Blogger Confessions: Breaks are Good for the Soul

Posted March 8, 2015 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 29 Comments

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Blogger Confessions: Breaks are Good for the Soul

Hi y’all! I am so glad to be back from my 2 week hiatus. It was originally supposed to be one week for the big work project but I found I needed a recovery week. Sometimes life just happens that way. IΒ  missed the book blogging community something fierce during my time away but it was nice to have no responsibilities for a week (that first week I was working 24/7 so it wasn’t much of a break). I think my “blogging” soul needed it. When everything gets crazy sometimes you just need some breathing space to set everything back into place.

Here is what I mean when I take a break:

(NOTE: I should explain I have this weird rule that if I post that I make an effort to visit other people in the blogging community. This is because I truly enjoy seeing what people post, reading their thoughts, and having a conversation about books, release date pushbacks–looking at you KMM, and other bookish news. I try to be active and present when I am blogging.)

 

  • I mark my reader (aka Bloglovin) as read every day. I will glance through the posts to see what everybody is up to but just a scroll through. I call it 15 min and done.
  • I schedule any “have to” posts in advance aka FitReaders but I make sure that I am honest about not being around like normal.
  • I put a global “out of office” on my blog so people don’t think I have just quit.
  • I don’t write reviews.
  • I watch more TV (this time 12 Monkeys The Series, Dominion, and Hannibal Season 2)
  • I do a LOT more crafting
  • I don’t read a lot though oddly I went to the library twice for crafting books!
  • I am not on Twitter or FB a lot except for talking about dogs, crafts, and such LOL

 

Really a break for me a total step away from anything that feels like an obligation until I feel centered again. I also made it a point not to do anything home improvement this past weekend so that I could totally chalk it up to a “veg” weekend. In other words, I was just in the moment and it felt good.

I am now easing back into everything and so very glad to be back!

Do you ever need “life” breaks? How do you do it?

Felicia S
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29 responses to “Blogger Confessions: Breaks are Good for the Soul

  1. I’m totally on a hiatus right now. I needed a break, and life is kind of kicking my butt right now. I’m still online but I need to make me a “On Hiatus” sign for the blog. I just usually announce it on Facebook but I think from now on I’ll make a post with the estimated dates.

    A break helps keep you sane in my opinion.

    • That was me. I just couldn’t handle life and this. I hope your life gets a little better soon. I know that sometimes it can just be overwhelming! πŸ™‚

  2. I definitely take life breaks when I can fit them in during breaks in school, haha! I tend to take the first week after a semester finishing off since I need to just reset after the madness of exams and things. I tend to take reading vacations then though and just read a crazy amount since that’s what I crave most when life gets crazy!

    • I can imagine. I don’t know how you do school, blogging, and your back issues. Something would fall through the cracks if it was me LOL You impress me all the dang time πŸ™‚

  3. I think we all need a life break sometimes. I am going to try for a sort of blogging break in a few months. I’m going to try not to commit to any reviews, blog tours, etc. and only blog what I want to blog. It gets so hectic sometimes, especially when I feel like I *have* to post certain things. I’m also focusing the second half of this year on reading for fun rather than mostly for review.

    • It took a long time for me to get where I didn’t have any commitments . That was my key this year so that I could break when I needed too πŸ™‚

  4. Yes, absolutely. I wanted to read yesterday, but found myself doing nothing else but watching re-runs of Storage Hunters. I have to pick up a new book to read and I just can’t choose one.

    • I think that was my problem. I couldn’t figure out what fit my mood. I started 7 books during that 2 weeks and not one of them hooked me. I did get and finish Dead Heat but that was a given.

  5. I needed a life break starting about a month ago, so this weekend I’m starting off Spring Break with a meditation retreat. No electronics, no talking for 2 days (minus the time when I’m at home).

      • It went really well, until I hurt my back. I had to leave a couple hours before the end because it was hurting so bad I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to drive home if I stayed till the end. I didn’t want to leave, but I’m glad I did, since I was in agony through the whole 30 min. drive. I’ve been on the couch ever since.

  6. Welcome Back πŸ™‚ Breaks are so nice and I don’t think people take advantage of them enough. Even just a weekend away is a big help. I am the sort of person that need to be always productive otherwise I get very lazy however, I try to take breaks every so often, even if it’s just a day here or there and most would never even know I was gone.
    When we work we take vacations so I don’t see why when we blog we can’t take vacations too πŸ™‚
    I hope the project was successful! and again Welcome Back πŸ™‚ ox

    • Thanks! I do take weekends off from posting because I learned long ago I just can’t do every day πŸ™‚ I do hear you about lazy, I did see myself getting a little bit lazy towards the end of the weekend. Since the rest of the break from blogging was to work on a work project so there was no lazy there. We did make our go live and only one more phase to go WOOT WOOT!

  7. Taking a break is a great idea and I’m glad you were able to do it! I am feeling like I need one of those right now! I can go weeks without doing any reviews and basically doing the bare minimum on my blog, and then when I get the energy again, I’m back at it. I think it’s necessary to take a break once in awhile to recharge and do something for YOU!

    • So true! I need to take a break later in the year that isn’t centered around work. We only have one more phase of this project left and hopefully over the summer I can take a “for me” break LOL

  8. Congratulations on knowing you need a break and being responsible about it. Welcome back!

    I don’t normally need to take a traditional break as a sense of structure and routine is when I’m most comfortable. What I normally do when it stops being fun or satisfying is to change up the routine, whatever it takes to restore a fresh outlook. It doesn’t take much for me to re-energize. The trick is knowing when you need to do it before getting burned out. This year, allowing for reading plan spontaneity has been enough to get me excited about reading and writing reviews again.

    • I think for me it was more work burning me out (where I don’t have a lot of control over the frenzy of project go live) more than the blogging. I am glad this year I gave myself the ok to break during projects and other frenzied life times. It will happen again in April during our last phase πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • It went and is live which is all that is important. Our final phase starts today and goes live mid-April so I will be taking another break that week too.

  9. Break, what is a break..lol. I do think I need to take a break but then I never do..I think it is cause I am addicted to my blog..lol. Even if I took a break I don’t think I could quit reading. πŸ™‚

    • I didn’t completely quit reading (I did finish Dead Heat) but I just couldn’t concentrate enough to finish anything else LOL. I think my brain was fried from the project at work.