon during this period, that might help you with your future blogging.
2. Get inspired.
During my break, I realised that I had totally cut myself off from the blogging world. I wasn’t reading any of my favorite blogs (and missed a ton of fun posts 🙁 ). Once I started reading them again, I remembered how much fun it was to type out my thoughts and come up with fun wordplays.
3. Start small.
I’m not going to lie, sometimes, post-writing can seem daunting. Some posts take lots of research (like this post on how to breathe while running) or take tons of photo editing time (like this post on Berlin). Instead of starting new again with a huge post, just do a simple post like a playlist or photo album.
4. Break it down.
Getting back into a posting routine can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t been creating any new content to fill posts with. Start small by going out to take pictures for a post before even titling it. I always find that if I have awesome pictures, I’m five times more excited to write a kick-ass post to go with them. It’s also inspiring when you see your page views beginning to increase which is why you might want to look into using a company that specializes in SEO such as can be found at https://oneseo.io. The more people who can find your blog, the more readers you will have to write posts for!
And that’s it!
Of course, taking a break from blogging isn’t always such a huge traumatic experience. I’ve always believed in not pushing myself to do things I really don’t want to do or unnecessarily stressing myself out. You’ll always be the one who knows what’s best for you.
Oh, and before you go, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Have you ever taken a blogging break before? What for?
Did you think it was hard to bounce back too?
* Photos coutresty of Allison @ Wonderlass (<- this girl ROCKS, check her out!) *