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Going Offline for a Month & How I Handled Blogger Burnout

The truth about blogging
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I struggled to choose a title for this post and without a title, I didn’t really know where my writing would take me. But I guess the beauty in this will be an upfront recollection of where I’ve been the past month and why I believe taking a break prevents you from breaking.

Blogging and “being a blogger” has been a pretty weird ride over the past few years.

After starting my blog in December 2012, I have spent more than four years sharing the ins and outs of my life day-to-day through social media and my blog. I have travelled to 6 continents and 60 or 70-something countries (I lost count long ago) and have been incredibly fortunate to see and experience so much of the world. I owe this all to blogging and the wild ride it has taken me on.

But the truth is that life changes and with it, you change.

As a firm believer in change being a good thing – a constant challenge, a shift of gears, a chance to start anew… I’ve spent the last month grappling with what this change means for me, my blog and future endeavours.

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Its Okay to Take a Break

Here is where I’ve been hiding out – at home on the farm. Bliss, no?

For those of you who don’t know – I come from the island of Tasmania in Australia. It’s a hidden gem for those who come to discover it and a perfectly-positioned postcard just waiting to happen every which way you turn. It is often unbelievable to me that such a beautiful place exists, let alone a place I can say I grew up in and will spend the rest of my days enjoying (and probably still pinching myself over!)

After four years of wanting to escape the place I grew up and explore the “rest of the world”, I can now say with certainty and belief in my own words that I have grown a strong love and appreciation for Tasmania.

Since meeting my partner 2 years and 2 months ago on the dance floor of my sister’s wedding, I have slowly been spending more and more time at home and as such, spending less and less time on airplanes and in airports.

But that’s not to say that every day has been less of an adventure.

Charlie's Dessert House Launceston

Charlie's Dessert House Launceston

Pursuing Other Passions

Since choosing to split my time between home life and “blog life (living out of a suitcase)”, I have rediscovered my love for the simple things. Things like cooking, cleaning, even getting excited to put a load of washing on and have the house sparkling top to bottom.

Through this time I began to spend more and more time in the kitchen baking (those with a sweet tooth will know sugar is an obligatory food group, I won’t have any of this sugar-free business!) As a result of this, I opened a bakery in my home town. It has been one of the craziest, most challenging and certainly most exciting things I have ever done.

Aside from business pursuits, I have also made more time for other things I adore: gardening, interior decorating, entertaining and generally feeling like I have two feet planted on the ground – a feeling I missed so much after living out of a suitcase for four years.

The truth about blogging

Blogging is Changing & So Am I

Another challenge I have faced internally (a lot, lately) is the changing nature of blogging and social media. At the beginning of this I felt like an outsider looking in and lately I’ve began to feel caught inside this world of “living online”. The online stuff I love includes Pinterest, writing general nonsense on Twitter and sharing secret places around the world on Instagram.

The online stuff I don’t love so much is the oversharing, the constant pressure to be more exciting in order to be a better business and quite frankly, the over staging of photos (remember when you just ate your food before taking a photo of it!?)

Don’t get me wrong – it would be ironic and hypocritical of me to say that I hate the interwebs in any way – I love how integrated and interconnected we have all become. But I do feel as if this year I would like to have a different relationship with the interwebs and my approach to it.

The past month you may have noticed I haven’t uploaded a single photo on Instagram – a pretty big shift from my 2-3 uploads per day. Quite honestly, I was tired of uploading because I felt like I had to upload something to be interesting. 

You may have noticed in the past month I have also gone from sharing 5-7 blog posts per week to a dismal 1 or 2 every few weeks. Truth? I have been too busy living in the real world to live online this past month.

And truth? It has been awesome.

Where to now?

Wherever the wind takes me.

In 2017 I plan to have more authentic adventures – skipping the oversupply of hosted trips and blogger perks for the old school DIY trips with my film camera and paper maps to lead the way. I still plan on sharing my adventures and keeping the fire alive, but doing so on my own terms and for the right reasons – because I just love to explore.

