Going through Blogging Burnout? Here are a few inspirational reasons to help you decide if you need a few days break from blogging.
This post comes at a time when I haven’t written anything here in a week, something which hasn’t happened before on My Food Story. It wasn’t intentional, but was probably subconscious. It’s not because I didn’t have anything planned, or didn’t have time. In fact I have a few posts in draft with pictures and recipes sorted out, but somehow I wasn’t inspired to write this last week. And I didn’t want to pretend to be enthusiastic about something when I wasn’t. After all, we’ve always been true to each other.
Denver and I were having a pretty serious talk yesterday about the blog and it’s future, and I was telling him about this unplanned break and how I feel so much better for it. Unconsciously, I needed it because life has been crazy. The blog has taken over everything. My full time job has been really demanding lately, and I haven’t had any time for myself.
I needed some time to think and recenter. I don’t know if any of you feel this way, but sometimes a brick wall is all you see. In spite of all the ideas, nothing seems to work. And this week really gave me the much needed break from everything. It helped that I also had a close friend’s wedding to attend in Kolkata so I could get away.
It spurred this post, and this need to share why you may need a blogging break if you are a blogger.
A few days break can help you look at the bigger picture and gain some perspective. We get so caught up in the day to day activities that we forget to look at the bigger picture, and why we started the blog in the first place. Taking the time to move yourself away from everything, can help bring that perspective back.
It can definitely bring in tons of inspiration. The few days I spent in Kolkata, I met a lot of interesting people who are doing amazing things with their life and following their passion. It inspired me to do more, not just with the blog, but with life in general.
I’ve eaten some great food in the last one week, done some travelling, experienced new things – all of which have spurred a lot of new ideas. I have pages full of notes that I’ve made along the way and I can’t wait to get started. Experiences, travel, people can all inspire you to write, to create, not just food but stories too. So don’t be afraid to leave everything behind for a few days and come back.
To be honest, I was sapped of energy. Friends and family had started commenting on my appearance and the fact that I looked tired. I wasn’t interested in talking too much and was feeling unsettled. The break bought back a lot of energy, and that enthusiasm that I was lacking. I even took a break from looking at my traffic stats for a few days. Shutting off has really brought back energy, not just physically but mentally and emotionally.
While I was away from doing the day to day work that goes into this blog, I did do some thinking about it and set myself some new goals. Bigger goals. Long term goals. This wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t taken some time out to think with a clear head.
Blogging can be exhilarating and consuming at the same time. Feeling the need for a break from your blog does not mean that you aren’t up to it anymore, or have run out of ideas; it just means that you need a fresh start so that you can come back stronger.