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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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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Back in April I was inspired by a commenter who believed blogging should be instinctive, and it’s stuck with me ever since. At the time I was trying to work out exactly what I wanted out of my blog, but my progress was hindered by my difficult third term at university. In the past few weeks, however, I’ve been returning to these ideas and found them really worthwhile, so perhaps they might be of use to other bloggers who are struggling with their direction and motivation too. 

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