I hadn’t written it down in my calendar and surprisingly, wordpress doesn’t alert you to the fact either. But this morning, I received a text message from my BFF saying “Happy blog birthday” and I thought ‘Wow….really?’
So it’s been a full 12 months since I started rattling on about every thought that enters my head!
I occasionally look at the numbers and it never fails to fascinate me that a boring old housewife from Australia has managed to write 415 posts over the course of a year!
Well….416 if you count this one!
One of the things that has worried me over the course of writing this blog is that my penchant for being brutally honest would drive people away but in fact, I have found quite the opposite!
I have had many comments and personal emails thanking me for laying it all on the line and telling it as it is. People tell me that my honesty makes them feel like they are not alone and not the only parent to feel helpless and out of their depths.
I don’t do this for any other reason than because it’s the only way I know how to be.
I don’t do fake.
I can’t write happy posts when I’m in the pits of despair.
I am NOT always able to see the silver lining and I don’t pretend that autism is all happy sailing.
I was concerned that my heart-on-the-line style of writing was harsh and too confronting.
I have considered throwing in the towel and quitting blogging altogether on countless occasions this year, but it turns out that this is exactly how a lot of other autism parents live as well.
I now know that for all of the glass half-full writers out there, there are also a lot of us who frequently tread water trying desperately to stay afloat.
But to be fair- I do have days where I find myself jumping for joy on the mountain tops to celebrate what would seem like a small achievement to those who aren’t in the know!
Over the past 12 months of blogging, I have met many wonderful people online and have had a lot of people that I know in real life approach me and tell me that they never realised just how much families with autism go through.
And if this last year has only brought awareness to only a handful of people, than that’s a good start as far as I’m concerned. I realise that I only cater to a handful of readers out there but I will continue to blog throughout my happy days, sad days and everything in between for as long as I need to.
So thank you to all my faithful followers. Your comments and input and support have touched me in ways that I could never fully explain.