This is basically me just subtweeting myself at this point???
I go on so many unofficial hiatuses I CAN’T. EVEN.
I was actually planning on announcing an official hiatus during August to September, but at that point I was already on an unofficial one for a couple of weeks and screaming to myself of “WHAT IS THE POINT”.
Anyways, I feel that an official hiatus can be a lot more helpful and de-stressing than being on an unofficial hiatus. Here’s why:
- There’s less pressure to return to blogging. If you’re on an official hiatus rather than an unofficial one, you feel less pressure. You’re not badgered by thoughts of whenever you’re going to return to blogging. Probably.
- It’s official. Not just a reaaaaally long break. When I was on my unofficial hiatus, I was just thinking all the time of when I was going to post and I kept on feeling guilty. I felt like it was a break between posts that was wayyyy too long, rather than just a period of time where I could just calm down.
This post is basically my way of telling you that if you’re too stressed out about blogging or if you feel blogger burn-out, then go and take a hiatus! Your blog is not something that is bonded to you for life. You did not make a deal where you constantly have to post.
It’s okay to take a break.
And even though many people might love your posts and miss you, they should understand that your mental health and that your stress levels are much more important.
IT DE-STRESSES YOU A LOT
When you’re on a blogging hiatus, you don’t have to worry about your five million blogging responsibilities. (Also I posted about my blogging responsibilities at some point in time so go read that.*)
Here are some of the things that you WON’T need to worry about:
- Commenting on other people’s posts!
I completely suck at this. How does my feed get so cluttered and whyyyy?
Y’all need to stop posting as much so I can keep up.–
- Remembering to post at a specific time!
A lot of people have posting schedules for blogging and although it can help with consistency, if you have like NO ideas, it can be hard to come up with some!
- Remembering to post at a more specific time!
Most bloggers like to post really early in the morning (like 3 am or 7 am) so that they get more stats. Is this smart? Probably. But is it horrible when you usually write posts the same day you post them? Yes.
- Replying to comments on your own post!
I feel so guilty that sometimes I don’t respond to comments until a week later? I SEE THEM, USUALLY. It’s just that responding takes work.
- Taking bookstagram pictures!
Whenever I post, I need to actually take a bookstagram picture so that I can use it in my featured image. And I’m not good at taking bookstagram pics, okay?
*I claim no responsibility if that post sucks. My three month younger self was trashy, okay?**
**I also claim no responsibility if this post sucks. I’M STILL TRASHY.
PEOPLE DON’T EXPECT POSTS FROM YOU
If you announce your hiatus, people will understand why you’re not posting. It’s a lot better than Skimping Out On Posting, and your
stalkers friends won’t be as disappointed!
And of course, if you’re on an official hiatus, its a lot easier to deal with because you don’t feel the weight of all of your followers who want you to post. OF COURSE YOUR FOLLOWERS AND FRIENDS want you to feel non-stressed out and will support you going on hiatus!
IT HELPS YOU HAVE INSPIRATION FOR NEW POSTS
One of the biggest blocks in blogging is the actual ideas. It can be hard to think of new ideas when others have already posted things that you were going to post about, or if you really just can’t think of anything!
When you’re on a hiatus, you’re not constantly trying to think of blog post ideas- they can come to you more naturally and you can generally just have better ideas!
I have better ideas whenever I am not personally TRYING to have ideas.
Also apparently walking around is good for idea-having so… exercise, I guess.
But let’s be real. Walking around is too much energy. Just… flail your legs and hope it works, yeah?
IF YOU RETURN TO BLOGGING AGAIN, YOU CAN HAVE THAT SPARK™
Sometimes if you’re blogging, you can stop being as enthusiastic about it as you were during the first month or two months.
You might not have as many ideas, or you might not be as excited to comment on posts, or you might not be as happy to respond to comments.
If you feel yourself being bored and unhappy as you blog, maybe… go on a hiatus! Believe me, it can really help you take a break from blogging and come back with a fresh start and more excitement!
YOU’LL HAVE MORE TIME FOR OTHER THINGS
If you’re on an official hiatus, then you can take time to enjoy other activities and do other things! Such as stealing your sisters’ sweaters because why are they so much more comfortable than your own!!
Or maybe actually reading??
But I know that’s not going to happen.
You won’t be focused on your blogging as much and it won’t be as much as a priority!
And of course, there’s school if you’re in it. Juggling both blogging and school can be stressful and hard to do, so going on a hiatus would definitely help you adjust to handling both!
Do any of you guys feel the need to go onto a hiatus after reading this? Are you always excited about blogging whenever you do something? Have you gone on a hiatus before (and how was it)?