Bookish Discussion // Blog Hiatus: Is It Necessary, Why You Should Take One & How To Get Back In The Zone After One.

Sometimes blogging can be hard. It can become really overwhelming and what always felt like a fun hobby can start feeling more like a stressful job. Since I’ve just come back from a very, very long hiatus I thought I would share my thoughts on why they are sometimes necessary and how to get back in the zone after being away for a while

take breaks

Hiatus [hahy-ey-tuhs]: A pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity.

I’ve had my fair share of hiatuses since starting this blog three years ago.  They haven’t always been fun {you miss out on so much if you leave this wonderful community behind for too long} but they have almost always been necessary, whether I was just too busy or whether I needed a break I have welcomed the odd hiatus here and there. So why would one need to take a short break you ask, below are just a few reasons why it might be a good idea for you to step back for a while.

You simply don’t have time — Life can be overwhelming sometimes and you can have a lot on your plate, add in the time constraints and stress of blogging and you might find that your inspiration has gone out the door. This is the main reason for my long break last year, I just started a new, very time-consuming job and I simply had no time to read yet alone blog, it was hard staying away for so long but I was uninspired and I just felt like I couldn’t create the content that I wanted to. Take some time and regroup, work out a new schedule and see how you can make time for blogging and reading again, come back fresh with new thoughts and ideas and I promise that everyone will welcome you back with open arms.

You are in a slump — I think almost everyone in the bookish community has gone through some or other slump in their time as a reader or blogger. It is possibly the worst thing that can happen: You feel so out of touch, uninspired and absolutely nothing you read or create feels good enough. Try to do something else besides reading or try reading something familiar, I tend to stay away from books by watching a good show or movie or alternatively I read an old favourite. Your slump will eventually fade and you will be back to blogging in no time.

Mental Health — As a person dealing with depression it can at times become difficult for me to be creative, this is when I know I have to take a step back instead of forcing myself to do something that I’m not really enjoying at that present moment. It is really important to takes breaks when dealing with a mental illness, sometimes we all just need a little time away from everything to feel better. The good news is that your blog and the amazing bookish community will still be when you get back.

Sometimes you just need a break — Let’s face it, we all need a break occasionally. Maybe you have things to do or you have a holiday planned, it’s okay to step away from blogging for a while and just take that well deserved break. Come back refreshed with fun new ideas.

back in the zone

If you’ve been on hiatus for a while it might be hard to get back into the swing of things, you might feel like a fish out of water. I know I sure did when I came back from hiatus last week, I had all kinds of fears about not being remembered, or not being good enough – I was even scared that I had forgotten how to blog. These are all very real fears, but there is definitely a few things you can do that will make the transition easier.

Time Management, Goals & Scheduling — Knowing what you want to achieve together with time management and scheduling is one of the best ways to get back into the blogging game. I still have a very busy job that includes loads of traveling, but at the moment it is still relatively quiet so I am working on a new posting schedule. I want to really get this routine underway before things get chaotic again, by doing this I am ensuring that there will be blog posts when I am busy. It is important to know what you are capable of with the time you have and it’s really up to you to decide how many posts you want to write in a week {p.s. there is no right number, it’s all about what is achievable for you}.

♡ Connect with the community — After a hiatus you tend to be out of touch with the community. Interact more, answer all those unanswered comments from weeks or months ago, blog hop and comment on fellow bloggers posts. This is the best and fastest way for you to feel like you belong and become part of the community once more, it is also a foolproof way for people to see you and for them to become aware that you are active and blogging again.

Ignore the stats — This one is easier said than done. Stats is an important part of how some bloggers measure their success and I know that we’re all constantly saying that stats don’t matter but they do still have an impact. At first it can be hard to stay away from your stats page, constantly checking how your posts are doing {trust me, I’m an expert} and it can be disheartening if they aren’t performing as well. Just relax, especially if you’ve been away for a while and your blog became stagnant – it will take time for things to pick up and for your blog to grow. Just be patient and keep and doing what you’re doing.

♡ Do your research — If you’ve been gone for months it would be a good idea to do your research. This is important if you want to remain relevant while connecting with other bloggers, but is is also important for you to know what is happening in the community if you want to write and publish good blog posts. I seriously lost touch with all the amazing books that was released last year and all the ones being published this year, it feels a little bit like I’ve been thrown into a tidal wave. Slowly but surely I’m reading and learning what’s new in the community.

I really hope that this posts made you feel better if you ever felt bad about taking a hiatus {no matter how extensive or short}. I hope that you’ve learnt that it is okay to take breaks and that you will not be forgotten, but most importantly I hope I’ve highlighted how amazing this community is and that I will return every time no matter how long or short the break.

♡ Have you ever taken a hiatus and felt like you were struggling to get back into the groove? Do you think these tips are helpful? Let me know in the comments. 

michelle

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17 thoughts on “Bookish Discussion // Blog Hiatus: Is It Necessary, Why You Should Take One & How To Get Back In The Zone After One.

