My Autistic Life: An information tool or emotional safety blanket?
02/11/2011 Leave a comment
As a blogger that has shared a collection of personal experiences and media reviews on autism and more specifically, Asperger’s Syndrome, on My Autistic Life since April 2010, content feeling has given way to confusion since my final year of university study began last month.
Now, such muddled thinking is not a result of interest in what has been a surprisingly successful time for online hits which have spread themselves across many of the articles on this blog but instead, clarification of the use of anything that is published has caused deliberation.
Are thoughts and reviews taken as an interesting or uninteresting window into one specific case of life with a disability or can academic thought be applied from them too?
There might be a chance that reading could be done for business and pleasure in equal balance but having failed to add any new posts since September 2011, a total of more than 250 views throughout the following month has shown a degree of interest which has made the mind wonder about the above question and with it, comparisons to similar blogs from other writers on the autistic spectrum.
Just to say, gratitude is always there for those who choose to look at any of my work that has been published over the last 18 months and while other work is perused on a regular basis, reading about the thoughts which inhabit similar minds will always act as inspiration rather than a bid to credit their work as a personal piece.
With this in mind, any confusion that is being felt is hopefully obvious and understandable but if this is not the case, apologies for making very little sense in attempting to understand thoughts which have filled my grey matter of late!
Instead of rambling, the point for wondering whether an information tool or emotional safety blanket is the cause of My Autistic Life must now be explained as by looking at other blogs, questioning has developed which cannot be shaken or slept away.
Garry Burge’s account of living with Asperger’s Syndrome depicts his thoughts on life as a man that lives with autism in Australia and by bringing a similarity, contains personal musings and reviews of sources through various types of media which are produced by not only others but also himself as a published author.
Maintained in a familiar fashion, My Account as an Aspie could be construed as an informative way of discovering how the thoughts of another are construed through language and as a result of this, reading has fueled a desire in wondering if similar blogs have the same effect.
Creating a dilemma, my feeling when creating an autism blog was to share issues with anybody on the internet by explaining a complex set of emotions which were causing anxiety and depression at a very tough time.
Having developed from this original idea into an informative capacity within a matter of hours from recognition on Twitter and comments which were left as a result of the first article that was published, any intended concept of merely airing views became obsolete.
From explaining a question that has proved as the running feature of this foray into an autistic world, any views which you may have are most welcome in order to give a definitive answer as if I’m completely honest, some help is needed to give a little understanding.
Garry can unintentionally sign this post off with his view on the subject:
“As an adult with Asperger Syndrome, I accept my diagnosis and I hope that other adults, their families and friends can also find my information useful.
“Within the Asperger Syndrome community it is important that we work together and I feel it is my responsibility to help with the best of my ability.”