Saturday, May 11, 2013

Seven Years

Yesterday was my Blogiversary. I've been blogging for seven years.

I've seen a lot of excellent blogs come and go. I've tried some branching out, wishing for time I don't have to tell about things that may or may not interest you. I've tried strategies that didn't work, changed my ideas about a lot of things, and managing to not blog about a lot of important stuff.

I've watched a number of bloggers, many who have come in after me, grow into huge, popular blogs, while I remain here in the quiet backwater. To be honest, that's kind of the story of my life.

Joey was basically nonverbal when I began writing online here at Life With Joey. He was four years old, watching Pinky Dinky Doo and clutching his Bus. We were just entering the world of echolalia. I got to blog about Joey's first conversation. I shared a newbie special needs parent's view of time. I've written about potty training at 5, the therapy circuit, the never-ending evals, the meltdowns and the good days- and things that make life good (and more things that make life good).

I hope I've done some good sharing these things for all and sundry to see. I hope posts like Powerpoint Thinking and Quick Guide To the Day After Diagnosis have helped do what I wanted to blog for: help people move away from fear and into acceptance, understanding, and advocacy for their loved ones. I hope you all know You're Not Alone. Parenting any child has ups and downs, so I hope sharing ours has helped, even with my small readership.

Thank you for sharing the comfy couch corner of the internet with me and with my family. I hope you still know there's cocoa and coffee and ice cream in my virtual kitchen, and squishy pillows, and plenty of hugs for you. Make yourself at home.


Stimey said...

Congratulations! I know that your blog has helped so many people, me included. Love you!

farmwifetwo said...

Time flies doesn't it. You must have started it 6mths before I did (it lasted 18mths). An online friend recommended it to me after the year of ABA disaster. Good thing because otherwise I would have had no idea what I did that winter.

Sometimes I think I should go back and do it again but.... for right now, I have a few blogs I follow (less when Google reader goes) and prefer to play on goodreads and other non-autism places.

Hope you finally got the IEP stuff settled.