Thank you so much for your kind words :) And I agree with the people you linked being lifesavers. It’s really the people that make the difference.
You know, in my early 20s I joined something that was supposed to be a community of writers. I tried interacting there. The one and only response I got was some guy telling me that I was “too pretty to be a writer”. I think my eyeroll was audible.
It wasn’t so much the comment that was discouraging, as the fact that this was the only comment in some months. Plenty of people writing, (poorly) but no engagement. I didn’t stick around very long.