What are your favorite Autistic blogs?

We are starting a new series featuring lists of our readers’ favorite Autistic blogs.

Please submit (or comment below) a list of your favorite Autistic blogs (including your own, if applicable). Preferably include a brief description of each blog and why you like it. Please only include blogs written by Actually Autistic people. Spread the love!

Thank you in advance. I hope this helps us identify worthy and enjoyable Autistic blogs we might not otherwise discover.

I’ll start. To avoid unnecessary repetition, I’ll state up front that all bloggers below are excellent writers, brutally honest, and fiercely independent thinkers.

Thing of Things 2014-2022; WordPress, Medium
Ozy Brennan is a prolific, nonbinary, polyamorousrationalist, utilitarian, intersectional feminist, fangirl, person with borderline personality disorder, effective altruist, animal rights supporting independent thinker with a large, loyal following. I love reading their unique, detailed, extensive, well-thought-out opinions.

this great ape 40s; Dx40s; chronic pain, ME; life with invisible disabilities; 2014-2022
Christine M. Condo has staunchly advocated for Autists since becoming aware of her autism in 2015 and has described in wrenching detail her difficulties with chronic pain. I like her dedication, authenticity, and heartfelt tirades.

Ada Hoffmann 34; Dx13; science fiction author; Canada; 2014-2022; Substack
Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novels THE OUTSIDE and THE FALLEN, as well as dozens of speculative short stories and poems. She is an Autistic self-advocate, an adjunct professor of computer science, a former semi-professional soprano, tabletop gaming enthusiast, and LARPer. I love her extensive reviews of autistic speculative fiction and her insights into the Autistic community.

Just Stimming… Woman; 2011-2022
Julia Bascom is an Autistic woman, writer, and self-advocate who writes about Autistic identity, community, and language; disability rights; theory vs. praxis; and personhood. She doesn’t post often but when she does it’s superb, especially regarding the more disabling aspects of Autism.

Nothing if not verbose Kate; 40; Dx30s; Woman; ADHD, EDS, JHS, Dep, CPTSD, SAD, Crohn’s, chronic pain, FB, endometriosis; marine biologist; married to Autistic/ADHD; Australia (Melbourne); 2013-2022
Kate is an Australian marine biologist with a Ph.D. in genetics who blogs on the management of chronic pain, mental health, the challenges of working out so that her muscles can support her bendy joints, politics, feminism, various scattered opinions, trauma, abuse, dog training, how nice it is to sleep on boats, why she likes airplanes, and just about anything she gets interested in (and when she gets interested in things, it’s an intense and overwhelming experience). She conveys her enthusiasm so well that after reading a typically-verbose post, I can’t think of any part I’d want to eliminate.

Spitfyre Phoenix Rising 44; Dx39; Woman; EDS, PTSD, Celiac, other autoimmune, HH; biracial (Caucasian-Cajun-Native); divorced; USA (Texas); 2008-2022; the silent wave, Who Loves Kitty, Laina’s Collection, YouTube, Maidenlion
Laina is a child-free hearing-impaired Wiccan-Buddhist-Hindu-Pagan/Pantheist from South Texas, recently widowed and living with a roommate and three cats, with insatiable compulsions to study biochemistry/economics/history, become an excellent marksman, search for natural dopamine sources, live off the grid, think outside the box, and maintain a stubborn optimistic vision that maybe–just maybe, organic food, martial arts, detoxification, neurodiversity, dark chocolate, libertarian public policy, ethnic downtempo music, a yin-yang balance, and Dr. House, MD can save the world. I love her prolific writing about oddball subjects (as suggested by her preceding self-description) and her devotion to helping others.

Jennifer Lee Rossman – Speculative Fiction Author Dx18+; USA; 2016-2022; Amazon
Jennifer Lee Rossman is a queer, Autistic, and disabled science fiction writer from Binghamton, New York who cross-stitches, watches Doctor Who, and threatens to run over people with her wheelchair. I love her cheerful, ironic, honest acceptance of her physical disabilities and the quirky and captivating short stories carrying unexpected messages posted on the blog.

Predisposition Dx45; 2021-2022
Predisposition is an American, white, cis-gendered man who explores identity through the lens of neurodiversity and recovery. I like his insights into how alcohol use, eating disorders, autism, and privilege have intertwined in his life.

