I kind of became the queen of hiatuses // Taking breaks from blogging: DISCUSSION

I am alive, people! (You can all exhale in relief and shower me with confetti now.) Sorry about the lack of posting and interaction this past week! </3 Things have just been so busy, and I just simply didn’t have time to write and schedule posts, or even read, really. I recently came back from a trip to Toronto, though! I visited my cousins and we all went to Niagara Falls together, which was lots of fun.

On the reading side of things, my slump has been slowly wearing off but I lack time?? I used to read on the bus but I’ve been so tired I end up sleeping. Oops. #sorrynotsorry (I NEED SLEEP.) BUT. I’m currently reading The Hate U Give* by Angie Thomas! *cue celebration* Haven’t finished THUG yet but THE HYPE WAS SPOT ON. Already love Starr and her story!

But I digress. TOPIC FOR TODAY: Hiatuses. Which I am an expert on** obviously because I’ve taken many of them and have now became temporarily queen. (Shhhh.)

*I tried to put in the link to Goodreads but it’s not working?? Oh well.

**The term expert is subjective, okay?

Why it can be totally necessary

Why I take them, basically. Queens don’t do things for no reason?? I mean, they totally could, but. Even if it’s horrible logic, there’s some logic behind decisions.

  • Lacking time. I will never have enough time?? I think the time gods up there are all conspiring against me, honestly. This is definitely one of my primary reasons for taking a break, because I simply don’t have the time to write up any posts in advance and then… well, you know the rest.
    No time = no writing blog posts = hiatus for who knows how long. QUITE SIMPLE.
  • Lacking motivation. Leads to the dreaded blogging slump! Blogging slumps can be the worst?? When you have time but not for blogging because you don’t feel like it. SIGH.
    Time + no motivation to write = hiatus (until you have time + motivation).
  •  Lacking ideas. Blogging slumps can definitely be caused by this? You have time on your hands, have the motivation to write a post, and then… FART. No thoughts, no ideas, on what to write.
    Time + motivation + no ideas = blogging slump = hiatus
  • Personal issues. Whether it be family, job, or school, we all have lives outside of blogging (GASP) and that can definitely get in the way of the blog! It happens! Some bloggers are really good at juggling their personal lives and blogging lives so that the blog isn’t affected by their personal life, others (me), perhaps require breaks to not, you know, die from all the pressure. And you come back feeling better! (Hopefully.) All’s good.
    Personal issues (do not)= hiatus but Personal issues + being overwhelmed can = hiatus
  • Reading slump. Being a book blogger, this one’s more geared to book bloggers but if you’re in a reading slump, it can definitely influence your blogging! Especially for reviews. My reading slump have led to a blogging slump previously (but that’s not necessarily the case all the time)!
    Reading slump = possible blogging slump = hiatus. 
  • Vacations. This totally goes unsaid?? Again, there are of course bloggers out there who are super committed and either write posts during their vacation, or schedule them in advance, so no hiatus in that situation, but IT’A A VACATION. Apart from the fact that you don’t have to ever justify your hiatus at all (though I’m guilty of doing so), if there was ever a time where you deserve to take a break, it’s when you’re going on a trip!

The main consequence to taking hiatuses

Let me first state: If you need/want to take a hiatus, GO FOR IT. There is literally nothing stopping you whatsoever and this little part is not meant to change that at all. The world is your oyster! And all that. Yes, there are consequences, as there is with anything else in life, but they’re most definitely not the end of the world.

  • Your stats will go down! Yes, I realize “stats/numbers aren’t the focus of blogging” yet they are something the majority of bloggers definitely think about/concentrate on. I get it! I totally do as well. But if you don’t post anything, naturally, stats WILL decrease. Speaking from a 7-month hiatus experience, although my followers have increased, my stats aren’t how they used to be during my, (for lack of a better description) peak months of blogging even after I’ve started blogging again.BUT. Most people won’t take such a long hiatus! Although you’ll have a period in time where your stats are lower, it’s not really a huge issue in the grand scheme of things. ❤
  • Your followers will miss youuuuuuuu!! (Possibly. Hopefully?) Of course, there are the followers who don’t actually visit your blog often or at all and who haven’t noticed your hiatus at all, whether it was for a week or a year, but the people you do interact will miss talking to you! I’m speaking from the context that whenever one of my blogger friends go on hiatus I definitely miss reading their posts and talking to them! #bloggerfriendsftw But on the bright side: when you return, they’ll be there to welcome you back! ❤

I wanted at least 3 for this part but my brain is like short circuiting and can’t come up with anything. Oops. But again, remember! Take that hiatus if you want to!! Don’t let my nonsensical ramblings take root in your head.

For how long can you take a hiatus?

Short answer: However long you want! It’s your life, your blog, your choice. Whether it’s a week, a month, 3 months or more, you do you!

Oh my lord that sounded so cheesy what is happening to me.

Let’s see. For me, I can’t remember exactly all the hiatuses I’ve taken, but there’s the most recent one, which lasted almost 2 weeks-ish? Wow, I didn’t think it was that long. For what it’s worth, I did try to come up with a blog post when I returned from Toronto, but it didn’t exactly work out?

