So a couple of days ago, I noticed a strange thing in my referrers on my stats page – I was getting views redirected from a babble “Top-Autism-Blog-Nominate” page… so out of curiosity, I clicked the link, and discovered that a wonderful reader had nominated me as one of their favorite Autism-related blogs. To whomever that was, I’m honored, touched, floored, and deeply wowed. Thank you for saying such nice things and liking my blog enough to put it up there!
Here’s what they had to say:
“The Third Glance is written by 22 year old “E”, a doctoral student and a person with autism. She has a fascinating way of sharing her perspective without alienating those of another. Her posts are poignant, honest, and paint a picture of her world. Check out “Words” or “Assume Good Intentions”. Great stuff.”
But now, here’s the cool thing… people are actually voting for my blog. Not many people, but still, people – maybe even some of you reading this post! Thank you so much for showing your support. If you like my blog, and feel like it’s helped you or spoken to you at all, would you consider perhaps going to THIS PAGE and “liking” it there? While I honestly have no interest in accruing the most votes (or even a “top xx” position), it is really amazing to know that there are some people out there who read and are influenced positively by my blog. And while you’re there, check out all of the other absolutely AMAZING blogs that are listed. There’s a lot of fantastic content out there, and it deserves to be seen. Thanks 🙂
P.S. While I’ve never really discussed it here, and I know it will come up when you read the description, I personally prefer to NOT use person-first language about myself. I am an “Autistic Person”, NOT a “Person with Autism”. However, to the person who nominated me, and wrote the description, I don’t hold it against you in the slightest. I understand that you probably prefer person-first language, and that’s fine and respectful in your book. It’s not what I prefer. Though I haven’t ever said so explicitly, I use Autistic in my blog and all my self-descriptions. But honestly, I don’t mind that you did use person-first language to describe me. I’m honored that you thought and think highly enough of my writing to go out of your way and add me to that list. And I know that you came with good intentions… great intentions… respectful, honorable, wonderful intentions. And that’s what matters in my book. You didn’t set out to offend me (nor did you), so I won’t take offense. 🙂 In future, I’d love it if you could try to think of me as Autistic (and that’s a personal choice about MYSELF, others have their own preferences). I’m not going to harp any more on the person-first vs. descriptive first language, because that isn’t the point, really. But I did want to say something explicitly. So thank you so much for the nomination, and the kind things you’ve written about my blog. You really did make my day/week. 🙂