This year I also plan to share more of my other interests – DIY projects, interior decorating in my home, adventures in the kitchen and so on, and so forth. I’m welcoming change and I hope you will too. None of us were ever meant to be one-dimensional so don’t be afraid to pursue multiple passions and keep embracing what makes you feel alive.

See you soon.

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  • guerracatarinaadv@gmail.com'
    Catarina Goncalves
    March 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I loved this post. I feel this is so true, specially on instagram. There seems to be some kind of pressure to upload photos every day even if there is nothing interest to upload, just no too loose audience. The thing I hate the most is the comments on my feed, totally unrelated to what I have uploaded. Thing like “this is sweet”, “keep it up”, etc. I also was passing to much time on social media, like 3 hours per day…
    Like you said in the end, the most important thing is to remember yourself: why did I start to do this in the first place?

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    Mark
    March 25, 2017 at 2:57 am

    I agree. been following wowl lately and have followed on bloglovin.

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    Linda Hakim
    March 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Great perspective on life. Thank you for sharing. Congrats on your bakery. I love bakeries. Maybe one day I can visit it. Linda @culturallycuriousme

  • lindsey@arabiannotes.com'
    Lindsey Parry
    March 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I was so glad to come across this post as this has something too that has been bothering me. I love writing and maintaining my blog, but I can’t help at times but get caught up in the ‘rules’ – that I ‘must’ post at specific intervals and constantly be visible online. I am learning to back off from this and just do what feels right, though I do still struggle at times with the fear of this. Interestingly though, by backing off when I need to, not only do I feel happier and better about what I’m doing, but I have also been interested to learn that nothing frightening actually happens by doing so – visitors still come to my site and the world keeps on turning! Being you and being your authentic self is important – that’s what blogging is fundamentally about after all, and at the end of the day, remembering to live your own life through your own eyes instead of ‘how will this look’ or ‘what will I write’ is also important to not lose sight of.

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    Peru Tours
    March 18, 2017 at 8:19 am

    nice and interesting post, your photos are amazing

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    Helene
    March 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I can relate to what you are saying. I’ve been living on the road for almost two years now and since I have met my boyfriend and moved in with him, it may sound dull or so conventional (especially coming from me) but I just love to be home. I still love to travel but I guess less often. And I find hard to adjust to the fact of having a blog and the pressure I can put on myself (ending up procrastinating haha). I guess like you said we have to accept that we change, so our priorities. I’m currently in Budapest and although this city is amazing, the truth is I just want to go comfortable home (in Iceland).
    Thanks for sharing that !

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    Joella (RovingJO)
    March 10, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Nothing better than being true to yourself. Keep doing what makes you happy. Live life and enjoy it on your terms.

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    Anderson James
    March 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your amazing experience and stunning pictures to see in this article.

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    Emily
    March 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Good to know you are changing and coming to realize that! I remember thinking that you weren’t posting very much, and now it all makes sense. You only have one life to live, so definitely allow yourself to evolve in to the person you want to be. Good luck Brooke! I will keep reading for sure. 🙂

    -Emily

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    Hayley
    March 9, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Love this post Brooke – sounds like you needed to take a blogging break and get some ‘me-time’ in there – I try to take fairly frequent blogging breaks, even if it’s a few days here and there. It always leaves me feeling refreshed and I come back feeling so much more motivated and inspired! P.s your bakery sounds incredible!

    Hayley xo

  • charliemei88@hotmail.co.uk'
    Charlie
    March 8, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Love this Brooke! It’s been quite nice to see the change with your blog, as the focus seems to have shifted to quality over quantity. I have been through a similar thought process and I am not really enjoying my relationship with the online world. My out-put has reduced drastically, and whilst I have agreed to feature in my partner’s YouTube content and help him with filming, we are both much more focussed on spending time with each other and enjoying the moment with our friends and family. It helps that his channel is focused more on his profession, which leaves a large part of our private lives untouched (thank goodness!). If you ever come back to Wales, get in touch, would love to show you around (and take you for yummy cake!)