  1. This is such a good post Michelle and an important one, too ❤ I've always had a hard time going on hiatus personally, because I can't help the anxiety and overthinking and I can't help thinking that my stats will be low, that bloggers and friends will forget about me, that when I will come back it won't be the same as before and the list goes on and on and on. Yet sometimes breaks are so, so necessary, and important too ❤
    I've also always found out that, once I came back, I could get back into the groove again and find my rhythm again and my place in the community too, slowly connecting with the community again at my rhythm. Your advice to get back in the zone is PERFECT, really that's exactly what I would have said on the topic, too and it's so important to ignore the stats, because they can be so frustrating after a hiatus. The best is to reconnect with everyone, that always warms my heart after a little break 🙂
    I love this post ❤

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Marie – you are the best ❤️

      I know you’ve taken a few breaks when you’ve gone on holiday and I know it’s been hard for you, but I’m happy to hear that it’s been worth it. It’s so hars to leave your blog alone for so long, I was so stressed out ans bummed when I couldn’t blog last year and I felt so out of touch with everything.

      I’m happy you enjoyed my advice 🙂 Stats are pure evil and it’s SO hard to stay away from them. Somehow I always feel like they make me feel validated. I checked my stats a few times a day when I got back into the groove of things last week, but it made me sad so I’m trying to stop (for now).

      I’m really happy you enjoyed this post so much ❤️ it means a lot to me xx

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      1. It is hard and complicated and I really hate feeling out of touch as well, but sometimes, because of, well, life or even mental health, it’s important to step away, too 💖 (even if I have a hard time with it haha).

        I completely agree with you on that. Stats make me feel validated, even if sometimes they shouldn’t – we should focus on interactions we have with people and how we enjoy what we do, writing our posts and talking about books. I’m trying to see it that way and trying not to obsess too much about the rest haha 💖
        thank YOU, this was a great and very important post 💖

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  2. I really love this post Michelle, and coming back from a mini hiatus myself it was nice to read to kind of remind myself I’m not alone when I feel a little overwhelmed by blogging and need to take a break. 🙂 Every so often I get a little slump-y, and if I kept forcing myself to blog through that it would never work.
    Your advice was great too; connecting with the community was what got be back to blogging. Even before I started writing and publishing posts I was replying to comments I’d gotten while I’d been away, blog hopping and discovering new blogs. It really helped remind me why I started blogging in the first place and was the perfect thing to kick me out of my slump.
    Great post, and I’m glad you’re back again after your hiatus. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Beth ❤️

      I know what you mean about getting slumpy, it’s the worse but I have absolutely NO creativity when I’m in a slump and it’s good to take a break to recover 🙂

      I think reconnecting with the community is the most important step in getting your groove back. It reminds you that people are interested in your blog and that you’re part of a wonderful community ❤️

      I hope you are relaxed after your mini hiatus and I look forward to reading many more posts from you this year xx

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      1. That’s all right.
        It’s just hard to have the energy for anything when you’re slumping right? At least that’s how it is for me.
        It reminds me why I started blogging which reminds me why I still love it. ❤
        Thanks so much, and yes definitely. 🙂 ❤

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  3. I’ve never really been in a true hiatus yet and have come to see blogging as a creative outlet where reviewing just lets me decompress and I honestly have a tough time imagining myself stopping. It’s almost like a drug nowadays. But I do completely understand the need to take a break to gather yourself up and let your mind and body rest. I’m glad you understood the need to do so for yourself too and it’s nice to hear you back in action now. Organizing your schedule is definitely one way I’d have done so myself to get back in the game, as well as forgetting everything about stats. Blogging should always be about you first and should always be about pleasure. It should never be an additional stress. Great post, Michelle and I hope your return will be rewarding for you! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Lashaan ❤️

      I’m so happy that blogging is such a creative outlet for you! I love blogging too and this wonderful community, but sometimes it feels like I just have too much on my plate and that’s where small breaks come in.

      Scheduling is super important! I’m really trying to work on a schedule that’s going to work for me in the long run, hopefully I can figure something out and avoid another forever hiatus!

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  4. This is such a great post! I took a sort of hiatus last fall because I just didn’t have time to blog anymore, and it’s definitely a bit disheartening seeing how much lower my stats are than they used to be, but I think it’s much more important that I was able to get what I needed to get done and come back to my blog with fresh excitement for blogging!

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    1. Definitely agree 🙂
      Life can be really hard sometimes and sometimes you just have too much on your plate.

      Stats can definitely be disheartening, but once you get back into the groove of things they will pick up and you will gain more followers. Sometimes it takes a while, but it’s definitely worth it ❤️

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  5. This is such a lovely post. You’re absolutely right, going on breaks is super important. This past summer, I didn’t have any classes, but since my boyfriend left to go back home, a huge wave of depression washed over. I couldn’t blog the whole summer because I was so bummed out. But at the same time, I wanted to write and stay in the community. Luckily, when I came back this November I found all my favorite bloggers still here and I was welcomed back really well. That hiatus was great for me and made me come back even stronger. I’ve just found your blog and I’m so excited to see your future posts 🤗

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    1. Thanks so much for you lovely comment, Rita ❤️ Also thanks so much for wanting to stick around for future posts!

      That sucks about your boyfriend and I know exactly what you mean by huge wave of depression, I’ve had a few of those before! I’m happy you took the time to rest and get better and I’m really happy the community welcomed you back with open arms.

      Looking forward to seeing some of your future posts as well xx

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