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March 2017

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    It’s okay to take a break if you need one

    it's okay to take a break

    I’ve seen a lot of bloggers announce that they’re going to take a break lately, whether it be from social media or blogging in general. Sometimes we need to take a break, too much of anything can be bad for us. There’s no shame in admitting that you need some time out.

    Other people have said it and I’m going to say it too; Twitter has been buzzing with hostility for weeks now, maybe even months. It feels like there isn’t a day that goes by without someone creating drama or jumping in on someone else’s. I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I want to see on my timeline.

    As much as we like to think that the blogging community is a bed of roses it’s not always the case. Bloggers can be mean sometimes. Hostility and confrontation can be triggering for some people. Even if it isn’t triggering for you then I doubt it’s something you would welcome into your life. Maybe I’m wrong, I’m just making an assumption.

    Not just as bloggers but as young people in general I find that we’re expected to be online. I had a friend in college who didn’t have a Facebook account and people thought that it was strange that she didn’t want one. If you choose to go against what’s considered the norm then it’s almost as if you need to explain yourself. Like you should have a good reason why.

    Young people have been comparing themselves to others probably since time began but social media makes it so much easier. Especially on platforms like Facebook and Instagram where people generally choose to share the best bits of their lives. We sometimes forget that we don’t all share everything online. Life isn’t always as rosy as what it could appear just by browsing through someone’s Facebook or Instagram account.

    Plus it’s a competitive environment. There’s so many opportunities flying around and wonderful brands to work with that it’s difficult not to get caught up in it all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the bloggers who achieve great things. They have to work damn hard to get to where they are! But I can’t help but wish that one day I could have those opportunities, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that.

    If you’re feeling a little uninspired or like you’ve lost your blogging mojo then it could be important for you to take a break. I wrote about how a blogging break could be good for you and your blog a while ago. You might assume that it would be bad for your blog but that’s not always true. Anyway a break could be as little as a day or as long as you need, it’s up to you.

    For me, I never wanted blogging to become a chore. I have enough chores without adding another to the mix. I wanted blogging to be a fun hobby for me to do in my spare time.

    When I first started I used to post every other day or at the very least once a week. When times got tough for me towards the end of last year that schedule was simply impossible for me to stick to. At first I was stressed and upset about it. It was a horrible feeling, I desperately wanted to publish something but I just didn’t have the time. My hands were tied.

    After a few weeks or months, I’m not sure exactly when I had the lightbulb moment, I realised that it’s just a blog. Of course, it’s something that I love to do and care a lot about but it’ll still be there when I have the time to write. Plus my readers will probably understand and be there for me when I choose to come back.

    No one was pressuring me other than myself and there was no need for it. I just needed a little time out to get myself together so I could come back to my blog and make it bigger and better than ever. So hi guys, I’m back. For good this time I hope!

    I see bloggers on Twitter and Snapchat talking about needing to do this or needing to do that. I suppose for some people, or for everyone to an extent, we need to discipline ourselves otherwise nothing would get done. But there’s a very thin line between self-discipline and unnecessary pressure. Trust me, I’ve been there!

    My blog is very small but I pack it full of love and hard work. I just wish I had more time to dedicate to my little corner of the internet. At the end of the day, you don’t get anywhere in the blogosphere without working for it. But that doesn’t mean that you put your blog above your health, be it mental or physical or even both.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you need to take a break from blogging or social media or anything then take a break. You can always sign back in to your social media accounts or start your blog up again. Plus if your readers really care then they’ll welcome you back with open arms. Don’t worry! There’s more to life.

    Leave me a comment and let me know whether you’ve ever felt the need to take a break from something. It doesn’t have to be blogging related! Also (if you feel comfortable sharing) I’d love to know why.

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