By Naomi Whittingham.
Welcome to my blog. The main purpose of this site is to bring together my existing work, but I also hope to add new writing from time to time. I have never blogged before and am looking forward to the freedom of writing as I wish, with full editorial control. (The downside is that any mistakes are on me!)
On the occasions when I wrote in the national media, I was able to reach an audience I could never hope to through a blog such as this. At the same time I was very aware of having to fit my writing into a mould that had been created by other people. One could push at the edges but never completely break that mould. Factors such as editorial policy, legal constraints and word count all heavily influenced what could – and, perhaps more significantly, what couldn’t – be said. Here I am free of many of those limitations, but face a different challenge. How to reach people who are not already well aware of everything I have to say? In general, ME advocacy is beset by this problem: we put huge effort into raising our voices, but very often the only ones listening are others in the same situation.
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