You know that my blog now carries a certain topic – it is about the process of obtaining refugee status in the UK and all the emotional difficulties on the way to this. Yes, I write not only about this, but in general this is the main line of my articles.
It’s both a big plus of my profile (that there is a certain topic and people understand what I will talk about here), and a big minus. Let’s talk more about the minus..
The biggest and probably the only disadvantage in my writing I see in the fact that I do not understand what I’m allowed to write about. I mean, this is a pretty serious topic and it involves discussing not only my thoughts, but also the specific actions of official government agencies such as Home Office. I receive officiall letters from the Home Office, undergo interviews, use public services, live on benefits. Can I talk more about this or not?
On the one hand:
-It’s a free country with freedom of speech.
-I didn’t sign any non-disclosure documents.
-I write about my experiences.
On the other hand:
-My articles can help someone prepare for an interview or somehow influence on smb’s decision to apply for asylum (if I start writing more about it)
-Maybe I signed a non-disclosure document and just don’t remember it because I was stressed 🙈
-Home Office may decide that by starting to write I pursue some other goals and benefits.
The last point was suggested to me by a friend, because I have no idea what benefits I can get from my articles. So far, they only help me to structure my thoughts and get rid of anxiety. Yes, if in the future I manage to somehow develop a blog and write articles in magazines, I’ll be glad, but I also don’t rule out the idea that I’ll quit writing after a while. My paralegal said I was the first person to ask about it and she needed to clarify, so I still haven’t gotten a legal answer to that question.
Thus, I decided as follows: I will write as much as possible in as much detail as possible, but I will minimally touch upon official moments ( such as what questions were asked during the interview, what documents were requested, what documents were sent). What do you think I’m not allowed to write about?