Four years ago, about a year after my father passed away, I used some of the money he left to improve my professional worth. I’m a fundraiser and I have some morbid love for direct marketing, but had no nifty credentials to point to.
The financial legacy he left was enough to make my family a little more comfortable, but I wanted to do something a little more stabilizing for their future than just a new fridge and stove.
My Dad was very big on “bettering” oneself. That’s his word for it.
It was only fitting–and honouring his legacy–to better myself. I took a course offered by the Canadian Marketing Association on Direct Marketing.
In that course, I learned about Facebook and Twitter. Frankly, I thought they would likely be popular, but complete wastes of time.
Fast forward to 2010. I had a barely used account on Twitter. I should add, I had one grudgingly. The charity I was working with needed a social media presence and initially my account was a way of diy learning.
So, it’s the summer of 2010 and I am in BC for work and for healing. I got the Twitter bug bad, along with being bitten by Flickr. First I saw the fun possible with Twitter, then I saw the possibilities to connect with other parents of asd kids.
Once I started looking for other parents, I knew Twitter was going to change how good a parent I could be because I found others who had been there and done that.
Along the way, I’ve had some great conversations with folks. I have a list of folks connected to autism there and I need to stay on top of that more. If you want to take a look, it’s www.twitter.com/gingerheaddad/autismtweeps.
All of this is to express my gratitude for my father planning ahead which allowed me to play with Twitter. Like many asd parents, Twitter has become huge for me.
This connection to Twitter has led to some cool friendships (tweetships?), which in turn is leading to something that is a big deal to me. I am going to have a guest blogger. She is @OMum22 on Twitter and in real life she is a tax consultant. We have developed a tweetship because she is the mother to twin 5 year old boys on the spectrum. Look for her post coming soon on Canadian tax issues and benefits for asd parents.