Blog off

Blog off

Well this last week I have inadvertently taken a week off from my blog. It started last Saturday when I celebrated a friend’s birthday in style and dined at Marco Pierre White’s in Birmingham. It was a delishious, relaxing Saturday mum’s afternoon off. Some bubbles and cocktails later I swiftly passed out post Eurovision (celebrating like a mum eh) and did not get to the blog. Sunday, Mr TM’s only day off, was spent buying and building slides for the little ones and an early night post the previous afternoon’s bubbles and cocktails shenanigans, definitely a mum.

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Come Monday I still hadn’t been on the blog, I was starting to get the shakes. But come my usual evening blog time my step daughter appeared with GCSE biology revision asking for help. Not one to shy away from a challenge we crammed the entire biology module into one evening. My science revision hadn’t ended there either, we had chemistry awaiting us and physics later in the week. I also had a toy kitchen to build, life admin to catch up on and I admit come my one free night I had myself a reverse lie in (a phrase coined by the fabulous Motherhood the Real Deal). I went to bed at 8 o’clock and sat there for 3 straight uninterrupted episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. It was bliss. I cannot remember the last time I sat without even glancing at my iPad, the blog, a Linky.

My point being, yes life did get in the way of the blog, which will happen from time to time but when given the opportunity to delve back into I chose not to, for the first time in a long time. Ironic really as I had just written posts about blogger brain – where the blog has taken over my every thought process yet not wanting to step away from it and celebrated my 6 month blogiversary and written about how I wanted to progress my blog. During the last week I did not write a post, did not join my usual linkys or catch up with my fellow bloggers wonderful posts, by the end of the week I wasn’t even checking my stats. It was refreshing.

I had been so deeply involved in my blog world that I had started to ignore my ‘real’ world. I didn’t realise that actually some time away was just what the doctor ordered. I feel revitalised toward the blog and the constant demand it has on my time, I have some posts in mind to put into words and I want to read more posts and get back into the linkys. If at the start of the week you had told me to take a week off I would have violently shook my head and clung to my iPad with the gusto of a small child holding onto their bag of sweets. In a digital world that is very much about your presence and networking the thought of being offline was always daunting and made me worry my rankings would fall, my following would pack up and leave and my stats would become non-existent. But having been forced to step away I learnt my blog didn’t fall out of the big wide web into oblivion (at least I don’t think so) my usual haunts will still be there this coming week and hopefully my lovely blogger buddies too.

So actually going incommunicado was not the worst thing that could happen, quite the opposite actually. So lovely busy bloggers I know it sounds scaring facing the cyber abyss, but if you feel like you need it, take a step into the unknown and give yourself some time off. I can certainly recommend.

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37 Comments

  1. May 22, 2016 / 8:23 am

    It is scary how entrenched in blogging we can become. I am a total blog addict and don’t think I could go cold turkey like that either. But I do leave weekends blog free.

    • tammymum
      May 22, 2016 / 8:27 am

      Ah that’s good I think if you have some proper dedicated off time in the week you probably wouldn’t need to go cold turkey. I was just a bit all or nothing this week but perhaps you have the right idea and have a period off a week xx

  2. May 22, 2016 / 8:55 am

    I think this is very good advice. I’ll be taking time out when we go on hols (I’ll have to, Mother and Father will wonder why I’ve packed a laptop otherwise 😉 ) x #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 22, 2016 / 9:25 am

      Ha yes they might! Enjoy your hols and thanks for your comment xx

  3. May 22, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I completely agree that a blogging break is necessary from time to time otherwise we would go potty! I loved our holiday in Norway as it meant that I was mostly away from social media and I didn’t do any blogging work for the whole week!! However, I did find it hard to get back into the routine of it when I got back! :-) x #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 23, 2016 / 9:44 am

      Ah yes I can relate getting back into it can be a bit slow starting but no doubt we’ll be stuck in at the deep end again before we know it. Thanks for your comment xx

  4. May 22, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I absolutely love this and am so in favour of it! Between blogging, linkies, and social media, we tend to have a huge amount of time taken up with our blogging. Taking a step back can really give you time to reflect and have a break. Hope you enjoyed your bubbles by the way :-) Love fizz for a treat! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

  5. May 22, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    I can really relate to this…. sometimes you need a break from it all – blogging does have a way of taking over!!! Hope you’re all revitalised after the break #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 23, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Thank you yes the break was definitely for the best xx

  6. May 22, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    I spend so much time in front of my laptop, I do worry sometimes if it is too much. When we go on holiday I am hoping to have a little break from it. Bet I end up sneakily checking tweets and emails lol.
    #KCACOLS

  7. May 22, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Oh I loved this – and I loved the point you make about getting back in touch with the real world – I’ve totally neglected reality and I know that’s not healthy – I think a blogging break is an excellent idea and I plan to schedule one in (does Buffer or hoot suite do that?!). Thank you for sharing and I love the fact that it was so beneficial … but, dare I say i? … I’m glad you’re back lovely #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 23, 2016 / 9:48 am

      Haha I love you’re going to schedule your break in. Make sure you do though it does really help. Thanks for your lovely comment m’dear xx

