You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been absent from my Blog since the beginning of May, I went on Vacation with my Husband to San Francisco and Seattle and I was starting to dry up on post inspiration. Firstly, my vacation was about me and My Husband, I spend a great deal of time thinking about my blog without trying to think of blog post ideas when I should be focusing on my vacation enjoyment and giving my attention to my Husband, so that’s where I was, mentally and physically, away, “out of office”. But sometimes a break is needed.
We need time away, from Work, from our day to day life and chores to take stock and reassess, not to mention to decompress. I definitely needed this time away, starting to feel burnt out and miserable. As bloggers, we are constantly thinking about blog and social media post inspiration; Photo opportunities, posts we want to write, stats and Instagram Algorithm updates that are killing our engagement. And whether you’re a blogger or not, it’s hard to switch off when we’re at home sometimes. We all need that time to decompress and take stock of our lives and what’s important with those people who are important.
We all know that Social Media is a Friend and a Foe, we see posts that people have written and you start thinking about how, if you’ve written a similar post, that their post is better quality, or that you’re posts aren’t as inspiring or enticing to read, sometimes, when you’re in a rut or stuck for ideas on your next post, it’s good to just switch it all off and go out and just enjoy time away, outside, seeing and experiencing different things and places. All these things can give you inspiration for your writing, they can spark the creativity where it had been fading before.
Another important thing about taking a blogging break is to re-learn how to just be present in the moment instead of planning for Social Media posts. Be Present for the people you are with physically, not the imagined or Online Connections and people who don’t know you and only see or connect with your pretty posts. The real connections are the ones who deserve your undivided attention.
When I was in University, studying Acting, I remember being told to write what you know. So that’s why many of my posts are quite personal and I talk about bullying and anxiety, I don’t want to simply write a “Here’s what I wore today” post and put that up, it doesn’t help anyone, It has no meaning or value, and to write something like that simply for the sake of posting a blog post feels lazy to me and pointless. I want the posts I write to inspire and to provide help and comfort to those reading it. I want there to be substance to my writing and therefore you won’t find any outfit posts anymore on just the outfit I wore that day, Style posts are about HOW TO STYLE: HOW TO wear a certain look or trend with confidence, HOW TO get a certain look on a tight budget etc…
This 2 week Blogging Break has allowed me to be present for and with those people that I love and care about and it has allowed me to be able to clear my mind of the noise and re-focus on what I want Scotchandstilettos.com to be about, it’s allowed me to find inspiration and make memories that will serve to push me along in my blogging journey and it has allowed me to decompress and de-stress.
I hope that you continue to enjoy the posts that I put up and I hope that this inspires you to write only what you love and what sparks that passion in your soul. Take a Break, Take Care of You and be present with those around you. Focus on making Memories and who knows where your next inspiration could come from!
Photos by Jenna Lynn Photography