The Real Reason I’ve Taken A Break From Blogging

blogging-hobbyThere’s been a lot on my mind lately, to be honest. 2017 has felt like the sort of year where I’m going to have to put that extra effort in to decide what I want to get out of it. And it’s only February.

I’ve consciously stopped blogging for a few weeks because I realised one fundamental thing that made me stop in my tracks and assess things.

I don’t gain anything from blogging any more.

I’ve quickly realised that I used blogging as an excuse to not do other things, whilst also not really putting the effort into blogging either. This blog became a scapegoat for not taking better care of myself, and trying to further myself both personally and professionally.

“I barely find the time to blog, so I how am I meant to find time for X, Y or Z?”

I don’t remember the precise moment that I came to this realisation, but I know now that even as I type this post on a quiet Sunday night, I could be doing something more constructive. I could be working on projects that are already underway, that could be more beneficial to me. The only reason I’m not doing that is because I’ve spent the past couple of hours doing it and my “creative flow” led me here.

It’s funny how your mind works, creatively, isn’t it?

In the past, I really loved putting together a new blog post. I do still feel that fire when I get “round to doing it” – and I even feel it now as I ramble here. Once I get into the flow of things, I remember why I started blogging in the first place.

But then I remember that I am not a full time blogger. I don’t want to be.

I have other aspirations both for my career and my personal life. Blogging is just a hobby, not an excuse. Not a reason to stop trying to succeed in other areas of my life because I feel the need to not let myself, or my readers down when it comes to this space on the internet.

I don’t want to give up on this, but I don’t want to slip back into bad habits and spend my time on here instead of focusing it on ways to grow.

will be back – there’s things I want to prioritise for now so that when I start blogging “properly” again, it’s no longer taking away energy and time from other endeavours.

So, y’know… if you have any tips on inventing more time and energy in the day to fit in full time work, side projects and blogging…they’d be much appreciated.

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6 Comments

  1. Sabah
    February 20, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I so relate to this post, I’ve been feeling the exact same. I used blogging as a distraction from the real life issues and I lost myself along the way. Now that I’ve decided to work on these issues, it’s come to the point where I felt like deleting all my content and getting rid of my site and my social media accounts.
    I am currently working on the issues that I have been ignoring for a long time and over the weekend, I spent some time on Twitter talking to other bloggers and it reminded me of why I need to continue doing what I’m doing and I shouldn’t get rid of everything completely but take a break whenever it is needed.

    It’s totally understandable that you need to take a break to focus on other things in your life. Do what you need to do, to be where you want to be.

    Lots of love <3

    Sabah || http://www.womanishaffairs.org

    • Cat
      February 21, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Don’t delete anything! Just move onwards and upwards 🙂 Taking a break is helping but I know I’ll be ready to come back to blogging soon enough x

  2. February 22, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I don’t really have any advice, only that you’ve got to focus on what’s important to you. If it isn’t blogging as much as something else, put blogging on the back burner. You can always come back to it in time!

    • Cat
      February 25, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you poppet – that’s my thoughts too. I do miss it though! x

  3. February 28, 2017 / 1:02 am

    I completely understand why you need a break, because this is something that I’ve been through. I started blogging at the beginning of the year because I really wanted to write, and interact with new people – but since then I’ve noticed myself being more motivated in all areas of my personal life (thankfully). Perhaps it’s because it’s something new x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

    • Cat
      March 6, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks for commenting – glad I’m not alone! I’ve been trying to focus on getting fitter but also on a side project that will hopefully one day become something more! I feel like my blog is an excuse to not do these things way too often!

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