Posted by: E (The Third Glance) | April 14, 2012

Babble Top Autism Blog nomination?!

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 🙂

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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. 🙂

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Responses

  1. The link to “this page” didn’t work… really want to support you… you make a difference 🙂 please tell me where to vote

  2. Just hit the “like” button, but it didn’t seem to change the number of votes. I will try on my computer at home. Also the link didn’t work but when I hit the big babble signage on your post that took me to the right page. Good for you, E. You deserve the nomination. So pleased!!

    • Aww thanks, Ariane! I wonder what’s up with the link… it works for me now, and it’s gotten clicks. I did make the image a hyperlink for the same reason… best go troubleshooting. Thanks!! 🙂

      • Hi E., this is just a thought, but… you can paste the link and badge image directly onto your site so people who visit your blog can click on it and vote for you any time. These nominations are for 2013, so there’s plenty of time, but it would be good for those of us who’d like to see you in the top 30 have an easy way to vote for The Third Glance. I think I went to appearances, then widgets and dragged the text box over to the right, pasted the text in and voila!

  3. *OMFGblithersquee* congrats! /happy hands/

    BTW, I not only included the testimonial you wrote as part of the Autism Positivity project, but directed a few people to your blog for more information as well. The testimonials were received incredibly well, as was the project on the whole 🙂

  4. Hi E! I totally look forward to reading your posts. I wish I could know you personally. You give me hope for my son. I love reading how your mind works and see a bit of myself there. I think autism is a more extreme form of normal human behavior (sometimes) and there may have always been present, at least in it’s high-functioning form. I think your perspective is fascinating and very helpful! Good luck with the blog and keep it up!

    • Hi Suzanne! Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂 In a sense, I do agree – Autism is an extreme of (somewhat) “normal” human behavior…

  5. I voted for you because yours is a great blog!

    • Thanks 🙂 Coming from you, a blogger I read so much from and admire greatly, that means a lot! 🙂

  6. Yes! Best of luck to you I am off to vote and tweet! 🙂

  7. Person first is what I am taught in OT school, too. That said, I sometimes use the word “aspie” when I do professional presentations on autism. I think each of us on the autism spectrum have their preferred ways to called such people. In fact, if you ever learn Chinese, you will find that sometimes people use “autistic” and “with autism” pretty much interchangeably. If you ask me where do I stand on this… I will give you two different answers. If you ask me from a professional point of view, I will be favoring person first language… as I don’t want people who listened to me speak get the wrong information and get into trouble because of what I said. But as from a peer standpoint, I have no preference.


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