Thursday, 08 March 2012
This is an interesting question, and my initial response has been to ask them what they think it provides. I know it's a bit cheesy, but I love the feedback - it helps me understand how others perceive the site.
I've heard these interesting responses, but feel free to add your own:
- it's a great resource
- nice blog
- I've joined, but don't know what to do next.
- what's this all mean? (in reference to 'start a blog')
- what's your 'stance' on vaccines? or anything else regarding Autism for that matter?
So, allow me to address these responses and hopefully we all can better understand one another:
- It's nice that Autisable is known as a great resource. The reality is that it's only considered this way because of all the people who blog on the site. After all it's their stories and thoughts that we share on our main page. Every once in awhile myself or own of the Autisable team members may share a post, but it's your voice that we are highlighting most of the time.
- Thanks for saying Autisable is a nice blog. But again, we're just highlighting other bloggers on our main page. From people who have accounts on Autisable to those who submit posts - credit goes to them as well. You can usually tell who the author of the article we highlight in the right column of the page (in this article you will see me, for example)
- If you've joined Autisable by starting your own blog - here's a few tips to get you started:
- Update your profile, add a picture, make a 'pulse', make a weblog post. Find other bloggers on our site and friend/subscribe to them.
- Set your security settings. Remember, we want you to share your journey, but some posts you'd rather keep close to the heart or only share with close friends on the site. This choice is yours. Also, if someone recommends your post to the front page - we'd have to ask your permission first.
- What starting a blog means is simple - start an account on Autisable. It also means we want you to share your journey and connect with one another. Think of it this way: We want the entire Autism Community worldwide to be connected on Autisable.
- We don't have a specific stance - and would prefer to stay neutral. We want to promote discussion and don't want to hinder people's opinions about anything Autism related. We've been chastised on occassion for this on our twitter and facebook accounts, but remain firm that all in the Autism Community deserve to be heard and respected - regardless of their viewpoint. We encourage everyone to do the same.
Feel free to submit your question, I'll attempt to answer them as best I can.