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.