My First Blogoversary!

One year ago today, I wrote this post, and then I was so excited that I wrote another post on the same day. One year and 238 posts later, I’m still excited.

A year ago, I went online and searched “teen autism” and found just a few items. I had been reading the blogs The Simple Dollar and Dooce for a bit, and I thought that I could do something like that about having a teenage autistic son. I wanted to create a website that could be a resource for other parents of autistic kids and also connect with those parents, because a year ago I did not know even one other parent of an autistic child. I had reached my isolation limit, and I knew that I needed the advice of others on this path, and a connection with them.  I bought WordPress for Dummies and found a super host and thus Teen Autism was born.

Since then, I have been blessed to have crossed virtual paths with many other supportive parents of children with autism. They have offered tremendously helpful advice, thanked me and encouraged me in emails, and even traveled to connect face to face.  I have become a Chapter Rep for the Autism Society of Oregon, attended informative seminars, and even had my writing on autism and puberty translated into Turkish by a reader in Istanbul whose friend had no resources there. I feel like I am truly accomplishing what I set out to do a year ago, and will continue to. I want to thank all of my readers out there, whether I know you or not, for sharing in my life with my sons. I appreciate your support so much.

And now, without further adieu, I present the 5 Most-Viewed Posts of this year:

Thanks for reading!

19 thoughts on “My First Blogoversary!

  1. Michelle S

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m happy your blogging and happy you are taking the time to come to mine!! I can’t wait to come back and read your top 5 later today after I volunteer at the book fair all am! 🙂

  2. mama mara

    Mazel Tov! For your newer readers, I offer a plug for Tanya’s amazing series called Adventures in Puberty, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

    I could offer many more favorites, but my typin’ fingers are getting tired.

  3. Carrie

    My “anniversary” is next week – 3 years and over 900 posts – feels like yesterday. Wish all “relationships” were this easy.

  4. Carol

    Happy anniversary! And thank you for your blog. Actually, that’s exactly how I found it; by researching “teen autism”. Congratulations!

  5. Cheryl

    Congrats on your first Anniversary, Tanya! I have learned so much from you and from the input from others over this past year about autism. Keep up the good job! :0)

  6. Meg

    Delurking here to say congrats and thank you! I’ve gone through many of your archives and learned so much. And now I know there’s an Autism Society of Oregon! I never thought to look for that.

    Thanks again, and keep it up!

  7. Madeline Rose

    At first I thought: you’ve only been doing this for a year?? You’ve written so much, and helped so many that it seems much longer than that! Then, I thought: Wow! She’s been doing this sucessfully for a whole year! Helping, educating, entertaining any and all who read. Allowing us into hers, Nigel, and Aidan’s lives and sharing private and personal experiences, so all can benefit. I am so impressed with my daughter and her skills, accomplishments, and caring — I’m a proud mom, my Tanya! Congratulations, and more power to you! I know you’ll share it. Love always, Mom.

  8. Chun Wong

    Congratulations on your blog! I think your blog is a great resource for parents because it’s about real life. Well done, I’ll be reading regularly.

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