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.

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There’s a trend in the blogosphere for lives that are pristinely planned and impeccably tracked. We see it in each perfected bullet journal spread posted to Instagram or Pinterest; in every shiny new tracking or list-making app; in every self-improvement how-to blogpost or airbrushed morning routine. This constant sense of the need to better oneself can be seen as aspirational, but it also encourages a culture in which nobody can ever be good enough, however much they plan.

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I said some months ago that this summer would involve some experimentation and potential big blog changes. Since that time I’ve introduced the #PrettyHealthyProject and started up my on my bookshelf series. I also wrote about my old summer onehundred projects. Having realised that many of my posts weren’t reader-focused enough, I knew that I had to start moving away from posts that were only about me.  

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Last week, a male stranger made a comment about me as I walked down my city’s streets. I have received far worse comments than this particular one, but the way in which the man in question asserted his clear sense of power over me left me shaken. As a way of reasserting some control and ownership over the situation I took to social media, posting on Twitter about what had just happened. Within forty-eight hours I’d received nearly one hundred abusive comments in response. Today, I’m not going to go into the details about what happened or what was said. Instead I just want to write something, because right now I’m nervous.

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