What I Learned from Taking a Blogging Break

While I was in New York I didn't think about this place at all . I scheduled a week's worth of content and just.. switched off....

What I Learned from Taking a Blogging Break

While I was in New York I didn't think about this place at all. I scheduled a week's worth of content and just.. switched off. I didn't receive email notifications, I didn't check comments, I didn't read any blogs and I didn't check up on my own. When I got back it felt like I'd pushed a "refresh" button.

Taking a break from blogging made me realise a few things.



There are things I want to write about
I had already been working on a content change and refocus but taking a break forced me to put this under a microscope when I returned. I realised I had shifted the focus from one niche to another when really what I want to do is to reflect the blog's title better: the private life of a girl. I want to write more about everything. I want to include work, life, and travel, I don't want to pigeonhole it into one niche.


I need to take more photographs
My time in NYC reaffirmed my love for taking photographs and has encouraged me to go more places, do more things, and document it better. I feel I have been missing out by not sharing those more personal travel posts.


I should try new things
I feel like I need to make more effort and be more playful with content, not just on the blog but in other areas. I've installed time-lapse software onto my Canon 550d and started using Vine, which means a whole heap of new ideas to play with.


Having notifications switched off is a really good thing
I always turn email and other notifications off while I'm on holiday or at work but this time they are permanently staying switched off. I now have to manually check them, which makes a huge difference to my daily life and productivity.


The competition is all in your head and you don't have to be a part of it
I've already written about my frustrations with blogging and what I feel it's all really about. Time away from the "blogging scene" gave me a little perspective, calmed me down and focused my energy elsewhere.


Stop hate-reading
This is an awful one to admit to but I think, secretly, we all do it. It's a waste of time and energy, let's cut it out.


I actually enjoy reading blogs and missed replying to comments
I missed the interaction caused by my blog posts and conversations I have elsewhere on others. I've realised I want to seek out more lifestyle blogs I can relate to and I'm looking for inspiration in more positive places.

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  1. I found the same thing when I went overseas. Even though I've only been blogging for a few months it was good to have a bit of time out after a full on first few months. Hope you had a fantastic trip and look forward to seeing more of the 'out of niche' posts coming up! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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  2. What an inspiring post. Again very honest. Thank you.



    janatoldme.com

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  3. This is very true, and inspiring. I also took a bit of a hiatus, although not exactly a holiday, and it gave me a much better perspective of where I want my blog to go. Everyone should take a break every now and then, if you ask me.


    Narcis

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  4. Another inspiring post as usual. Although I'm proud of my blog, I do feel really discouraged sometimes as there are so many people with better blogs than mine. This post really helped a lot! Thank you. :)

    Colorful Closets

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  5. Sam 'time chronicles'11/28/2014

    Very inspiring post I think every blogger should take a break every now and again. I recently took a break from all technology and felt so much better afterwards. I learnt to care less about what people think and I stopped comparing myself to others too. I really encourage people to switch off for a while and see how they feel after.


    Sammi
    thechroniclesofwastedtime.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Oh, I'm excited to see what new content you include on the blog.

    I feel staying away from notifications gives you so much freedom.

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  7. An inspiring post. I had an old blog that I had for a good few years but my head wasn't in it, so I took a break and started my current blog. I find myself so much more involved in the 'blogging' world' as such and have found that I just enjoy it far more. I regret leaving in the first place though because I missed reading blogs so much, as I have read them for years and years. Lovely post x


    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I feel like I need to read less blogs actually... YOur blog is beautiful! What widget/plugin do you use for your world map in the sidebar? :)

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  9. Interesting post! I recently took a break as well because I wasn't feeling motivated to write anything


    sarahjaihelee.com

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  10. I love turning off my notifictions once in a while, it sometimes annoys me that i get the feeling to constantly check for new notifications! Dont want to get too obsessed with my phone ;)

    Bell

    http://fashionblogbell.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Love seeing your energy spark in this post. And so pleased the conversation with us readers is something you enjoy... For me that's my whole reason for the blog world!

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  12. Well you must be doing something right in my book because i've been commenting on a few on your posts recently whereas I didn't before :)

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  13. Sending positive inspiration your way! I hope it helps... :-)

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  14. Notifications being switched off is an amazing thing and I definitely think we all need to do it sometimes. I'm glad New York refreshed you, too! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  15. I don't think I get the hate reading? Although I feel I'm being dense, is that reading blogs of people you dislike or?
    Having notifications switched off is a god send and I'm like that with everything.

