I was lying in bed and came to the conclusion that I could not end my blog for the year with numbers. This year was too great and too special for me so I have to have a fitting end.
A year ago I was in a sad state. There was partial optimism because I just found out I would be giving 36 presentations to police officers, but other than that I had nothing to look forward to. I had my book, but my Amazon numbers were never anything to get excited about. My passion was auto racing and the dream of driving kept slipping further and further away. In all reality I didn't really know who I was or what I was meant to do.
On the day my first police presentation happened I was actually annoyed, in a way, that I had to get up before 1PM. You see, I had no job and was tired during the day and awake at night so I naturally was a night owl.
After my first presentation my mood changed. The first police presentation was only my 3rd bit of presenting ever and the reviews from the officers were actually good. I spoke, they listened and I wasn't arrested (I was actually afraid of this) so it was a good experience.
In January I had nine or so of those and February came and I felt more and more confident in front of a group. Other than police presentations at 1PM I still had no need to do anything else. Then it happened. I was doing the presentations at the police academy through TouchPoint working part-time and then I was offered the position of, "Community Education Specialist". I jumped at the chance, but only if I could start after my trip to Vancouver.
When I returned to Saint Louis I was not returning as a person with no direction, but rather a person who had found his calling. I may have had a calling though but I had no idea what I was going to do or how to do it. One of the first suggestions from the CEO of TouchPoint was for me to start a blog.
A person years ago had told my dad that I needed to start a blog if I wanted my book to ever get noticed. Because I knew nothing about a blog or how to write in it format I never tried, and now when the CEO asked me to I felt cornered.
I didn't want to do it. It was new, it was unknown, and I didn't know what to name it. I yelled, "Dang it!" when I came up with the name life on the other side of the wall because I then knew I had to do it. All my writings have, and probably always will, start with a title and since I had the title I was locked in.
As March came and went and my blog slowly picked up followers (let me tell you, when I picked up my first follower that I didn't know I did a major happy dance in my office.) I too slowly picked up momentum in my position. I started out presenting in a passive manor unsure of myself, but after touring the state and meeting people from all over the state I not only knew what my passion was, but I could feel it.
Near the end of March my publisher informed me that I should try and write an article for another blog to kick off Autism Awareness Month. I decided to write the story of how I got to the position where I was and it aired on my blog, Autism Learning Felt and then the biggest place of all.
One day on the first week in April I noticed an odd trend. My followers were going up and I had no idea why. I also had comments from people I never had seen and even still more people were following. I called my dad, somewhat in shock, and asked him what was going on. I thought maybe it was some sort of scam or perhaps someone hijacked my blog. Surely people weren't joining because they liked what I had to say? And surely not that many people would discover my blog at the same time? Both of those questions were answered to my favor when I went to Facebook and saw my picture on my wall, but it was posted by Autism Speaks. Someone told me I should remember that moment because, in their opinion, that was when I "made it".
May was a major month for me as I was asked to write an episode review of The Celebrity Apprentice for Autism Speaks. Watching the episode I did I watched with an awe and fear that I can't explain. It's one thing to write for myself, but when asked to write something for a specific purpose is something I had yet to do. I think I did a halfway decent job as they posted it on their blog.