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BLOG HAPPY | What I Learned When I Stopped Blogging

March 26, 2015

BLOG HAPPY | What I Learned When I Stopped Blogging - The Feisty House

I’ve written a few new posts for The Feisty House, but before that, I wasn’t doing much blogging at all. There are actually 12 days between Monday’s post (a style post on what I wore for a brainstorming session at a local coffee shop) and the post before that (my DREAM JOB Interview with Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty). I didn’t really mean to take a break from The Feisty House. Life got in the way, as it were. I was doing some traveling for work and things were just a bit hectic in general. But I paid attention to my traffic and social shares during those 12 days, and I definitely learned a few things.

What I Learned When I Stopped Blogging

When I stop blogging, you stop reading. //

My web traffic took a serious dive when I stopped blogging. There are some of you who come to the blog once a week to read posts. Others of you come by every single day, which is amazing! Then there are some of you who only read The Feisty House when I share a new post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Because I wasn’t sharing new posts during those 12 days, you didn’t come to the blog, and my traffic suffered. I’ve learned that it’s important for me to keep a schedule. I’m always advising new bloggers to create a posting schedule and keep an editorial calendar. I learned that I should definitely take my own advice and post consistently so that you all keep coming back to the blog!

When I stop blogging, I don’t have as many good blog post ideas. //

I realized that my “break” from blogging last so long because the longer I stayed away, the more difficult it was for me to come up with a good blog post idea. I do believe that if you’re trying to come up with blog post ideas and can’t, it’s a good idea to take a quick break and clear your head a bit. But it should be a quick break. You should only need to step back from  your blog for a few hours, not a few days. I spent so much time away from my blog that it was difficult to get back in the swing of things. I learned that I need to be mindful of the amount of time I spend away from my blog and try not to stay away so long that I’m no longer inspired.

When I stop blogging, I actually miss it! //

I really missed developing content for The Feisty House for those 12 days I wasn’t blogging. I felt a whole lot less creative. Something was definitely missing. This blog is more than just a hobby for me. It’s truly a way for me to keep my own sanity! It helps me to disconnect from my 9-to-5 and connect with my own thoughts (and with all of you!) I didn’t feel as challenged. With the exception of writing my business plan, I don’t even remember what I was doing with my time when I wasn’t blogging. I learned that I need this creative space in order to keep myself focused and in a place where I’m thriving mentally.

Have you ever taken a “break” from blogging? How long was it? And what did you learn?

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I launched The Feisty House in 2009, and I’ve learned a thing or two about blogging since then! I share lots of tips here on the blog as part of my BLOG HAPPY series. But if you’ve read through my posts and still want some more help getting your blog started, let me know! I absolutely LOVE helping a new blogger find her unique voice and create a space that reflects who she is and helps her connect with other like-minded individuals. If you’re a blogging newbie, I can help you figure out everything from branding and finding your niche, to how to use social media to engage your new followers (and grow your readership!) to choosing a platform and learning how to design a beautiful blog on your own! Send me an email, and let’s work on making your blog your happy place!

XO

 

Photo Source: Camille Styles

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  • Nick of NickyGoGlam.com

    I love, love, love, love your blog! I’ve been following for a long time, before this new, awesome blog design. I feel like you’re a friend in my head now. I get excited when I see a new post from you on my feed. I stopped blogging last year for about 5 months or so. My mom was ill (cancer). I missed blogging so much. I felt sad, I missed talking with other bloggers. It truly affected me. I love it too and I’m glad to be back! Keep up the great work that you’re doing with The Feisty House! xo

    • Nicky!!! Thanks you so much for your comment. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy and GRATEFUL. And I’m so glad that you’re back to doing something you love and that brings you to your happy place!!! Welcome back =)

  • That’s a really productive way of making the most of your downtime, Jodie! Plus you can keep in touch with your readers over social media. Just be sure to remind your readers when you’re heading back to the blog, and I’m sure you’ll be fine.

  • Just START. Honestly, your readers will be GLAD that you’re back to blogging! You’re going to hear a lot of “welcome back!” and “so glad you’re blogging again.” TRUST ME. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you’re ready to get back to blogging, the best way to get in the swing of things is get a new post out there! Then follow-up with another post (and let your readers know it’s coming). It’s just up to you to stay consistent after that. If you’re comfortable posting only once a week, then stick to that schedule! Your blog will be back on its feet soon enough.

  • Maybe your blog break is a good time to schedule social media posts driving traffic to some of your favorite archived posts that your regular readers may not have come across already. That way at least you’re still getting some traffic to the site even it’s not as large a number.