Autism Daddy 2.0 — The Reboot!
March 27, 2018
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March 27, 2018
Howdy all! I’m baaaack! Ready to relaunch my site and ready to start blogging and Facebooking again!
As you can imagine it’s been a strange year. Wifey and I separated last spring, I wrote about it last August and since then I’ve been at a loss as to what to write about and how to continue the blog.
Why, you ask?
Well for a bunch of different reasons…
First, because so much about my writing has been our little family dynamic. Husband, wife, and special needs son. And I wrote posts about how great our marriage was, and gave marriage advice, and even wrote a post years back “to the dads that left”…. And then when my marriage fell apart I felt like such a phony… but I’m over that now, and realize that sh-t happens, so it’s time for me to get back to writing…
But, what the heck can I write about moving forward?
The other aspect of my writing over the years has been to be very honest about my feelings with regards to everything that’s going on in my life. I’ve written about my depression, I shared my son’s seizure scares & VNS Surgery, I shared my dad’s eulogy when he died, and obviously I shared about the ups and downs of my marriage, and the ups and downs of raising a kid with special needs.
However, moving forward there’s some intimate/personal things that I can’t share or don’t want to share with y’all anymore. Obviously you’re not going to hear much about “wifey” anymore 🙂 We are on pretty good terms and I want to keep it that way, so I’m not going to share much about our situation going backwards or going forwards…. This is going to be a drama free zone.
So, I guess moving forward I will continue to write about raising a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism and epilepsy (still has about one seizure a week), but even with that, I’m struggling with what to write about.
First off, I’m only an autism daddy half the time now, we have true 50/50 custody, so that cuts my stories and posts and interactions with my son in half.
And then when I am with my son, lately it feels like not much is going on. It sometimes feels like we are going thru the motions.
Also, I feel like I’ve written all my best autism blog posts in the past. That’s why I often repost an old blog post. I often feel like I don’t have anything new to write about….
However, every time I go do a speaking gig the feedback I get from you guys is you just want to read new content. You want to read whatever I feel like sharing, no matter how boring, or mundane, or grammatically incorrect it is. 🙂
So for you guys, I promise that I’m going to keep writing. I’m going to force myself. I’m going to be more disciplined. I’m going to get up a few times a week and stare at an empty computer screen and force myself to write something… like a real writer.
And as you can see I worked to redesign the look of the blog, to make it look more professional. That was for you, but also for me, as a way to jump start my creative juices…
And moving forward, on the new blog, I hope to be featuring more guest blog posts, including more from my niece Francesca, and from some other special needs dads & moms who are friends, some who are existing bloggers and some who are not.
Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to write a guest blog post.
Also please feel free to contact me with ideas for what you would like me to write about and what you would like me to be moving forward.
I think I’m going to end this post here. I’m all over the place. As you can see I’m struggling with what this whole “Autism Daddy” platform will be moving forward. All I know is that it has been an integral part of my life for the past 7 years, and I need it to continue!
I hope you will continue to join me for the roller-coaster ride… with lots of new and unexpected twists and turns for 2018!
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).