The Pros And The Cons Of Taking A Hiatus


For the record, I am all for bloggers taking a well-deserved hiatus.


Because they get burnt out like everyone else.

Therefore, if you feel as though you are in desperate need of a hiatus, take it!

However, never overdo a good thing by staying away from your blog for too long.

In this life, there are pros and cons to everything (Including our beloved hiatus).

So, without further ado, it is time for us to explore them together.

You Will Be Well-Rested (The Pro)

Those of us who create content for our blog regularly, are aware of the fact, that blogging can take its toll on our mind and our body; we acquire a few aches and pains from sitting in a chair for long periods of time as well as becoming mentally exhausted each time that we work on a new blog post.

Eventually, we would need to take a hiatus from blogging.

Bloggers who take a hiatus, usually return to blogging feeling mentally refreshed (Bloggers who are mentally refreshed also have a much better chance of creating new content for their blogs with ease).

So, in this particular instance, the taking of a hiatus has worked out in the favour of the blogger.

You Might End Up Becoming Lazy (The Con)

Yes, my friend, you risk becoming lazy by staying away from your blog for too long.

I have read blog posts from bloggers who claimed that they were going on a hiatus.

Guess what?

Some of those bloggers never returned to their blogs; they left those blogs of theirs abandoned forever!

To help you understand this situation much better, I going to use the analogy of a person who used to jog daily before the COVID-19 lockdown period.

One year after, they are not too eager to go jogging; instead of going back out to jog, they opt for staying in their bed to sleep.

Blogging itself can be challenging and if we stay away from such challenges for too long, we might not be in the right frame of mind to reengage ourselves in those types of challenges.

One must never make the mistake of going on a hiatus for too long of a period.

So, in this instance, taking a hiatus (a never-ending one) has worked against the blogger.

You Retained Your Followers Because You Are Seen As A Person Who Keeps Their Word (The Pro)

The blogger who returns to blogging at the end of an announced hiatus is often viewed as a person who keeps their word.

Besides, most of us dislike broken promises or broken agreements.

When someone says to us that they are going to do something, we expect them to do it!

There is a high chance of you retaining your followers if you practice what you preach; for example, by always returning to blogging on the day that was promised by you.

It is always in a blogger’s best interest to keep their word.

You Might End Up Losing Lots Of Your Followers (The Con)

Some people would unfollow a blog that has not been active for some time; for example, one of those blogs that have been inactive for the period of six months.

Also, a blog that has not been updated in a very long time can be mistaken for an abandoned blog.

Most people that I know, would prefer to follow a blog that is updated regularly with new content.

Unfortunately, a person’s blog becomes severely neglected whenever they stay away from it for too long.

Truthfully speaking, it takes a lot of hard work to build a loyal audience and no work at all (in this case, an extremely long hiatus) to lose the audience that you have worked so hard to build.

Your Viewing Audience Will Be Happy To Have You Back (The Pro)

If you are the type of blogger who has a high track record of publishing content that is useful to readers, your viewing audience will be happy to have you back.


Because they missed you and also because you have developed a reputation for publishing valuable content.

By the way, valuable content is the type of content that is looked upon as being:

  • Trustworthy
  • Informative
  • Evergreen
  • Helpful
  • Relevant

People are always on the lookout for those types of content.

So, do not be surprised when the incoming views to your blog skyrockets when your hiatus ends.

You Return To Find Your WordPress Dashboard Alien-Looking And You Have A Very Hard Time Figuring Out New Features (The Con)

It is a known fact, that the Happiness Engineers are always making changes to WordPress.

The layout of the WordPress dashboard has changed a lot over the years. Therefore, if a blogger stays away from WordPress for an extremely long period, they may end up having a difficult time navigating their way around their WordPress dashboard.

A blogger who stayed away from their WordPress blog for the period of over a year was shocked when he finally came face to face with the Block Editor.

People who stay away from their WordPress blogs for very long periods and log back into their accounts will have a very hard time readjusting.

Wrapping Up

As you have learned, a hiatus can work for you as well as against you; such as:

  • Getting the chance to become well-rested.
  • Becoming lazy.
  • Retaining your followers because you are looked upon as someone who keeps their word.
  • People unfollowing your blog because they thought that it was abandoned by you.
  • Having an audience that is happy to have you back after that hiatus of yours.
  • Returning to find your WordPress dashboard alien-looking and having a difficult time wrapping your mind around new features.

In the proverbial sense, a hiatus can be a double-edged sword (So, use it wisely).

Please feel free to share your opinion on what you have read via my blog’s commenting section (Newcomers to Renard’s World should read my Commenting Policy; it would let them know what is expected of them).

And, most importantly, thank you for reading!



  1. Judy Kim says:

    Great post. I take breaks when I’m overwhelmed with work or stressed with life. I used to feel guilty but I think balance is important in blogging. I’ve admittedly lost followers perhaps due to not writing as frequently or maybe my posts are too controversial, that wasn’t a problem before though. I’ve contemplated quitting but I think I’d miss the WP community if I ever did. Blogging is a unique experience that’s different from social media in a good way I think.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Judy.

