Blogging is a lot of work. Sometimes you just need a break, and you certainly need to unplug every once in a while.
Reasons You Might Take a Break from Blogging
- You have a baby.
- You go on vacation.
- You’re on the verge of burnout.
- You have family come in town.
- Your life gets busy.
- You experience a life altering circumstance (e.g., a death in the family).
- You’re writing an eBook or working on another project.
Some of these reasons you can plan for, but others you can’t. Today let’s talk about the blogging breaks we can plan for and how we can intentionally take a break.
How to Take a Break From Blogging
1. Write ahead.
Writing ahead will allow you to schedule posts to go live during your absence. This takes some extra work on the front end, along with serious discipline. However, writing ahead will ensure you have content going up while you’re gone.
To make this easier, you could consider posting less in your absence – maybe only post twice a week instead of four. Also consider writing a list post (like what I’m doing here) or a round up post of all your favorite recipes from your site. Think outside the box and offer quality content, but find a way to make it as easy as possible.
2. Recycle content.
Is your blog more than a year or two old? Has your site really grown in the last year? Do you have old content that has gotten lost in the shuffle? This is a good time to pull it out. Several posts you wrote for the launch of your new blog has probably never been seen by newer readers. Dig out some posts from the archives!
We recycled an old post, Recommended Blogging Resources, because we knew hundreds of new readers had never seen it. It served a need in our community while also giving us easy content when we needed a break!
3. Accept guest posts.
We did this during Nikki’s maternity leave for Christian Mommy Blogger. Consider asking others for help. Schedule guests posts while you take a break, and make sure they know you expect them to respond to comments!
Personally, I find it easier to write my own posts than to edit someone else’s work. On the other hand, I know accepting guest posts was a huge blessing to Nikki when she needed to gear up for a blogging break.
4. Take a break.
When all else fails, you can just take the break and go silent. Everyone needs a break every now and then. Your readers won’t mind, and might even be grateful for the break themselves! Our readers are people just like us. They get behind in emails and need to just rest their brains every once in a while. You taking a break might even come as a welcome respite for your readers! Don’t sweat the stats. Most of you won’t even notice a dip in your traffic, and if you do, it will bounce back quickly. Take care of yourself and take a break!
What are some other ways you have found to take a much needed break from blogging?