So… I’m back from hiatus, and I have learned a few things:
1. The more idle you are, the less time you actually have to do things. Ironic, I know, but I think it has something to do with procrastination. Because I wasn’t writing posts, I was spending my time watching old cartoons on YouTube, surfing Tumblr, and going to bed even more ridiculously early than I already do, instead of doing anything that could be classified as “productive.” Thus, for me, busy = better.
2. I missed blogging a lot more than I thought I would. I kept getting good ideas for posts, then telling myself I had to wait until next week to actually write them out. Now I have a nice long list of ideas, so I guess all that idle time did pay off in some ways. (And I promise that those ideas have nothing to do with old cartoons, Tumblr, or ridiculously early bedtimes.)
3. I had more time to surf around on other blogs that I hadn’t visited before and see what other bloggers are writing about and how they’re doing things. I didn’t just stay on WordPress; I went to Blogger and Tumblr and Posterous, etc. It’s good to see what other people are doing right, what they’re doing wrong, what techniques you might want to borrow, and what techniques you’d like to avoid. No blog is an island.
In essence, breaks are good. If you’re feeling burnt out on writing (whether it’s blogging, fiction writing, etc.), it’s OK to take a break to restore your energy… and stash of ideas. 🙂