AFTER A 6-MONTH BLOGGING BREAK, I LET YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHY, PLUS FUTURE PLANS IN THE WORKS.
I started writing this blog post two months ago when I was going to tell you why I took a 4-month break from blogging. After a semi-generic opening line of, “Hello, there!” I stopped writing because, well, four months didn’t seem right. Yes, I needed to wait two more months to make it a compelling six.
Actually, no. That didn’t happen. I just didn’t follow through. I was still questioning if I was ready to start blogging again.
You see, blogging is tough. And even though I knew blogging would have its ups and downs, knowing so much didn’t make things much easier.
But I’m ready to give it another go and I wanted to kick it off with this post. A post to explain my sudden absence to my 42 loyal email subscribers, to my few blogging friends I made along the way, to any blogger who is struggling with the same, and to everyone else who might be the slightest bit interested.
And at the end, you’ll get an itty glimpse into the future of Sprinkle in Joy.
Why a break from blogging? Lemme explain
LIFE AND CAREER GOT ME LIKE, YOU AIN’T GOT TIME FOR THAT!
My most recent post went out in February 2019, which was around the same time my responsibilities at work shifted and Mr. E and I were dealing with home improvement projects.
The house: We had most of our flooring redone into polished concrete. (Hallelujah!) In the meantime, however, the flooring company hit a main water line inside the house, which meant calling in a plumber for repairs. That pipe was pretty much a mess (no fault of the flooring company), so the process of repairing it got a little hairy. Oh, and because our furniture was out of the house, it was the perfect time to paint our walls. [Enter extra complications here.] So with house things demanding more of my attention than blog things, I put blog things on the back burner.
The job: When I started this blog, I worked at a relatively well-known internet company. I still do. But back then I felt like a glorified data entry person. Since then, things have changed quite a bit. In February, when I stopped blogging, I was shuffled to work under a new manager (again), but this time, with actual responsibilities—you know, the ones they expect results from. I started writing again and because I wrote at work, writing on the side for my blog felt like… well, work.
The result: Oh who am I kidding. We all know the result. I stopped blogging!
I DIDN’T FEEL WORTHY
I’m not really much of a Twitter girl (or a social media girl for that matter). But I figured that since I was blogging, I should learn how to do the Twitter. And on Twitter, I found myself connecting with other bloggers who wrote about mental wellness. A lot of these bloggers were writing about it because they’ve been through—or were still going through—difficult times.
I struggle, just like everyone else. At times, for instance, I feel like a failure. Like I haven’t really done much with my life. But these women have been through real trials, and honestly, I’ve been blessed. I was raised by a supportive family, haven’t really truly dealt with addictions or body issues, none of my romantic relationships involved abuse and I haven’t suffered from depression more than a quarter-life crisis.
Because I write about living a happy and healthy life, I started to feel like I didn’t have any room to speak. Who was I to try to uplift people when I hadn’t been through really hard times myself? Who was I to give someone else any kind of solid advice?
If you’re a blogger (or non-blogger even) who’s struggling with the same, don’t listen to these sorts of lies. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone can be a light to others.
THE COMPARISON GAME GOT ME DOWN
It’s hard to escape the comparison game, whether blogging or keeping up with the Joneses. Granted, six months (the amount of time I blogged) isn’t quite long enough to really tell how well your blog is doing. In fact, many bloggers throw in the towel too soon, shortly before their blog is likely to take off.
My Pinterest reach really started to gain momentum five to six months in. But one thing that got me down: My blog wasn’t showing up in search engine results the way I thought it should.
I’d search my name—literally, my blog name—and my blog would show up on the sixth page. Not even my home page, mind you. My About Me page. On the sixth page. When other, newer blogs (when searching their blog name just the same) were already number one in SERPs—with their categories showing up, too.
Silly? Maybe, but a huge downer for me nevertheless.
Don’t get me wrong. I still struggle with the comparison game even today. (In fact, earlier this morning as I write this.) Especially seeing other bloggers who started the same time as me already be pretty darn successful.
It’s difficult to overcome feelings of failure. Like you’re not measuring up. But what it boils down to, again, is lies. The ones you’re telling yourself without even realizing. The ones maybe even others are telling you. In moments like these, it’s important to remember that’s all they are: lies and deception. So if you’re in the same boat, tell that evil twin of yours back down ‘cause you’re too busy finding success.
PERFECTION WASN’T ACTUALLY PERFECT
When you start a blog, everyone and their mum (for the most part) is telling you to niche down. Add on the fact that you started blogging with the intent of making it an honest-to-God business one day and, if you’re anything like me, you start to nitpick everything you’re doing. You try to be perfect, and you’re afraid to do or say anything that would jeopardize perfection.
What happened? I ended up trying to “niche down” and fit my brand into a box that wasn’t actually me. I over-analyzed the topics I wrote about and how I said it (“it” being everything I wrote), losing a piece of my voice in the meantime.
In all honesty, I felt I wasn’t being genuine and doubted that I could maintain blogging—and enjoy it for years to come—at the rate I was going.
Bye-bye break, hello future
SO… I’M BACK, THEN?
If you read the intro, you already know that after six months of sitting on my hands, casually wondering if I should continue blogging, Ima give it another whirl. With all hope, I don’t embarrass myself and put things on hold for another six months. *crosses fingers*
No more break from blogging, you say? What changed?
Going into blogging I knew I should give it a full one year before making decisions like quitting. Blogging growth takes time, and like I mentioned earlier, many tend to stop blogging before they really see that growth. This blog showed promise, but apparently not enough to push me to continue. I want to give it that time before throwing in the towel for good.
I also still really have it in me to create my own business. The past six months, I’ve been thinking about what else I can do. (I have this problem, you see. Quitting things before they’ve even started and moving on to the next.)
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In all honesty, I took steps to start a printables company. Made a handful of them, opened the Etsy shop, and that’s where it stopped. I also started setting up an e-commerce shop which still may happen, but since I picked up blogging again, not as soon as I thought.
And that’s just within the past six months—you don’t even want to know about before that. It’s pretty safe to say I’m a serial quitter.
But, I still have a dream to work for myself one day. And I’m never going to realize that dream if I don’t keep moving forward. Even if I can only dedicate 30 minutes on any given day. It’s still progress. Just slower. Which is okay.
On top of this, I have it in my heart to help people (help you) live happy and be healthy. Life isn’t easy. Many times, it’s hard to get your mind right. To think positive thoughts, control emotions, and stay motivated and productive. Even enjoy the little things—to just have fun on the journey. None of this is a lost cause, and I want to be there for anyone and everyone who’ll listen.
WHAT’S IN STORE
Moving forward, there probably won’t be much obvious change. The content I share with you will generally stay the same, but you might start to see more articles covering health and fitness. Other subtleties could be more casual language, articles that are a bit more personal, and maybe even an actual picture of little ‘ol me up in here somewhere.
Oh, and in the near future, you might also notice a new look to Sprinkle in Joy (think fun, think color!).
As far as what else I have in store for you, freebies like printables and wall art to inspire and motivate you throughout your day.
Can you relate, even if you’re not a blogger? Or have you, yourself taken a break from blogging? What helps you get through tough times when you’re unsure of what direction you’re meant to go?