I was taking part in a Facebook discussion on the idea of taking a break from blogging the other day and whether or not something should be said about our absence.
If you know me personally, or if you’ve read between the lines on some of my blog and social media posts–you know that the last 2 years have been a roller coaster of emotions for me and my family.
During this time, I have been struggling to keep up with my full-time job and my life at home, while continuing to keep current with this blog and social media. Some of my friends and colleagues are in the same boat, but also have their husbands, wives and children on that list.
Blog About It
Personally, I have found so much support through Social Media; when I have been away from home, dealing with hardships–it has been a comfort to be able to go online and talk to friends. For the record, some of these friends I will probably never meet in person; but they have offered me support, unconditional love and a shoulder to cry on.
In writing about the things I have been going through, I have chosen my words and subjects carefully, out of respect for my family. I have worked hard to keep up on this blog; sometimes with just photos or short posts about general subjects.
I’ve done my best to create new content and opportunities for Ann About Town, so that you will continue to stop by and say hi or share my words with others. At times it’s been overwhelming, but at the same time satisfying–like there is at least one constant in my life, one thing I can control.
On the other hand, there are times when we are stressed, busy or just unavailable–times when we want or need to step away from the blog, or from the internet altogether, in order to deal with life, family or personal situations.
One thing to remember is that in many cases, blogs are a reflection of life; and as bloggers, we need the time to have a life, in order to have something relevant to say.
Sometimes, stepping away for a few days or even weeks is enough to re-energize and revitalize those blogging muscles.
To Blog or Not to Blog
Sometimes this is an easy decision, a yes or no answer. But sometimes, it’s not so easy; and what should you say to your readers….”I’ll be back”….”Thanks for everything”…”See ya”…?
If you feel that you’ve come to this crossroad and aren’t sure which direction to take, there are a couple of things you can do to help you get in touch with your feelings:
- Make a list of the Pros & Cons. Brainstorm here, don’t over-analyze what you’re putting on the list. Just write your thoughts down–I want to continue blogging because….I want to quit because… This may just open up a whole new series for you to write about!
- Give yourself permission to slow down. If you have commitments, get them done and walk away for a while. Taking a vacation or a leave of absence is allowed; so just step away from that keyboard.
- Create a conversation between you and your “ideal reader.” The idea here is that you, or you and a close friend, will role-play. When you’re talking as the blogger, state your case simply and without guilt; if you’re listening as the “ideal reader,” be sure you’re immersed in that role. I think you’ll find compassion and understanding in your readers that you might not have realized was there all along.
- Finally, if you do decide you’re done blogging–it’s OK. We will miss you and wish you well; maybe even connect with you somewhere else, on some other platform. As for the whys, that is totally up to you; but if you know you won’t be back, at least say goodbye.
However if you’re like me, I think you’ll be back; maybe in a different niche, with a whole new focus. Chances are the reason you started blogging in the first place will resurface–you’ll have something more to say, and want a platform to say it in your own words.
Have you ever thought about packing it all in? (Be honest) How did you get through it? Are you still blogging or have you moved on? Let me know in the comments below.