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How I Spent my Professional Blogging Break

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How I Spent my Professional Blogging Break

ShoutMeLoud was started in 2008 end, and it’s been almost 4 and half years that I have blogging. Over this period of 4 and half-year, I created many other blogs to add new challenges into my life and I was 22 when I chose to become a professional blogger. I’m going to be 27 this year, and for the first time in last 4 and half year I took a much-needed long-break. I have taken small breaks in the past, but those breaks never stopped me from blogging or to write anything new. But, this time (Last two weeks), I took complete off from Social media, Blogging and most of the usual online activities related to work.

Initially I had no idea how this break is going to be for me, and since I’m back to my usual spirit of blogging, I will be sharing today how I spent my last few weeks of break, and why this unscheduled break was important.

Why holidays are important in every profession including blogging:

As a blogger, I keep getting chance to travel to many places, and usually those 1-2 days of blogging event are break for me. Last month, I decided to go completely offline (At least from the blogging and writing), and I stick to my plan. (No Emails, No Social networking, No writing and no usual work which I do on daily basis). The idea was to stay offline for a while, and lets see life from the point which I have missed in last few years, and it was indeed a great experience. I will be sharing few interesting things which I did over the last 2 weeks, and why this break was a big refresher for me.

Money on Auto-pilot:

I wanted to talk a bit about money part, as this is the main reason we work day and night. When we take a holiday from work or in no-work mode, it’s usually our income which goes down. Surprisingly, in last 2 weeks, my income didn’t get affected anyhow (Thanks to affiliate marketing and other monetization techniques which I use here), and I still l manage to make over $100/day. Which is not the same as my average daily earning, but considering the fact that I was not working at all, I find it to be worth mentioning. This is the first time I realized the true power of making money on Auto-pilot (One more reasons for you to take blogging as a serious career option).

Trip to Mohali:

As I mentioned this unscheduled break was un-planned, and this all started with Mohali trip for a blogger meet, where I gave the first ever presentation of my life. I already talked about my experience and other details in these two posts:

Trip to Goa with Ford Team:

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Goa has always been my favourite holiday destination and when Ford team organised a blogger get together to try out their new Ford EcoSport in Goa, I couldn’t deny the invitation. It was a great experience driving brand new Ford EcoSport for more than 100 Km, and I loved enjoying the beautiful Goa beaches. You can check out the picture of the blogger event here, and learn more about this car here.

A book Launch: The Captainship

The Captainship

Last week I went to attend a book launch of “The Captainship“. This book is about the journey of  few Indian entrepreneurs. The event was quite engaging and I met few of the Indian entrepreneurs, who also answered many questions related to entrepreneur journey.  If you are in the journey of entrepreneurship or solopreneurship, this book is worth your time. You can buy this book from Flipkart, and is also available for Kindle and iTunes. You can learn more about this book on the official site here.

TED Videos:

I like reading and learning new stuff. Usually my first choice is site like WatchMojo or YouTube videos. TED videos are a big source of inspiration and motivational factor for people like me. These videos not only helped me to learn more about myself, but also helped me to understand deep dynamic of marketing and public relations. If you really want to know what TED videos could do for you, here is one video which will help you to understand the importance of body language science:

I also spent quality time socializing with people and friends, and over all these few days of off was a much-needed break. Unlike regular office work, in professional blogging we don’t get off or anything. For us, it’s always like work from anytime and anywhere. Taking such breaks usually helps in bringing back the freshness in work and overall outlook.

For regular readers; You might have missed seeing updates here at ShoutMeLoud, and it was all because of the break that I was taking. Now you will notice regular updates here at ShoutMeLoud. Also, keep an eye for this month contest.

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  • Sreejesh

    Very special thanks for sharing that video. I feel great difference practicing high power pose. I think I figured out that this was one major cause of low confidence affecting me so far.
    I was planning to attend mohali event, but last minute plan change. So I missed your presentation. But I definitely have one thing to say, you always inspire me in my hard times, you inspire me even when you don’t talk.

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  • Fazal Mayar

    good decision harsh. We work for having a better life and if we don’t manage professional job and social life together, we will start having troubles living a normal life. Take time for yourself.

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  • Vijesh

    Hi Harsh,
    Great to hear that you had a good holiday season. Breaks sometimes help us to increase our productivity and also good for our health and wellness. Nice that you are also a part of book launch too. At last your entrepreneur journey is going so cool. Waiting for this months contest too.

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  • Rudd

    Finally, lots of works paid off. No doubt, if you’ve been blogging for few years (with thousands of articles) leaving your site for few weeks shouldn’t be a problem if you’re doing good with SEO as people will come to your site from search engine.

    Plus, as an authority site, it’s much easier for you to get good guest blogger.

    Hey, welcome back :D

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  • Peter Lee

    That’s really an awesome ‘break’ :) The thing with most bloggers when they are taking their breaks is that they tend to and most likely so still be staying online updating social media, reply to readers comments and writing blog posts while enjoying the beach.

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  • Stephen Malan

    Great article Harsh. Everyone needs some time off, but when your self employed it can be hard to find the time to do so. Really great news that your sites actually continued to make money even while you were on holiday. Goes to show what hard work can do.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Prem krishnan P

    “The Captainship” – Journey of Indian entrepreneurs . I bought this e-book its only Rs.57 .. I read the sample pages of the books in flip kart… And a special thanks to harsh for the sharing the article on the same this would be really help to the young entrepreneurs

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  • Vishnnu Vermaa

    Welc0me back Harsh !!
    Its been a great to hear fr0m y0u at the bl0gger’s meet. Thankk you for sharing y0ur experience there….and yeah it is necessary to take a break…
    Thankks again i’ll surely capitalize on your teachings for sure !!

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  • Vikash

    Hope you had a nice vacation Harsh and Ford trip would have been the real fun! Coincidentally, My Vacation start tomorrow as I visit your city, but mine is just a week :(

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  • Amal Rafeeq

    Now that’s something you should NOW give priority to. You’ve did a wonderful job during the last years and it’s always good to take a rest after so much hard works. Or I think it’s more appropriate to say Smart Work in your case.

    Happy to know that you had your great Holiday and you are back safe to the Blogosphere and well hope with more action.
    That was a great move to set an Autopilot to fill you wallet while you were gone. Appreciate that :)
    Trip to Goa with Ford Team? Whoa! Your damn lucky. No it’s all the result of the works you’ve done on the 4+ years.

    So now that you are back on blogging? Why don’t you say a Hi to your loyal fans by Rolling out a Killer Blog Post? :D ! ey?

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