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Knowing when it is appropriate to take a Break from Blogging

After joining the blogging community and getting your blog noticed there may come a time when taking take a break from your blog is unavoidable. As a blogger you have a life to live. Your family commitments, job or social activities could force you to take a break from blogging, or you might just stop blogging for no real reason. There are disadvantages to taking a long break, and leaving a blog to stagnate after it has been created, but there is less risk when a blog has been established for some time.

Before taking a break from your blog you should post a clear message stating that you will be away for a while. Regular readers will then understand that you do intend to return, and visitors will know the blog has not been abandoned. New visitors may still decide to subscribe to your feed or to bookmark your blog, and regular readers will not unsubscribe or remove the link from their bookmarks.

• Taking a short break from blogging

There is little harm in having a few days, even a week or two, away from your computer and without being able to connect to the Internet. Your blog will not suffer much.

The longer your blog has been going the less chance it has of losing traffic from search engines when you take a short break. A six-month-old blog should have sufficient search engine optimization and ranking to keep getting visitors. When you have been blogging for a year or more, your blog will have many posts that continue to get traffic from search engines.

A new blog with only two or three posts will suffer more, if you take even a short break after you have started promoting your blog in social networks and blogging directories. When visitors see there has very little recent activity on a blog they are less likely to return or use the links they see promoted there.

• Taking a long break from blogging

Provided you have a good reputation and plenty of followers, a long break from blogging should not be too damaging to your blog, but if blog comments remain unanswered, and without moderating blog comments, there is a risk. Too many spam comments being  or comments left awaiting moderation on your blog will deter visitors who like participating and adding genuine comments.

If you have no time for blogging, but you still have access to the Internet, try to use any time available for promoting links to your older posts . Use your Twitter account, your Facebook profile, and other social networking opportunities, to create new interest in old blog posts.

The main danger of leaving a blog unattended is that regular readers can soon lose interest and start following another similar blog instead.

• Alternative options for maintaining your blog

Inviting guest bloggers or paying a freelance writer are two possible solutions, but if you don’t have time to monitor and post their contributions to your blog, you will need to ask someone you trust to maintain the blog for you. If anyone in your family or circle of friends can be relied on to continue posting on your behalf, either producing their own content or using freelance writers and guest bloggers, then you can then safely leave your blog and take long break.

The pros and cons of taking a break from you blog really depend on how serious you are about blogging, and how much you want to return to your blog. If you have been blogging for a long time you should not want to abandon your blog and disappoint your loyal readers. If you are new to blogging and feel unable to continue, for whatever reason, it might be wise to consider whether or not to continue with your blog. If you do value your blog, and are pleased with what you have achieved so far, you can find other ways to maintain your blog. After all, some of the most successful and profitable blogs around are ones which feature content submitted by various experts, freelance writers and guest bloggers. 

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