It’s become clear that I’m not one of those people who can successfully blog and “do summer” at the same time. Kind of like those unfortunate folks who can’t rub their bellies and climb Mt. Everest while simultaneously trying to figure out a better name for Generation Z.
Thus a blogging vacation ensued. One week passed. Then two. My continued silence led some to believe they were witnessing a bloggy funeral. There may even have been wailing. (By me.) Or indigestion. (Also me.)
Truth is, it hasn’t been the best summer ever, and I’ve been busy trying to salvage our final days so that we’ll always remember this as the most mediocre vacation of our lives.
Though my reader stats currently number in the unmentionables, my blogging break was just the refresher I needed to help me jump back into the conversation, and also super-charge my writing focus.
A few things I’ve learned while on blogging hiatus…
1) It can be healthy to turn off your blogging radar. Think of all the time you spend on writing blogs. Reading blogs. Commenting on blogs. (Have you vomited, yet?) Often it’s well worth it, but there’s no (serious) penalty for taking a break, or working on other projects. Relax. The posts that are meant to be written will continue to shout for attention.
2) You’ll be able to drown out the shouting if the view is pretty enough. Before you sink indefinitely into your Bieber Fever beach chair, jot down a few notes on the margarita napkins. They’ll prove helpful when you’re ready to blog again and need some interesting prompts. (Warning — you may need assistance interpreting said notes later.)
3) It’s OK to ignore other forms of social media, too — the world won’t forget you. Actually, that’s a big fat lie — they’ll forget you after about six minutes. But with one well-timed Charlie Sheen tweet, you’ll be back in business. The world is forgiving that way. And a little short on IQ points.
4) Let quality content rule your return. Feelings of guilt or falling view counts aren’t good enough reasons to press publish when your heart isn’t in it. Don’t feel forced to post drivel just so you can adhere to a schedule — wait until you have something worthy to share. Also, do as I say, not as I do. Obviously.
And the most important thing I learned while on my blogging vacation…
5) Indoor water parks breed Jack Nicholson tattoos and ill-concealed firearms. And that makes for some great future blogging material. You have to live a little to write about life.
I realize I’m going against expert advice which preaches consistency (especially for those building platforms), so I’m curious…Do you take blogging breaks? If so, do you find them helpful? And, do you believe Speedos make for a comfortable holster? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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