Day 6 – How I learned to take a break from blogging


When I beat myself up over blogging deadlines, metaphorically speaking

Right from the start, I set myself specific days of the week for posting. But, of course, life gets in the way of all those perfectly devised plans. Even so, I would feel really annoyed with myself if I missed one of these self-imposed deadlines.

When I first started blogging, I would feel a surge of adrenaline at pressing ‘publish’, and also a sense of fear. What if my writing wasn’t good enough? Was I really letting my thoughts loose into the world? The reality of publishing live terrified me, as if I could potentially be caught up in a stampede. Of course, this never happened.

Other writers take holidays, so why couldn’t I?

I’d feel bad if I took a holiday away from blogging. I feared losing momentum if I left a gap in posting. It seems quite irrational now. Everyone deserves a holiday, right?

When I finally took a break from blogging

In March I took a whole month off from blogging following the suicide of a close relative. At the time, I had friends say to me that maybe writing about it would help. For me, this wasn’t the answer; the events were too fresh in my mind.

As I suspected, returning to blogging after a break wasn’t easy. Had I lost the courage to write?

I cannot, even now, go into details of what happened, except to recall moments where I felt relief from inner turmoil. I found the recital of the Lord’s Prayer at my relative’s funeral to be a great comfort. I touched upon this moment in my blog in April: ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. This experience remains a great source of comfort, to this day.

So, how strict are you about blogging deadlines? How important is it to stick to them? Thanks for reading.



About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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2 Responses to Day 6 – How I learned to take a break from blogging

  1. Mimic Nature says:

    I’m actually not very strict with myself. I try to push myself but only in the sense that I stay committed. I know myself, when I am pushed or rushed, I don’t do the best job I can. For example, a few days ago, I spent almost all day trying to figure out a problem I was having with my blog. In trying to keep with my daily posting, I pushed out a blog that did have information in it, but I felt horrible, like I cheated myself from the experience of sharing a piece of myself. The whole day felt rushed and so was my blog.

    • Katie Hamer says:

      Good point. Sometimes you do have to spend time in problem-solving. It can be frustrating, because it can stall your progress, in terms of productivity. I gain the most inspiration from discussing my progress with other writers, especially when they tell me that they can spend hours working and re-working just one short passage. Creativity cannot be quantified. You are not a sausage factory. You will get there so long as you don’t give up. ❤

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