Melanie Magowan 50s; Dx42; Woman; self-employed; New Zealand; 2012-2022
Melanie Magowan blogs about her below-the-knee amputation, her business as a personal trainer, competing as a disabled athlete, and how Autism affects her. I like her passionate dedication to self-improvement.

Autism and Expectations Rhi Lloyd-Williams; Dx30s; Mother of NDs; writer, advocate, mentor, public speaker; a positive and practical approach; married to NT; UK (Wales); 2016-2022; Autact Theatre CIC, Autism HWB
Rhi Lloyd-Williams writes and performs poetry, speaks at conferences and training days, runs workshops, serves as a mentor and advocate for other Autistic adults, and wrote (and toured) the play The Duck about her experiences as an Autist. I like her insights and devotion to the Autistic community.

Autism Unfurling (Formerly The Aspie Teacher) Dx36; Mother of Autistics; 2012-2022; Tumblr
Geeky Science Mom is a mom of two, a science teacher, and a crazy cat lady who has been through multiple traumas and advocates for her children and herself. I like her searing descriptions of the effects of trauma.

Another Spectrum 73; Dx60; Male; migraines; married to NT; New Zealand; 2014-2022
Barry worked in customer support until health issues forced early retirement at the age of fifty. I like his thoughtful commentary on social issues.

Diary of Self 29; Dx20s; Woman; GAD; IT specialist; married; USA (MD); 2017-2022
Cara is a feminist queer twice-exceptional (intellectually gifted and Autistic) blogger who often brings awareness to neurodiversity, mental health, social justice issues, and grad school. I like her fresh perspectives.

Life on a Blue Moon Dx50+; Woman; Dep, Anx, agoraphobia; 2017-2022
Life on a Blue Moon is a woman of a certain age locked in a painful body and a dark grey mind trying to find joy and gratitude every day, with a special interest in fragrance (perfume). I like her perennial gratitude in the face of incapacitating debilitation.

Bonus: This page includes additional recommended blogs.

Finally: Would you be willing to help maintain this website if something happens to me?

I would like to request 10 Autistic volunteers who have demonstrated support for the Autistic community. I’ve been thinking about my own mortality recently. Gmail has an Inactive Account Manager, wherein I can list up to 10 people to gain control of my Gmail account if it becomes inactive for three months. These volunteers could also control this website by signing in with my email address and selecting “Email me a login link” or “Lost your password?” (I’m asking for 10 because some may change their minds when the time comes, which could be far in the future.)

These volunteers can do what they like with this website after I’m gone, with my only request being that it benefits the Autistic community in some way. The main assets of this (free) website are its search engine prominence and 1850+ followers. The “requirements” are minimal, flexible, and optional: moderating comments (only 16 comments required moderation within the past year) and reviewing spam comments (about a half-dozen per day, only two of which have ever been valid comments misclassified as spam).

Please tell me your ideas regarding taking this website in new directions. Thank you in advance.

24 thoughts on “What are your favorite Autistic blogs?

  1. Have you all seen the New Schools bill which prosecutes parents of Children who do not send their Children to School many of them Autistic Parents can either be jailed or fined I urge you all to sign the petition.

    Laurence Humphries

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  2. One of my favourite Autistic Blogs is by Aaron Likens – Life on the Other Side of the Wall.

    Another one is Rantin’ by Anton which is all about the theatre and especially musical theatre. I discovered him on THE ART OF AUTISM.

    There are other blogs from that source [they keep a long list of regular and occasional contributors – two separate pages]. I am thinking of Miya Sae and her Christian/faith blog.

    Also I have enjoyed THE CP DIARIES by Ilana Estelle who is Autistic too.

    And DISABILITY DIARIES by Max Stock which is full of stories and roleplays and everyday life.

    Another favourite is I SIT HERE WAITING FOR YOU by Eric Paris van Gucht because he too loves the theatre and college and its culture and sports – and from 2017-2021 he made statistics to keep bloggers from around the world interested [including myself].

    A long time ago there was a group blog called TURNER AND KOWALSKI where a lot of awesome people contributed.

    And there was LOVE-NOS.

    I just remembered – Kim Duff – HOW AUTISTIC ADVOCACY REVOLUTIONALIZED MY LIFE.

    Emma Reardon – UNDERCOVER AUTISM.

