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.
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:
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
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 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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