I was chatting to my husband the other day about the blog and he asked me who my readers were. Were they mostly other parents of children with special needs and disabilities or did I have many readers who weren’t? I said I wasn’t too sure. I can list a few people who I know regularly read the blog and there is a big mix of special needs parents and dare I say ‘ordinary’ people, but didn’t know exact numbers or ratios.
I know that some of you readers who don’t have children with special needs or disabilities read this blog because you care. You care about Samuel and I and perhaps we chat a bit on twitter and you want to see how he’s getting along, or perhaps you feel duty bound as my friend, whether you are online or ‘real life’, to read. Perhaps you want to read my blog because you hope to have an insight into my world and use my blog as a window to see how things roll on this side of the fence.
Perhaps you are a parent from my world and want to read stuff from someone who knows what your world is like. To maybe, hopefully, pick up some ideas, or just comfort. Do you read my posts and find yourself nodding a lot? Or maybe you just like to check in now and again and see how we are doing.
There are two things though that I do hope you get from reading my blog. I might be flattering myself a bit here, but I really hope that if you aren’t from my disabled world, reading my blog has given you some kind of insight. You now understand about gastrostomy buttons, feeding pumps, special needs equipment, what a hospice is and what a hospice isn’t and how the special needs world can be a positive world.
And if you are a fellow special needs parent (*high fives*) I hope you just know that there is someone out there who gets it. Who goes through the same things as you. Understands those times when all you want to do is scream, cry, shout but also love, cuddle, enjoy and celebrate.
And as for comments, as I said before in Dear Reader, I get a few, not a lot and that’s ok by me. However, if someone reads something that I wrote and thought ‘I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling like that’ or ‘I like that’ and it made a difference, that would mean more to me than any comment.
I can’t help but be curious as to who you are dear reader and why you’ve popped by. It might be your first time or maybe you are a regular. You might be intrigued by something said on twitter or maybe you’ve just stumbled over the blog by chance. But whatever the reason & whoever you are, I’d like to say thank you and you are always, always very welcome to pop by anytime.