Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Why It's Okay To Take A Break


This post is a very graceful way of me saying, I am having a break. I did think about doing the whole " IS THIS THE END?" DUN DUN DUN, style post but then I thought Nah! 

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Recently my blog analytics haven't been great. Now I could sit here and be like " Oh I don't care about my blog numbers. You can't measure success numerically"  And that's so true! Some of the best blogs I follow have a very small following in comparison to some of the bigger bloggers and produce content just as good! However, seeing your blog grow, is such a big kick up the bum to work harder at it. 

This summer my blog grew exponentially. My posts went from getting under 100 views to, for some now, over 1000! Which is quite frankly insane! The best way I can describe how I feel now is by letting a balloon go, it flying higher and higher and then suddenly BANG! It deflates and falls back down to the ground. This is how I would describe my blog analytics metaphorically at this moment in time. Therefore, I have completely lost my motivation to post and do blog related things! 

Now if you know me then you will know that I love being organised and have had all my posts ready to go for the month ahead, which is fine. I am not lacking inspiration. I have got loads of good posts that were supposed to be coming up in the next couple of weeks, but I am just not feeling it!

It's becoming a chore to read 95% of my bloglovin feed because I have to rush to do every night because of the lack of time I have. I feel pressured to join twitter chats but don't really want to talk to anyone! I hardly use Instagram anymore because all the people I follow and follow me back don't upload anymore. 

I want to do more fashion style posts but I just simply don't have the time to produce them to the standard I desire. I am getting sick of reading the same posts over and over again. There is only so many times you can buffer a tweet without it looking spammy! 
I AM JUST GETTING TRIED OF EVERYTHING!

And you know what? That's okay! Blogging is a hobby! Just like ballet, football, piano, singing, tightrope walking or juggling are as well! You take breaks, you relax! YOU STOP AND BREATH ONCE IN A WHILE!

I love blogging! It has provided me with so much confidence. Which has been especially apparent in starting college where I spend two days a week on work placement, doing real working hours, in a real job setting! I love my course, it's fun and very rewarding but I am writing upwards of 4 to 5 essays a week! I don't mind it, I enjoy writing which has only steamed from blogging so much! So to make sure that I still enjoy all these things that have all come from me enjoying blogging is STILL ENJOY BLOGGING! If that means taking a break! It means taking a break!

Don't worry, I am not going to be gone for 8 months or something drastic like that! I am simply going to be having a few weeks of to refresh and forget about blogging for a bit. I will still be reading and commenting on everyone's blogs, because you guys are just fab! I will be active on twitter, tweeting random and unrelated blog things! I am going to unfollow all the people who don't upload on Instagram anymore and I might change my blog design AGAIN as well! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! And I will see you very soon, bright eyed and bushy tailed!    
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  1. I totally understand what you mean! My blog over the summer grew massively and I was getting so many more comments. Now things have dipped which is kind of de-motivating. Blogging should never be a chore, so taking a break is always the best thing to do! Hope you come back soon as your blog is one of my favourites!

    Tash Xx
    www.skindeep247.blogspot.com

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    1. aw thank you Tash! I definitely will, it's only a short break :)

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  2. My blog had so many views over the summer, around 250 a week, and now each log only has around 40-100 views. I think blogging should be done when you want to blog!
    www.thepastelstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. yeah definitely! I got stuck in a routine when I uploaded so often i didn't enjoy it :)

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  3. Aw I totally understand, my analytics have been crappy lately!! It does get you down, so just take the break and enjoy your time. It's fine to take a break, as you said, it's not as if you'll be gone forever, just know that everyone will come straight back to read your newest post. I'm so glad you're enjoying your course and if you need to talk I'm just a DM away xx

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    1. aw Thank you Sophie! You are so sweet x :)

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  4. Taking a break can definitely be a very good thing to do, I did this during my exams just before the summer for a month and I felt so much more refreshed and motivated with my blog when I came back to it. My analytics have gone down quite a bit recently too but as long as I still have at least one person reading my posts each week then that's all that matters really!

    Toni x
    www.clarkecouture.co.uk

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    1. I wish I could keep that attitude but it really affects me ,sadly! :(

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  5. My analytics are also dropping lately so I completely understand. Having a break will hopefully get you back into the mindset when you started your blog in the first place, and there's no point forcing a blog post if you aren't comfortable with doing so.
    I had a week or so off as I was lacking motivation for my blog and I feel better than ever now, and I know you will too after your break!
    I will miss your posts, and you of course. I'm always available for a chat. xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. aw thank you Kathyrn! That comment definitely put a smile on my face!

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  6. My stats have been going down too, partly because I'm not uploading as many posts, and I'm not pushing my posts as much as I did in August! I know what you mean about looking through Bloglovin', it sounds really bad but I sometimes find it a bit of a chore too, and I only actually end up reading about 3 blogs (yours included) I often find it hard to find time to comment on blog posts too, I think this one has taken me 10 minutes to write so far and it's annoying because I want to comment on every post everyone writes, but it just doesn't work for me, so I just comment on one post every week normally:) I can't wait for you to come back to blogging!! Missing your posts already, hahahaa:) Xx

    http://geraldineswonderfulworld.blogspot.com/

    p.s. I think this comment turned into a bit of a rant, sorry!!

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    1. haha don't be sorry, I really enjoyed it! I am thinking of bookmarking my favourite blogs ( yours included) to my computer so I can read them more and then flick through my bloglovin once a week or so to read the rest! I just really dislike bloglovin :)

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  7. Enjoy your week refreshing!

    http://abigailalicex.com

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  8. I think it's absolutely fine to take a break :)
    http://pinksmartiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  9. Hello! Just letting you know I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Click on this link to my blog to see what you need to do :)
    http://rosieauthorwriting.blogspot.co.nz/2015/10/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

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  10. I feel like my analytics aren't doing as well as they used to, similar to you. At the moment I am determined to keep going and stick it out a bit and maybe my views will increase. I understand why you are taking a break and I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to reading your new posts when you feel refreshed afterwards. x

    itseverythingerin.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. aw thank you! I hope you enjoy them too x :)

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  11. Sounds like a break is a great thing to do at this point, although I'm going to be missing your blog :( I've been viewing your blog for about 2 months but my google + wasn't letting me comment on any blogs but I think its starting to work :) Xx Sofia
    www.blogwithsofia.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. oh thank you, I will be back soon! :)

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  12. I really feel the same way as you, over the summer and throughout September I would get 300 plus page views and 24 or more comments on each post, but now I feel like my "bloggers high" has kind of run out and not as many people are active. It's not the content nor photos exactly, it's just that more people are still getting into their day to day routines and don't have much time to spend reading and commenting on blogs.
    Dalal x monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah that's what I put it down too! People going back to work and school etc.

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