Why You Don’t Need to Apologise for Taking a Blogging Break

Something that I’ve been doing a lot recently is apologising when I take time off from blogging. You might’ve noticed that so many of my most recent blog posts have started with something along the lines of “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been so busy with university at the moment”.  It got me thinking, why should I have to apologise? It’s not just me who’s been apologising for taking time off. I’ve noticed that in the blogging community as a whole we often feel guilty for not being consistent in blogging. So, I thought I’d write a post about why we don’t need to apologies for taking a blogging break.

For Most of Us, Blogging Isn’t Our Full-Time Job

There are only a handful of bloggers that I know who’s full-time job is actually blogging. In most cases we’re blogging alongside our studies, part-time jobs or even in addition to full-time jobs! It can be easy to feel as though blogging is your job because it IS a lot of work, but you need to remember that it isn’t. Taking a break every now and then to focus on your actual career is completely fine and isn’t something to feel upset about. Be proud of the fact that you’re even running a blog in addition to your other commitments, because it takes a lot to do!

Your Readers Are Normally Bloggers Too, They Understand!

I didn’t really begin reading blogs until I started blogging myself. From what I’ve learned in my year or so of blogging it seems as though most of our readers are bloggers too. So, what does that mean exactly? It means that they understand how difficult blogging can be when you’re doing it alongside studies and work. No one is going to judge you for taking time off. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself because your readers definitely won’t!

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Time Off Can Completely Clear Your mind

Whenever I’ve had to take a bit of time off from blogging to focus on my degree work, I’ve always felt a new passion for blogging when I come back to it. I’m not going to lie to you and say that I didn’t feel slightly annoyed with myself for slipping out of my blogging routine every now and then. But, I do feel as though I come back to my blog with so many more ideas after taking time off. Surely that’s not something to apologise for now, is it?

If there’s one thing to take from this it’s that everyone has other things going on. Blogging doesn’t need to be the number one priority at all times! If you’re interested in reading some of my other thoughts on Taking A Blogging Break then check out my post all about my experiences taking time off.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your thoughts are on taking a break every now and then. Do you feel guilty when you take time off? How do you feel when you come back to blogging after taking a break? I’d love to read through your experiences.

Female Original

30 Comments

  1. Asher
    October 12, 2018

    Good post Faye!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 12, 2018

      Thanks Asher!

      Reply
  2. Aleeha
    October 12, 2018

    Well… this was well timed. I took a 2 month break from blogging and now I’m back! I’m glad you posted this though, because I always feel so bad for taking a break from blogging, but year 13 is obviously a really important year and my A-levels have to be my priority!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 13, 2018

      That’s exactly how I feel as a third year uni student! There’s nothing wrong with taking a much needed break. At the end of the day, your studies are the most important thing x

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  3. Via Singh
    October 14, 2018

    OMG your post is so relatable. I totally understand taking a break is okay. I do take small break here and there but feel very guilty about it. But as you mentioned I do feel recharged and fresh back in action. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 16, 2018

      Glad you could relate! Taking a break definitely isn’t something we should feel bad about X

      Reply
  4. Jess
    October 14, 2018

    I totally agree that sometimes we need a break from blogging but I also get the ‘guilty’ feeling when I don’t stick to my posting schedule, I really needed to read this post to help stop me feeling so guilty so thank you for sharing!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 16, 2018

      Thank you for reading! It’s so lovely to see that other bloggers can relate to it all x

      Reply
  5. Jen
    October 14, 2018

    Great post and something I definitely needed reminding of! I’ve had a rough couple of weeks which have necessitated a blogging break – I was feeling so guilty about it as I had JUST reached a point where I was blogging regularly and with some consistency so was gutted to fall back out of the swing of it – but you’re absolutely right, it’s nothing to feel guilty about. Thank you!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 16, 2018

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I hope you’re feeling better after the last few weeks x

      Reply
  6. Suzanne
    October 14, 2018

    There are definitely times I need to remind myself why I started blogging, and that quality is always better than quantity!!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 26, 2018

      Definitely, so true! Thank you for reading X

      Reply
  7. Samantha Kwiatkowski
    October 16, 2018

    This was just what I needed! I just took a break from blogging and I’ve been feeling so bad about it. Ugh

    http://www.coastalcuriosity.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 20, 2018

      It’s so easy to feel bad about it but we shouldn’t! Glad you enjoyed it X

      Reply
  8. Macey
    October 17, 2018

    I can definitely agree that sometimes taking a break does the best for our creative side, & we come back with so many more ideas than we had before. It certainly also brings me back with more passion for blogging than before! Loved this post xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 20, 2018

      Aw thank you so much! I always come back with a new love for blogging after a break X

      Reply
  9. Ruth
    October 20, 2018

    I completely agree! Although, it’s a little different for me because blogging is what I do full time, it’s still important for me to remember that my audience understands, and I need time off as much as anyone else. Awesome post!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 20, 2018

      Blogging full time is an amazing accomplishment! Definitely, I’m sure your audience would understand completely when you need time off X

      Reply
  10. TRACY JACKSON
    October 20, 2018

    I too, feel guilty if I take time off. I never plan too, but sometimes feel overwhelmed and NEED to.
    It’s ok! We all need to look after ourselves FIRST. The bottom line is – no you, no blog, right?
    Good on you for highlighting this issue.

    Tracy x

    https://bloggerbythesea.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 20, 2018

      Exactly! Sometimes life just gets in the way and it’s completely fine to just take some time away. X

      Reply
  11. Misa
    October 20, 2018

    A really good post! I’ll be blogging less through November and was going to write an apologetic post in advance, but I’m not going to now. I’ll just manage what I can. 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 20, 2018

      I’m so glad that you’re not feeling the need to apologise! There’s nothing wrong with taking a break when you need to X

      Reply
  12. Renita
    October 21, 2018

    This was right on point! I often feel guilty when I take a break but I do work a full-time job and I am a wife so sometimes I take breaks. I love your post.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 26, 2018

      Thank you so much! Taking breaks is so important and definitely not something to feel guilty about x

      Reply
  13. Pauline
    October 21, 2018

    This was so needed. I feel guilty that I’m not giving my blog the love I need but I’m so busy with my day job. Thanks for inspiring

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 26, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it. I’m exactly the same with my university work but there’s nothing to feel guilty about! X

      Reply
  14. Chloe
    October 21, 2018

    Love this post so much! Sometimes we all need a break and it’s completely normal! xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 26, 2018

      Aw thank you so much! Yes definitely X

      Reply
  15. colleendenise
    November 2, 2018

    This is a great post! Life can get really crazy sometimes and I think that a lot of people understand that. Never apologize for taking a break!!!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 2, 2018

      Aw thank you so much! Yes definitely – it’s lovely having so many supportive people who visit my blog 🙂 X

      Reply

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