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    Taylor Conant
    March 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I love this post! I teach high school and I recently heard a few of my students tell me they were going on a road trip over spring break to take pictures. I asked them what they had planned, or what they hoped to experience on the trip, but their only response was that they wanted cool pictures. This really disturbed me, but it also convicted me! It made me question if I’ve really been allowing myself to be fully in a moment or if I think primarily of how I can capture and share it. I really appreciate that this post captures the art of balance, which is something I’m continually striving for. I believe we are kindred spirits and I hope you continue to share your love of adventure AND home with all of us!

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    Bridget
    March 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Awesome and congratulations on the bakery! Enjoy this new stage of your life and career.

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    Liz
    March 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    You’re growing up which means you’re evolving! No one should ever have to feel guilty for that nor apologize for it. I love that you embrace change so beautifully! Good for you girl!!!! Can’t wait to see your next adventure, however you choose to define that 😉

  • raya.manova@icloud.com'
    Raya
    March 7, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Such a great, honest and frankly – quite inspiring post! We all change and grow as humans and what once used to fire us up, may start to seem like a drag. And it’s OK! It’s OK to start pursuing new passions, to take up new challenges and to open up and say “this is no longer for me”. It also feels quite refreshing. 🙂 Wishing you all the best in all your future endeavours!
    p.s. These macaroons look absolutely delicious!!! :o)

  • Drialeimaj@yahoo.com'
    Jamie
    March 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Wonderful perspective, Brooke! It’s very refreshing. You’ve done so well for yourself! Hoping to visit your lovely bakery someday.

  • kayti.clayton@yahoo.com'
    Kayti Clayton
    March 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I’m glad to hear it Brooke. When I first started following your blogs I loved seeing the more real side of you and the places you visited but over the last year it has felt a little more… I can’t really find a word for it. Like you just haven’t had the same passion and vibrancy that you used to have. Which is probably a result from overexerting yourself in terms of trying to take sponsored trips or succumb to social media pressure. Can’t wait to see what this year brings and look forward to more posts and videos!

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    Danielle
    March 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Brooke, I absolutely love the honesty of this post and I am seriously looking forward to your more stripped back DIY style travels. I fell in love with your blog years ago (side note: you inspired me to start my own!) when that was your style and watched you slip into quick rushed sponsored trips. Quality is more important than quantity, and a happier lifestyle/mindset will definitely produce quality work. It’s great to hear that the bakery is doing well, if I ever find myself in Tazmania (which I hope I will!), it will be the first stop on my itinerary. Good luck with everything lovely lady x

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    Rachel
    March 4, 2017 at 7:11 am

    What a wonderfully honest and open blog post. There’s a whole world out there that will wait to be explored and blogged about, nothing beats a break away from it all at home. Good luck with the bakery and all the fun things you have to look forward to!!!

  • Brittany@brittanyfromboston.com'
    Brittany from Boston
    March 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Thank you for your open and honest comments about blogging and traveling and changing pace! I can relate to everything you’re saying and I think that’s true for a lot of us. It’s not good to get so caught up in our online world that we lose sight of the importance of reality, and it’s becoming harder to separate ourselves from that online obsession. I hope you find the right balance for you. Thanks for paving the way, as you always have done!

  • sevencontinentssasha@gmail.com'
    Sasha
    March 4, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Amen sister, I could not agree with this post more! I was travelling for five years before I started a blog (waited wayyyy too long, I know) and for the first year and a bit I was always stressed about posting online and writing enough and it totally changed the way I travelled. Before I created my blog I would barely go online, would read more books, chatted to more people in hostels and quite frankly enjoyed every aspect of my life and travels more because I wasn’t stressing about all the things I should be doing online or taking too many photos to get the perfect shot and was just living in the moment.
    I only lasted a year in that mind frame before I realised blogging (and travelling) like that wasn’t for me. I don’t care if my blog gets read thousands of times or how many likes my Instagram photos get anymore, I was wasting so much time worrying about things that didn’t matter and less about real life. I stopped caring about 6 months ago and I’m so much happier living in the real world and only posting things online when I want to. I don’t know how you have kept this blogging life up for so long, kudos to you and kudos for realising you need a change.
    I also totally relate to wanting to be at home more and having more normality. I’m also lucky enough to be Australian and after seven years on the road I am itching to get back and buy a house and see my family and friends more than every two years and eat decent food and have nice weather…. the list goes on. I’m just finally ready for a ‘normal’ life. As soon as I can save enough money for my English boyfriends permanent residency visa (which is impossible when I keep booking flights ha) I will be back for good too.
    Sorry for my life story, just really related to this post! Thanks for keeping it real girl and enjoy your new chapter. x

