It has been over a month since I last posted on this little space of the internet. Right around the middle of December I decided I was going to take a month long blogging break. In all honesty, I was in a little bit of a writing rut and the holidays and my upcoming wedding were keeping me plenty busy. Could I have pushed through and pumped out at least a post or 2 per week? 100% I could have. But I didn’t want to.
This space has grown and changed so much over the last year and I wanted to take an extended period of time to reflect about it all and plan for what was ahead in 2017. There were times in the past month I really really wanted to write, but I pulled myself away and reaffirmed that the time away would be good for me. Now, as I write this, I can tell you that the time away was definitely good.
I had an amazing holiday season with my family, got married, honeymooned in Barbados, and am in the process of packing up and heading back to our home in Florida for the start spring training. (If you’re wondering what spring training is, or why it’s a big deal in my life, read this post). Now that my month long break is behind me, I’ve realized the time off has taught me a thing or two.
I Realized how Much I Really do Enjoy Writing
Many of you know I was a journalism major in college. I spent many hours in a classroom learning how to write the perfect news story. The thing was, I wanted to be in broadcast journalism. I wanted to be on camera, not stuck behind a desk writing a court report for a newspaper. But journalism is journalism, and I had to take just as many writing courses as I did on-camera courses.
I hate hate hated, with the fire of a thousand suns, writing print news stories; and to be honest, I wasn’t very good at it. It really made writing a sour experience for me, and I spent many years telling people I “didn’t like writing” and I “wasn’t very good at it”.
The truth is, that kind of writing and what I do now is completely polar opposites. The writing I do now is 100% uniquely me, my voice, my thoughts, and my stories. And guess what? I love it! I freaking love it so much!
I Spent a lot of Time on Promotion
If there’s one part of blogging I underestimated, it’s the promotion part. Writing is only 1 part of the puzzle. Once you write something the next step it’s all about getting people to read it, which is a whole other ball game. I have never been good at promotion. I feel annoying, and needy and selfish doing it half the time, so for the most part I’ve pushed it aside in favor of doing more writing. Well with my month long break from blogging I had no other option, so promotion is what I spent my time on, and guess what? It wasn’t all that bad, and as you’ll see in my next point, it paid off big time.
My Page Views Went Up
That’s right, I haven’t posted a new post in over a month and my page views have never been higher! Most likely this can be attributed to all the extra time I put into promotion. Thee most important thing about blogging is producing quality, useful content that people want to read. BUT the second most important thing in blogging is getting people to see that quality content. I have worked really hard to produce quality content, and finally taking the extra time to get people to see that content really was a game changer for me.
I Spent Time Reflecting
Sometimes when you work at something every day you get to close to it to really think about things objectively. There could be something obvious right in front of your face, but you can’t really see it starring right at you. Taking a break from blogging gave me the space I needed in order to look at my blog objectively. I spent a lot of time thinking about how far I’ve come in, and where I want to be in the future.
I Missed Ya’ll
One of my favorite things about blogging is the community that comes along with it! I truly missed hearing from ya’ll! Nothing makes me feel better than when something I write helps, inspires, or resonates with someone. I missed getting an email, or a tweet, or a comment that said, “hey, you helped me out”. That truly is one of the best feelings as a blogger.
I’m so excited for 2017 and all that is ahead. There are some great things on the horizon and I can’t wait to share it all with ya’ll!