I’m still feeling out exactly what I’d like to do with this whole blog thing.
As I was explaining to my partner the other day, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what to write about. All the blogging advice and working artist advice I’ve seen seems to be tailored largely to a non-disabled, allistic, neurotypical audience, and it’s been difficult to find information and guidance for autistic and disabled people who want to start their own business.
For example, a lot of blog advice includes creating content almost constantly. Always something new and fresh and amazing each week, if not each day! And make sure to constantly be available for your audience to call upon night and day, try to answer e-mails and such within an hour or two. Oh, and be sure to offer content that helps your audience in some way, give them something they can’t get anywhere else.
Oh, and a big one: be authentic! People love authenticity in blogs! Which is all fine and well if you’ve not grown up undiagnosed as autistic and struggling with acceptance in general because you’re “too sensitive” or “too intense” or whatever it is that allistic people seem to find you to be when you’re your most authentic.
Well, honestly, I can’t do all that. And frankly, I don’t want to even if I could. I think that a huge part of unlearning ableism is unlearning capitalism, as so many other amazing disabled activists and thinkers have said before me. And I think a lot of these blogging suggestions fall into that category of fast consumption and the undervaluing of ourselves, wringing out every last drop of our beings for the lowest price available.
I don’t want to do that.
It’s important for everyone that we try to unlearn these capitalist ideas that we are made only for consumption and certain values. So as scary as it feels to assert that I will refute the blogging advice of people who at least appear successful, I think I shall do just that. I want to ensure that this space is my own, that I set the rules and pace and, importantly, my own value that is separate from capitalistic ideas of worth.
So I think I’d like to make this blog about things that I like and want to write about. :] [smiley] I want to blog about art, about photography, about travel sometimes, about inspiration, about struggles, about nature, and more. So I think I will. :] [smiley]
On a related note, I was reflecting on this post and thinking about how all the things I want to write about remind me of my college major before I had to leave. There’s a program through the City University of New York (CUNY) called the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA for short) where you get to create your own major. Pretty cool, right??
Well, I wanted my major to be about exploring creativity and the way we find inspiration for creating art. My degree would have included traditional art classes, as well as certain literature and science courses, largely social and psychological. I also was double majoring in Japanese Studies, and I feel that the language and cultural study from that major was just as integral to my creative studies major.
Which brings me back to what to blog about when you’re “weird,” I suppose. I think that my artwork is influenced by sooo much that it would be impossible for me to blog simply about one thing. My life is made up of so many factors, all of which directly influence and effect my creative flow, so I feel my blog should reflect that. And if you’re also neurodivergent and/or autistic, I hope you’ll join me in this idea that we can write about things important to us authentically and still be absolutely worthy of attention and interest and “success,” too.
I hope you find some value in my posts for yourself, and I hope you feel like you’re in good company when you read or observe my work. I also hope you see a bit of yourself somewhere in these pages and my work and feel recognized as a human with value.
And I really hope that you enjoy your time here. :] [smiley]
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great day!