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    Diana
    March 4, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Great post! It’s so easy to upload something for the sake of uploading, because if you’re off for a few days then your follower count starts plummeting! I love how you’re enjoying the little things that come with living at home!

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    Augustinas Vasiliauskas
    March 4, 2017 at 2:13 am

    I relate to you so much, very good points!

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    Diana Cabrera
    March 4, 2017 at 1:27 am

    You are my soul sister, Brooke! I feel exactly the same way. The oversharing to be interesting has gotten so out of hand and since the beginning of the year, I’ve taken a step back from the internet, as well. It’s felt so wonderful, and I completely understand where you are coming from. Thanks for keeping it real and beautiful!

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    Kelsey A Glennon
    March 4, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Perhaps my favorite post of yours to date. Authentic, genuine, and relatable. I haven’t ever posted on here but I just had to give this the digital head-nod of agreement because I’ve been swimming in all the same thoughts myself as a blogger…and a lover of “old-fashioned” travel. You know, the stuff we did before we even had the option to share it with the world. Being present is where it’s at. Enjoy those simple pleasures Brooke!

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    Carol
    March 3, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for the honesty and I am glad you’ve spoken such truth with courage. It’s great to hear you’re going to enjoy more of life and being authentic to yourself and your passions. An overkill could cause a passion to die off and it’s really great that you are going to preserve it in a way that still keeps the fire burning in you.

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    the Fashion Matters
    March 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    this post has made me admire you and relate to you even more!

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    Anuradha
    March 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    As they say too much of anything is bad…good that you took the break. I guess I need to take one too.

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    Louise Grima
    March 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wishing you lots of happiness in your new ventures and your life Brooke. Have loved every one of your posts – I chose a lot of the places we visited last year because of you. You are really inspiring, a wonderful photographer and excellent blogger. Really glad you will be exploring again the way you want to and looking forward to reading all about it. Hope Charlies is going well – especially with Tania in charge!! If you and your Mum get up to the Gold Coast again make sure Tan contacts me – would love to see her and catch up and simply just talk to you. I know lots of good coffee shops!! Good luck x

  • nooreen.dudhia@gmail.com'
    Nooreen
    March 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Wow it is so refreshing to read a post like this! I love your honesty. You have been such an inspiration to me with all of your travel adventures, and even inspired me to start a family travel blog. I’m looking forward to hearing all about your new endeavours too. Wishing you all the best xo

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    Laurie
    March 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    A great and much needed post these days!
    I hope to travel to Tasmania one day with my kids so we can enjoy a treat at Charlie’s!

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    jess @ ordinarygirlextraordinarydreamer.com
    March 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Ohh I’m SO glad you wrote this – your blog post and everyone’s comments have resonated so strongly with me, and I agree so much with it all – the pressure is mounting and it’s hard. It takes so much of the fun out of blogging, which is why so many of us get started in the first place…
    I guess I’ve been joining the revolution without even really realising it, by opting out of as many online experiences, and opting into real life instead. I feel oddly guilty sometimes (another bad sign, when blogging feels like an obligation rather than a fun hobby), but then I think, I don’t have 10,000 followers, I don’t think the few I do have really care to much if I have nothing to say this week, and I should really remember why I started in the first place…

    Good luck to everyone else struggling with it all, too 🙂 xoxo

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    Heather Gjerde
    March 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I love this approach! Life is all about balance. You will appreciate your travel adventures that much more if they’re spaced out and well anticipated. I look forward to see more of this new approach. 🙂

    In love & light,
    Heather

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    Chiara
    March 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Hi Brooke! Im not a blogger, but Im going through something similar right now. Thank you for this post.

