Have you taken a hiatus before? How long was it for, and did you plan/announce it beforehand?
I have taken a couple of blog hiatuses in my 3 years of blogging, both planned and unplanned. I generally have a planned hiatus during the last week of each year just to unwind and enjoy the holiday season. Other than that, I do take a few unplanned hiatuses throughout the year whenever I feel like I need a break or for reasons like health, work and other commitments. I always announce a planned hiatus at least a few weeks in advance, but for the unplanned ones, I don’t announce them unless it’s going to be longer than a week. For example, I took an unplanned hiatus just this week due to work being absolutely hectic recently and have missed several of my book review posts, but didn’t announce it.
What do you think makes a hiatus? Is there a minimum time length that defines one? Do you think it should be announced beforehand?
I think a hiatus is when a blogger is taking a break from regular posting for any reason, be it related to blogging or not. Personally, I’ve even taken very short hiatuses in the past when I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with blogging commitments and need some time to catch up.
There is no minimum time length that defines a hiatus in my opinion, because long or short really depends upon how often a blogger posts. For me, 3-5 is pretty long because I would miss anywhere between 2 and 4 posts in that time. But for someone who posts only once or twice a week, this wouldn’t be as long.
Where possible, I think it’s nice to announce a hiatus beforehand but not absolutely needed unless it’s a really long hiatus like a couple of months or more. It’s not necessary to get into any details, but just a general note would be a good way to let regular readers know that you haven’t stopped blogging altogether and could also prevent losing followers in that time if they know you’re going to be back eventually.
What do you think makes a blog hiatus? Share your thoughts in the comments below!