The first post!

Hello and welcome to my website / blog – I don’t know what to call it yet as I’m not sure how it’s going to develop! If you’ve stumbled across this and have no idea who I am then for context my name is Hayley, I’m 28 years old and live in London. That felt like an incredibly formal introduction, so let’s get a bit more casual. Honestly, I am not really sure why I’ve created this website but it’s something I’ve been toying with for a while. Although I’ve experimented with blogging in the past I’ve never fully committed myself to it or the running of a website, largely because I was caught up in the social media hype and tended to prioritise that above all else to serve as a vessel for sharing my thoughts / opinions / creative projects. However, I’ve recently felt like social media is no longer serving me in a purposeful or joyful way. I plan to write something more long form on this, so I won’t digress or go into further detail in this post. I guess this is just a little piece of the internet that comes with zero strings, pressure or judgement attached to it that I can call my own.

I will most likely use this space to blog about social issues that I’m passionate about, perhaps share books that I’m reading in the form of ‘monthly round ups’ – but I certainly don’t see myself as a book blogger, just an avid reader! Additionally I have my own podcast, which you can listen to here , that I started in 2020 to encourage open and honest conversations around important topics and social issues. With regards to my interests, I’m always striving to be a better feminist and so you can expect a lot of shared learning on issues around gender equality and why the patriarchy sucks for everyone. Worth noting that views will be my own and subject to change, because I believe in growth and the normalisation of changing your mind as you become better informed.

Outside of my personal interests, I work in the charity sector doing comms and campaigning for a mental health charity. At this moment I’ve chosen not to disclose on here exactly where I am working, as I’d like this to remain separate from my paid employment. This is more a space for creative projects and personal opinions. But I do love my paid work too and I’m passionate about the charity sector and campaigning for a number of causes that I care about. I’ve been assigned the label ‘activist’ by some, but it’s not one I feel comfortable self assigning – something that I’ll potentially write a separate blog post about. But I will say that I am someone who will advocate and vocalise my feelings about the issues I care about and I’m constantly striving to be better educated on such social issues that I feel are important.

I’m not entirely sure how to end this first post, I guess by saying that you shouldn’t expect anything from this website/blog as I’m not sure how I’ll end up using it myself. I don’t want to pressurise myself to post a certain amount of times a week or add my own ‘hot take’ onto every piece of feminist news that’s trending. It will be a space to share what I want, when I want. So I hope that you do enjoy reading it!

You can also follow me on instagram and twitter, although the purpose of this website is to divorce myself a little more from social media and my dependence on it. But I’d love to connect with anyone on there who has found themselves enjoying my musings on here 🙂

Happy reading!

Hayley x

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