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    Juancarlos Escalante
    March 3, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Loved your blog! My mother would always tell me that anytime you do something you love as a job, it kind of loses that hobby charm-like quality about it. It’s now more “I need to do this” as opposed to “I want to do this”.

    Hope you never lose your passion for wanderlust though! It’s such an amazing thing and you were the first serious instagrammer I followed and whose photography inspired me to push myself! Thank you so much for all that you do, now go and do what you want to do 🙂

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    Maja
    March 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I absolutely loved this post, Brooke! I discovered your blog in the beginning of 2015 and you have been a huge inspiration to me in starting a travel blog of my own and pursuing my dreams. I have loved following your adventures–wherever they’ve taken you–and while I’ve missed the photos and blog posts in the last few months, I totally support you living your life and running your business(es!) on your own terms. As a newbie blogger, I’m still not sure about how much social media I want to use. While it’s great for connecting, I don’t want to fall into the trap of “having” to post. Also, doing laundry is also one of the things I miss most when I take long trips!! I love how real you are as a blogger, and I love how honest this post is. I hope to make it to Charlies someday! Best of luck with it all 🙂

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    Abbi @ Spin the Windrose
    March 3, 2017 at 8:08 am

    There’s so much truth in this post, from the importance in taking a break, to how the blogging world is changing. One day I will finally make it to Tassie and would love to go to your bakery. Wishing you all the best!

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    Danielle
    March 3, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Loved this post. I’ve been following your journey for a couple years now and you’ve inspired my own travels. It’s so important to always do what makes you happy and what your heart desires, even though it might be hard to accept. I’d much rather see fewer posts from you, knowing they are genuine, than posts you felt like you “had” to post. Love from NY xxx

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    Marina
    March 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

    This is truely inspirational, Brooke. I absolutely agree that we all need to take a break and step away from things time to time. Thank you for this post!!

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    Anna
    March 3, 2017 at 7:46 am

    WOW – Might be my favourite blog post of yours yet. Thank you for your authenticity!! xx

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    Renee O'Brien
    March 3, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I love this post, Brooke! I’ve been following you for a while now and love that you’re taking time for yourself and for the things you enjoy. I actually studied abroad for a semester in Tasmania and absolutely loved it. I didn’t spend much time in Launceston (I studied in Hobart) but thought it was a lovely town. I can’t wait to go back some day with my husband and visit your bakery! If you’re ever in North Carolina or surrounding areas (or in East Coast Canada, I’m originally from Nova Scotia) I would love to meet you!
    Anyways, I wish you all the best in your new endeavors 🙂

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    Adelaida C.
    March 3, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Hi Brooke! I discovered your blog and Instagram 2 years ago, and I’ve followed you on social media since then. Thanks to your amazing posts I’ve been able to discover and learn things from many different places and I will always thank you for that. Honestly I’m kind of sad that this is going to change a bit now, but I do totally support changes and I know that these ones are for good. I wish you the best and can’t wait to read new posts on WOW!! 🙂 greetings from Barcelona!

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    Darcy
    March 3, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I absolutely love your blog and I agree breaks are the best. Over the summer last year, I tried to really disconnect from Instagram and I didn’t log on for almost 2 months! I didn’t post, or even scroll, and it was honestly so refreshing. I discovered new interests and found more time in the day to get things done! I still love IG and scrolling through for Inspiration, but it nowhere near consumes my life like it used to. I am exciting for all of the new content to come on your blog!

