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  1. imifarm says

    Very good points in this post. I’ve decided to take a couple of weeks break over Christmas as I’ve reached writing fatigue. Posts I had planned just weren’t working and inspiration had faded. I’m hoping that in this time I will find inspiration again and it will also give me time to tidy up the look of my blog, plus finally tackle the dreaded SEO!!!
    Completely agree that it’s about what’s doing what’s best for you rather than pushing out content for the sake of it. Some of my favourite blogs have very little following but are often better that bloggers who have thousands xxx

    • Shelly DS says

      That is a very interesting observation! I never really thought about which accounts I liked best and how their stats looked. Take the much needed break and come back refreshed, we’ll still be here. It’s not like anyone is going anywhere lol 🙂
      PS. Good luck with the SEO. It’s not that big of a beast

  2. beth says

    always take a break when you feel it’s time, and return when and if you feel good about it again. it’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of blogging, and to lose sight of why you do it in the first place. go with your gut in this, as in other things in life. there is no wrong choice here –

  3. LoseWeightWithAng says

    I do want more traffic to my site and followers, but in the end, I don’t want people who are just following me to be followed. I want people who are actually interested in what I have to write about. I write my posts to help people and really enjoy the engagement I get 🙂

  4. Toma Ruh says

    Such a great post! I agree with you so much. I think blogging is similar to creating content on Instagram and other social media. Seeing other people growing their following really fast and getting frustrated, obsessing over stats, trying to figure out what is trending and losing oneself in the process. All of that happens and it takes some work with yourself to overcome this.

    • Shelly DS says

      Indeed! I think it’s a bit toxic to be honest, but as long as you put your mental health first, it can be very fun. Hope you’re doing just that! 😉
      Thanks for stopping by <3

  5. Amethyst says

    Very great points here. I’m a relatively new blogger and I feel myself obsessing over my stats as well and wondering what content to post about.
    I also want my followers to appreciate my content and not like it just for the sake of it.
    Sometimes you really need to take a step back,reaccess your goals and get back in touch with your why.
    Good luck on your blogging journey.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much for reading! I hope you aren’t finding it too stressful right now. The honest truth is that you will never please everyone, so figure out who your target audience, engage with them and produce the content that THEY specifically enjoy. Of course, tying it back to what you enjoy to talk about. I’ve been blogging for seven months now and am still trying to find my footing 😉 Happy to help you with what I know!

  6. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    You raise some interesting points. I love the blogging community but I have a hard time with the “follow for follow” mentality. I love it when people actually read what I write and comment sincerely. One thoughtful comment means so much more to me than 100 “great post” comments.

    I haven’t felt the need to take a blogging break. Blogging is an outlet for me and something to keep me sane.

  7. The Caffeinated Powerhouse says

    I love this post! I started my blog as a lonely pregnant lady with a too busy husband and lots of thoughts on my new journey. When I saw that many folks reading my content and liking it, I was really thrown for a loop. I hate that my blog falls behind when I get busy, and I’m really hoping to sponsored posts and such in the coming year to help me keep it high on my priority list. Also agree with the support and community. Top notch here on WordPress I think! 🙏🏽

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for sharing Shandean. What I understand from how your blog started was it was meant to keep you busy. Don’t feel bad for choosing your life over the blog because that’s the way it should be!

  8. Cindy Georgakas says

    Great post Shelly! I love our blogging community and the engagement we have together. It takes dedication and commitment to writng good content, staying connected. I just wrote something that I’ll probably share next yeat but might put out before the end of the year about some of my thoughts about blogging as well. I’m going to force myself to take a break at Xmas for a week or 2 as a gift to my family and myself too. I’ve gotten much to connexted to my devices. It’s not going to be easy.. can you tell I’m wagering with myself here. lol 🤣 ❤️ Cindy

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for reading Cindy! Do share your post as soon as possible 😅 I love reading other bloggers’ experiences and tips! As for the break, take it, you and your family deserve every minute of it! We will miss your writing and wonderful support in the meantime though 🙁

      • Cindy Georgakas says

        You are so welcome! I always love your work. I’ll try to post this week or next for sure. It’s far from what I do but something I need to share. Awwww thanks… I’ll have sneak peeks I’m sure just not post. That is ver kind of you! ❤️

      • Cindy Georgakas says

        This might come twice.. sorry if it does.
        You are so welcome! I will for sure Shelly although it’s not the areana I play in, I think it’s important for me to share. Awww thanks so mcuh for your kindness. I’m sure I’ll take a few peeks, just won’t be posting.. We all need breaks I think! ❤️

  9. Rochelle | Adventuresfromelle says

    I’ve actually never felt drained by blogging because I post rather irregularly, but I feel that way from social media all the time. I can’t wait to get a break after Blogmas is over. For now, I still use the platform (mostly Instagram and Facebook) to promote my posts to my followership there. I think a good way to let blogging feel more like fun rather than work is to just post only when you feel moved to rather than aim for a daily or even weekly article. Some months I post as few as once, other months I may post 5 or 6 times.

    • Shelly DS says

      Sounds like you have a good grip on blogging and not the other way around! Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s so beautiful to see bloggers doing so out of passion 😊 Found you on Instagram!

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