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  16. I included a link that explains it :)) Basically, reading something you know will anger/upset you.

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  17. Absolutely, notifications are the bane of my life ;))

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  18. Oh wow, awesome - thank you :)) Can I ask why you didn't comment before? What's changed? :))

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  19. Thank you :)) I definitely feel refreshed.

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  20. Yep, absolutely. I find it distracts me from what I'm doing.. and I really don't need to know every time I get an email!

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  21. I feel motivated to write.. I just found myself questioning things too much. I feel far more relaxed now.

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  22. Thank you so much, Thea. It isn't a plug-in, it's an image :))

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  23. I love the blogging community and I love having a blog.. I just find it can be quite competitive if you let it and I hate that aspect of it.

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  24. I'm excited too :))

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  25. Me too. Even though I didn't stop blogging, I scheduled content.. I definitely felt like I took a break because I didn't write or research anything for an entire week. It felt REALLY good :))

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  26. I do.. and then I remember everyone's blog is individual and we are responsible for what we do and how we feel about it. The break made me feel more empowered :))

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  27. Perspective is exactly the right word :))

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  28. Thank you for reading, Jana.

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  29. Thank you so much, Madeleine :))

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  30. I definitely need to take a leaf out of your book and have a break. I'm hoping to do that over Christmas :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  31. maybe you know this, but i just wanted to say it ..you are one of my favourite bloggers, and one of my favourite people too (despite not having met you). i've loved seeing your blog change and grow and how unapologetic you are. i wish you all the real life and blogging happiness there is :)

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  32. I've just had my two week no blog break after moving back to Brisbane from Paris and it's been a great time to be clear and start over. Glad to have you back lady!

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  33. Glad to have you back, love! These tips are absolutely amazing. I've switched off my notifications and I'm already noticing a huge difference! By the way, I couldn't be more inspired by all your photos, you truly are one of my favorite photographers. xx

    http://www.thebalancedtraveler.com/

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  34. Tara Joy11/30/2014

    I've just taken a 2 week break off of blogging and didn't realize how crazy good it felt. A break just allows for your brain to reset and when it comes to blogging, I think that's necessary sometimes. Awesome to have you back at it and I'm excited to see what's next for your blog!

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  35. I really enjoyed reading this. Having just spent a month in Thailand, and now moving around from hostel to hostel in Australia, like you, I've had time to learn and reflect upon what it truly is that I want my blog to be. One major thing for me is that I don't want my posts to be lifeless pieces of text. I want readers to be able to recognize that it's me, Shona, writing them and to ensure that I write about my life and persona things - rather than just general, distant topics!

    Shona x
    shonarose.blogspot.com

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  36. Charlie Elliott12/01/2014

    I so hear you on the writing for yourself thing. You commented on my post about competitive blogger and SEO link bait, and that's the kind of stuff I want to write more of: the things that interest me and tell the story of my life. If people find that interesting then great!
    Cx
    www.charliedistracted.com

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  37. Great post, I think the various implications of blogging can be very draining sometimes so it's great that you now have a fresh perspective!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  38. Taking blogging breaks is something I do too. Not only to stay sane but to alleviate the pressure that comes with blogging on a regular basis. Blogging is not the be-all and end-all of life, right? Life is for LIVING and sometimes one just needs to unplug - like you did - and see what the world has to offer x

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  39. I'm all for technology - I love it. I think it makes us MORE connected to the world, not less. But I do find there are pros and cons to everything and with social media, we get sucked into doing things for other people instead of ourselves. It's important to remember why we're doing what we're doing. It's OK to blog for money, but for those of us who want to blog for other reasons, it's important to focus on that instead of falling into the trap of doing what everyone else does.

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  40. Absolutely - draining is exactly the right word.

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  41. We're totally on the same page :))


    I'm cool with people blogging for profit or to further their careers.. but for me it's all about the content I want to read and share with other people. The whole point is connecting with like-minded people, not to write purely for "likes" or hits or whatever.

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  42. Yes! It makes you feel refreshed. Little breaks give you time to go and do things, and with it comes inspiration.

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  43. Thank you so much, Jodi, that really means a lot.

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  44. Little breaks are awesome - they definitely help refresh and renew our outlooks.

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