Sunday, April 29, 2012

Can I Flash Blog with the letter "Z"?

Tomorrow, the autism community is hosting a flash blog. And, it just so happens that it is also the final day of a month-long blogging-through-the-alphabet challenge in the April A to Z 2012.

Call me crazy, and count me in!

This flash blog day all started with one blogger's dashboard, a handy tool we bloggers have to keep track of how people find their way to our blogs.

That's right. For example, if you wanted to find me, you could type anything such as "Mom Cave Toilet Queen", or, "Mom Cave Crazy Amy", you'll likely land on this blog. And, guess what? I would know allllll about it, folks. Well, of course, I wouldn't know that it is specifically you, but, giggle, I know the searches that land you here.

A couple weeks ago, a person typed something into a search that landed him/her to a blogger's page: "I wish I didn't have Asperger's".

Some person--a teen? an adult?--was looking for something--support? answers?-- that landed him/her into the world of autism blogs.

That made this blogger and others think: what would we say to this anonymous person given the chance?

Thus, this flash blog day was born. On the final day of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, April 30th, bloggers in the autism community have been asked to write a response to "I Wish I Didn't Have Asperger's".

It's the Autism Positivity 1012 Flash Blog Event.

You can read all about it by clicking the badge to the right of this page. Or, heck, I'll even make it easy and give you another link HERE. positive do you think we are about autism here in the Mom Cave?

And, any thoughts on how I can make my response start with a "Z"? Haha.


  1. "The Zest for a Normal Life"
    "A Day In My Zoo"
    "Zapped with Autism"
    "Zapped From Dealing With Autism"
    "The Zeal to Connect with Those in My Situation"
    "Zooming Into the Future with Autism"
    "Z to A: We've Tackled This Issue"
    "Zhat's All Folks"

    Hope this helps!

    Catch My Words

  2. What a neat little blogging activity! When I first read your title, I thought that it meant you were going to sit down and write whatever came to mind for the letter Z and then hit the publish button....blogging in a Flash, you know, lol. The Flash Blog plan for autism awareness month is great. Every now and then, I've looked at what searches bring people to my blog but it's not a frequent activity. Now, you and Beth at Word Nerd Speaks has me wanting to really do something with those search terms.

    For the Letter Z, how about writing something titled "Zero Tolerance for Autism" from the perspective of someone who has a child or loved one with Autism and while there are challenges in dealing with them, the person who is the caretaker (parent, friend, etc.) actually gets inspiration or strength from the person who actually has the Autism.

    The Z post I'm suggesting could be about learning to deal with Autism by learning from someone who has it....that way, the reader who feels like he or she wishes they never had it can get a sense of empowerment or purpose or at the very least, know that they don't have to go through the challenges alone because there are other people dealing with the same concerns.

    ...hope this helps.

    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

    1. Yes, the title was misleading. Sorry!As for the rest, taking notes! Working and reworking and reworking now. Thank you!

  3. I love the flash blog idea. I hope the person who searched 'I wish I didn't have Asperger's' (and anyone else in a similar boat) finds some help, guidance, and support through all the participating blogs.

    1. I do think it is a really great idea. What I can write in one blog entry...I have no idea!

  4. I think you're splendidly positive here in the Mom Cave, and I think the sharing that you do here is so important. Your perspective is real and comes from a place of both experience and enormous love.

    You learn, you teach, and you share--and you never pretend to have all of the answers. Not for your own family and certainly not for anyone else. That right there is ENORMOUS.

    While your writing is surely of value to other families with special needs kids, I think it goes beyond that. All parents go through some (although heavens knows, not all) of what you do. Parenting is definitely a learn-as-you-go undertaking and every child comes with their own unique set of gifts and challenges. I think anyone who has raised or is raising a child can relate. You're that good. :O)

    Also, (and I want this to come out right, but if it doesn't, please assume the best because although I might fumble it, I hope you'll get my meaning) I think the stories you share of your sons' experiences have tremendous value for people who've never personally been around people with sensory or other issues. I think sometimes kids who act strangely or who are loud or otherwise disruptive in public places get "the look" from strangers, as do their parents. People see an overly-boisterous kid in a store and think "brat kid, ineffectual parent" rather than considering that the child might be doing the best that he or she can (and the same for the parent). You provide an honest look at your life--the sweet stuff and the hard stuff--and by doing so, you show other parents of special needs kids that they are not alone in their roller-coastery lives, as well as showing everyone else how important it is not to jump to conclusions and harsh judgements.

    1. Thank you for that all, Beth, and, yes, it came out just fine. In fact, you stated exactly what I hope to convey here and even more. Life isn't all sunshine and roses for anyone. If somehow readers want to return to this blog, reading some honest words about my mistakes or quick judgments or new experiences with this life, then we all succeed. I really do think that we as a society are learning and progressing when it comes to autism awareness...even if it is a step at a time.