What I’ve been doing for the past nine years. Photo courtesy of writersonline.workshops.com
COMMEMORATING 1,095 DAYS OF THIS BLOG/SITE
I know it’s a tired cliché that I reckon folks are tired of hearing, but…
Three years goes by quite fast, doesn’t it?
I recall like it was yesterday (another cliché) the day I began this blog;
I simply wanted to assert my independence in writing online, as I had spent the previous six years posting articles for HubPages.com and Triond.com (which is no longer in existence), sites that paid royalties – yes, I made a little money from them – that to be honest I was getting a bit tired of.
Particularly in the case of HubPages as while I enjoyed posting on that site, after spending so many years with them I wanted the freedom to write without someone saying that I needed to change this or that, or not accepting my pieces because they didn’t like the way I made a point.
It was similar for the sports sites I wrote for, Bleacher Report and Fansided, as I was on them for seven years before starting Hartland Chronicles; I wrote sports stories on this blog for the first few months before starting SoCal Sports Annals in January of 2015.
Here’s the link to that site, which for all intents and purposes is my being-my-own-boss job; check it out, I think you’ll like it: http://www.socalsportsannals.wordpress.com
Looking back, I understand that sites like Hubpages need to maintain a certain standard of quality.
However, the fact that I wanted to determine what was quality and what was not ultimately led to my starting this blog of my own.
In other words, it was the freedom that having my own blog offered that led to starting one.
Which is much like someone starting their own business; they do so because they don’t want to be at the mercy of some employer, much preferring to work for oneself than working for someone else.
That’s always been my ultimate mindset and – I realize now – my ultimate goal for my work life: not answering to someone else.
I have so felt like this guy over the years, and sometimes even now; left out of things because (in my case) misunderstanding and intolerance of my having Asperger’s. Photo courtesy of anxiety.org
ANOTHER MOTIVATION FOR STARTING THIS BLOG OF MINE:
Like I did on Triond and Hubpages, I wanted to have a site where my experiences with having Asperger’s Syndrome can be expressed.
I’ve transposed a few of my Asperger’s articles onto this site as well as give regular updates in the progress of my book describing my experiences of being on the Autism Spectrum, WALKING ON EGGSHELLS,
And not only will I continue to do so, I have started posting excerpts of WALKING ON EGGSHELLS on this site, the first one appearing a few weeks ago (hope everyone read it!); I’m going to post the next one later this month – hope it’s checked out!
I reckon some are asking why I’m writing about having Asperger’s, both in book form and on this blog…
In a nutshell, it’s both a sort of therapy of me as being on the spectrum has not been fun,
And a way for people to understand Aspies better as misunderstanding is a root of mistreatment, bullying and all those other bad things that folks with Asperger’s and others on the autistic spectrum go through.
Not that writing about my struggles with being an Aspie has been the only topic I’ve written about, as things ranging from God/religion to movies to politics to health issues to music (yes, I still think boy bands suck!) to racial issues have appeared on here.
And will continue to do so as issues come up.
Always a good source of therapy and a way I can relax; looking at nice nature scenery like this…
THE INEVITABLE QUESTION: HOW HAVE I LIKED WRITING ON THIS BLOG?
The short answer: It’s been good.
An outlet for expression if nothing else, which is important.
Of course it would be great if the number of reads were more than what they are as while it improved this past month thanks to an article I did about the best summer songs – here’s the link to find out what they are: http://www.hartlandchronicles.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/eight-essential-summer-songs-my-personal-favorites/
There have been quite a few days where I would get no reads at all, leading me to wonder if I was wasting my time.
I quickly came to my senses on that one – else this site wouldn’t exist – as being able to write what I know/want and getting it out there is what’s important to me.
And I do appreciate the nearly forty followers I have.
Bottom Line: It’s been a good three years having my own personal blog where I can write and express myself without anyone looking over my shoulder and acting like my “boss”, telling me my stuff is no good or not good enough.
I don’t know where it will all lead at the end of the day, but I certainly hope that Hartland Chronicles is still going strong in another three years.
And that people will be interested enough to visit it and read what I have to say.
BY THE WAY: Watch for the next excerpt of “WALKING ON EGGSHELLS”, which will pertain to being an African-American on the Autism Spectrum and will appear on this site next week.
An essential tool of my trade for nearly a decade now…