Autistic Nick And The Realities Of Being A Blogger
In the world of blogging I am not the first and I won’t be the last person to run an operate a blog.
Bloggers much like podcasters are everywhere these days, each blogger and podcaster aims to be original with the content that they produce.
In the blogging world it’s me against 100,000 others.
I am not catering to a niche market here.
Just because I am Autistic doesn’t mean that there aren’t other Autistic people out there blogging away about there lives and daily struggles.
You have the mummy/daddy bloggers/ the individual bloggers/couples that blog together/ bloggers who travel/and those that call themselves vloggers (video bloggers). These people make a short video rather than writing a blog.
Besides the website that I run I also run and operate the Autistic Nick Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AutisticNick9/.
On this page along with the blog posts I also upload relevant content that is Autism related.
So, each week I not only write a weekly blog post I also search the world wide web for original Autistic content that I want to share with my followers.
Here I must be careful with the content that I post. I must read the stories that I haven’t written and decide on whether I feel that this content will be engaging enough and of interest to my followers.
My dilemma lies in what stories I think will best perform for me on my Facebook platform.
I can’t always know what’s going to get me the most engagements so it’s a gamble sometimes on what stories are going to generate the most shares or the most comments.
With the website www.autisticnick.com unlike Facebook I don’t see the comments appearing immediately.
I must wait until I get a notification via my email account that someone has left me a comment.
The upside to this is that I can decide if I respond to what someone has written.
Now you may have reached this point and began thinking what’s this blog post all about?
Is it about comments?
The social media hardships that bloggers face?
A cry for help?
A link to a Go Fund me page?
None of the above.
It’s just a blog post about the realities of being a blogger.
The whole process begins around the end of the week for me.
I’ll log into the Autistic Nick Facebook page and then with another tab open I’ll begin to search and read articles or news stories about Autistic people and their stories from around the world.
I try as best I can to make the content that I post to the Facebook page stories from Australia and WA in general, but the content isn’t always there, so I must go further afield.
Once I have read the story in question I’ll post a link to this particular story and schedule in to be published at 7 am on say Monday.
I’ll then look for another 6 stories and repeat this process.
The reason that I make sure that I have seven days’ worth of content is because I am not going to be posting original blog posts for seven days straight! I simply don’t have that much to say!
On Saturday I’ll usually begin once I have completed my first task that of scheduling stories via my Facebook page – jotting down ideas for my blog post for the week.
Here I’ll ask myself the following questions.
Is it related to Autism?
What am I trying to say with this blog?
Is it a personal blog?
Or is it serious/funny insight type of blog post?
Once I have whittled my answers down and worked out what I am going to be writing about the process of piecing together my blog begins.
I’ll start with an introduction.
If it’s a serious blog post, I’ll eliminate the comedy aspect of it.
I may begin with my personal favourite the fun facts headings.
Then I’ll begin to write my story, weaving in video’s (if I feel that they add value and are appropriate to the story).
Once I have written it.
I’ll do a spell check.
Then I’ll re-read what I have written.
This is a must do part of blogging!
Because what you think made sense half an hour ago maybe won’t by the time that you re-read it out loud to yourself!
Trust me on this one.
I’ve been there!
Once I am happy with what I have written, I’ve embedded the video (if I think that the article will benefit from it) the posting of it begins.
I’ll log into my word press account and copy and paste my blog.
I’ll then work out a title for it.
I’ll also add an image either from my library or from a website that I use called unsplashed.
Then once I am happy with the layout and the formatting of it I’ll schedule it to be posted for 7 am.
I hope that I have given you an insight into my world.
I hope that millions of you read and share this.
I hope that you’ll engage with my website and Facebook page.
I also hope that you’ll share your thoughts with me about this blog post.
Carry on the Conversation
Carry on the conversation
As always, I can also be found on Twitter: @AutisticNick9 and at my email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you for reading and I will see you next time for more thoughts from across the spectrum.