I’ve blogged on and off in this online space for over five years now. Initially it was fundamental in teaching me to write and helping me find my voice; more recently I’ve worked to settle it into something that works for me long-term. Last year I thought a lot about values, and why I blog, and that process culminated in a rebrand to Lightly We Go. But it didn’t quite get the chance to go further than that after January of this year, when second year took over and it stopped being a priority. Now, though, my priorities are starting to shift.
Number one, more than ever, is university. In my final year of formal education (for the foreseeable future, at least), this is taking the top spot in a way I’ve never quite known how to let it, until now. But the big change come next term is that I’ll no longer be involved in my student newspaper, which frees up a lot of my time for everything else I want to prioritise – namely my relationships, and myself.
The truth is, over the past year I’ve lost the joy in writing. I’ve forgotten how to do it for pleasure. It didn’t have anything to do with blogging; other things took their toll, and before long writing was the last thing I wanted to do. I hated it; writing has always been part of my very core, and losing the love of it made me feel empty and unsure.
I know why that happened, and I’m making the necessary changes to recover it. Distancing myself from student journalism is a major part of that, and in the past few months I’ve had to work hard at accepting that the career path I’ve spent years setting up for myself simply isn’t the one I really want. But the other major change, I think, is to actually start writing again.
The difference is, I need to write whatever I want. I need to write for fun; for the love of it. I’ve plenty to say, and so many photographs to share, and now I just need the motivation to do it. So last night, when I had the house to myself, I spent the duration of two Harry Potter films completely redesigning the blog, and I’m utterly thrilled with it. After all these years, it finally looks how I’ve always dreamed it would.
Better still, it’s had exactly the effect I was hoping it would: all I want to do is write. Here’s hoping, then, that in the four weeks I’ve got left before classes start again I can get right back into the swing of it all, ready for a new term, and a new start.
What do you think of my redesign? How have you got yourself out of a blogging rut in the past? Let’s have a chat in the comments!