Blogging and personal boundaries

By | May 17, 2013

Sometimes I feel constricted by my blog. At other times I’ve grateful for it.

I’ve chosen to blog relatively anonymously for my children. I include pictures to demonstrate that autism cannot be seen, one of my first and favourite posts is The Camera DOES lie, it demonstrates that point effectively (even though I say so myself!). I refer to them by their initials to protect their privacy, as they are growing up, I’m limiting the pictures I do use to mostly head and shoulders shots.

And even though I do so relatively anonymously I received feedback early on from people I knew saying I shouldn’t be including pictures of the children etc, etc. People who might know us but didn’t understand autism. I chose to ignore.

Sometimes there are situations I want to blog, but don’t. Sometimes I feel I NEED to blog, to get that therapeutic release, I don’t. Because it’s not appropriate. I know my personal boundaries.

We received the news late yesterday that a family member is ill, very ill. It’s occupied my thoughts tonight and today. I can’t go into details primarily because it’s early days and also because I’m respecting their privacy.

I’ve been thinking today of implications and timescales, something you automatically do when news like this reaches you. I know I’m being vague but it’s intentional.

Please bear with me Jx

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Apprenticeships Life (@apprentice_life) on 17th May 2013 at 7:13 pm.

Hi Jeanette
Alison Lily and I, send our thoughts and love at this cloudy time. If you have need of anything we can help with, you need only ask


Ann Kilter on 17th May 2013 at 11:11 pm.

I have changed my children’s names, also my husband’s and my name. I have put a few pictures, but they are pictures not likely to be recognized by anyone who knows them, since they are all in their 20s now. I also do not write about everything regarding their growing up. You are right…there are limits.


AutismMumma on 19th May 2013 at 8:29 am.

Thanks, much as I’d like to blog “warts and all”, I can’t.


AutismMumma on 19th May 2013 at 8:33 am.

Thanks very much Peter.


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