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.
Labels: beauty, beauty blog, blogging break, fashion blog, lifestyle blog, tips and tricks
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It is so important to take mini breaks from the blog! Blogging oftern takes up much of our time that we have limited time for living and getting inspired by that! It is so important to put the blog down and head out into the real word!ReplyDelete
I occasionally take a break because between blogging and other commitments, I find there's little 'me time'. Having a break means that I can come back refreshed and excited again - rather than seeing it as a chore.ReplyDelete
Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds
Good luck with your A-Levels! Your blog will always be here, but your education is so much more important xxReplyDelete
Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com ♡
Writer's block is all too common. It truly helps to give yourself some time to simply live your life. The worst thing is it feel burned out & not want to come back -- ever.ReplyDelete
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I done this over christmas for a week although still found myself doing a little but it defintiely done me some goodReplyDelete
I had no idea you was studying for your A-Levels, your blog quality never falters. Good luck!ReplyDelete
Mascara & Maltesers
I love talking to otherbloggers! Bloggers blog is so hard to deal with! Great post.ReplyDelete
I recently took a mini break from blogging (admittedly not for long) just to think about what I really wanted in terms of my blog. I felt like I'd become detached from my previous blog name so i decided to have a complete change; domain, design, everything! so here I am with a new found love for blogging and I can't wait to get stuck back in!ReplyDelete
Girl Up North | UK Lifestyle Blog
Everyday i visit a lot of blog sites, but this one is great thanks a lot honey! :3ReplyDelete
xo , Lovelacee
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