Each week starts with The Curious Reader ... these will be discussion posts - on Mondays; followed by the Beyond the Shelf ... this features various bookish news eg. interesting websites, articles, etc - on Wednesdays; and rounded off by Non-Fiction Discoveries ... where I'll share some non-fiction books that are on my radar - on Fridays. Sunday posts will remain like they were before.
And without further ado, let's get started with this week's big question ...
Does taking a hiatus equal blogging-suicide?
Recently I read an update of a fellow book blogger, stating she'd go on a three-day-hiatus. While this might be of a semi-vague interest to the most loyal followers I dare say that most folks will not even notice such a short break, unless of course you send out a warning like this one. Add the fact that the blog post had this slightly panicky undertone fueled with fear of what people might think of the blogger daring to take off to enjoy a long weekend.
Many have gone on one and, as far as I know, they all survived. Both bloggers and their blogs.
I say, if you want to go on a hiatus, for whatever reason, then do it. Just think of it as a vacation without any pre-scheduled posts. Let your readers know you'll be gone for, say, three weeks or even three months, and maybe explain why you'll be gone. That way everyone knows what's going on and that you did not just fall off the face of the Earth. Plus, they will be happy to have you back. Except for those who un-followed you in the meantime. Just kidding.
Page views dropping slightly. Follower count strangely increasing.
So, are the fears some bloggers have justified at all? Not really. Of course it depends on what you personally consider a blog-astrophy. The good news is that followers usually won't leave by the truckload. In my case I even added a couple new ones. Blame it on giveaway hops I had already signed up for months ago and which I participated in during my hiatus. The amount of page views dropped about a third which, all things considered, isn't all too bad. Of course, to be fair, I am now referring to a semi-hiatus as I did post on Sundays. Funny detail - when I went on a full-fledged hiatus for a month, early in 2012, page views actually increased. I still haven't got a clue why. Maybe my readers liked the silence, ha.
Consider your hiatus as a vacation. You'll return refreshed and with a tan.
What's your take on a blogging hiatus? Yay or nay?
As a blogger - have you ever been on one or are you hesitant to take a longer break?
As a reader - do you mind when your favorite bloggers take off for a while?