The Benefits of a Blogging Break

Arches National Park, Utah – near my parents’ home.

I’m back from Colorado! Two weeks felt like a month, and though it was wonderful to be off-line, it feels good to be back.

 

Blogging Breaks seem to work miracles for me in avoiding burnout and reinvigorating my enthusiasm for this time-consuming endeavor. Seeking balance has been an ongoing challenge as my blog grows and worldwide friendships form with people I care about. It doesn’t help that there’s wonderful content all over blogland, too. It’s hard to look away.

 

A couple years ago, I tried taking weekends off from the blog, and it didn’t work. Notifications amassed, and I spent my Mondays staring at the laptop until my eyeballs shriveled. Days off due to other commitments had similar results – a constant stream of busy-ness of one type or another and days of playing catch-up. My writing time suffered, and my husband started looking like an abandoned puppy.

 

The question that frequently rambled through my head was, “How does anyone keep this up and not burn out?”

 

The answer to blog management, for me anyway, seems to be in taking longer breaks than one or two days. Dollie Freeman wrote a short article on the benefits of blogging breaks that rang true: “Avoid Blogger Burnout With Blogging Breaks.” I encourage you to read the full article, but here’s the gist of her advice:

 

  • Don’t work for your blog – let your blog work for you.
  • Don’t sacrifice your home life, health, and relationships for the next post, the next series, the next promotion, the next…
  • Schedule one week per quarter where you will NOT post anything on your blog. Write ahead and schedule if you’re inspired.
  • In addition to one week per quarter, Freeman gives herself 4 additional weeks of unplanned ‘floating’ time to catch up, get ahead, work on a new product or just soak in the things that make her life meaningful.
  • Stay grounded and humble. Although your readers are interested in your blog, they aren’t hanging on to your every word. They’ll survive without you.
  • Life is too short to live it in front of a screen.

Back to my break!

No major adventures to report. It was too hot to go outside except for some early morning weeding in the garden. I read some great books in lieu of naps and will post reviews over the next few weeks.

 

Due to the lack of excitement, these photos are all from my last trip when I visited my brother down the road in Utah.

 

I’m looking forward to visiting everyone. It’s going to take a few days to make the rounds, but I’ll be by.

 

Happy Solstice!

212 thoughts on “The Benefits of a Blogging Break

  1. reocochran says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to find you back and hanging out with us bloggers again, Diana. Congratulations on reading a few books instead of naps. 🙂 I missed your kind and fun comments on my own blog.
    I liked your newest brave sword wielding, dragon’s throat jumper character! Wow, a real nail biter! xo 💖

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll stop by again or even decide to follow. Your dragon icon peeked my interest so I visited your blog. I love your easy style of writing. I’m currently writing a children’s fantasy which includes a dragon and other talking animals.

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    • Thanks for the visit and I’ll definitely reciprocate. I love children’s books with dragons. My first book had lovely sweet ones, and today’s post has a really mean one. Ha ha. I’ll be over soon. 😀

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  3. Val Boyko says:

    Welcome back oh refreshed one ❣️
    I came across the break by coincidence when I decided to go on a yoga retreat. It was difficult to let go to begin with, but then it just became so freeing. The creative juices flowed along with the body! Twice a year works great for me!
    Thanks Diana for sharing this practical wisdom 🙏

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  4. I’m on bit of a break myself. Not voluntarily. Just busy with 2 jobs and settling into a new life. Haven’t had much time to myself lately so blogging comes at a bit of sacrifice instead of napping! ☺
    But I always enjoy reconnecting.

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    • I love the connections too but a break without the computer and emails tapping on my shoulder for attention was great. As soon as it becomes a chore, I think it’s time to give it a rest. I hope your busy schedule gives you breathing room soon. ❤

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  5. Great advice, Diana. I especially love “let your blog work for you, not you work for your blog.” I’ve taken a few blogging breaks and they were always beneficial to me and my life outside of blogging. My only advice to anybody thinking of taking a blogging break is to make sure it is a break and not to publish any post or leave any comments while away. I’ve written on the subject on blog burnout a few times and have always been amazed by the number of people who tell me how very helpful my advice is. Let’s Keep Blogging Fun. 😀
    Welcome back.

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    • Thanks for reinforcing that point, Hugh. I was completely offline, no posts, no comments, no email. It made me aware of how invasive technology is. It’s a huge part of a bloggers life, but occasionally has to be turned off! Happy Weekend, my friend. 😀

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  6. SO much to say here. I agree with all of this. And am headed over to check out the link to avoiding blogging burnout. I have done ALL of the things she mentions not to do. Le sigh. (I like to be dramatically French sometimes. Don’t ask.) I posted about stress vs burnout (well, linked to others) but burnout is real and evil. It’s like a frickin’ super villain.

