First of all, welcome.
I’m glad you have dropped by my blog for whatever reason. 🙂
A little about the history of this blog: I have blogged previously at 2 other WordPress blogs and originally began blogging about my family back in April of 2010.
During that time I was Freshly Pressed and gained a sizeable number of email subscribers, blog followers and daily hits. But one day it occurred to me that none of this was important to me.
I realised that I really didn’t give a toss about those statistics, but what I found myself placing more importance on, was being true to myself, protecting my children’s rights and writing from my heart even if it wasn’t going to get noticed. I realised that I didn’t want to write about what everyone else seemed to be writing about and I wasn’t really interested in becoming a big-time blogger. (Plus, I didn’t have the time to put into promoting my blog or blogging regularly anyway!)
I wanted to go back to why I originally started blogging – to create a place where I would be able to gain the therapeutic benefits that writing brings me, and also so that I could share our story with other families who may be walking along similar paths.
I have learned a LOT since my very first blog post and I admit that when I started out, I was INCREDIBLY naive. I now realise that:
- Not everyone on the internet is kind.
- Having a child with a diagnosis is not always enough in common to cement friendships with other autism parents.
- There will always be people out there who will disagree with you and they will not be backwards in coming forward with their views and opinions.
- Some of them will get personal.
- Being too honest will open you up to cyber-bullying and may get you accused of playing the “poor me” card too often.
- You have to decide to either let them win or refuse to be bullied into defeat.
- Some people on the internet hide behind their computers and write things that they would probably never say to your face.
- Children don’t deserve to be ridiculed because of decisions and choices that their parents have made.
- I am extremely emotional and make too many decisions with my heart and not enough with my head.
- I am not like everyone else and I march to the beat of a very different drum. And that is completely and entirely ok.
So in saying that – welcome to “Wonderfully Wired version 2”.
This time I will be refraining from posting photographs of my children. (Yes I realise that the internet has things called caches and our digital footprint already exists) but I have no control over that. I do however, have control of what I post from now on.
To begin with, this blog will be mostly made up of a collection of my most favourite posts and the ones that I am most proud of. So those of you who followed the older blog (which is now deleted) will have a sense of de ja vu when reading some of these posts. I will be starting to add newer posts as I feel inspired sometime in the new year and when life has returned to ‘our version’ of normal.
Hopefully you’ll all join me to share in the trials and triumphs that 2014 will bring.
Please note that the URL of this blog has changed to http://www.wonderfullywiredblog.wordpress.com so if you had the old URL (same but without the word ‘blog’ in it) you will need to change it in your bookmarks.
Also – if you had an email subscription or “followed” the old blog via WordPress – you will also need to re-follow or re-enter your email address in order to remain on the receiving list for new posts.