Hello all! It’s been a while right? This post isn’t going to be filled with my latest beauty buys or fashion trends I’m loving. This is going to be a post from the heart and I hope you guys will appreciate my honesty.
I’m going to preface this by saying I do not like giving up. This post has been sitting in my drafts for months and today is the day I’m going to explain why I took a hiatus from the blog. It was a number of reasons why I wanted to sit down and reevaluate my blogging career. So let’s get into it…
If you guys can remember, at the end of summer 2018, I went through two career changes as I left my toxic job and moved on to start something completely different in September of 2018.
When I started my new job, I didn’t have the flexibility to update my blog as often. There has been times where I wouldn’t post for weeks at a time. If you guys have been following me, then you would know that isn’t like me at all as I would post at least 5x’s a week.
When I had the motivation to blog, it seemed forced and thrown together. I wasn’t liking the direction my content was going and I felt like I was posting just to say I posted.
I did a post last year about the truth about blogging (now archived) and I talked about the comparison game. Towards the end of 2018, I was getting really frustrated because I wasn’t getting the sponsorships that my other blogger friends were getting or I felt like my Instagram wasn’t growing at the rate I wanted it to.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m always rooting for my fellow blogger friends but I was always wondering “when is it going to be my turn”? I also had questions in the back of my mind like “why am I even doing this”? “Do people really care about my content”? These were thoughts that consumed me until I made the decision to stop blogging and limit my time on social media.
I used to feel guilty when someone would ask about my blog and why they haven’t seen a post from me. I would quickly change the subject or just give a gloss over answer and say “oh I’m just rebranding”.
So what made me get up and get back to blogging? I felt like I have created my little corner of the internet and built a small community. Yeah I don’t have 10k followers on Instagram, but the one thing I knew I was good as was focusing on my blog. I mean at one point, I hit 20,000 views! That’s an amazing accomplishment for a small blogger. I had friends, family, and other blogger associates reach out to me to tell me how much they have enjoyed my weekly newsletters. I felt like this was something I had to fight for.
Throughout my blogging journey, I have taken on a whole new set of valuable skills and really showing my creativity. I was surprised at how many people would come to me asking me “how to build a website”? or “can you help with my social media presence for my business”? This has turned into a side hustle for me as well during my break from blogging.
Having these conversations with others brought me back as to why I started in the first place. When I started my blog, I told myself I want to use this platform to grow into something bigger. This is why I’m going to continue to blog and create.
I’ve only been blogging for almost three years. I can accept the fact that I have a long way to go. If this wasn’t meant to be, I wouldn’t be sitting here typing out this post right now.
I hope this post is to inspire you and my other fellow blogger babes to push through any obstacles you have in your life at the moment. Just remember that feelings are temporary.
I appreciate all of the love and support as I make my way back into full time blogging. I have missed it so much and I have a lot of great ideas in the works!