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      1. Judy Kim says:

        You’re welcome, Renard 🙂

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    2. I do the same! When stress comes knocking (like today) instead of posting a blog I just take it easy, get a lot of reading in and just get myself back to where I want to be mentally. It helps a lot taking those little breaks.

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      1. Judy Kim says:

        Self-care is a great way to de-stress. Blogging should be fun not stressful :). I hope the rest of your day is peaceful.

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        1. Thank you!!! 🙂 Likewise!

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  2. Jermena says:

    Thank you Renard.

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, Jermena.

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  3. -Eugi ☕️ says:

    Valid points made, Renard. I’ve had a few new followers, as of late, and they haven’t posted anything new on their blog for a year! I can’t follow them for various reasons but the main reason is an abandoned blog is usually a neglected blog and perhaps be subjected to viruses, etc.

    I’ve not taken a hiatus from either of my blogs, but I have taken a hiatus from my weekly prompts for personal reasons. I plan to fill those slots with other works.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for your valuable input, Eugenia.

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      1. -Eugi ☕️ says:

        Most welcome, Renard.

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  4. Jackie2015 says:

    When I would take some time off, I would check the blog at regular intervals. Read the posts of those I am following, As not to lose touch.

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    1. 🙂 I am pleased to know that, Jackie.

      Thank you for being part of this discussion.

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      1. Jackie2015 says:

        My pleasure Renard!

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  5. Sadje says:

    I agree with you Renard.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! I think the point that taking a hiatus sometimes leads to abandonment of the blog is true. I’ve seen it happening and it’s sad to lose blogging friends

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  6. Thank you Renard.
    Your statement
    “blogging can take its toll on our mind and our body; we acquire a few aches and pains from sitting in a chair for long periods of time as well as becoming mentally exhausted each time that we work on a new blog post” resonates with me

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, Dr. Sridhar.

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  7. Diti Sen says:

    I just posted myself on the importance of taking time off regularly for mental and physical self renewal so reading your post made me really happy. As always the tips were very helpful.Thank you!

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, Diti.


  8. Another great post. It may not seem like it, but I do take breaks on my blog. I just can’t do it for very long since I schedule posts daily. I have known several bloggers who went on hiatus. Some return, others don’t. I wish them well and hope that they might return someday.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, my friend.

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  9. That’s a great summary!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Shweta!

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  10. DiosRaw says:

    Great points, taking a break can increase productivity.

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    1. 🙂 Indeed!

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  11. Faye Arcand says:

    Great post Renard. What’s your opinion on just cutting back instead of taking a full blown hiatus?

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    1. 🙂 I think that people should blog at a comfortable rate; for example, publishing blog posts three times a week can be less hectic than publishing blog posts daily.

      If a blogger overdoes things, they will find themselves burnt out.

      The length of one’s hiatus will depend on their needs.

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      1. Faye Arcand says:

        I agree with you. Right now I blog almost daily and it’s all my own content too. I’m fine for now but probably in about a year or so I may step back to three days a week or some such. Thanks for the thought provoking post.

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        1. 🙂 You are welcome, Faye.

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  12. Jim Borden says:

    interesting post; I had never thought of taking a break, but I can see the pros and cons as you have identified them…

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Jim.

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  13. Liz says:

    As you know, I have took bloghing breaks in the past. Come back at the end of it as promised, or sooner, because I couldn’t stay away that long.
    I have also never been far away, as regardless having a break from mine, I am known to still comment on other blogs.

    I am thinking December, I may take a bloging break. But don’t know yet.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Liz.

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  14. You are right on every point, dear Renard.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Dolly.


  15. aguycalledbloke says:

    Quality post Renard 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Rory!

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  16. jeannekoh says:

    True! I took a year off and now I am back. I think we must have a purpose for blogging, not just be inspired…this may be more concrete and hopefully keep us on our goals consistently. 😀

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your perspective!

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  17. Al says:

    i feel like a lot of us are taking breaks! which, like you said, has its pros and cons. for now im just trying to interact with others, even if im not writing much. 🪴

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Al.

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  18. I took quite a long hiatus from blogging from last year to this (though it wasn’t really planned, so I didn’t announce it). I can recognise some of the cons that you mention. But it’s ok – I wasn’t really inspired to write about thet topics of the blog, so it was better not and wait until I felt I had something to say on the blog.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  19. Beaton says:

    Haha I had to laugh at the part about finding that your dashboard has changed and that can happen even when you are not on a hiatus you wake up one day and the editor is blocky and things aren’t where you left them…


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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Beaton.


  20. SamSahana says:

    As always, a highly analytical, pragmatic post! Loved the comparison to a jogger before and after covid, it’s basically the same thing going on here! I also liked the last point about views skyrocketing when you suddenly return. Thanks for the insight!

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, Sam!

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