Why I Took a Break from Blogging

Woman sitting on a porch in New Orleans.
Taking a break from something you love is never easy, but sometimes it's needed.

Not sure if you noticed, but I haven't really been as active as I typically am on social media and with my weekly blog posts. Back in August, I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate my 10 year Blogaversary that was in October by the way, and honestly, I wanted to just pull the plug on everything...... well I did pull the plug, I just never announced it.

Blogging was my escape from the world over the years and I did it on my own terms. This year, it became a demanding platform (don't forget to add social media also) for me because I was trying to do every new trend that came out, and I wasn't even sure I wanted to continue blogging anymore. I felt like I had accomplished a great milestone by blogging for 10 years, and that it was perfectly ok for me to move on and discover something new that I would grow to love eventually. I felt like I was all over the place creating content every time social media (particularly Instagram) came up with something new for us to do on the colorful app. When in actuality, my target audience is on Facebook and they don't care about my professional photos...... they just care deeply about ME!

So, with that new found knowledge, I stopped worrying about booking photoshoots, coming up with lifestyle topics to blog about because I wasn't doing anything in my day to day life to write about really. COVID stopped a lot of events that I would normally attend, other places I would visit were either shut down or the experience just isn't the same anymore. So I found myself in a rut and frankly, didn't see the point of blogging anymore. I didn't even want to write my monthly book reviews because I hadn't been reading as much either.

For about two months, I began searching for a job since I mentally decided to pull the plug on blogging and all of the other components of my business (consulting and photography). Without those components, I would need steady income to continue being a responsible adult and reach my financial goals. I started the process of manifesting my new job (I'll be blogging about this soon) and BOOM...... your girl was H-I-R-E-D and I'm all for getting bi-weekly coins, again!!!!!

So where does that leave me with blogging now that I'm back working full-time? I've decided to go back to my roots as a blogger and share valuable content to my community weekly. I'm staying in my lane as a lifestyle blogger and that's that on that! As a creative, we get excited about creating so many new things and sometimes all at once. We create so much that we lose interest in the ONE thing that makes us unique and happy. That's exactly what happened to me, I was doing too much creating and not focusing on the ONE thing that makes me unique: BLOGGING......consistently!

I teach blogging and social media courses all of the time, so it was important for me to take my own advice when I no longer wanted to blog. I had to go back and start with my "WHY" to turn these negative thoughts I was having about blogging, around quickly. I went as far as not even paying my annual fee for my website domain for a week, that's how you know it got real lol! I had no plans of doing any "farewell" posts either. I was just going to let the blog phase out on its own and address questions that my community had at any time.........someone would eventually notice that my blogs weren't being published anymore.

Woman in front of a house in New Orleans.
Creating content is enjoyable and requires your authentic self.

Blogging is a joy to do and definitely hard work at times. If you are like I was and feel like you're just not into blogging anymore, take a step back and really look at what you really want to do overall. You should never be stressed out by blogging and/or creating content consistently. Use your blog as a way to share your life experiences and/or knowledge with your community and you will love what you're doing! As always, I pray that my post today have inspired you in some way and let me know in the comments, if you have any questions or struggle with blogging consistently.