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Ready for a blogging break?

Ready For A Blogging BreakAugust is the most common month for most people to be on vacation, or holiday.

But bloggers might think they don’t get to take a blogging break.

What would make you think that, though?

After all, you’re independently employed right?

You …

  • work at home.
  • set your own schedule.
  • decide what you want to do in your business… and when.

So why is it you wouldn’t be able to take a blogging break?

I think a lot of bloggers believe that they’ll lose momentum.

Or they’ll lose some of their audience they’ve worked so hard to target.

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Maybe their authority ranking or page rank will take a hit if they stay away from their business too long.

That could actually be true if you simply stop blogging for a lengthy period of time.

But I’m not talking about that.

I’m only suggesting you take a little blogging break.

And believe me, there are a lot of advantages to taking a little time off for regrouping and rethinking your business.

Not just in August, but from time to time throughout the year.

== A Blogging Break can overcome Blogger Burnout

I would say one of the biggest reasons of bloggers fail is because of blogger burnout.

They work so hard to keep putting out good content.

Then they work doubly hard to promote it.

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And before they can catch their breath, they’re facing the next day.

Another piece of content and new promotion strategies.

This endless treadmill of production and promotion can certainly lead to blogger burnout.

And it does.

Many bloggers, after even a short time, start to feel like they’re doing too much work for getting so little back in return.

So, naturally, they conclude that it’s just not worth it.

Before you let yourself spiral into a negative place, give yourself some time off to reflect on some of the key things in your business.

You can even break through endless failure, or a seemingly endless series of failures.

How Can I Break Through Endless FailureDon’t get beaten down by the overwhelm and burnout.

Reconnect with your purpose and your core message.

A Blogging Break includes a “To-Do List” Letdown

Most bloggers live by their to-do list.

Well you know, once in a while, you need to give yourself the gift of a to-do list letdown.

You’ve got to get off that treadmill and let yourself do some things for yourself.

Enjoy time with your family or friends.

Or just do some random things that you enjoy doing.

Letting go that to-do list is an important way to regenerate and re-energize so that you can get back to business with renewed focus and vigor.

Let Go of all the learning during your Blogging Break

Learning is another thing that can be overwhelming and lead to blogger burnout.

There are always so many new things to learn in your online business.

Every time you turn around, Facebook is changing it’s platform and rules.

Google is imposing new guidelines and algorithms that you have to conform to.

You have to learn new software, tactics and strategies to keep your business alive and thriving.

There’s a huge learning curve that goes along with running a successful blogging business.

It may not be a very expensive business to get started.

But it’s very costly in terms of the time it takes to keep up with all the changes and nuances involved.

You’ve simply got to break away from that once in a while.

That’s why you get summer vacation and holiday breaks in school.

It’s well established that trying to learn continually can have just the opposite effect.

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You can actually develop something of a brain freeze and find it more and more difficult to learn new things.

It’s the principle of diminishing returns.

The more you do something, the less you get out of it.

And the harder you strive to move forward, the faster you fall backward.

So give yourself a chance to break away from all that learning.

Let go of all the learning, and take a well-deserved blogging break.

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Unplug and Rebalance

Are you ready to unplug and rebalance your life?

I think it’s a key to building a sustaining business.

If you try to build muscles you can’t just keep lifting weights hour after hour without doing more damage than good.

Or if you’re trying to lose weight, you can’t just stop eating forever and expect it will help you.

If you’re trying to study for a test, you can’t do it for 12 hours straight without actually hurting your chances of doing well.

August is the perfect time to unplug.

Take some time off and rebalance your energy and your focus.

Your business will not be damaged by it, but will actually benefit from it.

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What would a blogging break mean to you?

How do you think it would effect your blogging business?

Are you ready for a Blogging Break?

Leave me a comment below.

I’d love to have your thoughts… and your social shares 🙂

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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23 Responses to Ready for a blogging break?

