“This is Why Many ADHD Blogs Suck”
I want to throw some words at you and I imagine many of them you have heard before:
I ask if you are a regular reader of my blog, please bear with me. I assure you we will be lighting this thing off in just a moment.
neuroreceptors, neurotransmitters, neurobiology, right or left brain hemisphere, brain development, brain scans, brain chemistry, brain imaging, Classic ADHD, Inattentive ADHD, Over-focused ADHD, Temporal Lobe ADHD, Limbic ADHD, The Ring of Fire.
What is wrong with these words? Well nothing is wrong with them if you are a doctor or a medical professional. These are your words and you need them to speak to the people you work with. I suppose there is nothing wrong with these words if you are in medical school, I mean Hell those words might be on the test. You probably should get to know them. I respect anyone trying to help people by offering them the science behind the condition. Parents have a desire to understand what is bugging their children, but if you are a blogger, and you want ADHD readers, you don’t ever need to use these words unless your name is Tom Nardone, and you are writing a story about why so many ADHD blogs are shitty.
The other type of shitty ADHD blog is the one where you can’t even find the story because it is too hard to determine the blog from the seventy-five medication ads littering the page. The whole story will be one little paragraph and the rest of the page is nothing but ads. The person responsible for this, is not even a blogger. This person is simply a money-grubbing son of a bitch.
Those of us with ADHD, are all tuned into the same station WII-FM (What’s In It For Me) This is why when I write about ADHD, I write about the only thing important to anyone. I write about people with ADHD. I write to entertain and to inspire. That is ALL that is important to me. The creativity in writers who are ADHD far outweigh the doctors and cyber-whores junking up the internet with their scientific psychobabble.
What it boils down to a complete lack of awesomeness. The ADHD non-sense being churned out on the social networks of the internet is out of control. Nobody ever gets inspired by bar graphs, pie charts, or brain diagrams that point to the area of your brain that prevents you from giving a shit if your house is clean or not. I think I speak for many ADHD people when I say, “Hey we don’t give a shit!”
There are people out there who are in pain every day for whom ADHD is not a gift. It is a menacing cloud of “I can’t give a shit”. These people need to know they are not alone. It is important to them to have others they can relate to. They go to the internet and look for some refuge or some support. They don’t need to read a doctor posting about the differences in the six, twelve or however many types of ADHD diagnoses there are.
I have been writing for almost two years now. I have two Blogs that
I own. I write for several reasons, and not the least of which, is the attention it brings me. I am ADHD and I need attention all the time and this is what keeps me going. In my other blog I have said many things some people wouldn’t consider saying in a public forum. I have advocated bankruptcy as a fun way to improve you financial standing. I have written about the best ways to call in sick to work, and most recently, a large group of my followers have been tracking my bowel movements as if they were NORAD tracking a missile headed for the Planet earth. This came after my unexpected stay in the hospital.
However, when I write about ADHD I have a different purpose. I want people to see being ADHD does not have to feel like a disorder. I want them to be OK with it. I want them to not be ashamed of it. I believe this is what people need to hear. I don’t want them to become normal I want them to break out and embrace all the things about themselves that make them different from the rest of the world.
I want them to feel like it is OK to go grocery shopping at 2 pm on a Tuesday in their pajamas. I want them to stare the pharmacist right in the face who is giving them the stink eye when they pick up their ADHD medication and say, “Hey is it OK if I fix right here in the store”. I want them to fear nothing.
Writing about ADHD for me is not a responsibility, a gig, or a chore. It is a privilege, and an honor. I Love ADHD people and it hurts me to know people are in pain as I once was. I have sat at my computer and literally cried at the realism of what some kids are going through in school today. I will never be anything but Tom Nardone.
I am Tom Nardone and you are welcome.
WAIT!!! I AM NOT DONE YET!!!!!
Today, I would like to be a giver. Today, I would like to identify one of my heroes. This writer, like me, is complete with soul, conscience, and a story to tell.
Meet Andrew Wilcox
Andrew has lived an incredibly challenging life because of his ADHD, and I know him to care emphatically about those of us for whom ADHD affects. He shares true stories of his own life for the betterment of us all. I really love Andrew. In addition to rocking the captain America costume he is a father with three kids. Andrew is incredibly willing to speak of his goals and dreams as well as his failures and shortcomings. Andrew’s blog is an ADHD blog, and I have been brought to tears by the honesty of this man. He inspires me because he is always trying new things to make his life better. It is for this reason that he be awarded Hero status by ADHD People.
Andrew, thanks for being a hero to us all.
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