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:
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
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.
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.