Be Back Soon….

In all honesty, I thought pre-scheduling content months in advance would do the trick. I’d feel on top of my game but still have the sense of resting. But we all know as bloggers, the grind never stops even when content is planned out ahead of time. The behind the scenes work out ways the creative writing. Even saying the words, “taking a break” makes me feel like a failure. I know I’m not. But having to make a statement in a blog post because I’m fearful of you forgetting about me is actually one of the reasons why I need to take a step back. I’ve lost my drive & I need to rediscover my purpose for blogging.

I’m just going to be completely transparent. Without blogging I don’t know what I would do when I wake up in the morning. It has been my drive through this chaotic year. So, to feel burnt out by my passion feels heart breaking & defeating. But I know this year & a half has left us all feeling like we are just coasting through life without any reason & I just became mentally exhausted from it all.

Recently, I talked about how it’s important to be intentional as a blogger. Here I am giving my readers such advice, but I can’t see I’m the one who needs to hear it the most. I would work myself to the bone, writing content after content & scheduling like the beast I can be without even blinking an eye. And I thought to myself, “when was the last time you took a vacation?” Granted, I still don’t want or feel comfortable getting on a plane & head somewhere, the type of vacation I need is simply extra sleep. The point where I knew I needed to step back was when I would re-read what I would write & never being satisfied with it. I can’t tell you how many WIP I have in my drafts right now. But I wanted to keep the consistency alive. I’ve been blogging for 9 months straight now & 1000+ followers later. And part of me doesn’t feel like it’s been long enough to justify such a break. At the same time, I’d much rather catch it now instead of letting it blow up in my face from complete burn out.

The extrinsic motivation of follower counts & “fame” was my focus. But I have to get back to the intrinsic motivators such as the emotion of my words & the impact it has on others. That’s why I started blogging. The notoriety has just been an added bonus that can really take a hold on you & define your success. Even when people tell you not to be this way, statistics are always in your face as a visual representation of how things are going. And obviously I’m incredibly grateful for my following & growth. You are my cheerleaders & the best support system I could ever ask for. Anytime I need a boost, I just read your heartwarming comments.

I’m not writing this to be dramatic (although I am a Leo) but to simply be authentically me & tell you how I’ve been feeling lately. Sometimes all it takes is to be open & vulnerable for someone else to comment back saying “i understand” or “i’ve felt this way too.” And believe me, I’ll probably still be writing during this break. But hopefully since the pressure of posting is off my mind, I’ll be able to write more freely & authentically. That way when I do return I have content that will be more profound & something I’ll be incredibly proud of.

On a side note, I find it funny how I’ve been having this writers block, but as soon as I just start writing from the heart, the words just flow on the screen. Go figure.

I won’t place a specific date of return as I’m simply just taking it a day at a time. But I’m thinking the last week in April or beginning of May. Of course, I’ll still be on Instagram & Twitter because I find joy in talking to you all. So, I won’t be completely MIA.

Take Care.

B

44 thoughts on “Be Back Soon….

  1. Even with high follower counts and fame, we have to ask ourselves what the point of blogging is. Why are we doing this? What is the point posting content when it quickly becomes “outdated” and we need to update our blogs yet again? It’s the intrinsic motivation that will help us overcome burnout. Extrinsic is fleeting and can only sustain us for so long.

    Personally, I hardly post new content because writing is kinda a chore for me. I love leaving comments and interacting with fellow bloggers much more than I love posting new blog posts. I don’t feel guilty about it because I’m being true to myself – I would likely quit if I “forced” myself to post new content just for the sake of posting something new. Some people love posting everyday, and some don’t. If you’re not happy with your current schedule, I highly suggest taking a step back to see the things that you truly enjoy doing, and do more of that. Good luck! 🙂

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    1. thank you so much! this is why i step back is so needed. i don’t want to post just for the sake of posting. i want my posts to have meaning. yes, i agree i will have to determine what schedule is best for me & my lifestyle during this break. i also feel like i can take time and read other people’s blogs & comment & still feel the connection with the community.

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      1. Yep! The blogging community isn’t going anywhere. Reading WP each morning is the thing that I really look forward to everyday 🙌

        Also, posting more often doesn’t necessarily mean more traffic. Quality over quantity 😇 From what I noticed, traffic is just as good even when I post 1-2 times per month vs. more often. I’ve gone a few months without posting at all when life got really busy, and ppl were very understanding – life happens!