    TELL ME WHY THE WORLD IS WEIRD from Shanghai.

    WELCOME TO MY MAGICK THEATRE by Carrie-Anne Brownian.

    Emily Nagoski’s BULLETIN.

    And Mykola’s blog and notebook.

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    • Adelaide, could you please give me the URL for DISABILITY DIARIES by Max Stock? That’s the only blog in your list I couldn’t find a link for.
      Thanks again for this list, which includes blogs not yet on the Actually Autistic Blogs List (that will be added soon).

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      • When it comes to Max Stock

        the link is disibilitydiaries.blogspot.com [think something like Disability Visibility with the I]. They are based in the environs of Boston.

        you could find their Tumblr too – thedisc0panda.tumblr.com – which is full of art and their business M S Illustration.

        Another Bostonian who illustrates: quarantinediaries.wordpress.com – especially the worlds of anime and traditional art.

        I have other blogs along the way:

        Last year [around Christmas time] I discovered https://venerandajade.com from a gifted website and magazine. I love the way she writes about relationships and life in New York. So Veneranda Jade.

        There is Bartosz from the Warsaw School of Economics – his blog is student-sgh.blogspot.com – he recently wrote a post about Autistic Burnout – and a lot of the time he posts photos about trips to and through Warsaw.

        Independence Chick is writing a science fiction novel about Finola Frost. One of her early special interests was Cinderella. Also she is on The Artifice where she wrote an excellent article on Gaslighting in Disney. [and in the early 2010s they wrote this detective/mystery trilogy – which is around the time I discovered them – December 2012-January 2013]

        Tonia from Tonia Says is also an author – in her case the Disuphere series – her latest is called APPEARANCES. They also have a Tumblr called ficdirectory.

        I still enjoy Remi Yergeau’s work so much because they are a rhetor of distinction.

        And recently I came to enjoy Kate Blackham’s Space blog. She was a woman of the Fens and Fenlands.

        There is a gentleman from south-east Melbourne – he loved live gigs before the COVID19 – his name is Mike or Michael and he had DarkKnight [and a number too] which was an MSN spaces blog moved to WordPress.

        There is Sam from Western Australia with six children and her blog is a bit teachy and a bit witchy. And often very writerly and poetic – she had worked a bit with the Katharine Susannah Pritchard writers’ centre [the KSP thing came up with the Nathan Hobby biography and this is why I remember/mention it – it was published at the end of May 2022].

        Also – do you have the Spectrum Women blog where Barb Cook and others write?

        Mid-June 2021 I discovered Taryn is Autastic. https://tarynisautastic.ca

        And do you have Brooke’s RAINBOW ROAD SPECTRUM? That late November 2021 post is one I missed – https://rainbowroadspectrum.wordpress.com

        I will be volunteering some of Harrison Fischer’s blogs as well. [especially the Letters and Numbers one which I seem to remember the most].

        And Rory Reckons from New Zealand – he stood up against the Davis Autism Centre and their “tool” – and now he is writing an autobiography – and he made a great post about Histamines and got up the ADHDAcceptanceMonth.

        Also I have enjoyed Restless Hands who has been making resources outside English.

        Danni Peka Miller – dannichangirl.deviantart.com and various of her network/friends like Berenice from the Philippines.

        [and Cyndi and her Godzilla love and Bullying Victim Affirmations – butterflyinthewell.tumblr.com and same username on DeviantArt].

        [Someone else from the Philippines was someone like Geraldo Joseph the BigBro]

        [and there is another young woman called May who is a big fan of the Reader’s Digest].

        Lucky Numbers and Cool Cats: luckynumbersandcoolcats.wordpress.com

        Hannah Kim – hannahkimli.wordpress.com

        Christy Wilkens – ActuallyAutistic Catholic evangelist and writer. She wrote AWAKENING AT LOURDES and I would not be surprised if her blog did not have some of that.

        Also there is a great magazine two issues I recently read – the Spring and Summer ones. Conner Cummings and others are involved with this magazine – SPECTRUM LIFE MAGAZINE. Much of the Editorial are ActuallyAutistic including the couple who run it.

        [trying to find Adriana White and their work].

        There is a Substack I love called THE LISTENING WORLD which is full of poetry and poets each week.

        BOOKS FOR LITTLES and RAISING LUMINARIES both by Ashia Ray [and in the case of the podcast with Bellamy and others].

