Do You Need a Blogging Break?

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  August 1, 2022 blogging tips 🕑 4 minutes read

Bald Eagle State Forest, Pennsylvania, USA

 

(Updated 8/1/2022)

 

Do you need a blogging break?

 

Sometimes your blogging struggles compound because you refuse to pull back, relax and observe your blogging:

 

  • struggles
  • mistakes
  • errors
  • mindlessness

 

For example, one of my blogging struggles surfaced in the form of driving virtually zero traffic to 100’s of old blog posts.

 

Taking a blogging break for a bit gave me space enough to carefully spot this problem, to assess the situation and to begin:

 

  • updating old posts to ensure relevancy
  • adding content to old posts to increase search traffic
  • promoting old posts to boost traffic through long-forgotten cyber real estate

 

Not Blogging Made the Difference

 

Not blogging led to the most important choice of my blogging career.

 

Sitting on the blogging sidelines for a few days gave me time, space and quiet enough to make THE decision of my blogging life.

 

My host had pulled my old blog. I could not even log in through my WordPress backoffice. My intuition told me to give long, deliberate thought to my blogging campaign.

 

After spending hours offline deep in thought I decided to start a new blog versus fixing my old blog.

 

Blogging From Paradise was born.

 

Pumping the blogging brakes to take a break became the turning point of my blogging career. Thinking about my blogging direction for a few hours without online distractions gave me clarity. Instead of rushing forward to mindlessly restore my old blog I tapped into the raw power of thought for hours to release the old and worn out for the new and freeing. Thinking changes you. Thinking changes your blogging campaign.

 

However, thinking deeply tends to only occur during time spent offline because online distractions usually pull your attention and energy into mindless, robotic behavior.

 

Pull Back

 

I originally wrote this post after being offline for the prior 24 hours. Kelli and I had arrived to our new location previously. The internet had not been up for the entire time. I spotted an opportunity for an extended blogging break.

 

Pulling back increased my:

 

  • clarity
  • peace of mind
  • power of intent

 

Taking breaks gives you time to think, feel and act mindfully. Living mindfully improves the overall quality of your life.

 

Not blogging is as important as blogging to spot inefficiencies. Bloggers waste 1000’s of work hours doing unintelligent things. Imagine how many bloggers wasted 1000 hours spamming comments this year? Taking a blogging break gives spammers a chance to change their approach because thinking in quiet accelerates intelligent thought and decelerates unintelligent thought.

 

Do you need a blogging break? The Universe invited me to break when I initially wrote and published this post. I listened. But the old me and many fellow bloggers often erred in identifying with blogging work. Some feel worthy only if they blog. Taking breaks unearths worthiness, deserving and low self-esteem issues. Have fun helping people through blogging but never identify with your blogging work because who you are is completely beyond blogging.

 

Blogging is one aspect of your life. Humans never arrive on planet earth solely to type words and publish posts. You and I see rich, diverse experiences to eat at the buffet table of life.

 

Be more aware. Take a blogging break. Think. Pull away from blogging. Give yourself time offline to sit in your bed to exercise your raw power of thought. Blogging failure rates skyrocket because few bloggers think. Most bloggers react until quitting. Pull back to think through more effective blogging strategies. Do you need to publish more text-only tweets on Twitter? Do you need to publish more in-depth, SEO-optimized blog posts? How can you be an efficient blogger? How do you blog inefficiently?

 

Sit in bed for 1 hour. Shut off your phone. Stare at the ceiling. Think about how you blog. Brainstorm blogging ideas. Take a break from blogging to be clearer on your intent.

 

Resting, relaxing and recharging gives you a fresh, new perspective on your blogging campaign. Mindlessly plowing through your blogging day like a blog-a-holic usually leads to repeating mistakes, struggles or muted success because how can you correct errors and change direction if you seem unaware of the errors?

 

Take a blogging break. Observe your blogging campaign in quiet. Pulling back gives you ample space to analyze your blogging campaign as it really is.

 

Pull back to give yourself ample space to think about how to blog more effectively.

 

Accelerate your blogging success by…….not blogging.

  1. Chris Desatoff says:
    at 9:40 am

    Hey, there he is. After seeing nothing new on BHP for a couple days in a row, I was wondering if all is ok. Good to see that everything is just fine.

    A blogging break can be just what the doctor ordered. Balance is a wonderful thing.

    Well, not sure if this post is “current” or was written a few days back. But either way, I hope you guys enjoy your stay.

    As for me…break time is over. Time to work lol.

    Have a good week, Ryan.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:27 pm

      Chris I definitely needed it my friend. Even though I have so much fun blogging I figured out over these few days that I had some fears to clear related to my general frame of mind. Sometimes we bury stuff and it’s only during these periods of internet fasts and greater silence that the fears arise. What a blessed opportunity for facing, feeling and releasing emotions to get clearer. But now I’m back into blogging 100%. After that little break I am back in the saddle. Thanks so much for your continued support my friend.

  2. Penelope says:
    at 7:17 am

    We all need a blogging break sometimes. Excellent reminder here.

  3. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 4:03 pm

    Great advice Ryan. I’ve been so busy on the client work this week and a family visit that I’ve let mine sit for a few. I think it is a good idea because you come up with new ideas to update old posts and create new ones. Otherwise, you will truly get burnt out. It also gives your readers more time to read your posts vs. them missing half of them when you post often. I know that happens to me.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:41 pm

      Pulling back has so many benefits Lisa. We generate new ideas and cultivate energy on relaxing and reflecting.

  4. Cynthia says:
    at 6:31 pm

    Fantastic advice. Recently, the Universe invited me to take a six week internet free vacation while on a book publishing deadline. During that time, I finished a lot of off-line projects, cleared my head on how to get through fast & effectively on the projects underway, and reset my daily schedule. LOL@me. I lost sight of the progress as soon as the internet issues were resolved and lost internet due to more bad weather for a weekend. This time more clarity came through. Now, to learn from the lessons taught and write fewer hours, podcast and youtube smarter. Thanks for the reminder yet again.

  5. Philip says:
    at 8:20 am

    If you’re feeling burned out from blogging, it might be time to take a break. Stepping away from your blog for a while can help you refresh and refocus. It can be tough to take a break from something you’re passionate about, but sometimes it’s necessary. If you’re feeling burnt out, try taking a week or two off from blogging. See if that helps you feel better. If not, you can always come back and start blogging again. Great article, thanks.

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