People who follow the Facebook page for this site will probably have noticed that I have mostly recuperated from all the things this year, and I thought I would take a moment before the end of the year to outline a few changes I have decided on regarding the future of Un-Boxed Brain.
But “the future of Un-Boxed Brain” sounds a bit heavy and this post won’t be heavy, so to ensure that it stays upbeat, here’s accompanying music:
Ok, firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who stuck around after I said that I would be taking a much-needed break. During that break, I was able to think some big thinky thoughts about what I want to do with this site, with my studies and basically with my life in general.
To a certain extent, my life so far has been a series of restarts because just when I feel as though I’m finally starting to figure things out, I seem to burn out. I jokingly suggested a little while ago that if I were to write my autobiography (assuming I become relevant enough to warrant writing one), a good title for it would be “It was very confusing there for a while”, and then a friend pointed out that it has to stop being confusing for the title to work. That anecdote is a little random, but I think I’ve reached the point where I’ve accepted that it’s always going to be a little/lot confusing for me.
And my confusion means that I sometimes inadvertently cause arguments because I ask questions to try and ease my confusion, and my questions are misjudged as me being snarky, but that particular thing is a post all on it’s own, and I am digressing.
Anyway, during my break, I did “turn and face the strange”. It was a good break and it gave me the chance to decide on a few things, so these are the three things that pertain to this site:
The reason why I kinda just let this site churn on while I was taking a break was because I still have a lot to say, but I also can’t really be reactionary. I can’t respond to every current event that effects autistic people because it uses up a lot of spoons. While I am feeling much better, I am still recovering. I am still on my way back rather than completely returned. I may never return to 2015/early 2016 levels, and that’s ok.
Because of that, I need to pace myself, so I’ve sat down and brainstormed a number of different topics that I want to write about. Some of those topics will be aimed at parents of autistic children, some will be about my experience as an autistic person and/or an autistic parent, and some will be a little more general.
From there, I’ve gone ahead and figured out how often I can post, and once a week is reasonable. It will probably be towards the end of each week, but I’m not going to commit myself to a specific day because life happens.
The A-Z of Neurodiversity series
The A-Z of Neurodiversity was a collaborative series that I put together in April 2016 instead of doing anything related to autism awareness. If you haven’t read the series, you can do so here. I thoroughly enjoyed putting together that series. It gave me the opportunity to see other perspectives, and I believe that by generating accurate information about neurodiversity, as a paradigm and a movement, we can build a stronger foundation from which to dispel the commonly asserted myths about neurodiversity.
In 2017, I would like to repeat that series. I have not yet decided whether to ask writers to focus on the same topics or whether to develop a new set of topics, but I will share details of how that will all work in mid-February for people who are interested in contributing.
I’ve had a couple of people approach me about the possibility of guest posting, and I have published one guest post in the past outside of the series mentioned above, so I thought I would offer that opportunity more widely than just to people who know me personally.
This is a new thing that I’m trying so I don’t have an exact idea of how it will all work, but I have put together some basic submission guidelines which you can find here. This may not be a permanent thing, but I’ll be able to make a decision once I see how it goes.
So those are my changes, but there are some things that haven’t changed: My core values have not changed. I still believe that all people deserve equality. That’s a belief that shouldn’t be controversial yet it still seems that it is.
Once again, thanks for sticking around. I’m still sorting out older blog posts and making sure that images appear correctly, etc. but I’m giving myself time to do this because there really doesn’t need to be pressure even though I keep wanting to put that pressure on myself.
If you’re into celebrating any sort of holiday at this time of year, I hope your celebration goes (or has gone) smoothly. I am looking very forward to saying goodbye to 2016, so I’ll see you all in 2017.