Interviews

I’ve had an idea bouncing around in my head now for over a month. The idea is simply to share other peoples stories in the form of interviews. On my channel people only hear my experiences, and even if we took all the autistic YouTubers and combined them its still only a small fraction of the community. I’m open to interviewing someone on my channel or swapping interviews with someone from another channel. I think its a great way of not only networking within the community but sharing stories that may otherwise go untold from those who are not normally sharing their stories on the internet.

While the idea is not 100% my own as this has been done previously. It is still something I would like to explore. If anyone reading this is interested please feel free to reach out to me via social media or AspielifeOfficial@gmail.com

Prejudice Is The Rot of Society

Anyone who has ever been online has probably seen their share of online toxicity in the forms of trolls, racists, and narrow minded bigots. It is too be expected. Today when I woke up I checked my phone and saw that someone left a comment on my sensory processing disorder video saying that I had it all wrong. I immediately became annoyed because I spent a good deal of time researching that video, but then concerned because I’m human and I may have said something incorrect.

I went to my PC and pulled the comments to see if there was any more information to discover that this person left 4 comments on this video, and 2 of them got flagged by YouTube. The first one said something along the lines of “I have autism, you have it all wrong. go back to Africa”, followed by one that called me a “goat ****er”, another that called me gay, and then finally the one that said “You have got it all wrong”.

The 4th comment left me concerned… I was indifferent about the 3rd comment… But I was totally confused about the first 2 comments… Then I realized what shirt I was wearing. It was my coke shirt from Israel written in Arabic. A gift from a good friend of mine who went there for several months. Then I realized that all 4 comments came from that one persons prejudice towards people from the middle east, and seeing a shirt in Arabic turned them to be hateful towards me. I not longer felt worried or offended. Instead I felt concerned for society as a whole.

Incidents like this are very sad because people like that cause unnecessary division and many people take it to heart when they should simply ignore it. This person became angry with the thought of me being from the middle east even though I’m from the United States and my family came here from Spain 4 generations previous and my genetics are now a mix of Spanish, Irish, Welch, German, Native American and who knows what else. I’m a mutt, but that is beside the point because even if I was from the middle east it should not matter what my heritage, genetics, or sexuality are because we are all human. People should be judged by their character because its the only thing they can control and everything else was decided for them.

Furthermore this person claimed to have autism. I know this is one person, but I just want to put this out there because if there is one there is most likely more… If you want to be accepted (this is autism awareness month where we work towards acceptance after all…) you must learn to accept others as well. equality and understanding is a two way street. It cannot be obtained without effort from everyone.

Combating Burnout & Visiting Family

Hello everyone. Today’s post and Thursdays video (if everything goes according to plan) is an attempt to keep from experiencing burnout. This is actually inspired by Invisible I’s video announcing her break from YouTube that she dropped several hours ago.

Unless you are on YouTube, you may not know how much work goes into a video with all the keyword research, scripting, making a thumbnail & title, filming, refilming, editing, SEO, inserting cards/endscreens, and promoting. That 10 minute video can be 8 hours of work. When you set a goal of 2 videos a week that can mean 16 hours of work on top of whatever else you have going on in your life. If you don’t have the energy you’re options are skip a video, or work through it and go down the path of burnout. I typically choose to skip, because burnout is a larger issue than a single missed video. However, a little known fact is that there is always a 3rd side of every coin, or a 3rd option in this case.

What if I made a video on something that gives me energy? What if I made a video of me playing a video game, skating, or doing something else I love and just do a voice over of why I love it, how it helps me, and how it relates to my autism? It would still be educational, but it would also be less of work on my part and more of sharing something I love…

So Thursday (if everything goes according to plan) I will drop a different type of video. One that will hopefully give me energy instead of take, and one that everyone can still enjoy, relate to, and be educated by. If people like it, then that means I have an option for weeks where I’m a little low on energy. If not, then lesson learned and I will go back to skipping videos.

As for skipping videos, you may have noticed I did not post a video yesterday. This was due to being drained from having family in from out of town. My sister and nephew dropped in for 3 days, and while I enjoyed my time with them, it also sucked the life out of me because it was much different from my normal routine, was a lot of social interaction, and I had little “me” time. So when the deadline was approaching I decided to forget recording because burnout is simply something I don’t need if I can avoid it.