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A (Belated) Inaugural Welcome

On the 1st of July 2022, two things happened. The first was that my old blog, Commentary Cemetery, was finally put to rest. The second, is that, from the barely-dead corpse (if websites produce corpses), the verdant vines of a new project crept out.


I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Commentary Cemetery over the past couple of years, but I think I have realised that the blog's limitless scope (it's my site, I'll cry if I want to) has been leaving me increasingly paralysed over what to cover next. I'd sometimes chime in on world events, sometimes go off on rants about Star Wars, Pokémon or Boris Johnson, and sometimes make more reflective, introspective posts about my own life and experiences. I've found the latter of those to be more worthwhile, thought-provoking and meaningful pieces to write, as well as being the more well-received by readers, so I think I will try and focus in on that kind of content from now on.


As well as honing in on the kind of blog content I'd like to create, I'm also looking to spend a bit more time practising creative writing. I've been hoarding a plethora of little poems over the past few months, and I thought it would more worthwhile to share them than to simply hoard them. You can read the first one, We're All Poets, and expect new weekly(?) instalments for the foreseeable. Additionally, I am finally making the effort to get back into reading in a big way, so I'll maybe even write about what I'm reading if I'm feeling inspired.


So, that's the aim of The Verdant Vine. A much more honed-in and personal, focused mantra, with a healthy dose of creative writing, all wrapped up in a mellow, natural, green aesthetic. I'm thrilled you're here, and I hope you stick around for what's to come over the next few weeks and months.


You can catch the full archive of every Commentary Cemetery post on the new site, but if you're after my hot takes on the latest Marvel flick or Mark Zuckerberg controversy, you'll have to catch me at the pub or pester me on social media.


The blog is dead. Long live the blog.

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