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    Tosh
    March 3, 2017 at 2:21 am

    This is such a great post and even though I only starting blogging less than a year ago, I know how you feel. I feel the same way in my day to day office job, so essentially I know what you mean by feeling overwhelmed. I have always been an avid photographer and writer throughout my travels, even before blogging stood out to me. I always had a notebook and pen on hand, I still do, but as you mentioned, I do see online the over processing of photos and “moments” lately that just seem SO contrived and fake. I’m an old school personality, I like taking pictures, going places and writing about them, so that’s why I started my blog. It’d be great to have as a career to me, but I know I have to stay true to MY beliefs and ways and not give in to the “norm”. I admire your courage to take a step back and enjoy the small things in life again, because in the end, those are the big moments with friends and family that mean the most. Best of luck with everything and anything you do this year. I’ve been following you for quite sometime, and you have a good head on your shoulders and you are GENUINE. that’s the one up you have on SO many people and your fans truly see that! Much love from Canada. If you ever make your way to Toronto, I’d love to show you around. 🙂 xoxo

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    Jaqui
    March 3, 2017 at 1:39 am

    It’s so important to make sure you’re living your life for you instead of people who are reading your blog. I think a lot of other readers will be like me and be excited to see posts on other topics like DIY and home decor! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful changes that are bound to happen!

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    Charlie Elliott
    March 3, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Completely understand where you’re coming from. Indulge in the things you love, keep your integrity (and sanity!), and maintain your passions.
    On a side note, I am so sad that your store opened just three months after I was in Tasmania. I’m in the UK so won’t be back for a while, but it’s firmly on my list for next time as I absolutely adored Tasmania!
    Cx
    Charlie, Distracted

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    Belle
    March 3, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Good on you Brooke! At the end of the day, you only live once and the most important thing to be doing is living your best life. I think most people need to slow down a bit (or a lot!), and you’ve actually got the guts to do it. Bravo. BTW – I visited Tasmania and adored it. You’re in a wonderful place.

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    the adventurer
    March 3, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you =o) I only found your blog a few months ago but have been in awe of your photography, writing and story =o) Keep it up! Also hoping to visit Tasmania soon =o)

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    Rachel
    March 3, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Good for you Brooke! You are honestly the reason I began blogging. I am always impressed by the amount of effort you put into your work. Of course I loved reading a new blog post each day from you, but the quality of each post and the enjoyment you get out of traveling is what will keep me returning every day {new posts or not!} It is inspiring and humbling to hear that you are human and simply want to live your life according to you. And not by the standards of those millions on the internet. I hope you continue to find happiness! You have given us so much happiness through your blog and you deserve just as much. Hope to visit your bakery one day. It is on the bucket list!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    March 3, 2017 at 12:36 am

    very honest post! thanks:)

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    Julie
    March 3, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Hey love! Just letting you know that you linked to the wrong Instagram in your post.

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    Nikki Vargas
    March 2, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Oh Brooke, I have been waiting for this post! I’ve noticed you have stepped back from social media a bit and (putting on my detective cap) figured it was for your budding bakery and relationship. It’s life and it moves forward and it’s refreshing that you speak openly about reality and how being a travel blogger isn’t everything! I too have faced such truths and changes, deciding to take a full time job as a Travel Editor, grow my roots as a journalist, build a home with my boyfriend and opt for traveling on my own dime (no press trip itineraries!) vs. jumping from blogger/press trips. Good for you! Excited to see where this next chapter takes you.

    Nikki Vargas

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    allison vernon-thompson
    March 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Oh my god you’re so refreshing! I’ve followed your blog for several years and as an explorer but also an introvert I’ve marveled at how you do it with the constant social media. As a business owner I struggle with protecting my time and my life while being authentically available via social media. We are in the process of starting a new biz and I have to decide on our new site and social media platforms what my time commitment will be. Hearing you’re truthful story is SO helpful. I’m behind you 100% on this new phase. Thanks for keeping it real. xo

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    Vanessa Rivers
    March 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Refreshing post Brooke! Honest and real! I loved that you are pursuing what makes you happy and living in the “now.” I am happy you met an awesome guy to share your life with too. You deserve all the happiness in the world. Thanks for keeping it real! X

  • justineabbitt@gmail.com'
    justine
    March 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    It sounds line you have found a great balance! Life is like the seasons. There is a time for travel but then there is a time for setting down roots . Remaking authentic to yourself is the most important thing in this social media landscape where many get sucked in too far and sell out for a brief success.

