I’ve written before about chasing the holy grail: an elusive viral blog post. A few bloggers who have ticked this box commented at the time, and all said a variation of the same thing. There is no formula, and the first one took them massively by surprise. I can confirm that they were bang on the money.
When my open letter to highly functioning autism mama’s went viral last week, it quite literally knocked me sideways!
I had a feeling it would do well, I thought it might get loads of comments and a good number of RTs on Twitter. I never in my wildest imagination even considered that it would get over 40,000 hits in a week, and be shared over 20,000 times on Facebook.
Or that the comments I’d receive, both on the post and by email, from mums all over the world, would touch me so deeply I’d spend a good part of the week in floods of emotional tears.
I have been truly humbled many times over since I became a blogger, but this is different. These are my words genuinely making a difference in thousands of folks lives. People have asked me over and again why I write, and this my friends is why.
It makes me feel immensely happy that I’ve made so many people feel less alone. I can only hope that my words have put the daily challenges that high functioning autism parents face on the radar of some that weren’t previously able to understand them very well.
I’d like to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person that read, shared and commented on this post. I’m still making my way through the replies.
To the autism mums and dads out there, keep up the awesome work! You’re all doing a fantastic job.
Do not forget that!