Monday, 19 January 2015
Blogging | Taking A Break Is Good
For the past two months, I have been writing a regular dose of beauty, fashion and lifestyle related posts. At the start of 2015, I was enthusiastic about the new year, with my camera in one hand and my computer in the other, I started the year raring to go. However, a week in and I started to lack motivation and found that I started to not care whether I published a post that day or not. This was heartbreaking. From the get go blogging has always been my own personal space on the internet where I could surround myself with everything make up and fashion related, but I found myself getting agitated more and more with it each day.
I decided that enough was enough. I needed a break and I needed it instantly. I chose to set aside at least a week to catch up on commenting and socialising rather than running about trying to get posts written and photographs taken. At first I felt guilty, I felt that my regular readers were not getting the content that they were waiting for and I initially felt like hitting the delete button on my blog. However, I persisted and after having over a week off I feel like I have my mojo back. This post is dedicated to the many reasons why taking a break from blogging is good.
Rekindle The Love| I am currently studying A-Levels and in the process of getting interviewed for both a job and a uni place. Blogging took a back seat for a while and after Christmas I struggled to settle back into a routine where I could fit everything in a 24 hour period. I certainly needed a break, not only for myself, but to rekindle the love I had for my blog and it's content.
Floods of Ideas| Over the first six weeks of starting my blog, ideas would just pop up out of nowhere and I would be almost constantly writing up new ideas, but then writers block happened. I felt that no matter how many times I tried to put pen to paper and come up with new ideas, nothing would happen. Over my week's break, I read a lot of new blogs, commented on hundreds of posts and participated in twitter chats and I found that my brain started to work again, churning out ideas at a million miles per hour.
Confidence Boost| I certainly owe blogging a round of applause for its help in increasing my confidence on both the internet and real life. In fact a break in blogging boosted my confidence even more. I took the week off with the initial fear that I would loose fifty followers, with no one caring nor noticing that I had left. I posted on twitter that I was planning to put pintsizedbeauty away for some time, but I received so many replies and messages pleading for me to stay that I reconsidered my options. Since then, I have in fact gained followers and regular readers without feeling like I've strained myself to get a post up. Confidence boost = Tick.
Get Organised| My week off consisted of catching up commenting on various blogs and socialising a bit more on twitter chats, this saw my stats higher than ever. Since I've been exceptionally busy lately I often only had certain time slots to get photographs taken and posts written, but since having those slots free for a week I have managed to catch up on emails and social network more.
Learn More| Taking a step back from blogging has definitely given me a chance to take more interest in what interests readers. I have been reading a lot more posts about how to improve your photography and branding your blog. Appreciating the blogging community can be hard when you're constantly running around like a headless chicken, but taking a step back and and focusing on your blog more, definitely did me and my blog a world of good.