  • taste.france@yahoo.com'
    Taste of France
    March 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Bravo to you! I also had wanderlust that took me around the world, though it was before Internet and mobile phones (even landlines were rare where I was) and social media. All those things have been great for sharing info and experiences, but they seem to have promoted a sameness, a staginess. Good for you for stepping off that carousel.

  • kirtisharma7111@gmail.com'
    Keerti
    March 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration dear. Actually i am a social media addicted even i know sometimes i don’t take proper sleep, a lots of stress but its a part of my life. I am planning to take break for sometimes but nothing happens. :p . Now i realise i really need a break. Thanks for inspiring me dear.

  • Valizstoriz@gmail.com'
    Nastasya
    March 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Brooke ! It’s been 2 years I follow you now. First, thanks for your blog who remains one of my first source of inspiration ! I went travelling for a year in Australia in 2014. And when I went back, I discovered your blog and I can genuinly say that it changed my life (yep yep) coz it helped me starting mine. Since then, big ride too !!! But I totally understand what you mean in this post and thanks for sharing this ! I kinda of think «oh my, she is human then», sorry for this… I was always impressed about your creativity, productivity and the same amount of passion you could put through every single post. I tried to do sth similar but realised it wasn’t for me (I don’t really enjoy social media and put more price on travelling free and spontaneously than being paid per tourism offices to do so). I first thought it was a failure I couldn’t make it right that way. But then, I realised it allowed me to reconsider what I really wanted to do : being free,writing and helping. And today, I can run a blog and a business without being much connected (of course I am on a daily basis but no snapchat or FB priority when I do sth). And it just correspond to me and my personnality. I adapted the business model to me and not the other way around, coz I wanted to preserve my passion of travelling out of stress and pressure. It looks like you’re going through the same process and it’s great. Take the chance. You’re a wonderful woman and your community will keep following you if you stay true to yourself ! Thanks for everything and keep on chick !!! <3

  • lisa@fjordsandbeaches.com'
    Lisa // Fjords & Beaches
    March 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I loved reading this, and thank you for sharing! Tasmania looks absolutely beautiful! 🙂

  • rea.alducente@gmail.com'
    Rea
    March 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This is so inspiring! You are so inspiring. I love reading your personal stories and I think this speaks to me so much. Congrats on your bakery, I’ve seen the video on Youtube! And so lovely to know you are exploring more of your beautiful home. ❤

  • karlievida@gmail.com'
    Karlie
    March 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I liked this! I’m not hugely a social media person, which makes it easier for me to turn off and detach, but I can imagine when it has essentially been your job that it becomes attached to your identity and your sense of worth. It’s neat to hear about you taking a step back and to focus on yourself.

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    Kelsey
    March 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Ahhh Brooke I love this so much! When I first started reading I was lightweight freaking out thinking you were leaving the blogging world forever, but am so happy to hear you’re staying but just changing your blog vibes a little bit. I’m really excited to see your new posts and think this will be so refreshing in a world of curated content and sponsored posts (although I think they are great if done authentically, but it does seem like a lot of online influencers do it for the money at times). I am totally on board with your new direction and can’t wait to see what comes next 🙂 And hopefully one day I’ll make it over to Charlie’s!

  • brubuncewanderer@gmail.com'
    Brubunce
    March 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for this! I needed to read something like this today. Social media has impacted our lives in so many ways, but it is important, for me at least, to have a more humble relationship with it. I think when you first start getting into blogging, you feel like you have to constantly be relevant on social media. But staying true to yourself as much as you can, and focusing more on your authentic passions, and what you are really trying to say to the world, is going to have more of an impact than how many posts you have a day, or how many likes you get, or followers you have.