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      • Thanks for all of these, Adelaide. I will be posting your second comment (with links) in a separate blog post in a few weeks. (I’m trying to space out the blog posts.)

        Is quarantinediaries.wordpress.com Autistic? I didn’t see any mention of it in their blog.

        << There is a gentleman from south-east Melbourne – he loved live gigs before the COVID19 – his name is Mike or Michael and he had DarkKnight [and a number too] which was an MSN spaces blog moved to WordPress. >>
        Are you referring to The Autistic Journalist (autisticjournalist.wordpress.com)? I saw some of your comments on that blog.

        << There is Sam from Western Australia with six children and her blog is a bit teachy and a bit witchy. And often very writerly and poetic – she had worked a bit with the Katharine Susannah Pritchard writers’ centre [the KSP thing came up with the Nathan Hobby biography and this is why I remember/mention it – it was published at the end of May 2022]. >>
        Can you give me a URL for that, or some more hints that would help me Google it?

        << I will be volunteering some of Harrison Fischer’s blogs as well. [especially the Letters and Numbers one which I seem to remember the most]. >>
        Can you give me a URL for that, or some more hints that would help me Google it?

        << [Someone else from the Philippines was someone like Geraldo Joseph the BigBro] >>
        http://autisticbigbro.wordpress.com/

        << [and there is another young woman called May who is a big fan of the Reader’s Digest]. >>
        Can you give me more hints that would help me Google it?

        << [trying to find Adriana White and their work]. >>
        http://adrianaluisawhite.wordpress.com

        << Danni Peka Miller – dannichangirl.deviantart.com and various of her network/friends like Berenice from the Philippines. >>
        Is Danni Peka Miller Autistic? I didn’t see any mention of it in their blog.

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    • Thanks for the vote Adelaide! So few people comment on my blog (or my website in general), it’s so hard to tell whether I’m saying things that are useful to other people or not. (NTs in my life keep telling me I am, but … they’re biased. They like me. 😂.

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  3. And of course Secure Hypertext at the left/top of the addresses. One does not like to be minged!

    Yes, Julia from QUARANTINE ART [Pencils; Paper; Clay] is Autistic.

    There is an About page on her blog which is in the top right hand corner.

    [and it is under the hamburger – the three lines].

    quarantineart dot wordpress dot com

    And so is Danni Peka Miller – since 2013-14 she has her own business – AutiArt – with commissioned artwork.

    That business is on the Web.

    A quick way to look at DeviantArt blogs would be many of the stamps on the About Pages of their users – who and what they identify with and their fandoms.

    She had a birthday this week!

    Anton S.

    rantinfromanton dot wordpress dot com [Anton] [no G there with the rantin’]

    darkknight47 dot wordpress dot com [Mikey – his latest blog – April 2022 – is about Royksopp and their new album. He also wrote blog posts in March 2022 – eg about loneliness and cholesterol].

    AutistSix – that is Lisaba Holt – autistsix dot com

    You might like to look for the Autistics Guide to High School in connection with LH [AutistSix]

    Yes, I have been on THE AUTISTIC JOURNALIST [Mike Peden] a lot.

    When last I “met” Harrison Fischer he was at St Monica’s and played a significant role with the Library and Information Science. You can search towns in New South Wales and in Victoria eg Boree Creek and the town/district St Monica’s is in.

    Thank you for the finding of AutisticBigBro and AdrianaLuisaWhite…

    Still working on the Reader’s Digest Filipino Autistic fan. My very best guess is Spectrum Newsletters and Disqus.

    Also there is Matthew Smith / Yusuf on blogistan dot co dot uk … He wrote about Jennifer Msumba’s SHOUTING AT LEAVES and most weeks about the UK press and Islam and some of the long ties. He has been writing since 2000-01. IndigoJo blogs

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    • << And of course Secure Hypertext at the left/top of the addresses. One does not like to be minged! >>
      What do you mean by this (both the “Secure Hypertext” part and the “minged” part)?

      << When last I “met” Harrison Fischer he was at St Monica’s and played a significant role with the Library and Information Science. You can search towns in New South Wales and in Victoria eg Boree Creek and the town/district St Monica’s is in. >>
      Can you tell me the URL for his blog?

      Thanks again for all these blogs.

