Sunday, 9 November 2014

How to Take a Good Blogging Break

 
I don't know about you, but I'm frankly scared of taking a blogging break, just in case I happen to loose readers, not be able to get back into writing properly and many other reasons.

So today, I thought I would share with you some tips for taking a great blogging break and getting back into blogging again afterwards. Here goes...

Set a come back date. Write it on your calendar, tell your readers. That way you have people watching out for you coming back and it's not just like you dropped off the face of the earth without warning. It also makes sure that you're break doesn't go on forever and you never come back.

Don't vanish completely. Just because you're not writing on your blog doesn't mean that you can't still communicate with your bloggers. Keep active with Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, whatever social media you have. That way people will still know that you live.

Also, keep commenting on your friends' blogs. If they took a break, you'd still hope they comment on yours. Anyway, it's best not to loose friendships by not talking to your blogging buddies.

Schedule your posts. When you come back to your blog on the set date, it maybe hard to get back into the swing of things. Don't panic. My suggestion is, schedule your posts, at least at first, so for those days you forgot to write anything, you still have something going up.

Create a writing schedule. Mark days down that you have to a post on. Doesn't matter if you've already got a post scheduled, write one anyway. You don't know when you're going to need one.

Even if you're scheduling, getting a writing schedule helps you get back into the swing of your blog. It might help for you to circle your writing days on your calendar to remind you.

Don't panic. When you come back, you might panic about losing readers, not being able to keep up with everything and countless other silly things, but don't worry.

It's natural to have a few lost readers after a break, but if you come back properly, it won't matter. You will soon win back all those readers and more besides.

If you can't keep up with the blogging world, set some time down each day for it so that you're on the ball. You can also cut down on some of the things you do.

During your break you were more active on social media then before, but now you can slow that down slightly. Don't drop it, but take it back to what it was before your break.

Have fun. Remember why your blogging. What you started for. If you don't enjoy your blogging then you might as well not do it. No one wants to read something that the author didn't enjoy writing.

I hope these tips help you. If you have any other blogging break tips, please share them!

-Kat

10 comments :

  1. These are some really nice tips- especially the one about writing even if you have a post scheduled for that day.

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  2. Nice tips! I sometimes worry that I don't post enough- that's why I'm too scared to take a break!

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    1. Don't worry, there is no such thing as not often enough!
      If you want that break, take it with an iron fist:)

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  3. These are fabulously excellent tips! ^-^ I'm always terrified of blogging breaks (even though I need them sometimes!) because I don't want people to forget I exist or anything. Ahhh, it's nerve wracking. I like to keep active on twitter even if I'm having a break. Although, most of the time when I DO take a break, I'm actually away from internet completely. Which sucks a bit. Guest posters are handy though!

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    1. Thank you!
      I'm afraid of taking breaks too, but mainly because I'm afraid I won't be able to get back into the swing of it.
      It is good to have time away from your computer. It helps clear the head. I try to make myself have a computer free day at least once a fortnight.
      Guest posters! I completely forgot them. Thanks for reminding me. That's a wonderful idea!

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  4. I love these tips so much. I'm one of those people who panics a bit. I panic if I even forget to schedule a blog post on time and end up posting it a little late. To take a complete break is hard, even though I know that it will help me. I'm trying to schedule in a blogging break over Christmas so I can recharge my (already) drained batteries, but I'm afraid people will forget about my poor little blog. Silly Imogen needs to relax a bit I think.

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    1. I find myself panicking if I just go a few days without posting, I end up scheduling all my posts to get them on time.
      I hope you enjoy your break. There's no way anyone is going to forget your blog, it's really amazing and your advice is unique. It's one of my favourite reads!

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