So, it’s been a looong time since I’ve done anything at all with this blog. Over six months with literally no new content created, no time invested in building relationships with other bloggers, and no working on any of the skills I want to build related to creating and maintaining a website.
Honestly, there is no good reason. I’ve been taking a break from blogging purely because my priorities have been elsewhere. I mean, it’s not that I haven’t been busy – I’ve moved house (twice), I’ve been putting a lot more effort into recruiting participants for my PhD project, and I’ve started to write up a couple of chapters of my thesis. I’ve done a lot of run-training, and racing, and completely fallen in love with outdoor yoga. I’ve travelled to some amazing places, and I went to my first ever Glastonbury festival. I’m reading a hell of lot more than I was when I started this blog, and I’m spending more time with my friends.
And I don’t regret doing any of those things. But, in truth, I definitely could have found the time to fit blogging into my schedule if I’d really wanted to. I just wasn’t motivated enough. It wasn’t enough of a priority, and so I took a break. Although initially I berated myself for ‘abandoning’ a project that I’d, I’ve recently been thinking about why taking a break from blogging for a while can sometimes be the right thing to do.
Why taking a break from blogging was really good for me
- As I mentioned above, I was able to invest more of my time into several of my other life-priorities, and have made some really good progress across quite a few different areas of my life
- I’ve been able to reconsider the type of blog I want to create. I’ve thought about how I want to make some changes to the type of content I’m writing, and feel much happier with my general concept of this blog as a result.
- Similarly, I’ve been able to think a bit more about my motivations for investing time in this blog, and what I want to achieve with it.
- Despite only having had this blog for a really short time, I was already starting to feel kind of ‘burnt out’. I had given myself a schedule of writing (at least) four posts per week, and it quickly started to feel like too much. I had the idea in my head that I absolutely had to produce a lot of (hopefully decent) content really quickly, and it began to feel like something I had to do, rather than something I wanted to do. I’ve now decided that (for now), I’m going to focus on writing one post per week – if I decide I want to include another post some weeks, then that’s great. If I don’t, then that’s also completely fine.
So, I’m back to actively working on this blog, and I’m actually really looking forward to it. I want this to be a project that can help me grow and develop over a longer time, rather than something I get tired of after a few weeks, or months. At this point, I can honestly say that taking a break from blogging was the right thing for me, but equally, it’s now the right time to come back.
If anyone has any advice on staying committed to blogging in the long term, I would really love to hear it.