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.
- A 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.