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 🙂