I thought I'd do a brief announcement of my new personal blog (I get paid to do the NDY blog, along with some other duties).
I think it's ready to go. Here's the announcement I put on the NDY blog and sent out in emails:
quote:Over the past month or so, I've been working on a launching a personal blog.
I suspect that I'll still tinker with the settings and formatting, but other than that, it's ready to roll out.
This blog will also be disability-oriented, but will cover (but not necessarily limited to) hydrocephalus, nonverbal learning disabilities, and neurodiversity.
This is something I've wanted to do for awhile now. For over 15 years, my life has intersected repeatedly with the neurodiversity community - even before the term "neurodiversity" was coined.
What to expect from the new blog:
*personal experience of someone in the "nld" club, and views that depart from professional accounts of the label;
*historical bits and pieces regarding hydrocephalus and other conditions - history regarding attempts to exterminate or to explain away unexpected competence in people with this and other conditions;
*stories of adventures and encounters with both "neurotypicals" and people who share unusual neurological wiring;
*occasional rants when some advocacy group or other starts building its PR work by portraying some of us as "burdens," "monsters," or - in extreme but not rare cases - blaming us for our own murders;
*items, topics, etc. that I can't predict at the moment.
What not to expect:
*Me being inspirational;
*a lot of fussing about what a "correct diagnosis" means;
*medicalization of my life and experiences.
OK, if you've read all that and you're not sure just what the heck I'm going to be doing on this blog, then that probably makes two of us in all honesty. But I intend to have some fun doing it, and hopefully, some of you might find it fun or interesting as well.
Check out: Water on the Brain - And Lots on My Mind
Yes - everyone comments on what cute pictures they are. That's my point in putting them up. The thought of large-headed babies with hydrocephalus has a certain tinge of "the monster" in a lot people's imaginations. The pictures are a modest "detoxification" effort on my part.
I will do my best not to suck as a writer. Doesn't mean I will always succeed, but I will try.
Thanks to both of you - and to a bunch of other folks here who visited the blog (I use google analytics and saw that the link in the post was used a lot more than two times).
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