It’s Okay to Take a Break From Medium
You have a life to go live, remember?
This past Monday and Tuesday I vacated the premises to go visit friends in Massachusetts, and I didn’t bring my laptop with me.
That’s right, I didn’t plan on writing at all when I was gone, I even scheduled time off from 750words.com so that I wouldn’t have to stop what I was doing in the middle of a visit with friends and say, I’m sorry, I have to work now.
And honestly, it felt great.
Despite what a lot of top writers say, it’s okay to take a day off every once in a while.
Your stats may fall, but you’ll start writing again and they’ll go back up, but what you have to think about is the time spent during that stat slide — you may be giving up some claps by not consistently writing every day, but sometimes you just have to live life, right?
It’s okay to take time off from writing.
If you don’t write or post something for two days in a row, that doesn’t mean you’re not a real writer, or even that you’re not taking this endeavor seriously, it just means you’re a human with a life and have things to do and people to see.
I don’t put out my writing like a machine, I have to sit and think and ruminate over my words and I frankly didn’t want to have to take the time to do that while I was visiting friends who I rarely see anymore.
Writing is a huge part of my life, but it isn’t my whole life and can’t always be my biggest priority.
I shouldn’t ever have to feel bad for taking time off from writing to spend time with the people I love, and I’ll never apologize for it.
You have to live to have something to write.
We can’t all be shut-ins in front of our computers every day, furiously publishing on Medium and sharing our work across every possible platform to get more views.
I want to make it on this platform, but not at the expense of not living my life.
There are days I don’t get to writing an article so I post a poem instead, there are days I recycle articles, there are days I don’t write anything at all, and that is because I am out of the house and living my life, and we can’t forget to do that.
The life of a writer is a solitary, lonely one at times.
When we are in the flow we are alone with our words and the page, and everything else is shut out.
But we can’t shut everything out forever.
Get out of the house and go do something, even if it means not getting something published for the day.
Medium will still be here when you get back.
The friends we make here are real just as the stories we tell here are real, but Medium isn’t where real life happens.
Newsflash: Life doesn’t happen on Facebook, either.
We need to get out and be with the people we love doing fun, incredible things together…and then we need to come write about them.
It’s not the other way around, and sometimes we writers here forget that.
We put incredible pressure on ourselves to keep on producing and seeing our stats go up, and meanwhile, our real lives become a blur of things we used to do when we weren’t writers on Medium.
So go out and live your life.
Take a few days off if you have to, and don’t feel bad or apologize for it — even to yourself.
Medium and all its wonders will still be here when you get back.
Cheney Meaghan is a single mom and writer from Connecticut trying to make a living with her words. You can be awesome by clicking here to sign up for her bi-monthly email newsletter.