I remember growing up and witnessing people being bullied.
Either it was the smart kid who didn’t dress just the right way, or the confident person who was beat down for their positive attitude.
I’ve been in the Marketing world for over a decade, from the online world to Direct Mail, I’ve seen some of the best ways to go about things – and much of the worst. Suffice it to say, not much surprises me anymore – but no matter what, I still learn a lot.
I mention this only due to the simple fact that as part of running Autisable – I’ve come in contact with some incredible people that work towards making the world a much better place for those who have Autism.
Some of the people that I work with are a part of the largest and most well known Autism organizations around the world.
As fantastic as that sounds, it also provides a unique challenge.
It’s been awhile, and so I’m compelled to provide a status update on what I’ve been up to.
Xanga Team is still making sure everyone is up to speed, and I’m told that the programmer who’s task it is to update Autisable and some of the partner sites will be back on track soon.
Now, that may sound frustrating, but I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason – and that ‘delays’ are [most of the time] a blessing in disguise.
It’s not often that I get ‘political’ on my blog. But today I’ve reached a limit.
Suffice it to say I don’t like the shutdown, for obvious reasons. But to be blunt, I don’t like it because it shouldn’t have ever happened to begin with.
Some folks are blaming the Republicans, or those in the Tea Party, while others are blaming the Democrats.
To be honest, I don’t care who started it. We know it takes more than two people to disagree to this extent to make problems happen.
Playing the ‘blame game’ is something I never really cared for – in the workplace, or in politics.
Like my Parents or Teachers would tell me when growing up – “I don’t care who started it, now fix it.”
Some in Congress are donating their salary at this time to non-profit organizations, while others were able to have their pay withheld. A voluntary furlough, if you will.
While that is commendable, the rest of the nation still is feeling the damage of these ongoing actions by those of whom we the people voted.
Now, this is just a rant – but like my Parents and Teachers said to me, “I don’t care who’s to blame, now fix it”
As I’ve shared before – we are still in a period of transition. I’ve dealt with many transitions in over 20 years of my working career, and one of the challenges that many people experience is that phase where people are ‘over it’ or ‘want to give up’.
This is what is called the ‘valley of despair’. It’s that point where people don’t think the transition was ever worth it, and they don’t see the benefit from it.
It’s also a time period where people may speak out against change, or when frustrations about change come at an all time high.
Let’s face it though – no one likes change.
I know I don’t.
But, we have to remember what this change is about. It’s about providing us the tools we’ve been asking for as a community.
It’s a big move to transition control from Xanga team to the community as well. So, suffice it to say – we’re in a strong period of growing pains.
But – it’s going to be ok.
I’m not ignoring the past history some would want us to continually bring to the forefront – but I am taking that history under advisement while I’m focusing on what is ahead of us.
We have to look at opportunities and options – and not dwell on the past.
OK – here’s a couple of tips for the day:
- A comment on my last post asked about how to post photo’s into a blog post. I suggested that you find the URL of the photo – and insert the photo by that method for now.
- One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve fielded through the facebook page is how people can obtain their archives:
For those who have archives to download – here’s how -
Go to their main page -http://username.xanga.com/ they just need to sign in and it’s on their dashboard.