When most bloggers return after a little time out they seem to be full of sorrys *cue the best song on Lemonade (apart from All Night)* and so I want to clear up why I haven’t been like that. Ultimately, I don’t think there’s anything to apologise for and neither should you. After all, we Brits say sorry enough.
Breaks are good. Breaks are wonderful. If they weren’t then Kit Kat wouldn’t have made a whole advertising campaign out of them. So when I see someone take a break from the internet I think neither ‘how dare they stop writing!’ nor ‘they’ve missed a post and so I will never read their content ever again!’ I just presume they have a reason and so I find some new blogs to read in the meantime. Being under too much stress to blog or wanting to spend your free time with family instead or just being a bit bored of typing words onto a screen and having to take photos to match the words and find a filter to match the photo and then promote the whole thing before you miss the day that you promised to post on, are not feelings you should apologise for. It’s your hobby. If you want to give it a miss for a while then go ahead.
Especially because your readers care but like, realistically, not that much. It’s not like you’re Stevie Wonder who left it 10 years between albums. In fact you’re not even Zoella (probably. If you are Zoella then why are you reading my blog babe get back to doing something useful like filming a Primark haul) whose full time job is to make new content, so yes you’re apologising for being away from the people that have you read you from the past few months but… everyone reads multiple blogs. You don’t write the only blog in the world (although it would be great if I did because then I could monopolise the industry and make all the dollar). There’s nothing to be sorry for.
When a blogger I love takes time out obviously I want them to get back online ASAP and I might tweet them to tell them so, but there’s no rush. People telling you they miss you is a good thing because it proves they’ll still be there when you’re back. Chill. Enjoy your break, maybe actually do have a Kit Kat. Unless you’re a vegan. Then go and have, like, a banana or something instead.
It’s only a blog. I hate to say it because my blog is like the internet version of my Build a Bear, but not blogging isn’t like forgetting to turn up and collect your Grammy. It’s your own precious part of the internet however that doesn’t mean it will wilt and die if you’re not checking your stats or buffering a tweet every 4.37 seconds.
Plus, if you apologise for not blogging then where does it end? Not tweeting? Posting on Instagram? And how long do you go before you start apologising- a week? A day? Do I have to slip in a cheeky ‘sorry’ every hour? If Beyoncé ain’t sorry then you shouldn’t have to be either.
Thank you for everyone who’s stuck with me over my ‘little’ break, your comments, tweets and random, drunk mentions of my blog at parties have encouraged me back, hopefully for the long term. Fingers crossed, new post every Monday, but if not that’s just the way it goes. Let’s start 2017 being unapologetic about the things we can’t change.