I’m amazed and humbled by how quickly this little blog has grown, and I’m ecstatic to meet and bond with all of its new followers, many of whom are extremely talented with awesome blogs of their own (!), and the amazing commenters who have essentially, beautifully, transformed this once-tiny blog into a really neat semi-community-forum/gathering-place! I never imagined that would happen; if it crossed my mind before, it was only a fleeting moment that seemed entirely out of reach. And yet, here it is 🙂
I’m doing my very best to keep up, both with interacting with everyone, visiting their blogs and reciprocating support and friendship, and providing new content on a fairly regular basis, in order to keep helping more people.
I also thoroughly enjoy receiving and responding to messages, which I’m always open to and honored to receive! I confess that this is an unusually busy time for me right now; a dear (and elderly) friend who has been staying with us suddenly began to have some serious health complications over the past week and a half, including a trip to the hospital, and I’m currently staring down the barrel of a 200-question written exam (offered twice a year, incredibly expensive) whose date is rapidly approaching (Saturday 3 April), over and above the usual workload and family life (lol) 🙂 That’s not to make excuses, but rather, to explain myself if I sometimes seem to run “hot and cold”; sometimes the spare time really is touch-and-go. Sometimes I get to choose between blog time and sleep time (lol).
But there is light at the end of the tunnel for some of this stuff.
In the meantime, I’ve come to cherish not only my growing readership (Hi!! And Welcome, and Thank You!), but also the lovely reunions with a few of this blog’s earliest supporters from those first days, weeks, and months (So happy to see you!! And Thank You, too, for your support then and now!).
I’m incredibly touched by the beautiful outpouring I receive from people who reach out to me to say that a post particularly struck a healing nerve, helped them through a difficult situation, helped them understand themselves, eased a painful thought or feeling, or helped them feel less alone. ❤
Although I try not to be redundant or monotonous with my post topics, I will often come back around and write about a topic I might have already written about, if I can frame it in a new light, or if I have come across new information, or if I’ve gained a new perspective, or gone through a new experience, etc. Since my bond with many of “my” new lovely followers has been “only” recently established, it’s very likely that a post I’ve written about may have a similar companion in the archives that might help in similar ways (to those mentioned above).
Understandably, with over 350 posts on this blog, it’s no small task to sift through every post written over the past 10 months 🙂 So what I’ve done is to create a new page, in which selected posts (not all 350, but I chose those I felt were a representative sample of relevant posts) were categorized under semi-organized headings, all on one ‘Essential Reading’ page, for easy location/navigation. For example, if one of the posts on relationships particularly resonated with you, then it’ll now be much easier to find other posts on relationships without having to sift through everything else 🙂
This page isn’t a regular blog post, but it’s a page accessible on the menu (at the top of the site for desktop users, and the “Menu” button for mobile users”), so you can get to it at any time, from any post 🙂
To facilitate the desire to “retro-help” (i.e., help people out today with posts written in the past) even more, I will likely begin to include my own version of “similar posts” at the bottom of certain new ones, so that if a particular post spoke to you, helped you in any way, or connected/resonated with you, you might be able to find even more of the same benefits more easily, post by post. 🙂
One last tidbit I’d like to share is that I’ve updated and expanded the existing Resources page (also accessible via the Menu, anytime, from anywhere on this site), to include more books, a couple more bridge-building websites (between people on and off the spectrum), and a few more additions.
My intention is for both the Essential Reading and Resources pages to be updated regularly as applicable, so please feel free to bookmark and/or check back periodically! 🙂
For those of you on the spectrum who are currently writing books, whether hard-copy or ebook, whether self-published or through a publisher, please feel free to sound off in the comments and tell me about it (yes, you can absolutely provide links–to your blog, your Amazon listing, etc), because I’d love to compile a list of books and other productions by Actually-Autistic people so that we may all learn from each other, share with each other, and support one another as much as we can. ❤
I think that’s about it for the updates; my work for the day is nagging at me, but I’m making every attempt to blog a little later ❤
Love, Aspie-friendly hugs, and so much gratitude to you all!!