You may have noticed that since 2019 started, I have not been posting every Monday and Thursday, like my old schedule. I took a step back from blogging for a while - still posting the occasional blog post but not really feeling as though I belonged in this community. Let's talk about why I took a step back from blogging...

Unfortunately, the reason why I took a break isn't because I have new dogs... (I wish)

Long story short, it's been a difficult couple of months, I've been busier than ever and a lot of the time, I just couldn't fit blogging into my weekly schedule. However, when I did try to fit it in, I couldn't think of anything to write about. I felt frustrated for weeks because I felt as though my blogging days were over and that everything I had worked so hard to build up was just going to end - it was a bit of an awful feeling. I opened Blogger every day, desperately trying to defeat this writer's block and yet, nothing happened.

So, I stopped completely. When I started blogging many years ago, I wanted it to be a hobby. As we all know, I'm a bit of an academic perfectionist and so, this has put so much pressure on me over the last couple of years. However, as my blog grew and I started working more and more in social media, this became my job too. Admittedly, I'm not a full-time blogger and I don't make enough of an income from this blog to live but this is how I got into the work I'm doing; content writing, social media management, SEO, you name it... I wouldn't be doing any of this if it wasn't for this blog. So, writing on my blog alongside all of this got a bit much. I was writing blog posts daily for work, creating Instagram content and managing social media that by the time my workday had finished, I had no energy to think of new ideas for my own blog. I hated it.

In the end, I realised that there was no point trying to force content that evidently wasn't happening. I stopped trying to write blog posts for a couple of weeks and let's just say, it definitely helped. I'm now back feeling more inspired than ever and I actually have an idea of where I want my content to go in 2019. I'm still going to be a lifestyle blogger - I have way too many miscellaneous interests to just focus on a certain niche for this blog but you will also be seeing business style posts, focusing on my work in digital marketing. For the first time in a while, I'm happy with the content I have planned and I can't wait to see how it goes over the next couple of months.

As for a schedule, I'm not too sure on that yet. I'm probably just going to wing it until my Summer exams are over and then get back to a usual schedule for the Summer months. However, I need to try not to put too much pressure on myself for now because that's when it all goes a bit wrong...

I've learned that taking a step back from blogging doesn't make me a bad person. Sure, my stats have gone down quite a bit but that's not the end of the world. Being in this industry can sometimes make you feel like you have to be constantly online to be successful but really, being offline sometimes can help you to be more creative and overall, can help your mental health - which is ultimately, the most important.