    Anyhoo. Gorgeous photos. ❤ It's wonderful you had a break. You seriously just made my night (after chasing kids, doing housework, and scrubbing the deck). I'm so happy for you. 🙂 A belated Happy Solstice to you, lovely lady!

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    • I remember you feeling a bit overwhelmed not that long ago (I think it was you). This felt so good, Sarah, and I didn’t realize how frazzled I was until I completely unplugged. I love blogging and the connections and don’t want to fry, so taking breaks is going to be key. I’m going to quietly disappear for a week every two months or so. I recommend it to any blogger who’s starting to sizzle 😀

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      • It was me. I’m always overwhelmed. I’m sizzling. I must seriously consider a break. For more than a day. I think you hit on it here: “every two months or so.” Not just a break, a repeated break. Thanks. ❤

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        • When I got back after two weeks off, everyone was still here, the blog didn’t suffer, I had lots of new followers, etc. In fact, WP told me that I had the most visits since starting the blog 5 years ago! As Nike says, “Just do it!”

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  7. Welcome back. The breaks are essential.

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  8. Those pictures are stunning!!! I’d do anything to be somewhere like that right now. And welcome back – WordPress wouldn’t be the same without you!!

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    • A sweet thing to say, Millie, but I think everyone did just fine. Ha ha. It’s a beautiful spot, but much too hot this time of year. Spring or autumn? It’s definitely worth the trip. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend. 🙂

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  9. K'lee L. says:

    Fantastic post, Diana! Welcome back from the break.

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  10. I always laugh at your descriptions of visiting parents…sounds so familiar – hauling rocks, jumping ravines, brush piles and loud TV. A whole different life.
    Not having internet/cell service is one reason I prefer to go to the mountains. Forced attention to real life – and surroundings. Easier if you have no way to plug in or connect.
    Glad you’ve recharged and back.
    (And while I love to write posts, responding to comments which I enjoy and visits to catch up with – all gets to be such a weight sometimes. I know many blog take a Dec break, but I think your ideas are solid. Doing some rethinking on it all recently )

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    • The lack of connectivity was key, otherwise I would have been squeezing blog time between conversations. I got a chance to notice the difference a true break can make and it was restful and much needed. I’m going to keep it up… a week every two months or so. And realistically, I don’t think anyone will notice but me. 😀

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  11. Antonia says:

    Welcome back Diana! I love the blogging burnout advice your shared, and am going to check out the full article. I struggle with burn-out and striking a balance sometimes. Looking forward to the book reviews!

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  12. Words of wisdom. I’ve taken a few weeks off lately. It wasn’t even planned. I just couldn’t face the full inbox for a while. I’m getting back into it again, and I think I’m the better for a space in which to clear my head (and get my gardening done).

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  13. Great idea, D! I like to take breaks from blogging or writing, but my problem is getting back into it. My blog isn’t so bad, since I only post once a week, but I’m still struggling to get my writing on again. The weeds in the garden might have something to do with that 🙂 BTW, love the pic on your site, Monarch butterfly with pretty purple flowers. I love purple flowers — and butterflies (except the ones whose caterpillars eat my Brussels sprouts and kale; those I can do without) 😀

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    • I was burned out from writing too, Julie and haven’t written a stick of fiction since… early May. I’ll start again in September and be ready to go. I hear you on the garden. Summers are crazy around here – we have so little time without rain that every weekend is crammed with things to do, including outside chores. I think it’s okay to take a breath. I needed it. 😀

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  14. Ali Isaac says:

    Ugh! Blog management. I’m still trying to come up with a way to do just that, as well as everything else. I can’t face another year like the last one. And I still haven’t got back into the swing of things. Blogging breaks are fantastic and everyone should have them, but the longer they are, the harder it is to come back! The time to read actual real books and not feel guilty about it is so worth it though. Nothing feels more indulgent to me than reading a book in the daytime! Lol! Glad you enjoyed your break. Too hot to go out though? Can only imagine that… not something we have a problem with over here! 😆🤣😂

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    • It was about 40 Celsius outside – in the shade! Way too hot for my parents.

      The key for me on this break was giving myself permission to completely unplug, and I’m going to do it more often for shorter periods of time, whether needed or not. Also, in the future, I’m not going to worry about catching up, just start fresh. It is hard to keep up with our blogs, and we each need to find what works, what keeps it fun. If I’ve learned anything over the past 5 years of blogging, it’s that this community is kind and generous and respects the fact that we all have lives happening offline. 😀

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  15. Sounds like you had a great break. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all bloggers took the same week off each month? We wouldn’t have to spend hours catching up on everything, because nothing new would have happened that week! I’m lucky if I post a couple of times a month but added to everything else it still can seem overwhelming at times. 🙂

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    • I’ve thought that too – We should all take July and December off together! Ha ha. Not likely to happen though. I think the best we can do is honor our needs for time out and respect the needs of others to do the same. 😀

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  16. Onam__ says:

    This is just lovely. Glad you’ve made bloggers/ writers realize the essence of refreshing the brain and taking a break. Way to go Wallace!

