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This again

I feel like I do this a lot. But I am, of course, doing this again.

By this, I mean writing and (hopefully) posting a blog entry. Yes, I have tried this many times. Yes, I have consistently failed at this. Yes, I will probably fail at this attempt. But here’s why I hope I don’t.

The times have changed. 

Sure, my last post was almost two years ago. You didn’t even read it so it’s totally fine. I’m over it. You’re over it. We’re all over it.

P.S. Is blogging even cool anymore?

P.P.S. Do I even care?

I have changed. 

Since my last post, I have matured. Please read that as mah-too-erd and not as mah-churd because I have clearly matured. I figured out some life goals, returned to university (YES INTERNET PEOPLE, THEY LET ME BACK!!!!), and feel a teensy bit smarter. Hopefully my blogging sabbatical and self-reflection will class up my trashy writing style.

My goals for the blog have changed. 

For the most part, I’m still the same old BRANDI, your fave internet pal who is broke, ridiculously awkward, notoriously derailed in short, cracks you up, and overshares her life to a grand following of 6 readers (all me logged in with my 6 different email accounts). However, I intend to incorporate more of my current interests into my posts. So you may see more entries about history, politics, feminism, film, pop culture, podcasts, and anything else I feel is appropriate to discuss on this platform. I am not forcing you to stick around and peep my posts if you aren’t into it. But if you do like what you read, keep on reading! Tell a friend! Heck, tell me! I want to know what you think of the change. I like compliments and I tolerate constructive criticism.

So this post is my courtesy call to you. It is a head’s up that things will be changing. But they’re changes that I’m super excited about and I hope you are too.

Here’s a glimpse of some future topics:

  • Canadian Queer History because June is Pride Month!
  • History of Indigenous Peoples in Canada because June is also National Indigenous History Month!
  • Podcast recommendations
  • Experiences from university and other aspects of my life


Until next time,




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