Well here I am, about to embark on a new adventure … blogging. This may be my first time writing a blog but it is not my first time thinking about it. I have sat many times, paralyzed by lack of confidence, writers block and mostly the fear that someone will say something mean to me. My hand is forced, however, by a space on my new website that is labeled blog and looks funny with no words in it. So here goes. Now don’t get me wrong I am no stranger to the Facebook status... and I can write a comment with out breaking a sweat. But this feels more personal and yet public at the same time. My children do brave, unfamiliar things all the time so I will learn from their example and take the plunge.
The first thing I needed to do was to choose a name. Again the paralysis sets in. What if the name is already being used, is too cute, is not cute enough? I thought of all kinds of variations using my last name, Moore Madness, Moore Memories, Muddled Moores. But those titles left me feeling Mooretified (sorry, sometimes I can’t be stopped). Besides if I was only going to focus on my own family I’d call it, “and this is why I drink” and be done with it.
So I reflected on my purpose for writing a blog, other than to fill up that space on my website. It will be a space, I hope, to share some ideas that I have tried with my children and my clients over the years. Ideas and programs I have tried in the areas of Autism, Asperger’s, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, and all kinds of challenging words that start with a vowel. Some of these ideas worked first go, many took lots of tweaking to get it right. Each idea had to be individualized for each new individual but they often gave me a place to start. Many times, just like this blog, I didn’t know where to start and had to take a leap of faith. Sometimes it is just a matter of trying something, and if that doesn’t work trying something else. So with that as my inspiration I decided to call my blog, “So then I tried …” . I hope my efforts help you as you generate your own ideas. If you too have found something that has worked feel free to share it. I might try it next.
Paulette Moore is a mother of two, wife of one, and autism consultant of many.