Have you ever taken a hiatus from blogging?
I have taken a few short breaks from blogging. When my husband died, when I was on holidays, for a short time during the bushfires in 2019 and when I moved. Only the first was a true hiatus because for the others I scheduled posts to be published during the time I would be gone and for the most part managed to read and answer comments a couple of times. I have never taken a long break from blogging because I haven’t wanted to.
Do you think that it is necessary to announce/declare the hiatus?
If you are running a regular feature like a challenge I think it is. People often plan their own blogging around those. I also think that there are bloggers I know who would be concerned if they didn’t see posts from me for a couple of weeks so I think it only fair to explain the same way I would to friends. “Don’t worry about me. I’m just taking a break.”
Did your blog “suffer” from the hiatus?
This blog certainly suffers if I don’t post for even a few days . That’s why if I know I won’t be available I schedule posts or ask Naomi to post something to fill the gaps unless she is with me of course. Our doll blog doesn’t seem to do too badly without me if I don’t post but this one needs more attention. No new material means a big drop in views.