HubPages: A Month off from Writing
Reasons for Taking a Month Off
When I first decided to take a month off writing for HubPages I was pretty clear about my reasons. Not to be redundant, but I was feeling frustrated with my progress and felt I was going nowhere. I know all you supportive writers think I need to give this some time. I wanted to see just a small amount of progress and it wasn't happening. I wrote over a 100 hubs and felt my entire life was being devoted to HubPages---I am exaggerating of course!!! It is not just about the time spent at the computer but all the outside time thinking about what to write about. I knew I would continue to read and comment on hubs during my hiatus, but free myself from the writing aspect.
I love surfing the internet
Things I Love to Do
What I Did While Away
I planned to take a month off from writing any new hubs, and also spend less time commenting on other writer's hubs. This part was difficult as I wanted to keep supporting those who have been so generous with their support. I went from spending an hour on reading and commenting hubs everyday to about half an hour, However, I often checked later in the day to make sure I didn't miss anyone. The usual fifty comments I made went down to about twenty or twenty-five.
- I got my paints out and started painting again which I really enjoy as well as doing some drawing which I had not done in months. Going through my art books is one of my greatest pleasures, so I gathered up the books and started looking at my favorite paintings.
- I even spent some time on the piano working on some old songs.
- I spent more time in the kitchen, even though I never stopped cooking. I researched out new and healthful recipes. My kitchen is now well organized and spotless (for a while).
- I am taking time out everyday to read which I dearly love.
- I also spent more free time on the computer looking up things of interest and possible writing sites.
The rest of my time pretty much the same. I exercise, get together with friends and very occasionally play poker. Not to mention the usual tasks of the day which include cleaning the house, taking care of my pets and spending time with my husband (that is not a task).
The bottom line is that it doesn't matter how much time you write, but if you are always thinking about what you want to write it diverts you from doing other things. I discovered this during the month of not writing and searching for topics. Along with free time I had more free mental time without guilt.
Having lots of time to do what I love
Why I am Back
One of the main reasons I am back to writing is the HubPage community. All the wonderful support I received when I was down on writing here made me evaluate many things. Here is a big thank you to all!! I still am reeling on the wonderful hub by CloudExplorer. I was so touched by that and also the many of the wonderful and caring comments by all of you.
I am back to writing for many other reasons, but mostly because I don't like giving up. I am going to stick with my writing journey here at Hubpages for at least one year and do some evaluating at that time. I do love writing and I want to meet this personal challenge for my own sake.
What Happened on my Stat Page
Things do change around here when you are not contributing hubs. My score currently wavers between 88 and 91. Before I left for the month it was between 92 and 96. My views have gone down. I have less hub people reading my hubs and lost a few followers. Scores on some of my hubs have taken a serious nosedive.
My Near Future Here at HubPages
I am going to continue writing and searching out the best titles. I also want to do the best job possible.
I am still going to support my fellow writers, but keep my comments down to about 25 a day. I will probably read and comment on loyal followers and always a few new hubbers. I will visit and join in on forum and questions.
I am going to work at learning more about social networking and promoting my hubs.
I am ready to go back to work and do my best and always support all the wonderful community.
Things I did not do
Amazon About Being a Writer
Have You Take Time off From Writing at HubPages
Have any of you taken time off from writing?
All Writers Need A Break
Sometimes just taking a few days off can help the writer revive passion. You can still be thinking about writing, and coming up with new ideas, but not sitting down at the computer making the ideas a reality. Sometimes a break can just be an afternoon just for you. Take a walk, have lunch with a friend, clean your house and don't go back to the computer until the next day no matter how tempted you are. If you have a deadline take care of it and allow yourself a break. Working at home does have its distractions so best to leave home for your break.