This is just an idea that's been kicking around in my mind recently, and I am curios to see what your thoughts are!
There have been countless posts on why blogging is a hobby and you should love it, so know that this is totally not the direction this post is going. My point is that I didn't take this hiatus because my blog was feeling like a chore. My blog is still something I love. I took this hiatus for my mental health, really. And not because blogging was stressing me out, just because I knew that if I didn't do it, it could seriously contribute to me going a little nuts from how crazy my life was in the moment.
I've noticed that so many of us love our blogs so much that letting it just sit every now and then is something we simply cannot do, and if it happens it eats us up inside. So if we do allow it to sit, we announce to the world we are disappearing for a bit and roll with it with promises to come back in full force on blah blah blah date.
In this blogging hiatus, I didn't read a single book aside from Hamlet by William Shakespeare for class, which I've read probably three or four times in the past and love more and more because, let's face it, Hamlet is just so freaking weird that delving into his mind is always an adventure. But anyway, back to my point. I didn't think about my blog once in this brief unannounced hiatus because I didn't want to give myself any unrealistic expectations to come back to when the time comes. I didn't take this hiatus to catch up on content or anything of the sort. I took the hiatus for me.
The truth is that I am still crazy busy. But in the week span where I decided to take my time off of my blog, I officially applied to study abroad, I wrote 5 essays, I battled a 100+ degree fever, I applied to my study abroad scholarship with a prestigious award with essays I've been working on for two months, I aced my first test of the semester, I decided that I may be graduating college a semester early, I saw my first Broadway show of the semester, and I saw two concerts back to back in a 24 hour span the day after I visited Buzzfeed.
Crazy, right? Well, that's my life. And I temporarily had to take something off of my plate to be able to focus on those essays so that I could enjoy those concerts and experiences without having something anxiety-inducing in the back of my mind. And then the first chance I got, I came on here and threw together yesterday's STS post and then this weird little thing about some thoughts that have been floating around in my mind for a while.
But what I've realized in this small stint is that I am 100% pro unannounced brief little disappearances to get our lives in order now that I've experienced it and came back without feeling like I owe myself something. If I stressed out about getting a post up while dealing with all that craziness this past week, I probably would have gotten even sicker and missed out on some of those opportunities. So, sometimes, you just gotta let everything be and roll with it (I mean, come on, even Hamlet figures this out eventually!). Deadlines and promises of returns are great, but such things can be anxiety inducing too if you're return isn't what you wanted it to be. Isn't the point of a hiatus to not freak out anymore?
What are your thoughts on hiatuses? I am in total support of taking them when necessary, but I'm starting to believe that perhaps briefly disappearing every now and then for a week or small length of time would be just what we need (like dipping your toe into a pool instead of jumping right in). Maybe a small break when we are sensing that our lives are getting in the way can help us avoid an exponentially long break that leaves us with potentially unrealistic expectations. Or are you the complete opposite of me and find that hiatuses are only useful when extended? I am very curious to know?