It's okay to take a brain break
The metaphorical tree from which I was plucking my content ideas from is no-longer fruitful.
After consistently writing for almost four months, the constant producing of new content every week felt draining on my brain. Every time I clicked publish on a blog post, the feeling of satisfaction that I got from that accomplishment seemed to only last a matter of minutes, before the thoughts about coming up with ideas for the next post started to creep in.
My self-made schedule of two posts every other week (Monday and Friday), and one post a week for the in-between weeks (Wednesdays) left me at a bit of a cross-roads. On one hand, I made the schedule and this blog is intended purely a means of self-expression and to improve my writing skills. No one else’s success was relying on me writing every week, and the chances of anyone noticing that I took a week off would be slim. On the other hand, I worried that going a whole week with no writing at all would lead me down a slippery slope of laziness with no mental challenge.
Now, the only way to know whether or not taking a week off from writing ends in the world falling apart is to try it. So that’s what I did.
Last week I didn’t publish any posts. I had absolutely no intentions of doing this, but work and life got in the way, leaving me with no choice but to forfeit my streak of writing. The result: Nothing happened. I am perfectly fine, the world is in tact, no one noticed, everything was okay.
I completely understand why I felt the need to maintain such a strict schedule. The never-ending cycle of media and un-restricted access to it means that we can consume it at a much higher rate than once possible. Instagram stories, blog posts, and podcasts all get chewed up and spit out within a fraction of the time it took to create them. It’s sad but also just the reality of the world we live in.
Having completed this un-intentional and totally scientific experiment about what happens when I take this thing called “a rest”, I feel quite fantastic. I am proud of myself for being able to do it without completely freaking out, and look forward to relaxing my rules around writing in the future. This is supposed to be fun after all. Taking time to craft meaningful articles should not be be seen as a weakness of the writer. Not to be too cliché or anything, but quality is 100% better than quantity. Besides, no one is interested in reading something I myself was not excited about writing.
Now go take a freakin’ break.