Today is the last day of National Autism Month for 2012! On my WordPress blog, I’ve gained some new followers on account of my posts on The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron. In these posts, I highlighted aspects of the discussions in the book about Asperger’s, autism, and social skills, and I offered my own reactions, which were based in part on my experiences.
I’ve wondered what I should do when people follow me on account of my
posts on particular topics, such as Asperger’s or works of fiction.
Should I continue to write posts about these topics to keep those
followers, when, overall, I tend to focus on other topics, such as
politics and religion? I feel that, at least for myself, I should read
more books on social skills, but I have other projects lined up for this
year and the next, so I may not have the time to do so. This year, I’m
going through books on or by Presidential candidates for the 2012
election. Next year, I may not even have special posts for Black
History Month, Women’s History Month, and National Autism Month (as I
usually do), and the reason is that January 9 will be the centennial of
Nixon’s birthday, and I’m planning to blog through books about and by
Nixon for the entirety of 2013 (and a little bit beyond that, depending
on if I finish the books I plan to read in 2013). Well, Nixon struggled
socially, so maybe I can write posts on that to keep those who follow
me for my posts on Asperger’s!
One thing that I could do is listen to presentations on Asperger’s on
YouTube while I’m reading or writing, and post some of them here, along
with some commentary. I listened to an interview with Temple Grandin
today (see here).
I happen to enjoy listening to Temple talk, since she is articulate and
her presentation is often orderly. Plus, she has interesting things to
say. Perhaps I could make a regular practice of blogging about such
interviews, forums, and presentations, as well as keep my eyes open for
any articles on Asperger’s (or even social skills) that I may find
helpful. I doubt that I’ll write on Asperger’s or social skills every
single day, but once a week may be feasible. I do try to write a third
post on some days about a topic that interests me, in addition to my
posts about my readings.