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    jordan @ dancing for donuts
    March 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    i love absolutely everything about this post. i’ve been blogging myself for about 5 years and just recently have decided to spend more time on it (mostly because i can and it’s such a fun outlet for me), yet i can’t seem to find the passion in posting every single teeny tiny thing about my life on social media. i know that the most successful bloggers do this, but i don’t feel the need to post 26 instagram stories a day. and maybe that will make me less successful in the long run, but it’s something i feel strongly about, keeping parts of my life private and spending time off my phone.

    thank you for sharing your words – congratulations on your bakery and finding new passions. it sounds like you have a wonderful path ahead of you 🙂

  • poonam.gala@hotmail.com'
    Poonam
    March 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    This is the best and most honest thing I have read in a while. I love how you are acknowledging and embracing the change rather than clinging to posting pictures or blogging “just because you have to” … it’s amazing to read this at a time when everything on social media is just overdone !!
    All the best and honestly your hometown has enough magic from these pictures for a lifetime!
    Love following your journey and thank you for taking us along … 🙂

  • maggie.burch@gmailc.om'
    Maggie
    March 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I just read a similar blog post about how the pressure to post and take high quality pictures is unnecessary, and too much. I agree with you entirely!

  • rachiebee@gmail.com'
    Rachael
    March 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Yes, this is a great post! I’ve actually read about quite a few bloggers lately struggling with becoming so sucked into the blogging life. I only have a little blog about my own expat life in Okinawa but even lately I haven’t been able to post much and have also struggled to find motivation to post on Instagram. I found myself getting sucked into trying to gain “likes” and followers through a “following group” of other bloggers, but the whole thing made me feel completely fake, so i’ve taken a step back and tried to just spend weekends away from social media.
    Anyway, long ramble aside, it was really nice to read such a genuine post about blogging life, and Tasmania is first on my list of getaways when I finally move back to Melbourne this year! I’ll be sure to drop by Charlies!

  • kendallsimmons2@gmail.com'
    Kendall Simmons
    March 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Really lovely post. I’m so pleased to hear that you are in such a good place, at home with the people you love doing things that inspire you! I look forward to seeing what awesome things you do in 2017!

    • Brooke Saward
      March 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much for the continuous support Kendall! Love (love, love, love) your interiors 🙂 Hope to meet one day when I make it back to Nashville! I’ve been begging my boyfriend to let me take him there this year 😀 x

  • tcvray@gmail.com'
    Tatyana Ray
    March 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Brooke, as always I am thrilled to hear about what you’re up to and your ventures at home. It sounds like you’re growing as a person… you’ve become an even more confident and self actualized woman. I cannot believe how long I’ve been following along with your wild adventures! I truly cannot thank you enough for those glorious reviews of South Africa that led me to Mala Mala all those years ago. I regard your advice with the highest esteem and cannot express my gratitude for letting all of us readers into your life for so long. Of course things change and people do too 🙂 So glad to share whatever journeys 2017 and beyond have for you! I’m sure your new postings covering DIY, kitchen creations, your bakery etc. will be just as intricate and engaging as your other work has always been. Wishing you the best!

    • Brooke Saward
      March 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Aww Tatyana <3 it is so nice to read these little messages that remind me how rewarding it has been to share everything online for the past few years 🙂 Also I have been planning adventures back to South Africa (again - haha!) and you've reminded me how magical Mala Mala is. So glad you loved it just as much - such a magical place! Look forward to sharing the next four years and many more 🙂 it is people like you who make it all so worth while. Much love! <3

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    Brian Ciccotelli
    March 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Yes, posting because you have to wears on you. I feel like that in my YouTube channel sometimes. And then my wife wants to go to a movie but I “have” to edit? I’ve been opting for real life over internet lately as well and, surprise, surprise, nobody unsubscribes and all is well. You keep living life, Brooke. You’re amazing at everything you do and I can’t wait to eat at Charlie’s. 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      March 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Isn’t it nice when you realise nothing changes – it is still there when you’re ready to come back! Look forward to meeting you guys if you ever make it in to Charlie’s 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • laura@laura-travels.com'
    Laura Nelson
    March 2, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us. To be honest, I LIKE that there have been fewer blog posts (and didn’t even notice that you hadn’t been active on instagram!). I prefer quality over quantity. I’m looking forward to your blog posts as they come out…on your time. Hope the bakery is keeping you on your toes in a good way! 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      March 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Laura 🙂 Totally agree on quality trumping quantity – every time! It has been really nice to take a break and see the world through my own eyes rather than a camera lens – sometimes you just need to put things in to perspective hey 🙂 thanks v much! xo