Some of you may notice I’ve not been blogging the last few days. (You have noticed, haven’t you?) I’ve been taking a bit of a blogging holiday, and here’s why. I’ve been blogging pretty furiosly for the past two years, with very few breaks from the daily routine. My business has grown and more of my time and attention has been devoted to work with clients.
Lest you think this blog post is all about me, perish the thought! I only mention my situation to setup what I want to talk to you about today, blogging holidays. Since this is the holiday season, it would seem appropriate to do so.
Blogging can become a time-consuming, even addictive, activity. For many of us, blogging is like a kid with a new toy. You become enamoured with it and want to play, and play, and play. Over time, however, if you’re not careful burn-out can occur. Your well simply runs dry and you find you have little to say.
If and when that occurs, take some time off. It might only take a day or two for your batteries to recharge. The important thing is that, when you sit down at your keyboard, there be some mental and emotional energy you can apply to the posts.
My friend Jane Genova recently wrote about this very issue in a post she entitled The Blogosphere – Life in Dog Years. (Jane credits me with that meme.) In it Jane asserts that blogging ages you. Due to the real-time nature of blogging its easy to get so wrapped up in it that, among other things, you lose sleep.
While it may seem incredulous to think that blogging can have a deleterious affect on your health, I suspect Jane is on to something.
What about my ranking in Google and/or Yahoo! you ask? While it’s vital that you continue to give Google and the other engines and ping sites such as Technorati fresh content to index, the beautiful thing about blogs is that all that you’ve written is archived and remains for all the world to see. I can’t tell you how many of my older posts continue to get good SERPs.
With the holidays just around the corner, this might be a good time to step away from the keyboard and spend time with family and friends. Your blog will still be there when you return.
Let me add one other thought. Should you find your well running dry one way to keep it primed is by subscribing to RSS feeds of other bloggers and reading what they have to say. While I don’t advise simply regurgitating commentary others have written, it’s almost certain that something they say will inspire you.
Just remember, when blogging becomes something you feel you “ought” to do rather than something you “want” to do, it’s time to take a break. Go for a walk, get a good night’s sleep, watch the tube, go to a movie, play games with your kids. Anything but blogging. Don’t let your blog become your taskmaster. Let it rather be your friend. Every once in a while, just take a blogging holiday.