What My Blogging Break Taught Me #Bloggers #Blogs

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This week I am taking a little break from book reviews. I am exhausted after reading a lot of great romance novels and if I am honest I don’t know how the serious book bloggers keep going. Reviewing books is exhausting, especially romance novels, which send your emotions into a tailspin.

I am also missing my blog and I have a lot of creative stuff to get off my chest so you all need to brace yourselves…

Taking a blogging break taught me a few things. So, I thought I would share.

  • A blogging break made me realise I have a lot of old content which is sat around not doing anything. I didn’t realise how much content I had until I stopped writing new stuff. As I wanted to keep my blog alive I spent the first few days of my blogging break tidying up my old blog posts. This was one of the best things I could have done. I then scheduled some old posts to be tweeted on a regular basis and pinned a lot on Pinterest. The surprise for me was that my blogging stats remained the same. My old content was good enough to keep my blog alive.
  • A blogging break forced me to stop writing funny stuff and this made me realise how much I miss it. After a lot of creative soul-searching away from blogging I have realised that writing comedy is something I love to do and my blog is like my training ground. When I don’t write funny stuff on a regular basis I go into myself and begin to lose my sparkle.
  • A blogging break cleared out my head. Blogging for four years, without a rest, filled up my mind with a lot of junk. Once you stop blogging it’s amazing how clear your mind feels.
  • A blogging break allowed me to discover new hidden creative talents. I have been revamping and rewriting online dating profiles for family members and friends. Everyone is now enjoying increased dating profile traffic and one family member is now BOOKED up with dates, as a result of my work. Sigh! As a romance writer I have found a way of crafting what potential dates want to read and I have developed a dating profile strategy which WORKS! The thought of bringing people together and making sweet romance happen using my words fills me up inside. You don’t know how long I have longed to be seen as the modern day (blonde) version of Cilla Black. #lifegoal My success with this has made me start thinking about a possible business venture. Will keep you posted.
  • A blogging break made me miss writing short fiction. When you spend all your time working on novels and dreaming about how life will be when you are an author, you miss out on enjoying the present moment. For me this means the delights which come from short fiction. I got so much pleasure from writing my fictional series on my blog and they were about me having fun. You need to have fun whilst writing novels.
  • blogging break gave me the chance to rewrite one of my draft novels and a TV sitcom script. When you have a blogging break it is important to use your time wisely and I made sure I did just that. I went away and released a few of my birds from their bird cages.
  • A blogging break made me appreciate my online platform. I have a platform and two months away made me realise how valuable it is. This is why I am now open to guest blogger posts. If you want to connect with your inner blonde please get in touch and you can appear on my wonderful blog. Tomorrow, one of my favourite Twitter writer friends, Rob Matthews is going blonde for the day and taking over BlondeWriteMore. Watch out for his brilliant guest post.

Don’t shy away from a blogging break. They are really useful and can bring new things into your creative life.

So, in a nutshell, I am back and if you like my blog you are in for a treat.

Lucy x

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

41 thoughts on “What My Blogging Break Taught Me #Bloggers #Blogs

  1. I am seriously in need of a blogging break! Like you I have been blogging for four years. Just had my anniversary and it went past and I forgot! It’s definitely a sign I need a break. I’ve got loads of old posts that need revamping too. Also I need to write book 2 The Curse of Time so a break is much needed….

  2. Congratulations on writing great dating site profiles for people! That’s a great skill! I have old blog post ideas that I really should sift through one of these days. Not that I don’t take breaks from blogging. In fact, I think I just went nearly a year without posting much of anything at all. I missed it and am glad to be back.

  3. I’m so glad to see you are coming back in some form Lucy!!!
    I think I need to do the blogging break soon. It’ll be 4 years for me in November…
    Maybe us bloggers get that 4-year itch (I see Marje is feeling it at the same time), to stretch ourselves further than our blog, or possibly we end up burning our blog-selves out with our constant nurturing of our blog baby…

  4. I recently had that beastly flu, which forced a blogging break on me and I hated every minute. One of these days I will have a proper one, one that I can enjoy. (for a little while, at least!)

  5. Great advice Lucy, and its great to see you dipping your toes back in the blogging pool! I’m actually enjoying revamping some old posts at the moment, and sometimes you have to take a break from creating new content… plus real life does sometimes have to take priority x

  6. I took a blogging break, and it worked for me, too. Awesome that you wrote so many non-blog words, but I’m glad you’re back to blogging! x

  7. Brilliant Lucy! You’re so right about old content – it might be old to us, but think of all the new followers you’ve gained since writing it, or regular readers who didn’t see it first time around. Your stuff is timeless and there’s a wealth of info there, so glad it’s getting another airing! I love your honesty and I’m delighted you’ve found out all these new things about yourself and your writing (especially the comedy and the shorter fiction). As for the dating thing, I am very intrigued!! xx

  8. I’m planning a blogging break from July-August (maybe sooner) and I’m looking forward to revamping things and revisiting old posts properly. I’ll still do my Friday music posts, but that’ll be it. So this post of yours has been really interesting. Thanks Lucy & welcome back x

  9. When I felt my blog was getting out of control and I didn’t know what I wanted to do anymore, I took a blogging break. It was only a few weeks, not a couple of months, but it was the best thing for me…and my blog. I came back with a better vision of what I wanted to do and stopped following all the trends.

  10. Holy man, that is a productive blogging break! I love that you found other creative outlets that used your talent in new ways. I think we all need breaks now and again. Can’t see the forest for the trees if we’re always wandering the forest floor. (Specific tree reference made on purpose!)

  11. I’ve been thinking about taking a blogging break to finish up a couple of novels and get them ready to query. I’m in the middle of revisions and sometimes blogging is a break from the novel writing. I’ve just come up with another idea for a story and I’m really excited to start plotting it out. 🙂

  12. I am so happy you’ve done this for yourself. And I love 1) you’ve learned (and done!) so much and 2) you’re helping people not shy away from a break. We all need a break sometimes. You are awesome.

    I’m actually on a blogging break (sort of) so I’m not really here. *swims away* 🐠

  13. Congratulations on taking your successful blogging break. I swear by them and will be taking another one in June. In fact, I’m already guiding myself into one, having cleaned out my blog (over 100 useless posts deleted) and revamping older posts. Decluttering makes you feel so good.

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