Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Why Taking An Unexpected Blogging/Social Media Break Can Be Great

How ironic that my last post was like "hey! look how well I balance my job with my blog" and then 12 days later, without posting once, comes this one all about how I took a bit of a break... my bad! But, hey, we're human and it's totally okay to just take a break from all things social if you need it...

Sometimes I'll plan a social media break. Like I'll be fed up of the fact I've wasted evenings on end aimlessly scrolling through Instagram so I'll decide to have a few days without really looking at my phone. But, other times, like last week, it just kinda happens.

This year, up until recently, I've been quite on it with my blog, overall. I haven't been posting daily or anything like that but I've had a constant flow of ideas, regular posts scheduled and I've spent a lot of my weekends planning posts and taking photos. And I'd been posting on Instagram pretty much every day! But I seem to have lost all of my January motivation in February. As I said in my last post, I started a new job at the end of Jan but - despite a lot of my time now been taken up by work - I felt like I'd got the balance between my blog and work quite well. But for the past week I've just felt so tired and so unmotivated. Like I haven't been working ridiculous hours or anything like that and I haven't been busy whatsoever outside of work because all I want to do when I get home is just sit down and do, well, nothing.

And I absolutely hate feeling like that. Don't get me wrong, some evenings I want, more than anything, to get straight into bed and read a book or watch shit TV and just generally switch off from the world. But when every evening is spent like that, I get a little sluggish. I'm not a gym goer, I don't really have many hobbies outside of work so my blog is kind of like my little side project that makes me feel like I'm being productive in my spare time! 

For the past week, I've been itching to post something, anything. But I just couldn't think of anything to write about. And, at the same time, I wanted to update my Instagram and tweet links to old post but I just couldn't be arsed, basically. And that's okay. I said at the beginning of the year that I'd rather go a few weeks without posting than post something because I feel like I have to and it just end up been shit. I've got my blog back to a place where each post is decent, each photo is decent and I don't want to ruin that! 

So, it's totally okay to just take an unexpected break from social media/blogging - for me, it's made me feel like I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. I've got ideas for content swirling around my head and I'm already looking forward to the weekend so I can take some time to plan upcoming posts and finally take some new photos (because, come on, how many times can I get away with using a photo from my trip to Whitby for Every. Single. Post??)

What about you guys? Do you ever feel better for having a bit of a break from the internet?

Beth x

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