Last year, I took my longest hiatus (hopefully the record will never be surpassed!) of around 7 months starting June-ish of 2016 and ending at the end of January/start of February this year. Prior to that… I may have taken a few weeks/few days off here and there? Though I have a bad habit of taking accidental hiatuses, if you will, where it wasn’t really planned and I don’t even end up mentioning it in a post or anything??? OOPS.

What was I talking about again?

Right. Length!

(Sometimes I wonder if I’m writing an actual coherent discussion or just typing whatever comes to my mind while looking at the screen.)

I definitely don’t plan on taking more than 1 month hiatus in the future though, particularly if the hiatus is due to my poor time management skills haha. Length of a hiatus definitely varies from person to person though? A lot of people I’ve seen take maybe a few days, or a week or two?

But honestly, the short and cheesy answer is actually 100% true. Your blog, your life, your choice!


Okay so that concludes this ‘discussion’! I put it in quotations seeing how I am very skeptical of whether or not this actually makes sense?? I read it over once and… that’s pretty much it. (Don’t do this for any essay, fyi.) SO I hope this made somewhat sense? What are your thoughts on taking a break from blogging: good or bad? How often do you take them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Side note; I am still behind on my comments, this post is currently being written at 1 AM, please bear with me haha. I love reading and replying to your comments though! I hope everyone has a great day, and I’ll talk to you guys soon! ❤

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41 thoughts on “I kind of became the queen of hiatuses // Taking breaks from blogging: DISCUSSION

  1. Aw, I’ve missed you around here; I noticed I hadn’t been seeing your posts in my Reader too often!

    It’s definitely good to take a break, especially for something that’s just a hobby! I don’t know if I’ll ever take breaks myself – every time I start to do that, it always leads to me losing motivation to go back and I end up quitting – but I defiantly agree that we all need to de-stress sometimes!

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    • I’ve missed you too! It’s been so long since I’ve read your posts and talked to you *scrambles off to read your latest posts* ❤

      Yes, that's exactly it! I felt super guilty when I first took one, but now started to realize sometimes they're necessary (although I do still feel guilty sometimes, oops…) Ahah I actually totally get that, my 7-month hiatus was kind of due to that as well, I feel? I didn't necessarily *need* that long of a break, but I started to get unmotivated and didn't post haha. But yes, being stressed about blogging isn't fun! ❤

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  2. *Gives you cookies and confetti*

    Hiatuses happen! Everyone falls into a reading/blogging/no time for any of that kind of thing slump every now and again, and that’s perfectly fine! Don’t worry about having to post on a regular basis like other bloggers do – like you said, it’s your blog, so do what you want with it!

    So glad that you’re reading The Hate U Give! I haven’t read it just yet but I’ve heard only great things.

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    • *smothers you with hugs and love*
      Agreed! I used to feel so guilty, and sometimes still do, butt whenever that happens now I remind myself how it’s perfectly acceptable ahah. 🙈

      Yes! I finished it and it was absolutely amazing, you should definitely read it sometime. ❤

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  3. This was such a great post to read! 🙂 I always say that you should take a break/hiatus when you feel like you need one! Blogging is a hobby (for most of us) and if you ever don’t feel like writing and uploading posts for whatever reason, don’t do it! I think we can all understand that LIFE gets in the way sometimes and balancing school/uni, a job and blogging can be tough and stressful sometimes!
    Lovely post ❤️

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    • Yayyyy I’m so happy to hear that! 😀 Yes, that’s definitely my stance as well ahah. I used to feel guilty, and sometimes still do, but I remember that’s it’s perfectly fine to take a hiatus ahah. Forcing yourself to blog when you don’t want to/don’t have time will only have you less motivated and stressed. And yesss life gets in the way to even the best of us haha! Balancing everything is definitely hard sometimes. Thank you, Jackie! ❤

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  4. Even though I got sooo terrible at visiting my friend’s blogs regularly, I can definitely confirm that I MISSED YOU! ❤ And I think you are spot on with the reasons why one would take a hiatus. At some point it happens to all of us. We aren't machines and blogging is a job, even if it's fun and something we like to do and don't actually get paid for, but we still cannot guarantee outcome all the time. Everyone needs a break sometimes ❤

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    • I MISSED YOU TOO KAT!! ❤❤ I just kind of spammed you with comments on your latest posts, I’m sorry. 🙈😂
      I’m so glad you think so! I think all of them have happened to me at one point haha so I’m quite familiar with them… 😅
      And yes, that’s exactly it! Even if it’s something we like to do, we’re all human and there are so many things we can’t predict that can get in the way. Very true! 😊

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  5. ANALEEEEEEE YOU’RE BAAAAAAACK *tacklehugs* And I agree! If you need a hiatus, take one. Blogging can be hard! You don’t need to feel guilty about taking time for yourself. And WHOA! 7 MONTHS??? *shakes head at Analee* 😄 Glad you’re back though, dearie! ❤

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  6. I have missed you SO MUCH while you were on hiatus and you’re such a positive presence in the blogging community ❤ ❤ Taking breaks are necessary at times, because blogging is so time-consuming, if we don't take a breath once in a while you'll lose your mind hahaha 🙂

