Asperger Square 8 is one year old today. I'd like to say how much I appreciate everyone who has visited here, especially those of you who leave a comment once in awhile. I have met some great people through this blog and some have even become good friends. Writing a blog has changed my life in some ways I couldn't have predicted. I felt safely anonymous starting out with only my first name to identify me and a handful of incidental readers. I hadn't predicted the ways blogging might affect my relationships with present and future colleagues, friends and family. It was something I had to figure out as I went along, and which still requires almost daily consideration.
One difference this writing has made is that the people around me now have a way of knowing what I think. I have a way of telling them, without writing individual letters or emails every time I've failed to get my point across. This is different from the way my life used to be, not in a bad way. It's almost as if I've become, for the first time, visible, authentic.
But these people are not the ones who enter the discussions here. The conversations with other autistic people and family members of autistics, here and at your own blogs, these are what keep me coming back to this, when there is so much other work to be done. So I thank you. Thank you for listening.