Fandango’s Provocative Question #107

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For my provocative question last week I asked about what is more important when blogging: what you say or how you say it. I hope you don’t mind if I post two provocative questions in a row about blogging. Well, even if  you do mind, I’m going to do it anyway.

On Monday, Dr. Tanya, aka Salted Caramel, wrote that she was going to be taken a blogging hiatus from two of her weekly prompts, Blogging Insights and Five Things. She is moving and needs to devote her time and energy to taking care of that.

That got me thinking about the idea of taking a blogging hiatus.I moved last February and, while I didn’t formally take a hiatus from my blog, I cut back my post frequency considerably. It actually took me about six weeks after my move to get back into the swing of things vis-à-vis my blog. However, I took a lengthy — two year — hiatus from blogging between May of 2015 and May of 2017 because I had some pressing personal matters that needed to be addressed.

So my provocative question this week is about blogging hiatuses.

Have you ever taken a hiatus (break) from blogging? If so, how long did your hiatus last and why did you take it? How difficult was it to return to blogging after your hiatus? Did your stats suffer and did you lose readers as a consequence of your absence?

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22 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #107

  1. padresramblings February 3, 2021 / 3:26 am

    Hope this isn’t an indicative question to feel us out before leaving us, Fandango.

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    • Marleen February 3, 2021 / 11:22 am

      My first experience online was in what I think was called a chat room (not sure). It involved discussing a rock lead-singer-tryout show; it only lasted two seasons. It was mostly for the fun at the time and to serve as a little distraction (I had decided to be separated because my husband never wanted to improve anything in our lives). Hurricane Katrina happened during one of the seasons, and that became a topic of conversation. Also, I observed that some people got very upset when one of the finalist men had a theme of wearing different Anglo [for lack of my coming up with a better descriptive right now] military jackets — like an American colonial type, something Canadian, and something more definitively English. They apparently thought being a patriot meant being anti Brit and anti Canadian. Oh, Australian too. I actually informed them that these countries are our allies. My main learning experience, there, was finding out what “camel toe” is… because, of course, there were individuals who would critique lead female contestants’ looks.

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    • Fandango February 3, 2021 / 11:24 am

      I hope Dr. Tanya’s move goes well and she’ll be back with Blogging Insights soon.

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  2. pensitivity101 February 3, 2021 / 10:42 am

    The only hiatus I took from blogging was when we were travelling up river on the boat or house hunting as we had no internet. I also took a couple of days off, but not completely, when I had my surgery in 2019. Other than that, I’m still posting!

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong February 3, 2021 / 5:16 pm

    I’m on a sort of hiatus. There’s just so much going on at home and i don’t have the push to keep going. I’m going to have to do less if I’m going to do anything at all. At least I can keep posting bird pictures and maybe we’ll grow some flowers in the spring and summer. But I’m fried. So this was a very timely post from my point of view.

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    • Fandango February 3, 2021 / 8:18 pm

      Sometimes you just need to either step away or slow your pace to stay even.

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    • Fandango February 3, 2021 / 10:02 pm

      I’ve had that happen to me occasionally. I will leave a comment and later check to see if it is there on the post and it’s not! Where did it go? Sometimes it shows up a few hours later; sometimes not at all.

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  4. leigha66 February 4, 2021 / 5:18 pm

    I have never taken a hiatus, but maybe should have since I ended up a week or more behind. I just remember an English teacher I had who always said writing daily is a good habit to get into. And I feel better if I write some everyday. So unless there is something major going on I will still continue to write as often as I can.

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