I’ve taken a number of blog breaks, both planned and unplanned, and starting back up again never gets any easier. I always plan to keep writing during breaks — ha! That never, ever happens.
That’s not to say I’ve ever regretted taking a break — they are sometimes necessary. Most of the things we do in life have definite starting and stopping points. Blogging? Not so much. I think of it more in cycles. Sometimes we feel extra creative and want to keep sharing, and sometimes we have other priorities. That’s totally normal.
If you’re like me, by the end of a blog break you start to feel excited to jump back in again. You find your mind wandering, and the “that would make a great blog post!” thought immediately jumps in. Maybe you save the idea for later, maybe you don’t. But when you actually sit down to write, nothing happens. Your mind may have been full a few minutes ago, but it’s totally blank now. Nothing you write will be good enough. So you keep putting it off. That break just gets longer, and it gets that much harder to come back.
What I think it comes down to is practice. When you’re in a routine, some things just become second nature to you. It isn’t until you take a break that those routine things take extra effort. It’s like running — a week off can feel like a lifetime. The same run you felt so great about last week is the hardest thing you’ll do this week. Here are a few ways you can ease the pain and make sure your blog break isn’t permanent.
Post whatever is on your mind
What holds most of us back is that we feel the need to return with a post that blows everyone away. Maybe we think we need to apologize for being absent and make up for it with something amazing. But that mindset puts way too much pressure on you. Instead, ease back into blogging. Give yourself permission to just write. Write whatever comes naturally to you, even if it’s a random mix of thoughts. Just getting over that first post will make the rest come more easily.
Set a kinder schedule
Maybe you were blogging five days a week before your break. You can’t expect yourself to go from doing nothing for several days in a row to suddenly creating five days a week again. Again, ease back into it. Don’t set yourself up for failure or disappointment. Just do what you can.
Change what isn’t working for you
Usually we take blog breaks because something isn’t working. Maybe we’re burned out, maybe we need to change our content, maybe we simply have other priorities. Before you come back from your blog break, take some time to think about why you took a break in the first place and what needs to be different when you come back.
I know I’m not the only one who’s taken a blog break, so share your experiences below! What helped you start blogging again?