  1. Amar Kumar
    Twitter:
    October 14, 2019 at 4:19 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Learning never end in your whole life it enhance your skill regularly. Nowadays, blogs are popular among students owing to the novelty of the technology.

    Compared with other information technology used in teaching, blogging technology has several advantages such as it improves writing skills, provides extra reading skill and enhances learning outcomes etc.

    So, I always consider it as work of fun and adventure. A good blog always has a human touch and the trick to great blogging is to make your posts relatable. Thanks for leaving these amazing point for us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

  2. Mitch Mitchell
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    August 22, 2019 at 9:40 pm #

    I’ve pushed myself for a lot of years, but at this juncture I’m slowing down some. Not that I don’t have ideas, I’m just tired. I figure I’ve earned the right after 14 years of blogging to slow down and take a break sometimes. Same with the videos, though it’s “only” 10 years there. I’m not going away but a break is certainly needed.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

      Hi Mitch,

      I’m really glad you’re not going away!

      Many people would miss your blog.

      But you certainly do deserve (and need) a break from it once in a while.

      Many bloggers need to take a break in order to totally rework their business model, or give it a much needed new twist and turn.

      Enjoy your break, and I look forward to seeing you around the block 🙂

      -Donna
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  3. Gaurav Kumar
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    August 21, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Blogging break never means breaking with blogging. Some people spend their entire life in front of laptop to call themselves as bloggers, well they are actually destroying themselves.

    I believe that blogging is there to add more fun into your life than just money.

    As my friend, you already know that I take a lot of breaks, travel to different places, meet people, discuss what i do and what they do and also learn what is going to be my next move.

    A life without dream is like carrying a dead soul.

    Dreaming is there to inspire us to do more and be more and this is what I do all the time.

    Thanks for choosing this topic.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi Gaurav

      Thanks for that very inspirational insight.

      And it’s so true.

      There’s no “soul” in sitting at your computer all day.

      You need time to break away, have some fun and revisit your dreams.

      That’s what will really make you a successful blogger in the long run.

      -Donna
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  4. Aadarsh Roy
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    August 14, 2019 at 5:46 am #

    Hey Donna Mam,

    Great post, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post and also like the points that you have made. Taking blogging break is really a good idea but a suitable planning is also required for taking break. Blogging breaks are really important to refresh and re-energize yourself, whereas it also boost the energy level and the productivity. Taking blogging breaks also helps to make a fresh and new start and come-up with lots of amazing ideas and new informations. it even also makes you more better from the beginning. As this post will inspire many readers and users to take a blogging break.

    Really helpful post for bloggers and thanks for sharing.

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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2019 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Aardarsh,

      It’s funny you mentioned how you come up with “lots of amazing ideas and new information” while taking blogging breaks.

      That is so true.

      I’ve had some of my best ideas for things to do with my business when I’m not even thinking of my business… maybe taking a walk or washing the dishes.

      When you “let go of the struggle” the answers, inspiration and ideas often appear on their own.

      Like magic, eh?

      -Donna
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  5. Janice Wald
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    August 11, 2019 at 4:06 am #

    Hi Donna,
    Are you aware I just took a blogging break? I did blog while on the break. Does that count?
    Janice

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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2019 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Janice,

      Blogging while on your break?

      I don’t know if that counts as a “break” … haha

      Hope you enjoyed it and blogged only a little so that you feel refreshed now 🙂

      -Donna
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  6. Moss Clement
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    August 10, 2019 at 6:41 am #

    Hi Donna,

    There is no better way to re-energize yourself and business than to take a break. It enables you to look further into your business to figure out what to do to take your blog to the next height. Not only that; it’s good for one’s health as well.

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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi Moss,

      Yes, you mention your health.

      Well, truth is… bloggers are so dead set on building their business and earning some profit, they often forget that their health is far more important.

      It does you no good to build a great business and compromise your health in the process.

