Monday, April 11, 2011
My Voice, and Carly's Voice
Although I've been blogging for about a year now, I still feel like a real newbie in the blogsphere. I'm still learning, and still finding my voice. I don't have a huge number of followers. In a media world of catch-phrases and sound-bites, labels and pigeon-holing, I don't seem to fit in. My blog isn't a diary. It's not focused on a single-topic. It's not a snarky-funny send up of motherhood, autism, education, or marriage. I'm not an educator with a mission, a pundit with a soapbox, an artist out to shock or inspire, or a woman on a crusade for one good cause. Sometimes I'm a little bit of each of these things, but I don't want to focus on one niche in particular.
Blogs are fun, but they can be as one-dimensional or multi-dimensional as the author wants them to be. My favorite blogs tend to be "slice of life" ones, where the blogger has something to say that resonates with me. At the moment I'm following a disproportionate number of blogs about families with a child with an autism spectrum disorder. It's just where I am. But my interests range so much wider than that, and I hope that the family, friends, acquaintances and strangers that honor me by stopping by to read what I have to say don't mind my lack of a specific topical focus.
My blog is a little bit like a scrapbook, a way to note and share things that catch my eye, inspire me, disturb me, frustrate me, encourage me, anger me, invigorate me. It's a little bit like a kaleidoscope, giving my readers a fractal view of the many segments of my life. (If you read long enough you might see a pattern! Or come to the conclusion that I'm just a little bit cracked.) It's a little like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get.
Today I'd like to share a video about an amazing young woman. Diagnosed with severe autism at an early age, nonverbal and with difficult behavioral issues, she was considered to be at least moderately mentally retarded as well as autistic. Imagine her parents' and therapists' surprise when she started typing on a laptop without assistance at age 11, and had a lot to say. Carly now has her own blog - stop by and listen to Carly's Voice, if you have a moment. You'll never look at a person with autism quite the same way again.
(My sincere thanks to Blondee for sharing this video via FB.)