First of all, I’d like to tell you all how pleased and surprised I am to have been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by Thomas of Aspiblog! I always see people doing these, and now that I’ve been given the opportunity, I feel so included! One of my favorite parts of blogging is getting to participate in my community, and the fact that I’ve connected with enough people to be included in something like this, well, it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.
What does Stim the Line mean anyway?
Stim the Line began as a compromise. My therapist, who is an autism specialist, get it into her head that I needed to write a book. She insisted that I was self aware, good at explaining things (especially to neurotypical people), and that people empathize with me. I pointed out that I’d never written anything, ever, and that I wasn’t really the type of people who could recognize much when it came to empathy. Even more so , I argued that I could name at least a dozen autistic bloggers who were making the autism world a better place. I said absolutely no writing. Hence the blog compromise.
The blog got it name from the fact that I walk the line between autism and multiple other mental illnesses, and sometimes it can be really hard between an autism behavior and an eating disorder behavior. Or an autism behavior or an OCD behavior. I walk the line, and I try to understand and explain it.
I have the disability trifecta of chronic illness, mental illness, and autism, and I like to think that I represent all parts of me here.
Suggestions for New Bloggers
– Have Fun! Seriously, blogging is supposed to fun, and it’s a great opportunity to be creative. So write haiku’s about your favorite foods, draw a web comic about your cat, make an infographic about whatever challenge you’re facing. Blogs are a great place to try stuff out, so get out of your comfort zone!
-Participate in your community! Writing is fun by itself, but interacting with other writers makes it even more fun. So be social. Like and comment on posts that you like. Answer questions that bloggers ask, participate in surveys. There’s noting more satisfying than seeing parts of yourself others, and a community provides those opportunities! Basically what I’m saying is go out there and talk to people, even if it feels awkward, it’s totally worth it.
I now nominate these 10 awesome bloggers! They make up part of the community that I’m so happy to be a part of.
Thanks again to Thomas for giving me the opportunity to do this, it was really fun!