I've taken my first intentional break from blogging since I started in 2012. In mid-June I found myself feeling completely overwhelmed by everything. Finishing uni, starting full time work and a few personal things were mounting up and blogging no longer seemed like a fun and relaxing outlet. Actually, it only seemed to be adding to my stress.
While I wouldn't class myself as a native to blogging, in reality I have been doing this for a really long time. I set up this space in 2012 and this summer marks the fourth anniversary of my blog (although in that time it's been through a few big name changes).
The entire process of blogging has changed a lot since then and I found myself questioning whether it was even possible to blog for fun anymore. What had been my creative outlet for four years was suddenly beginning to feel very serious. Spending my evenings blogging felt like an extension on my working day, rather than a time to relax and unwind doing something that I love.
Taking a month out has undoubtedly done me good. Over the past couple of days I've found myself itching to start blogging again and I've really been missing the creative side of things. It's the first time that I've felt genuinely excited by the thought of creating content in months.
For me, blogging has never been a source of any income, so why am I treating it like a job? It's beyond exciting that the industry has taken off in such a way that people are blogging full time - but it's done me good to take a step back and realise that I'm not one of those people. Stretching myself to come up with content, working until the small hours of the morning to schedule posts and obsessing over where I'd find the time to film videos all contributed to making blogging feel like pretty hard work.
Realising that blogging is nothing more than a hobby has taken a huge weight off my shoulders. I'm feeling more inspired to create content and doing my best to get back into the swing of things without adding in the pressure of a set schedule. It's my plan to share content whenever I feel the urge to, rather than pushing myself to create regular posts just for the sake of it. I've got no idea whether the change will help me to feel inspired long term, but for now I'm enjoying the feeling of being genuinely excited by blogging again.