NOTE: This post was written in September when I began blogging again!
I have been back blogging nearly three months now since my long blogging break over the summer. I decided to take some time to re-evaluate the overall direction of my blog in general. For awhile, I lost my blogging ‘spark.’ Writing posts became somewhat of a chore with self-imposed deadlines. Blogging had lost its appeal because I felt like I was doing it for the wrong reasons.
However, I came back in September with a renewed energy and passion with plans to use my place in the blogosphere to share everything that is beautiful and important to me. I have continued to share travel info as I have done in the past but my new plan is to use my blog to share anything I want to. Gone are the deadlines and feelings of obligation. I am making ‘Foreign Sanctuary’ the space which I initially wanted it to be – a happy place in which to share my thoughts, ideas, reflections, and pictures.
Now, let’s get to the bare bones of this post – the 5 things I learned from my 3 month blogging break!
~1~ Write about What You love & Share What You Enjoy!
Share a part of you and don’t be afraid to mix it up! Share humor, share personal stories, and share parts of yourself that make you the person that you are.
Showcase your hobbies. For example, I have a passion for photography and my blog is the perfect platform to share my pictures.
Share different aspects and not just the good stuff. I have found that the more honest and real you are, the more people will respond. Give people a glimpse of your good side and your more vulnerable side. Let them know what makes you tick (in a sense).
~2~ Don’t Put Too Much Pressure on Yourself
Basically, don’t take on more than you can chew. If you only have time to write one post a week, then write one and make it a good one. Don’t give yourself pressure to do more. For most of us, it is a hobby and who stresses out over something that they truly enjoy?
I was famous for this. I was strict with myself and I sometimes promised things that I couldn’t deliver. I remember spending a Saturday morning typing a post when I should have been out having fun. But, when I stepped back and took a break, I realized that it wasn’t right. So, what did I do? I changed it!
~3~ So, You Missed a Deadline? Whatever!!
Life happens and we get busy from time to time. So, just like the sub-title says, if you miss a post, don’t freak out! It is not the end of the world.
However, I think it is important to find a schedule that works for you. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I find that right before and after the weekend works best for me. Also, I find that writing an outline for a post on paper also helps to make the writing process easier as I can organize my ideas and write my post more efficiently. However, figure out what works for you.
And with a routine schedule, your readers will know when to expect a post.
~4~ Enjoy The Process!
Blogging, like anything, is a learning process. We not only write posts, but we also learn how important social media interaction is in terms of promoting our blogs. We also interact with other bloggers and become part of the blogging community.
Don’t have the mentality that just because you write, people will come and read. Blogging takes time. It is hard work to build a successful blog and maintain it. If it was easy, then everyone who be successful in the blink of an eye or the snap of a finger. I am by no means a successful blogger but I do give myself A+ for effort (I know, how vain is that) and all I can do is keep writing and learning and improving! Like the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’
~5~ Don’t Do it – Don’t Stop Blogging! Keep Doing it!
Word of advice from someone who did it! – Don’t do it! Don’t Stop! Keep on blogging!!
If you stop and decide to start blogging again, it is like starting all over. I lost some regular readers which is sad but I totally understand why they didn’t stick around. I wouldn’t blame them. A three-month absence without any warning or explanation isn’t acceptable.
However, I was lucky enough that some of my readers forgave my lengthy blogging absence. So, to each of you (you know who you are), I say thank you. But, in some ways, I feel like I started over from scratch. It’s like a large portion of my previous effort went down the drain by stopping.
During the Three Months….
During the three months that I fell of the ‘blogging face of the earth,’ I continued to get out and about and explore. The pictures included in this post were taken during the three months. Hope you enjoy!!
Now, it’s your turn! Have you ever stopped blogging? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the whole blogging process? Do you have any tips to keep blogging fun and interesting?