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I’ve had a blog on and off (but mostly on) probably since I was about 13. A few weeks ago I closed down my latest.

Partly for reasons of privacy.

Partly because I was mixing quite serious political posts with “open wound” style windows into my mental health and short works of fiction.

Mainly, if I’m honest, because I was shamed out of it.

So I closed down my last blog. And I miss it. I’ve tried keeping a private journal, but that’s an entirely separate writing need. And I’ve come to accept that I need this (a public platform with some regard for a reading audience) too.