Why I Took a Break From Writing and How it Affected My Business
I haven’t written anything in almost a month
You might have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while.
I published my last article on Medium on July 10 — almost a month ago. Since then, I haven’t written anything. I didn’t post on my blogs and did not do any freelance work. The only writing I did was journaling.
In short, I took a break from writing.
It was my first pause of more than a week since early 2020. For the past two and a half years, I have worked on freelance gigs, blog posts, and Medium stories almost daily.
The break was refreshing but also eye-opening. In that same vein, it created a lot of anxiety.
On this basis, here are the reasons and takeaways from my (almost) month-long break from writing.
The first reason for taking a break is that I started a Youtube channel. Over the last two months, I experienced notable growth and am now close to monetization.
Filming and editing Youtube videos is A LOT of work, and you need a combination of quantity, quality, and consistency.
My decision to diversify and start a proper travel vlogging channel impacted my writing.
I simply couldn’t keep up with all the ventures I was suddenly managing. Youtube, two blogs, Medium, and freelance work were too much to handle, so I needed to prioritize.
As a consequence, I decided to invest all of my time into Youtube for 30 days and stop writing. So far, it seems to pay off, but it won’t be a permanent shift.
A hectic travel schedule
Another reason why I didn’t write over the last 30 days was my travel schedule.
I left Europe for the US on June 14. I have since been to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
I traveled slowly for most of the past two years. That speed allowed me to build a business while roaming the planet. This year, however, I decided to increase my travel pace because I want to see more countries.