Taking a break from blogging

I’m burnt out from blogging. There I said it. And if I’m being honest with myself, I’ve been burnt out from blogging for a while now. As I’ve written before, in many ways this blog has been like a second full-time job.

I’ve been told by numerous people over the years (both strangers and acquaintances) that they’re amazed how frequently I post. I always took it as a compliment since yes, I could come up with topics to write about even when I wasn’t traveling (many travel bloggers find this difficult to do, they won’t or don’t think outside the box). My travel blog quickly grew into one in which I write about a whole melange of topics having to do with travel, food, and the city I live in, Pittsburgh.

In the blogging world, people often talk about having a niche. As in, if your blog is all over the place, you’re not going to be taken seriously. Your blog is regarded as more of a hobby, a passing trend. And that’s why in the blogging world, the lines are so clearly drawn. The big name travel bloggers blog about just travel topics, the big name food bloggers don’t really seem to ever delve into travel even though these two areas are so inextricably linked (at least in my opinion; you could never have one without the other). But you know something? I find this tiresome.

Ever since young adulthood, my tastes and personality have been all over the place (much like my ancestral heritage-I’m Ukrainian, Scottish, English, Irish, German, and Dutch). Music, books, food, attractions in cities-I like just about anything. And the same goes for what I post on my blog-I don’t limit myself from talking about just one thing because yes, that will get boring.

Julika over at Sateless Suitcase published a post earlier this month that I loved simply for its brutal honesty (well, that and her beautiful pictures of the Turkish Riviera). She writes about her thoughts concerning the travel blogging world these days-

“I’m come to the point where I’m so over travel blogging that I can’t even read through a single travel-related blog post anymore, because it’s all the same all the time.”

Preach is all I have to say. I got into blogging in 2010 and five years later, the travel blogging world is an over saturated market. Those travel bloggers who quit their jobs to travel the world and be permanent nomads typically go to the same places and write about the same things. It’s been done and then some. Not to mention, since these bloggers are almost always on a strict budget (something I would never want to do), they generally don’t do the things I like-eating at nice restaurants, paying for attractions that cost more than a few dollars, staying at nice hotels. So right there, my interest is lost since I’m not the type of traveler they are.

Then there are the part-time travelers like myself, many who seem mildly “obsessed” with never paying for anything anymore but just want to reach out to the local tourist offices and get comped this and get comped that. They also spend more time on social media sites promoting their blog than I would ever want to. The only times that I’ve reached out regarding partnerships have been food tours. And you know what? That’s more than enough for me even though I would still gladly pay for a food tour myself since they’ve fast become one of my favorite things to do when visiting a new city.

And so that was my very roundabout way of saying I’m taking a temporary break from blogging. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up never to return. I just need a mental break from writing posts…editing posts…editing photos…re-sizing photos…posting on social media sites.

Years ago I used to really enjoy blogging and I definitely want to return to that mindset, although I know anything will eventually lose its luster after more than five years of doing it. During my hiatus, I hope to (finally) clean up more posts that got messed up from my migration from Blogger to WordPress (this was “only” well over a year ago). I also want to write a new favorites post. I think my current one is over four years old so needless to say I’ve gotten a lot of new favorites since then.

I promise to not be gone too long although I still plan to be pretty active on my social media sites (Facebook and Instagram) at least from a posting pictures standpoint. Hope to see you soon although definitely leave some comment luv too as I love hearing from people ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing my blogging break could be here-the beautiful Hawaiian islands!

Wishing my blogging break could be here-the beautiful Hawaiian islands!

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    October 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Julie, I am sorry to hear that but I completely understand you. Blogging takes lots of time and it is hard for people with full-time jobs.
    I hope to see you back soon and full of new ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚
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      October 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Irina! And yes, the phrase “I don’t know how he/she does it” definitely applies so much to us part-time bloggers with full-time jobs. I definitely won’t be gone too long though ๐Ÿ™‚ Just enough to mentally re-group. And yes, I hope to have some new ideas too!

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    October 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Julie
    We have always loved your blog but totally understand the time and energy it take up. Happy resting and hope to hear from you at some point in the future.
    Love the Team at 1BB xxx

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      October 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks Laura! Yes, you definitely will be hearing from me soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    October 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I can relate to this so much, Julie! I still love the idea of blogging and I’m so glad for all the friends I’ve made through it and the experiences blogging enabled/pushed me to have, but I’m exhausted too. I just realized that doing both “jobs” 100% is almost impossible — either the blog or work/my PhD will drastically lack in quality, and in the long run, the blog isn’t probably the part of my life/career I should invest so much of my time and energy into. For now, I’ve come to terms with blogging when I feel inspired and not forcing myself to blog when I’m not inspired… let’s see how long I can keep this up!
    I hope you find your love for blogging again eventually!
    Julika recently posted…The Turkish Riviera via InstagramMy Profile

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      October 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Thanks so much Julika! I totally agree that the people you meet through blogging is one of the best things about it. You definitely sound like you have your plate full (working on a doctorate, my goodness!), but it sounds like you are definitely going about it the right way-blogging when you feel inspired to, and not when you feel you “should” be. I do feel just stepping back and enjoying how life was pre-blogging is being a nice mental change for me!

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    October 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    It does take up a lot of time, huh?! I’m slowly getting back into blogging again after more or less taking a break (even if I didn’t really think of it like that) during pregnancy and right after my daughter was born. I think it was good to get a mental break from it for a bit and look at my blog again with fresh eyes. Hopefully you’ll find it’s the same case for you!
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      October 22, 2015 at 11:55 am

      So…much…time ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, I think you had a pretty darn good reason for taking a break especially since I’ve heard the first year of a baby goes by so fast. And yes, you’re absolutely right that after being away from something for some time, you definitely can have a new found appreciation for it. I’m not going to lie, I am enjoying just being on hiatus although at the same time, my brain keeps thinking of new blog posts to write about! I guess in some ways you can never fully shut down.

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    Bridget @ A Traveling B
    November 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I love this post, Julie! As you can see I share similar sentiments (I have only posted maybe 4 posts this year?!?), but I have not even found the time to verbalize that. I’ve realized that I enjoy blogging more for myself than anything else. I love recounting my trip and having a written record for years to come, but I am with you on the time commitment! I want to spend my free time planning new trips, not resizing my photos.

    Hopefully you rejuvenate yourself during your break. And most importantly, I hope you spend your free time planning that great trip you are taking next year!
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      November 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much Bridget! I had been thinking about writing such a post for a while but then one day when I was off, I finally just sat down and penned it. It definitely felt therapeutic! I totally agree that a blog is such a wonderful way of recording and then later on, remembering a trip so yes, first and foremost it should be for you.

      It’s been quite nice being “off” and just having what had been feeling like a weight temporarily lifted. And yes, always planning ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Julie, Everyone needs a break. I’m just glad that you are not giving up completely. Enjoy your time off, but I look forward to your return. You have one of the few quality blogs out there!

    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you and yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      November 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Jo Ann-your words mean a lot especially since they come from one of my longest and most faithful followers! My break was much needed and I’m glad I did it but also happy to be back now.

      And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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