The crazy, amazing, hamster wheel of blogging is second to none, but sometimes the overwhelming addiction becomes all too much. Your brain is about to fall out of your ear. Your keyboard-tapping fingers have got the jitters. Something has got to give. It’s time to go cold turkey. It’s time to have a blog break.
For many, you may have flirted nervously with the idea of a blog break, but the notion of turning your back on your number one vice in the world might leave you sweating bullets. Can you really do it? YES YOU CAN!!! After all, all that is important comes in quietness and waiting, said Patrick Lindsay. Plus it’s not like you’re breaking up forever.
And with that sentiment in mind, and fresh from my very own blog break experience, here’s a little how to make friends with a blog break:
1. Set a date
It may take weeks, possibly months, to build up to locking down a date. After firming it up, scribble it in your calendar, make it your mantra and commitment. Just as important as the start date is – duh! the end date. This is going to become your best friend and tormentor. It will cheer you on and throw rotten tomatoes in your face in seeming unison.
A word on setting dates for your blog break. Timing is all important – schedule your blog break when you know things are going to be quiet in the bloggersphere but when YOU are going to busy. After all, no point writing when nobody’s reading. For this reason, holidays are a great time when natural tumbleweed prevails.
2. Go cold turkey
If you are going to do this – and I really mean do this – do it with integrity! That means not looking at the front of back end of your blog not even once – not even a peek! during blog break. Put up a blog post up saying that you are on blog break and then shut down. Do not even try to bother looking at your stats because you will cry – or probably more likely howl – so lowly will they be. And no amount of cake or wine is going to help ease that self-inflicted pain.
But as a little remedy, I say you are allowed one little cheat – and that’s to make a list note list of any blog ideas you have during your blog break…because hey, we all still need a little therapy and quite frankly, I don’t want to be responsible for your collective heads exploding if you don’t!
3. Shut off social
I know, extracting yourself from the bottomless pit of social media sounds like a messy task and for that reason, the only way to handle this one is to once again….go cold turkey! Unfortunately, the whole world doesn’t go on blog break when you do, and will merrily tweet and tag you with all sorts of temptations. Just. Don’t. Go. There.
4. Have some posts scheduled for the big come back
In my humble opinion, there is nothing worse than coming back from blog break with a MY GOD WHAT NOW! feeling. Coming back to some pre-scheduled posts (and a little blog fanfare) even if you don’t decide to run with those once you’re live and kicking again, is supremely comforting, and helps to ward off any anxiety attacks you might encounter during blog break.
Admittedly, coming back off blog break you do feel like a bit of an ameba but remember y’all, it’s for the greater good!
When was the last time you took a blog break? Do you have any blog break tips to share? Please do share in a comment below…
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