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, polyamorous, rationalist, 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.
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.