      You need balance and routine energy renewal.

      Just gotta take a break once in a while 🙂

      -Donna
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  7. Larry Coleman August 9, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

    Thank you,
    When I got into blogging I was thinking this is going to be easy. Dealing with google’s algorithm and constantly changing seo practices is mentally draining. So I agree with this article. Everyone needs a break eventually.

  8. Vishwajeet Kumar
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    August 9, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Blogging break is very important to refresh yourself. I also do this. Going on a long trip and spending some time with family and friends help you to refresh yourself. Its definitely boost up your energy level and productivity. Keep yourself every time on your laptop make you tired and you eventually lose your focus. So, Its always suggested to take a break and refresh yourself. Great post 🙂

    Regards,
    Vishwajeet
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 12, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi Vishwajeet,

      I like the phrase “diminishing returns.”

      It means, in this case, that the longer you spend time on your business, the less you’ll benefit from it.

      Long hours of grueling work lead you to “lose your focus,” as you say.

      I’m glad to see you doing some trips, spending time with family and getting away from that laptop once in a while.

      August is perfect for that 🙂

      -Donna
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  9. Atish Ranjan
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    August 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Long-time!

    How have you been?

    I have been out of reading and commenting due to some other business commitments, but I am back again, and I found this article.

    Blogging break is indeed required but not everyone can take it. But, it always help when you take breaks, it helps you get back with more energy. I take regular breaks while working but I never had a long big break.

    However, I remember, when I was on a break of 2 days, and I didn’t touch my blogs and not even my laptop, I enjoyed the offline things, and when I got back to work, my productivity was better, and I was filled with more energy, and enthusiasm to do more things.

    However, when you go on break, you have to see the jobs that are pending and have to schedule multiple things. A proper plan is required before you go on break.

    Thank you.

    Have a great day ahead.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      So nice to see you out here 🙂

      Yes, you do have to make plans for your blogging breaks.

      Anticipate things that absolutely must get done, and do them in advance.

      Then, just let go and live a little.

      It really improves your energy, outlook and your productivity when you return.

      -Donna
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  10. Ryan K Biddulph
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    August 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

    Agreed fully Donna. Blogging is energy. I know I appear to be all over and work all day, but I am crafty. I take breaks, but leverage like the dickens when I am working. Powerful 1-2 punch that lets me relax, but keep momentum going when I am offline. I am also breaking from prolific guest posting because it feels fun and good to focus on a few blogging tips blogs. Blogging really is energy.

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  11. lee Coppin August 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Donna, Life forced me to this for 2 months; it is only now I am getting back into the saddle.

    While it was not planned, at all, it has been a catalyst to me looking back at my business and making some significant changes for the better.

    Additionally, I have recharged my creative juices, which is the most unexpected and most welcome.

    It also gave me the space to discover some additional tools I am now using to plan and run my blog.

    For the first time for a long while I feel I am in control, not my blog.

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  12. Lisa Sicard
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    August 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi Donna, I took the longest one – 2 weeks! Luckily I have some freelancers to cover both the business and the blog. It was much needed except I got sick so I had to extend that a bit.
    I agree, many bloggers burn themselves out before their first year. And learning burnout I’m sure is another term we don’t hear but exists. That’s what school vacations are for, right?
    You may lose a little traction but it will come right back if you go at it on the return side. I’ve been there many times over the 8 years. It’s the ebb and flows of the blogging world.
    Are you taking a break soon as well Donna?
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Glad you mentioned the ebb and flow of blogging because it exists there as well as marketing. Once we roll with this kind of energy our business becomes very successful.

      As for me, yes, I’ve been taking mini breaks. Instead of blogging every week, it has been more like every ten days. I’ve had loads of company ….that happens when you live by the beach lol. So I’ve been the “happy hostess” for most of this Summer he he he. But I am enjoying where I live and being a beach bum almost every day.

      -Donna
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