Taking Long Breaks from Blogging

This is my first post on my blog for a good while and it’s good to get back to it. I’ve actually been doing more outsourcing, working on pay per click (PPC) campaigns, seo, cleaning out some clutter and getting organized. Oh yeah, I’ve also been doing a lot of vacationing and spending time with people I care about. I figured I would take a break from blogging for awhile just to clear my head and see what would happen.

Now, taking long breaks from blogging is always up for debate whether it’s a good or bad idea.

First off, if you’re a blogger, then you should be blogging about something you have a passion for so it should be relatively easy to continue blogging. Using MONEY as your motivator can work too, since I know many successful online marketers use that as their drive.

The Negatives

Blogging  and pushing out posts on a regular basis, consistently, helps in a couple ways. When I was posting every few days the search engine spiders would visit my blog a few times everyday, now they rarely visit or crawl my blog. My blog posts would appear in the serp’s almost instantly after I published them and I had many posts that were on the front page of the serp’s too, which I lost quickly once I stopped posting. Secondly, your readers will get accustomed to when you publish your posts so you’ll probably lose some readers and less traffic from referrals.

Many people will stop visiting your blog and you’re name and brand will be forgotten quite quickly. The internet is ever changing 24/7, if you take a long break then someone who is hungrier than you will take your place and never look back. You will have so much catch up when you get back into the game and back to your blog that you could lose everything you worked so hard and consistently on. Think about it, just about every Top Blogger stays consistent with their blogging, none of them take long overdrawn breaks.

You’re sales will decrease. I saw a dramatic decrease in my sales from this blog as soon as I stopped posting on a regular basis, probably from the reasons above.

The Positives

Taking a long break is quite refreshing and can give you some new angles and ideas on what you want or need to do. Having a constant pressure to blog can burn you out so a break is needed or you may just quit entirely. It allows you to work on other things, learn new things and experiment. You can use the time to find other means of making money online such as ppc or ppv marketing.

It’s good to take a break from the pressures of the online world and “live life”. Enjoy some of the freedom that internet marketing allows you to have that the “9 to 5” doesn’t give you.

Lastly, it is your blog, you decide what you want to do with it. But just remember, are you writing for yourself or for others?

All I can say is there are strong points for both sides of the coin but I didn’t start blogging just to get by. If you want to separate yourself from the rest of the pack then just start blogging consistently since not many can keep up with it for a long period of time.

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