How I Spent My Break from Professional Blogging

ShoutMeLoud was started at the end of 2008, so I have been blogging professionally for almost 4 1/2 years.  During this period I have created many other blogs in an effort to bring new challenges into my life.

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 the past 4 1/2 years I have finally taken a much-needed extended break.

I have taken short breaks in the past, but during those short breaks I would continue blogging and writing. But this time I took two weeks off from all aspects of blogging, including social media and most of my usual online activities related to work.

Initially I had no idea how this break would impact me, but now that I’m back to my usual spirit of blogging I will be sharing that impact with you so that you can see how I spent the past couple of weeks and why this unscheduled break was important to me.

Why holidays are important in every profession, including blogging:

As a blogger, I often have the opportunity to travel to many places, and usually those 1-2 day blogging events are short breaks for me.

Last month I decided to take a real break from blogging and writing, and I made a commitment to myself that I would stick to my plan. This meant no emails, no social networking, no writing and none of the typical work I do on a daily basis as a professional blogger.

The idea was to stay offline for a while to experience life from a perspective that I have missed for the past few years.  In terms of the result, in short it was a really great experience.

Throughout this post I will be sharing some of the things I did over the course of the two-week break, and I will tell you why this break was a great refresher for me.

Money on auto-pilot:

First let’s look at the money piece, as this is the main reason we work day and night in the first place.

When we are self-employed and we take a holiday from work, usually our income suffers. Surprisingly, however, my income was unaffected during my two-week break from my work.

Thanks to affiliate marketing and other monetization techniques I use, I still managed to make over $100/day while I was on vacation.

This, of course, is not the same as my average daily income when I am actively working, but considering the fact that I was not working at all, I find it to be worth mentioning.

This was the first time I realized the true power of making money on auto-pilot, (one more reason for you to consider blogging as a serious career option).

Trip to Mohali:

Again, this break was unplanned. I had gone to Mohali for a bloggers’ meeting to give my very first presentation as a professional blogger. (See more about that experience in the following two posts:)

Trip to Goa with the Ford team:

Ford Ecosport

Goa has always been my favourite holiday destination, and when the Ford team organized a get-together of bloggers to try out their new Ford EcoSport in Goa, I could not decline the invitation.

It was a great experience driving a brand new Ford EcoSport for more than 100 Km, and I really enjoyed the beautiful Goa beaches. You can check out the pictures of the blogger event here, and learn more about this car here.

A book Launch: The Captainship

The Captainship

Next I attended the launch of a book entitled “The Captainship“, which details the journey of a few Indian entrepreneurs.

The event was quite engaging, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet some Indian entrepreneurs who answered many questions related to the entrepreneurial journey.

If you are interested in entrepreneurship or solopreneurship, this book is worth reading. You can buy the book from Flipkart, and it is also available for Kindle and iTunes.

TED Videos:

I enjoy reading and learning new things. I often learn by watching videos on sites like WatchMojo or YouTube.

TED videos are also a great source of inspiration and motivation for people like me. These videos not only help me to learn more about myself, but also help me to understand the deep dynamics of interests such as marketing and public relations.

If you really want to know what TED videos could do for you, here is an example of one video which will help you to understand the importance of the science of body language:

During my break I also spent quality time socializing with friends.

Overall, the break was an experience that was a very much needed time of relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation.

Unlike regular office work, in professional blogging we don’t take regular time off in the evenings or on weekends. For us, every time and place is a time and place for work. If these past two weeks have taught me anything, it is that regularly giving ourselves a break is an essential part of what will keep us refreshed and strong as professional bloggers who need to remain capable of offering fresh, consistent quality content to our readers over the long term.

How do you stay fresh and rejuvenated?  Do you take regular breaks from your online work and, if so, do you find it to be helpful?

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 10 )

  1. Sreejesh says

    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.

  2. Fazal Mayar says

    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.

  3. Vijesh says

    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.

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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.

  6. Stephen Malan says

    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!

  7. Prem krishnan P says

    “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

  8. Vishnnu Vermaa says

    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 !!

  9. Vikash says

    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 :(

  10. Amal Rafeeq says

    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?