  8. May 23, 2016 / 11:03 am

    So important to have a break I find! Sometimes I get total blogger breakdown and it’s an effort to keep going. A little break can totally refresh you. Especially for such a worthy cause as revision! #bigpinklink

  9. May 23, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Yes I think that having a break from time to time does you so much good. As a new blogger, I am still trying to get into a routine and combine blogging with my day job which is content writing. Not to mention the kids and the house ha ha! I must say I do like the idea of a reverse lie-in :-)

    #bigpinklink

  10. May 24, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I think a break from blogging is really important otherwise it changes from being enjoyable, to being a chore – and who needs more of those?! I may take a few days out over half term as I’ve got my Mum visiting and the kids will be at home so won’t get a minute’s peace! #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      May 24, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Couldn’t put it better myself that’s exactly right, and I sure as hell do not need another chore! Enjoy your break lovey, thanks for your comment xx

  11. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum
    May 24, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    I don’t have a blogging routine I just do it as and when I have the time/can be bothered unless I have reviews or similar I need to do then I actually once took a 9 month break and I came back better than before (I think/hope I did anyway) #kcacols

  12. May 24, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I regularly take breaks. I am much happier now i do this, i became so absorbed in it all at one point i started forgetting family time and was stressing over stats all the time or worrying that i could not think of a post to write. Thankfully i am over that now :) #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 24, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Oh yes that sounds consuming, s break definitely helps get a bit of perspective. Glad you have found a happier way to blog ☺️. Thanks for your comment xx

  13. May 24, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Good advice and it does always work. I’m sure there must be a name for when it all gets a bit much and sometimes it’s good to be able to walk away. Because we can #kcacols

    • tammymum
      May 24, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Absolutely, it can certainly get on top of you – realising it is the key. Thanks for your comment xx

  14. May 24, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    We all need a break sometimes, then we can return fresh, rested and ready to go again! Life does like to get in the way a lot too doesn’t it? The joys of parenthood!

    #KCACOLS

  15. May 25, 2016 / 1:20 am

    Thanks, this is great. We do need to take a break once and a while. :) #KCACOLS.

  16. May 25, 2016 / 7:10 am

    It’s scary how quickly blog maintenance and monitoring becomes a habit. It surprised me how guilty I felt for not joining in completely optional linkies!

    I’m glad the break gave you a chance to reassess!

    #KCACOLS
    #BigPinkLink

    • tammymum
      May 25, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      You’re absolutely right about the Linky guilt! Mad isn’t it. Thanks for your comment

  17. May 25, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Ahhhh I just wrote a bit reply and then when I tried to post it, it asked me to sin into WordPress (I use blogger) and I couldn’t go back and find my reply:…any chance it miraculously posted anyway? #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 25, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Ah I haven’t seen it, but I will log on the desktop site and see if it ended up in my spam folder! Xx

  18. May 25, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I can’t believe how much it can take over your life – I try really hard to limit what I do but some how it always sneaks in. I am promising myself when we go on holiday that I am not going to touch the blog at all, I can already feel a cold sweat… Thanks for sharing, its good to know that I won’t shrivel into non-existence by taking a break! #bigpinklink #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 25, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Hehe I know it’s daunting having some time off isn’t it but I do believe it will do you and the blog some good. Have a fab holiday lovey xx

  19. May 25, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    It’s good to take time off every so often and do none blog related things :) It sounds like you had a much deserved wonderful time :)

  20. May 26, 2016 / 7:58 am

    I had a bit of an epiphany about my blog a couple of months ago, the realisation that actually it wasn’t my priority and that it was okay to go a week, even two without blogging. Since then I am much more laid back about it all, if I blog then I blog, if I don’t, no big deal. Sounds like you had a fab week off though, lovely photos! #coolmumclub

  21. May 26, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    I often take breaks and that works for me :) as long as I am enjoying it then that is the main thing for me. I don’t want it to become something ha stresses me out! and I have a lot of greys anatomy to watch too haha #coolmumclub

    • tammymum
      May 26, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Yes that’s a very good outlook to have I think. Ooow enjoy Greys, I have a couple to catch up on, eeeee love it! Xx

  22. May 26, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Hi hun, we must have been in a similar place lately as after picking ‘blogger brain’ as my fave post, this one definitely struck a chord too! I have found myself getting a little worn out by linkes recently – which is ironic as i host one…it definitely doesn’t hurt to step back from linking and focus more on the bit you love – the writing.
    I’m v much looking forward to a 3 week break – I might do some writing if I feel like it but our holiday will be a social media free zone. I think. 😐
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub!

    • tammymum
      May 26, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Yes I think we must have been, I was the same just felt exasperated by it all and the blog definitely did me good and you’re so right, Iv written lots of posts since ‘back’ and been less linky focuses, for the short term anyway. So absolutely have some time away does the world of good, and oh my goodness a social media free zone actually sounds perfect! Enjoy your much deserved time off lovey xx

  23. May 27, 2016 / 5:57 am

    I’ve recently had some unplanned time off my blog, but it’s important to remember to live you life and not just blog about it! #KCACOLS