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    • Ahhhh I MISSED YOU TOO Marie!! ❤ ❤ I need to get onto catching up on your blog ahah because I miss reading your wonderful posts. You're completely right ahah blogging takes so much work and effort and taking a break is perfectly acceptable if you need one! 🙂

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  7. This is a great post Analee! I’ve sort of been on a hiatus the past school year as well. I did post here and there, but I’ve been feeling so out of blogging and the blogging community. This post definitely made me feel better 🙂

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  8. I only recall one time going on an extended hiatus (3 months I think) in my first blogging year because school was getting too much and I wasn’t reading enough to post. Thankfully, since then, I’ve become the queen of scheduling my posts in advance and getting smarter about the time between posts (ie I don’t have to post everyday). I’d get these spurts of inspiration that would help me churn out the posts well in advance so when I didn’t feel like blogging, I had something to post. I found this really helpful during the school year because I could go a couple of days without doing blogging stuff and not feel guilty.

    But that time off really helped me. I realized how much I missed blogging in that time and found what worked for me and what didn’t. Sometimes I don’t touch my blog for a few days at a time and that helps too. So I think you just gotta do what works for you and use it as a learning experience (which it looks like you have done!)

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    • Oh my gosh, I thought I had answered this! So sorry for being late to reply. ❤
      But yasssss Lauren that's amazing!! Go queen. I've actually been super envious ever since I started following you of the way your blog always seems to stay on top of all the features and things you do like Fresh Fridays, Single Sundays, etc. and so YOU GO, GIRL. ❤ Scheduling in advance can be such a lifesaver, my problem is I can't seem to write up the posts in time haha. I'm so glad you mastered that skill!!

      Oh that's lovely, Lauren! It's the same thing that happened for me, I definitely came back with a new look on things. Yes, that's exactly it, I definitely think I'm in the process of that ahah. ❤ Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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  9. Blogging slump/ Hiatus is pretty normal in every bloggers journey. My longest hiatus till date is 4 months. But I do miss your wonderful posts and I’ll definitely look forward to your next post. Happy reading and have a great day! 🙂

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  10. This is a great post Analee, and something I haven’t seen that many bloggers talk about before either. I haven’t taken that many hiatus’s since I started blogging (I’ve taken one that lasted a week) but I do definitely see the need for them sometimes. When you’re on vacation you don’t have the time to write posts and update WordPress, and if you don’t have any ideas or motivation the forcing yourself to blog is just going to make you miserable.
    I’ve missed you when you’ve been on hiatus, so it’s nice seeing you back again. 🙂 I guess sometimes you just need a break and, either way, it’s great your slump is over as well. THUG is on my to-read list for next week and hearing you say the hype is real has left me more excited to get around to it than I was before! 😀 ❤

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  11. Anaaaalee! ❤
    This post is much needed because I think I'm going to go on hiatus soon. Over the summer I prepared all these posts, and I've basically run out of content, haha. And with university getting so big and stressful, I guess I have to prioritize (I've never been good at it, but hopefully that'll change)!
    Thank you for writing this. I think it's a necessary reminder for me, and it assures me that it is okay for me to go on hiatus. ❤

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    • 💞 Oh, I am SO glad to hear this post helps you!! Ahah that’s good organizational skills at least haha they’ve lasted a while. 😉 I can relate so much!! A huge part of my taking a hiatus is due to my studies. It was just getting too much for me to handle, because I had so much to do for uni/school as well. I felt so guilty at first, but I know now sometimes it’s totally necessary and nothing to feel bad about. I’m so glad this post helps you with that!! ❤ Best of luck with university and your studies, CW! 😘

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  13. YAY you’re back!! I was wondering where you were when I checked your blog during my blog hops and there were no new posts. And funny enough I missed this post by three days because I was taking a mini-break myself 😂. I absolutely think breaks are a must. Like you said, we have lives outside of blogging and they can get busy. Plus, I feel like if you don’t take at least small breaks here and there it can lead to blogger burn-out or slumps quickly. That’s what happened to me at the end of last year. Great post, Analee! I hope you’re doing well! 😊

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    • Thank you!! ❤ ❤ Ahah irony… 😛 I'm glad you're back too ahah I know I'm kind of late on replying to this comment sorry! Yes, exactly. I used to feel guilty and sometimes still do and then I realized how I shouldn't be?? Haha. Sometimes it's necessary and yes, if we don't take breaks occasionally it definitely leads to a slump a lot of the time. Aw, well I'm glad you're back now! 🙂 Thank you Melissa, same to you! ❤ I feel like I haven't talked to you in forever ahah. *goes off to binge-comment on your latest posts*

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      • You’re welcome!! 😊
        I sometimes still feel guilty too. Like this week has been crazy busy and I’ve barely had a chance to reply to comments. But then it’s like I know everyone gets it and goes through the same thing. I think we all have a blogger complex that makes us want to be always caught up on every post and comment but sometimes it just isn’t possible. 😂
        But yes breaks are definitely needed every now and then! And I’m glad you’re back too!! 😊♥

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