It is with sadness that I am today closing my blog. All posts have been deleted and comments are disabled.
Blogging here has been a wonderful and enriching part of my life for the last 3 years.
But for almost 6 months now I have been the target of a vicious and relentless cyberbully.
They have misrepresented my words, called me horrible names via email and comments, publicly posted lies about me and my family, contacted my husband’s employer with the intent to make him lose his job, impersonated me on various websites, reposted a photo of my husband and I to ridicule us, and stalked my comments over various platforms to try and use them against me.
All the advice on how to deal with cyberbullying says you should just ignore the person and they will stop. And while I have mostly taken this approach, unfortunately it has not caused the bullying to stop over the last 6 months.
This has affected my mental state to the point that I have had trouble sleeping, had recurring nightmares and some panic attacks. I am thankful for the loving support of my close friends and pastor, and the loving guidance of my husband during this hard time. But even they can see that it has taken a huge toll.
This cost to myself and my family is not worth continuing to blog, even though I have enjoyed sharing all that the Lord has been doing in my life.
Now is the time for me to focus on the people around me, on the ground.
So goodbye, for good.
*Edit: if you’d like to stay in touch, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org