Thursday

What I learned from an accidental blogging break



A couple of weeks ago, I accidentally took a blogging break. For over 2 years now, I've blogged every day, with the exception of my holidays in August when I posted maybe once every 3 days. Suddenly, I found myself not posting for days on end. Admittedly, this was hardly a complete departure from blogging but it was just so not me. I've always prided myself on my consistency and, although I doubt there was anyone frantically refreshing my page and crying into their keyboards, it still stressed me out. However, I did learn some things from this unexpected break.

Your stats will go down 

I'll admit it- I'm addicted to my stats. I know I shouldn't be, and it goes against every piece of blogging advice ever, but I'm terrified of them dropping. Of course, going from one or two posts a day to 4 in a week meant my stats fell massively. In fact, on some days they were more than half what I usually get. But you know what? It wasn't the end of the world because...


People will still be there

To my surprise, although my views fell, my followers increased. Yes, I know. Again I'm going against all the blogging advice. It's about views, not follows, but we've already established my views dropped so give me this one victory please?


I earned more with Adsense

Now I have absolutely no idea why this is. There is no logical sense that fewer views = more clicks but, somehow, that's exactly what happened. My Adsense income increased by 25%. Almost enough to make me want to take another break. Almost...

Essentially, the biggest lesson I learned was that the world goes on and I won't erase all my hard work. People will still read, my stats went back up again as soon as I returned posting regularly and it was like nothing ever happened. Will I be doing again soon though? Probably not. I just can't handle the stress!


11 comments :

  1. I like this. I always think the worst when I take a blogging break, and usually nothing at all happens when I do and my blog still goes on! I think I always feel like I'm giving up on my hard work but all it is is a well earned break.
    Becky xx GeekGetsGlam

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  2. This is so interesting to read. I think there is always that pressure for bloggers to be consistent and keep posting but you are more likely to lose followers and readers if your content is rushed. I'm the same as you, although I hate to admit it aloud...I'm obsessed with stats!
    Victoria xx thedaisyjaynes.com

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  3. I noticed you didn't post as regularly! I'm used to checking your blog once a day to see what you've posted so I definitely noticed, but I'm still here! :) (feel sad to admit that!)

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    1. Haha don't feel sad! That's really sweet! Glad you're still here :)

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  4. I've taken a mini break now for personal projects, but plan on getting back soon. And to be honest, the same is happening to me! Hahahah Except that the stats went down a little, but not too low.

    Vegetarian Courtesy

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  5. The world does go on! I was actually happy to see my stats stay pretty much the same whilst I had my little break last week. It's reassuring to know my blog can stand on it's own two feet (apart from Saturdays, Saturdays are shit stats days no matter what!) Sometimes a break is good- you need to remember that too :)

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  6. I always take long breaks as i dont have a schedule but i do get sad when my sats drop. I've recently signed up with adsense, its baffles me so much haha =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. This is so true! I don't get the time to blog much and now with doing all of the overtime at work I get even less time to dedicate to it. Yet, even though I'll take weeks before a new post, the traffic and occasional follows randomly pop up!

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  8. It's always good to take a break now and again if you want to! I often find once I come back from the break I'm feeling more pumped up and ready to write than ever!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  9. I've also been a bit less online the past few days, and I also have less page views, but have earned more money with Adsense! Interesting lol....

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.co.il

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  10. I took a two week break for my honeymoon and I thought everything would be ruined when I came back. While I was gone, someone had pinned one of my recipes and I actually had more views than when I was blogging regularly!

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