I am a classic youngest child. I am a "peacekeeper". By this I mean that while I have opinions on lots of subjects, I don't really feel the need to have everyone agree with me. Many people who are very close to me think they know how I feel about certain topics and some of them are dead wrong. If someone is on a political or religious rant I tend to either tune them out or try to see their point of view. If their opinion is different from mine, I usually do not express mine at the time. It is just my peacekeeper personality.
I started this blog late last year as a spot to vent about the boys.
I love my boys like crazy but they also irritate me at times -- what
kid doesn't? They are also a continual source of laughter and that was
my initial goal -- to entertain the masses with their antics and if I
found some other moms or dads with younger kids, maybe I could offer
them some help, advice or experience. I never wanted to deal with controversial topics.
I guess I should have considered my audience.
I read a lot of other special needs "mom" blogs and love them. Even those that have very different parenting styles from my own still have a great love for their children and a funny point of view that I enjoy. Sometimes I look at these blogs and think "thank
On the other hand if I only looked at my Facebook feed (which is mostly moms of typical kids that I know from other walks of life) I might be having a daily pity party because everyone I know seems to have high school seniors and all I am hearing about are college plans and majors and I'm just hoping that Joe can get a job.
So I try to do a balance. I read about the struggles of other moms of special needs kids and compare my life to theirs and I'm in the middle of the pack. Some have more "issues" and some have less but at least I don't feel like a freak. Then I check my real life friends and can be genuinely happy for them.
But writing the blog is a different story. I have recently wondered if I want to bother with the actual writing because people can be so mean. For some reason people feel like it is fine to tell you anything they want (including how wrong you are) on your own blog. A blog is by definition personal, so why do people have to be so hateful?
A mere two weeks ago before her life imploded, Kate from Chasing Rainbows wrote about the same thing. I hope and pray that no one said anything horrible to her during her recent tragedy but I haven't had the time to go through all the multitude of comments to see. I have seen an incredible amount of support and that has been very uplifting to me personally.
But during this same time frame I watched a much bigger blog (Single Guy Laughing) go though something similar. To me, Dan is one of those guys with an interesting enough life (it isn't an endless downer, but it isn't all rainbows and unicorns either) and a fabulous talent for telling it like it is. But wow, people just feel inclined to say ANYTHING to him just because he is a blogger.
After reading these two very different people have the exact same thing happen to them I got to wondering why I am "putting myself out there" as Kate said. I am not making money on my blog. It was supposed to be therapeutic. So can't the same thing be accomplished by just reading other blogs and maybe commenting on their Facebook pages? Is it therapeutic to be told you are wrong?
Then I considered my audience. I was thinking that it would be mostly parents reading, but autistics do a fair amount of reading and writing of blogs as well. Let's be honest, how flexible is the average autistic person? Yeah. I am pretty sure I have never won an argument with Joe in 18 years.
Unfortunately many of the more vociferous autistic bloggers do not like or agree with many autism parents. Whether it is awareness vs. acceptance, Autism Speaks, a puzzle piece for the symbol of autism (really, is this worth debating?), the need to use "trigger" words, calling someone an "autistic" instead of a "person with autism" and whether or not it is OK to "hate" the disorder there are just a few too many divisions between autistic adults and autism parents for this peacekeeper.
I had pretty much talked myself into letting the blog die and then I got 3 new followers. Huh. To blog or not???