To be very honest with you, all bloggers need some time off from blogging.
And, I do not have to tell you what happens to a blogger when they refuse to take time off from blogging.
When some bloggers do not take time off from blogging, they end up becoming:
Is that you by the way?
I hope not!
My time off from blogging is approximately 13 hours.
But, in your case, you could take 13 days off from blogging or any amount of time that is most appropriate for you.
Now, I would like to point out, that you should always inform your readers about your planned hiatus; they deserve to know how long that you plan on staying away from your blog.
And, why is it that we should always inform our readers about our planned hiatus?
Because, we do not want any of our readers to think that we have abandoned our blog.
These days, it is way easier to lose readers than to attract them; which is why they should be kept abreast of the amount of time that we plan on staying away from our blog.
So, let us check out some reasons why we should take time off from blogging.
1.) When You Are Physically And Mentally Exhausted
Dear friend, if you are physically and mentally exhausted, you are really no use to anyone.
And, you cannot perform at your best when you are physically and mentally tired.
If you try blogging in that state you will:
- Make typographical errors.
- Make grammatical errors.
- Delete portions of your blog post in error.
- Not be in a position to proofread your blog post in an efficient manner.
The best thing to do is, to recuperate whenever you are physically and mentally exhausted.
So, please refrain from burning the proverbial candle at both ends.
2.) When You Are Thinking About Giving Up On Your Blog
The very thought of giving up on your blog should be enough for you to realise that you need some time away from blogging.
In most instances, a blogger would think about giving up on their blog when the workload becomes too much for them to handle.
And, taking some time away from blogging could help them to become rejuvenated.
Do keep in mind that bloggers are human beings; they are not the Energizer Bunny.
3.) When You Have No Idea How To Go About Blogging
Unfortunately, a lot of people have entered the blogosphere without knowing the basics of blogging.
They simply thought that it was a great idea to get themselves into blogging and they only realised that blogging involved a lot of hard work after they created their blog.
In a case like that, it is okay to take some time off from blogging with the intentions of learning the fundamentals of blogging.
Also, if you intend on publishing blog posts, you might as well be in the position to put your best foot forward.
I genuinely wished that people learned about blogging before they ever dreamed of creating a blog of their own (But, most people who choose to start a blog, will be clueless as to what they are going to get themselves involved in).
4.) When You Have Lost Your Inspiration
Currently, a lot of bloggers rely on having inspiration to blog; therefore whenever they are feeling uninspired, they post nothing.
In a case like that, they need to remember what it is that inspired them to blog.
For the record, there are bloggers who are capable of producing content for their blog whether or not they are inspired (Those types of bloggers are rare).
However, it is okay to take a short hiatus and return when you are feeling inspired to blog.
Have you been feeling uninspired lately?
5.) When You Have Noticed That You Are Spending More Time On Your Blog Than You Are Actually Spending With Your Friends And Family
Now, this is a very serious one.
There are a lot of people who are addicted to blogging; they would prefer to spend the majority of their time with their blog.
Even though their devotion to their blog is commendable, their lives are imbalanced, because they took it to the extreme by spending very little time with their friends, family and relatives.
It should be no secret, that people like that need to take some time off from blogging (And, the time that they spend away from blogging should be spent with their friends, family and relatives).
Never make the mistake of neglecting your real life for a virtual one.
6.) When You Have Decided To Go On A Spiritual Retreat
In most cases, carrying technology on a spiritual retreat is forbidden.
Technology is something that deals with the physical world.
When one is on a spiritual retreat, they work on getting in touch with the spiritual aspect of their self.
I have never seen a Buddhist monk who left his state of meditation with the purpose of responding to a WhatsApp message on a smartphone (When a Buddhist monk sets his mind on doing meditation, nothing stops him from doing it).
There is an old adage that states, “There is a time and a place for everything.”
So, if you have that urge to go on a spiritual retreat, take some time off from blogging.
7.) When You Have Had An Online Altercation With A Fellow Blogger
Having an online altercation with a fellow blogger is a very bad thing, because it can lead to you doing something that you will regret — something like leaving a very nasty comment in the comments thread of the person whom you had an online altercation with.
The best thing to do is, to take some very deep breaths and log out of your blog (You can always return to your blog when the anger has subsided).
There are some people who are very good at getting others angry. Do not become one of their victims.
Taking some time off from blogging is one of the best things that you can do when you are faced with this type of situation; especially if you are the type of person who has a very bad temper.
So, my friend, those are seven very good reasons to take some time off from blogging.
Also, do not feel ashamed for wanting to take some time off from blogging, because taking a hiatus will pay off in the long run.
By the way, if you can think of other reasons why a person should take some time off from blogging, please share them with me via the comments section of my blog.
And, thank you so kindly for reading!