How to Come Back From an Extended Blogging Break

If you look at the dates of my last two published blog posts you’ll notice there was a bit of an, ummmmmmm, gap? Just a little teeney tiny one. Only like five months. Not that bad! Just kidding- that sucks. But it happens. Bloggers are people, too, and people get busy and make mistakes. To be honest, those of you who have read my blog for a while know that this isn’t the first time this has happened. I have this nasty habit of getting busy with school and my internship (how dare she!!) that I put my blog aside for months at a time. Any blogger knows the number one rule is consistency. And clearly I have broken this rule.

I’ve realized that I will never be able to be that blogger that posts every day, or even just M-W-F. At least not yet. I have so many things going on that make that so unrealistic, which is just alright with me. However, this doesn’t mean I can’t post at a consistent interval that works for me! This is why I decided that one of my new year’s resolutions/goals/promises to myself is to post on STS at least once a month. This doesn’t seem like a ton at all, but it’s better than nothing. This also makes the bar extremely low for myself, so if I happen to post two or three times in one month, I’m like hell yeah go Emma! There is one stipulation. I need help from y’all! I need to be held accountable for this, so I need y’all to keep me in line. If I haven’t posted in a while, DM me, email me, whatever and remind me of my goal! This way, I’ll know I have at least a handful of readers counting on me!

So a few weeks ago, when I was trying to get myself back into blogging, I looked for some posts on how other bloggers had done this in the past and found almost nothing. This discouraged me even more because it had me thinking, I guess I’m the only one that slacked at blogging and no one needs tips because they’re better bloggers! Both of these thoughts are totally false, but I was feeding myself lies. These are a few of the reasons why I knew I needed to post about how I came back my extended blogging break!

Browse A While

The first thing I do after every blogging break is slowly easing into the “blog world” by browsing, but not posting. I’ll read some favorite blogs on Bloglovin’, read through my Twitter feed, and if I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll scope out my Instagram feed. Often times, reading all of these will inspire a post, or inspire me to improve something on my blog. Once I’m inspired there’s no stopping me.

Learn From Others

I know for me, and for many other bloggers, blogging breaks come because you feel like you’re not a good enough blogger or you don’t have enough followers, etc. I’ve found that one way to combat this negative mindset is to go way back on some of my favorite blogs to see that even the bloggers with hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram had to start somewhere. Just the other night, I was scrolling through my favorite blog, Brighton the Day, and decided to try this exercise. I simply changed the URL at the top to /page/100 and hoped it would take me back quite a ways. Of course, Brighton blogs so much that this only took me to about 2015. Not enough. So then I went to /page/200 and made it to 2013. I could tell already that her posts were less professional, she didn’t have a professional photographer and she probably still had a full-time job at that point. I was immediately relieved because, no offense Brighton, but you’ve come a long way. I would highly suggest doing this if you’re constantly comparing yourself to big-time bloggers!

Figure Out What Stopped You Last Time

For me, not only was it the blog comparison that stopped me, but it was actually the pressure of Instagram of all things. I felt inadequate because I didn’t have a photographer boyfriend (I’m taking boyfriend applications here) or a photographer BFF, so the only pictures I had were pretty crappy quality or weren’t relevant to my material. I also felt like I couldn’t keep up with an aesthetic that looked good. Instagram is the ultimate comparison platform but I learned recently that there’s always another solution. I have a new tripod I stole got from my Dad that I can basically place anywhere without the need of a BF (#singlelife am I right people) and I’m planning on buying a “selfie light” like this so that I can take really well-lit pictures no matter the time of day (I always feel like I forget to take pictures during well-lit hours!). I’ve also convinced my BFF to take pictures of me occasionally, so that will also add to my feed! I found ways around my road-block and you can, too!

Rip the Band-Aid Off

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me tweet that I was pretty insecure about my last post. I didn’t feel like it was the best thing I’d ever written and I knew it wouldn’t get a lot of engagement. However, I knew that if I didn’t just rip the Band-Aid off and post something, I never would. And it totally worked. Look at me now. Posting for the second time in less than five months! Now that’s what I call progress people!!

The blogging world can be the ultimate trigger for comparison. It’s hard. I get it. Especially if you’re wanting to make money from blogging. But being a “good” blogger takes time and practice, much like everything else in life. Breaks don’t mean you’re a bad blogger. Breaks just mean you need to focus on other aspects of your life for the time being. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

If you’re coming back from a break: you can do it. Take your time and keep hustlin’! 

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