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      • Secure Hypertext – the https: part of any standard friendly Internet address.

        Minged – it is like being hacked or being phished or sent to an unfriendly or misleading direction.

        [and to say the least – it might be the equivalent of stalking or revenge porn in the Internet world. Not activities I would wish the Autism Observer blog to be involved with or any of its patrons!]

        [some people mix up the word MINGED with the word MINGLED – like in Indian or South African English].

        [and some people use minged to mean something like discounted or forgotten]

        This is especially likely to happen when one is on a mobile-first platform.

        Everywhere security certificates are breaking down or not renewed by the website owners or their designers and supervisors.

        My iPad stops me for instance from going to so many websites for this reason.

        It was a concern with the WordPress interface thinking so many links [about more than 4 or 5] are Spam.

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    • << There is Sam from Western Australia with six children and her blog is a bit teachy and a bit witchy. And often very writerly and poetic – she had worked a bit with the Katharine Susannah Pritchard writers’ centre [the KSP thing came up with the Nathan Hobby biography and this is why I remember/mention it – it was published at the end of May 2022]. >>

      Did you have any luck finding the URL for this, or more clues that might help me Google it?

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      • I did find it – it is the AutistSix blog by Lisaba Holt.

        The Sam may very well have been one of her daughters – if it had anything to do with AutistSix at all.

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  4. Four more blogs:

    ellenandjim dot wordpress dot com

    reveriesunderthesignofausten dot wordpress dot com

    austenreveries dot wordpress dot com

    And yeshes dot online

    [I met Yeshes on Twitter/Nitter and they say their name is to do with the Sanskrit and Pali for wisdom].

    [The 2 Austen blogs and Ellen’s personal blog belong to Ellen Moody who is an adjunct professor at the OLLI of 18th century literature and Irish theatre and women’s poetry].

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  5. Thanks for starting this series. It makes it a lot easier to figure out what blogs might be worth my limited attention and language processing, when I’m in the mood to explore more of other autistic’s blogs. I’m going to have to come back to your list several times, in order to check everybody out.

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    • Hi Kim,

      glad you were able to work out the reblog process in WordPress from June to July

      and share the FROM PECS TO PROLOQUO2GO. [from MORE THAN WORDS].

      [a lot of people today will be going into/from Proloquo2Go or into the Pragmatic Organisation Display Device].

      Always good to read about a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication journeys.

      [and those three posts from Just Stimming – especially THOSE ARE NOT LUXURIES – my immediate reaction is THOSE ARE OUR RIGHTS].

      And your comments on the Picture Exchange Communication System were valuable.

      [There are Australians and Brits – and, yes, Canadians! – who write about it from a professional perspective.

      Jane Farrall – the problems with PECS. She worked with Spectronics.

      And I am trying to remember a British speech therapist with a young girl of 6 or 7 – I found her from SENSATIONAL LEARNING WITH PENGUIN – Malin’s blog].

      [I am thinking of a Canadian lady who has two sons who are both called O – Oliver and Owen].

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      • Upon further consideration (partly in response to your comment above) I’ve added a new tag to relevant posts on my blog: “AAC” for those that discuss the use of AAC, including writing, so they are more easily found on my blog.

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  6. You’re welcome.

    I actually wasn’t commenting specifically on PECS, (though I have used them, on occasion when my high tech AAC was broken, or wasn’t appropriate to the situation, or as part of a visual schedule for myself when my brain was particularly fried), more on AAC in general. I typically use (and have used) text-to-speech devices/apps, when I use AAC.

    Words+ was an awesome company when they were still in business (they no longer have a website, so I assume they were put out of business by the increases in technology, and the proliferation of inexpensive AAC apps), and I used a couple of their laptops for the purpose.

    These days I use “Speech Assistant AAC” from the Google play store, both for Android, and IOS (though the IOS version was twice as expensive as the Android one for some reason, though still under $20. Or was when I purchased it a few years ago). It’s much more affordable than the prologue option. Especially as I only need the text, not the pictures. I was actually quite impressed with the number of options available for AAC apps these days, for very little money.

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  7. By the way, I know I’ve been doing a lot of reblogging, and not posting things of my own the last few months. It’s been rather busy in my life, and I haven’t had the energy available for language production. Now that things have calmed down, I am hoping to get back to posting my own writing again relatively soon.

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