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During my holidays in Norway I had two weeks where I was disconnected from everything. So I didn’t watch that many movies, couldn’t read the latest news and didn’t have an internet connection. I realised during that time that I really didn’t miss it all that much (well, except for watching movies of course). That disconnect seems to have had an effect on me as I currently don’t feel the need to blog as strongly as I did before. I enjoy doing it, but if I don’t for a couple of days I’m fine with that as well. I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon (maybe I’ll write a bit less), but it made me wonder:

Do you ever think about taking a break/stop blogging?

Category: Movies
  • le0pard13 says:

    I go through this monthly. Paraphrasing The Godfather Part III: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”

    September 3, 2012 at 12:50 am
    • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

      Ahhh Sopranos was funny when they used that quote.

      September 3, 2012 at 9:50 am
      • Nostra says:

        Yeah, one of my favorite moments in The Sopranos :)

        September 6, 2012 at 9:47 am
    • Nostra says:

      Is that from Godfather III? I’m pretty sure it is from Carlito’s Way….

      September 6, 2012 at 9:46 am
      • le0pard13 says:

        Maybe they did say something similar in Carlito’s Way, but that quote is from where I said, check it out:

        September 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm
        • Nostra says:

          Yeah, my mistake…always thought it was from that. I still have not seen part III of the Godfather…

          September 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm
  • fernandorafael says:

    I’ve given it some thought, especially at times when I’m very busy but I always end up missing it and coming back.

    September 3, 2012 at 1:41 am
    • Nostra says:

      Seems more people experience this :)

      September 6, 2012 at 9:47 am
  • Inspired Ground (@InspiredGround) says:

    I admit I have the thought couple of times, but never did. I love doing it, but when I’m busy and can’t keep it together, it seems quite a choice. Then I had a good idea for a post, and just forgot the thought.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:08 am
    • Nostra says:

      Nice that you manage to keep it up!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:48 am
  • Eric says:

    Sometimes I feel like a break would do me good, but I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Maybe someday…

    September 3, 2012 at 7:54 am
    • Nostra says:

      I know that feeling, just make sure it never feels like an obligation!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:48 am
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    YES!! I have been very slack over the summer, but actualy it has really helped. I am very focused again now, which is good as we are going into festival season in the UK… So I am ready for it!

    September 3, 2012 at 9:50 am
    • Nostra says:

      It’s nice that it brought you back stronger than ever ;) Looking forward to your reporting!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am
  • Emil says:

    I haven’t been in much of a blogging frenzy lately. A large part of it is the hectic nature of the last month and a half – owing to vacation and moving to a new apartment – but even now I find it hard to get back into the swing of things. Fortunately, I’ve said from the word go on my blog that there is no set update schedule, so I don’t feel too bad about dropping down to say two posts in a month for a while. I know that the blog is always there if the urge to write seizes me. Still, I have noticed a distinct drop in comments since this recent mini-hiatus. Which is fair.

    September 3, 2012 at 11:44 am
    • Nostra says:

      It has been quiet on your blog, but a holiday and moving are big things that don’t allow much time to write. Always looking forward to your posts.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:50 am
  • Dan Heaton says:

    Definitely. I haven’t seriously considered taking an extended break, but there are times every few weeks where it starts to get overwhelming. I put a lot of effort into a certain post and then start wondering if it’s worth the time. When I start to get discouraged, that’s typically when I get a really nice comment or have a great experience on a podcast. It’s the experiences interacting with other bloggers and film fans that make it worth it. Doing a movie blog can be tricky because it’s generally a pretty solo experience. It’s not the same as some other pursuits that involve going out and meeting people directly. I still really enjoy the writing part of it, but getting motivated to watch a long movie and write about it sometimes gets tougher.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I can imagine, your writing is always excellent, but I can imagine it does cost a lot of time. The interaction is the main reason it is so enjoyable to do. Once in a while just watch a movie and don’t review it :)

      September 6, 2012 at 9:51 am
  • Margaret Perry says:

    I just got back from a week-long trip to France, where I had no internet or movies or anything. I didn’t miss it, probably because we were so busy site-seeing and exploring, but now that I’m back it’s really nice to be thinking about movies again. It didn’t stress me out to let the blog take care of itself for a while, but I really enjoy reading and writing about movies, so I’m glad to be connected again.

    September 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hope you had a nice trip, sounds great.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:52 am
  • Tim The Film Guy says:

    It’s just like a hobby to me so unless it starts to bore me it’s fun to do reviews :D

    September 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It is a hobby to me as well. The moment it starts to feel like work I will make sure to take a small break because I want to do it as relaxation…

      September 6, 2012 at 9:53 am
  • ruth says:

    Oh I contemplate about stopping blogging all the time, and I probably would hit a time when I don’t feel like doing it as often. I totally understand how you feel Nostra, sometimes it’s nice to get away from technology for a while. I certainly would miss your blog if you stop though, so I hope you keep going :)

    September 4, 2012 at 4:54 am
    • Nostra says:

      Surprised to hear that you contemplate about it all the time. It’s the interaction with others which makes it so much fun though and you got a great blog. I probably won’t stop anytime soon, I might post a little bit less if I don’t feel the need to write, but not planning on quitting just yet.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:59 am
      • ruth says:

        Glad to hear, Nostra!

        September 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm
  • ilovethatfilm says:

    I had 18 days away on my honeymoon. Didn’t watch a single film, do a single blog or even tweet and didn’t read any movie blogs or news. I loved it. I felt liberated. But I love being connected with movie lovers so I’m sucked straight back in now. But it does feel slightly less important now I’m back.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, nice to get away like that! It’s so much fun talking movies with others… I have the same feeling about it not feeling as important as before my holiday.

      September 6, 2012 at 10:01 am
  • VictorsMovieReviews says:

    Good question.

    This past weekend was a long holiday one in the United States and I purposely did not check or write anything since we were away visiting the in-laws. Also, next week I will be away in Utah for a vacation, and plan not to be on-line.

    All that being said, I didn’t miss facebook but did miss reading the blogs I follow. I have discovered I follow quite a few blogs and realistically will not be able to catch-up.

    As for writing my blog I know I am streaky and do it when I can. I was hoping to have at least three posts for this week but most likely will not accomplish that goal. Truth is I work, have deadlines, and need to get things done before I leave the city.

    I am not concerned about it though. For those reviews I truly want to share or share quickly, I make the time for them and get it done.

    I think a blog is a tough thing to maintain and keep-up with, especially if it is not your source of income.

    September 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Victor, already wish you a great holiday!

      The amount of blogs I follow is insane, which I only noticed after not reading my mail for two weeks, I wasn’t able to catch up either.

      September 6, 2012 at 10:08 am
  • AndyWatchesMovies says:

    Not really, the only days I don’t blog are days where I’m not behind a computer for more than an hour at a time. I like putting all my thoughts down in a continuous stream.

    September 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice to see you are really motivated in doing it!

      September 6, 2012 at 10:08 am
  • Jaina says:

    As you might have already guessed – yes! Currently on one and strangely, I’m feeling guilty about not blogging. It’s weird!

    September 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    • Nostra says:

      You shouldn’t feel guilty about it!

      September 18, 2012 at 9:15 am
  • Raghav says:

    All the time… That’s why I’m okay with leaving the blog as it is for days. It is also why I don’t have regular features. Add to that that I’m moody, I don’t mind skipping blogging for days on end.

    September 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It’s also about expectations of your readers I guess. I set myself a schedule to post 5 days a week, so if I don’t do it I do feel like I didn’t deliver what people expected. If you don’t have a regular schedule people won’t mind as much…

      September 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

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