A Day Off From Blogging

Yesterday I took a day off from blogging. It wasn’t planned, but because it was my birthday I thought I deserved it. After a relaxing day not writing a blog post, ignoring my emails and not touching my laptop (does my iPhone count?), I realized I need to do this to stay sane.

A day off from blogging is not something unusual. Most people that work full time, have 2 days off every week. Why, then,  do I feel that I have to be online every day of the week? Is it because I’m afraid that my blog stats will drop, or if I’m not on Twitter or Facebook that I’ll lose social media points? Will I miss an email that offers me the sponsorship I’ve been dreaming of?

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Let’s get real, the interwebs won’t miss me for a day each week. If there’s an important email, it will still be there the next day. I feel more motivated after shutting down for a day. I can collect my thoughts and be a better writer after this short break. I’m more motivated too. Plus my family was thrilled to have me around completely, in body and mind.

I’m planning on taking that one day off from blogging every week now. I’ll schedule a blog post and hang out for the day, spend more time reading, playing with my daughter, talking with my husband and doing something just for me. Is this something that you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts on taking a day off from blogging and unplugging.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Comments

  1. When I first started my blog last summer I felt the need to be online every day all day. It was almost a compulsion. I found it took over my life because even when I wasn’t online I was thinking about being online. I’ve since decided that acting like that didn’t make me a good mother or wife or friend and I now make sure I’m off the computer at least a day or two a week. It’s a good thing.
    .-= Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves´s last blog ..Argue, Rinse, Repeat. =-.

  2. I think part of the reason that we feel like we can’t take a day off is because when we do, our Readers are full the next day and once you get behind, it’s hard to catch back up. I inadvertently took a day or two off from reading this week and now I am spending A LOT of time trying to catch back up.

    A day off a week, though, really does seem like it would be a good thing as there really is life outside of an electronic media.

    Belated happy birthday wishes! Hope that it was a great one for you and that the year ahead is fantastic!
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Tapping Into My Inner Stalker =-.

  3. I do this periodically – I just have to block that paranoia that I will lose valuable stats when I do. What good are valuable stats when you are too stressed out to even appreciate them?
    .-= Creative Junkie´s last blog ..Sometimes she literally makes me see red =-.

  4. I’m so glad that you had a wonderful day off! I’m sorry I missed your birthday, I wish I had known… Happy belated birthday!!
    Sounds like a good idea taking some time off, I usually take some time off every day to be with my hubby and usually part of each weekend. But because I am home all day every day on disability, I enjoy connecting with other adults online – it is SO much better than daytime TV. 🙂
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..New Photo from Afghanistan =-.