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I have been blogging now for over two years. A lot’s changed since when I first started.
As you may have noticed, my website has undergone a makeover! I even have a tagline: “Arts and Crafts, Autism and Life.” My website has the addition of an accessibility toolbar too.
I have decided as a blogger to narrow my social media avenues for peace of mind and to set a good example to my son. It is part of my learning experience over the years to set healthy boundaries.
I have had so many genuine conversations with lovely people (which I am thankful for); however, there is also another side to social media that is not as pleasant.
We have many factors which influence our lives and experiences. My son’s family (both sides combined) has a fusion of Italian, Sicilian, English, Scottish, Portuguese, and Black Caribbean. Art has also heavily influenced us as a family, and has played an essential part in our lives, from freedom of expression and showcasing individuality without harsh judgement.
The blog will focus on my son’s interests, and after this year, I want to have more blogs that are uplifting and makes us smile. After the year that everyone has had, we need something to uplift our hearts.
Here are a few bullet points of what my son and I have listed of what this blog will focus on next year:
There is so much more for my son to explore the world of art. We will be exploring different art movements, themes, line, shape, pattern, and colour. I cannot wait to see my son’s artwork develop and see which direction it will go.
Looking back at our blogs, we were both in agreement that we had so much fun with the science experiment kits. My son loves it when we create science experiments at home.
This year I planned on doing a lot more product reviews but did not manage to do so. Next year I will be reviewing assistive technology, kitchen aids and products that help with independent living. All products that I will be reviewing will be something that my son uses.
My son enjoys experimenting and fusing contrasting flavours of food. He is keen on creating new food concepts or changing ingredients of original recipes. I always encourage creativity and love that he is coming up with his ideas.
What we had planned and missed out on this year blogging about was visiting art galleries in London and a visit to The National Videogame Museum. We had planned to do this summertime, but obviously, our plans had to change. My son is so good at playing video games and is quick at completing them. It is like a puzzle to him where he finds all the clues to put the pieces together. I do not have a clue about video gaming, so my son will be the one coaching me on what to write for these blogs.
I will still be blogging about awareness days around autism, rare disease and any other awareness days that have a lot of meaning to us and our experiences; Although, I will not just stick to these days to speak about these issues. I am not keen on the concept of speaking on significant issues for just that day, week, or month. These are ongoing issues that I will write about throughout the year as and when they impact us.
Writing about my mental health and wellbeing in a self-check-up form was helpful. I have taken the time to reflect on what has been going on in my life. I am going to continue to capture different moments and experiences that I go through as it is essential to be open about these experiences.
Random Day Blogs.
At times, I am a bit spontaneous and do not want to deny myself the freedom to be me. Sometimes some blogs do not fit in within any category, so I am happy with the inclusion of our random day blogs. These are blogs that do not fit the perceived traditional criteria within a structured blog. (Blogs that will confuse the algorithm).
So, this blog is a little snapshot of all the good things yet to come.
Relevant Post: Blogging: One Year On – Positively ASD.