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  2. I took a month off from blogging in December last year and a two to three week break from posting on my IG and Facebook pages. I did let everyone know I was taking the break and when I came back out I felt refreshed and energized. It gave me time to consider other ways I could expand my blog. I also used that time to catch up with other bloggers and their writing which is something I’ve strived to maintain consistently.

    Speaking from experience, your community will wait for you to come back and they won’t abandon you. So take your break, you deserve it.

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    1. Thank you for this! I thought of not even saying anything but since it was my first time fully doing this I felt like I needed to let people know. I’m really looking forward to taking a step back and reevaluating some things. Thank you for sharing your personal experience

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  3. I think so many of us are feeling that burnout at the moment. I’ve definitely felt like I’ve needed to take more breaks in the last year. I hope you find ways to feel more refreshed and remember to take as much time as you need.

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  4. Great post Bee! I think it’s good you are honest with yourself and listened to your inner voice that says you need to just take some time off. Most of us experience this at some point but some people wait until it’s bad burnout. And you’ve been blogging for such a long time without a break that’s amazing! I’d be exhausted even before a year with the amount of work you put in!

    Breaks are the best for keeping you recharged and inspired again. We will miss you here! But you’ll be on twitter so will see you there! 😃🤗

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  5. Thank you for your transparency. It’s really good that you recognized this before you totally felt burnt out. As you take a step back, you will be able to re-evaluate and see more of a full picture regarding your purpose in blogging. I have appreciated connecting with you in the blogging community and seeing you share your “growth” and even now “growing pains.”Looking forward to when you return. Thank you again for sharing my guest post and being a guest on my blog friend. 😊

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  6. In any other job or profession you’d never feel like a failure taking time off. Everything you said is exactly how I feel. I’ve taken one blogging break since July 2020 and even that I cut short.

    As bloggers we are only as relevant as our last blog post. As soon as its out there its already old news and we have to think of a new idea.

    I’ve been having the same problem as you too. I feel like I need a new focus within blogging. So I might just follow suit and do this break with you! At least you’ll feel less alone 😊

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    1. Aww thank you Olivia! 💕 It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone in this feeling. I’m excited for this break & for sure think it’s just what I need to recenter & get that inspiration back. 😊

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  7. This post is so spot on! Breaks are important, they help us find an alignment, reevaluate things and they help us come back stronger. I definitely relate with the feeling of not wanting to end up forgotten after going on a break. While I agree with the fact that taking a break as a blogger might not be an easy step to take, it’s definitely worth it. Go on your break darling! In the end, you matter most.

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    1. i love that – alignment. yes! you are so right! your kind words here really mean a lot to me. and yes, i need to put myself & my wellbeing first always. i cant wait to return stronger than ever with tons of new content for you all.

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  8. Taking a step back is not easy, so first and foremost, applaud yourself for recognizing that you needed a break. This past year has been so heavy so for you to have shown up consistently for 9 months straight is something to be VERY proud of! We will all be here when you return, and can’t wait for your renewed and energized posts to read. Take all the time and rest you need, we will wait and be here for that return date!

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  9. Self care is so important! I hope you’re able to relax and find your drive again during this break. I know that burnt out feeling all too well (I’ve felt it during these strange times we live in, too), so take care of yourself and we’ll be here when you get back into it.

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  10. I want to thank you for sharing all of this with us. I cannot imagine how difficult this decision was to make because I found myself relating to much of what you said. Even as a new blogger, I already feel the pressure of putting out new content consistently, promoting on socials, etc. getting to me. First and foremost, if you are not loving this, there is no point in doing this. I know you genuinely do love blogging, but right now, I see that you have to do what is best for you. We will still be supporting you the whole time and cheering you on as soon as you return. I cannot wait to see this next chapter for you! Good luck and much love.

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    1. Thank you so much for your continued support on here and on socials. I’m glad so many of you understand my choice. I’m so excited for this new beginning for me & hope I can find a more healthy balance with it all 💕

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  11. I hope you have a nice break B, take as long as you need! I’ve been feeling a little burnt-out recently too, I still love what I do, but a rest every now and again would be lovely! 🙂

    If I can ever help with anything, please do let me know!

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  12. I needed to read this. As you know I am making some changes to my blog. Sometimes it’s definitely needed to just take a break and refocus on what your purpose is.

    I realized that when you are doing something you love it’s worth it. But when you aren’t 100% vested in what you are writing it can be so hard to blog. I hope you feel reinspired soon!

    xo Erica

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