First of all, I am not here to advertise anything from myself or other online services. I just want to provide a little bit of insight into how I have gained confidence by blogging about my experiences with autism. I try and write a new blog on Wordpress on a weekly basis, alternating between the topics of lifestyle factors associated with autism and how I feel about aspects of university having now spent three years there. On these blogs I try to allow the reader to gain a first person perspective based on some of the feelings I have felt and the sights I have witnessed through my own eyes. By doing this for nearly a whole academic year, I have gained more confidence discussing why I myself and a few others function and see the world a little differently.
People at university have been much more understanding and it has taught me to write a little bit better as well (which was essential given I had a 6000 word dissertation and four essays throughout this year!). I would strongly encourage anyone to take up blog/vlog/chat writing on a regular basis. It helps to get things off your chest you are uncomfortable telling people about in person and its actually amazing when you come across old memories that can turn your story from a good one to a fantastic one!
Anyways thats just my opinion, but please let me know your thoughts!
I've read a good number of helpful or revealing blogs by autistic people. 'Musings of an Aspie' gets mentioned here a lot, but it has become something bigger than a personal blog.
Do you blog under a pseudonym?
That has come across me before and will have to take a little look. My blogging name is Autstudent (breaking down that I have autism and that my current occupation is as a student) :-)
Thanks, found it (by searching for that and 'autism'). I ask about pseudonyms because the forum rules say we shouldn't exchange names or personal details in public, and it looks like you're not identifiable from the blog. That's the way I'd handle it too, particularly since not all my work colleagues know. I have various alter-egos an alto-egos online. I want to start a blog soon, but not related to autism.
I can always delete my comments if asked.
I agree that with any blog or online forum that anyone posts on, their identity should be kept a secret. Only share things like your phone number with your closest folk and those that read blogs regularly and that you trust. I have previously stated my first name but never my full name and don't plan too either.
Blogging is good fun and allows you to share interests. Good luck with it.