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  17. ankandas says:

    Good to see you again…☺☺

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  18. Sounds like an excellent plan, Diana, and this is a great post. I’ll be on an enforced break soon because of travel. But I have gone through periods where blogging became a chore. I do love it but I don’t think I’m going to miss it over the next few weeks.

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  19. Welcome back D. I’ve been waiting for a chance to tell you how much I enjoyed the Sorcerer’s Garden. I don’t know exactly how you managed to intertwine several worlds and blend the stories of a tangible cast coherently and cohesively, but I love it.

    Question 1: I would like to submit an amazon review (a new thing for me). Is this possible even though I obtained the Sorcerer’s garden via Kindle Unlimited program? (I’ll be happy to purchase it, because I’ll likely re-read it again in the future)

    Question 2: Which one should I read next;)

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  20. Bel says:

    Your pictures are as awesome as your writing! I liked your relaxed vacation and even if your visit to Arches was a while back – they seem so alive and exactly the same when I last saw them too! 😂 I am definitely not brave enough to face the heat in Utah during summer no matter how tempting your photographs are – but I am still looking forward to hearing about the books you read during your break. It’s good to have you back 😊

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  21. dgkaye says:

    Welcome back Diana. So glad to hear you’re refreshed. I’m definitely hopping on over to that link you supplied. I’m at the burnout stage, lol. 🙂 Gorgeousssssssss pictures. Makes me long to get back to Arizona. 🙂 xx

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  22. Marjorie says:

    Oh, my – a very timely post for me. I was just thinking that I’m getting a bit burned out and should take a break. I’m down to my last two “have to read and review” books and think I won’t request any for awhile and just read a few books for the pleasure of it – and maybe write a review but maybe not. I sometimes tend to read with the outline of a review forming in my mind and that just takes away from the fun of it. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

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  23. JT Twissel says:

    We definitely need to unplug every now and then. I know several bloggers who’ve burned out.

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    • I’ve known a few who’ve burned out too. It’s a real danger as blogs grow. It’s hard to step aside or skip posts, because everyone feels like a friend, but I think other bloggers totally understand too. Thanks for the visit and Happy Summer!

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  24. bpsenapati says:

    It’s so good to see you post again, welcome back. After reading your post I also think about blog management seriously. And nice pictures!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Bibhuti. I’m slowing working my way through all the blogs to say hi, and you beat me to it. I’m glad the post was interesting to you. Blogging is great fun, but it can eat up the hours quickly. Hope you are well. Have a wonderful day 😀

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  25. Diana, taking a break works wonders for the mind. Dollie sounds like she has great advice and will be checking out her post.
    I fear ‘the catching up ‘ part of the blog reading ! But a girl has got to do what a girl has to do hey! Good to have you back. Happy summer 🙂 x

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  26. “It’s hard to look away”–that is so true. Therein lies my downfall with blogging. there are so many posts that really do sound interesting. Since I work from home, it works better for me to lower the number of posts I make in a week than to go offline. As you say, I get buried when I return if I do that.

    Great post, Diana, and I am enjoying the comments of your readers.

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    • I was a little buried when I got back, Jacqui, and I’m still working my way through the backlog. Two weeks was a long time, but one week will be doable. And, yes, so hard to look away! Ha ha. 😀

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  27. Two weeks that felt like month. The good news is that life goes by so fast (too fast), at least it slowed down a speck during your visit with your parents. For them, the two weeks probably went by like two days.
    I’m going to take your advice to heart. In the past two years I think I only took one week off – but I only post once a week. I can’t imagine posting more than that. I know what you mean about the ‘abandoned puppy’ look a spouse can give. I’ll take a blogging break for a week or so in August. THANK YOU. xo

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    • Do it, Pam. It was so refreshing. I was completely offline – no emails, no blog, no squeezing technology in between conversations. I highly recommend it. And everyone is blogland did just fine without me. Ha ha. I’m committed to taking a week off every two months, and honestly, I don’t think anyone will notice. 😀 Happy Summer!

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  28. Welcome back Diana. Sound advice from Dollie Freeman. 🙂

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  29. Nurse Kelly says:

    Beautiful photos and great advice! Reading and naps sound good to me! Happy Solstice to you as well, D! 😊☀️☀️☀️

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  30. Dawn D says:

    Glad to have you back!
    Your positive and humorous writing is always a breath of fresh air in what can sometimes be pretty tiring weeks.

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  31. Glad you had a relaxing break, time with loved ones and enjoying your time out Diana. Good to see you back refreshed! Lovely photos… welcome back. ❤

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