Monday, October 27, 2008

A Bloggy birthday

A year ago today I started this blog with this post. My husband renewed my domain for ten more years, so I suppose I'll be around for many more years. Ten or eleven sounds like a long time, but I'll be married for thirteen years in December and that time has seemed to go really fast.

I've learned a lot about autism over this year just by blogging. I've also developed some special interest areas such as grief, stress, adults with autism, and girls with autism. Best of all I've met great bloggers, most of whom, I mentioned on this post.

I went to three funerals including one for my own father. One was on Christmas Eve for a young boy, age 8, with autism. We honored the little boy at an event I helped to organize. I blogged about that here. The other funeral was for my beloved aunt. Needless to say it's been a difficult year.

Moving on to a cheerier topic, the popularity of some pages have surprised me. These are the three that seems to be visited the most: Girl with Asperger's Syndrome Eliminated from America's Next Top Model; Just for Fun: Asperger's Syndrome Test; and; Aqua Dots: Moon Sand and Floam Saved us from Potential Danger .

Most importantly, though, I started this blog on Make a Difference Day with the hopes that I'd help to make a difference through this endeavor. I think I did (this may be apparent if you check out most of my posts for the month of April--Autism Awareness month), though it's impossible to know how much.

My ultimate goal now is to continue to blog from year to year. It's not easy to keep going. Blogging burnout is common throughout the blogosphere. But I'm hoping to be around for awhile and hopefully make a few more blogging friends along the way.


twinmom said...

I'm glad to find your blog. My 2 1/2 y.o. son was recently diagnosed to be in the spectrum and we're trying to learn and figure out what's best for him. Keep up the good work!

Casdok said...

Happy Blog day!! I too have learnt much about autism just by blogging.
You have had quite a year and have made a difference. :)