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 apologise 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!
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.