The Rocking Spectrum Biography
Did you know that Rocking the Spectrum was not always about spectrum stories?
Did you know that the blog started out in Danish and was not always called Rocking the Spectrum?
Find out how it all started and how RtS has evolved over time.
How Rocking the Spectrum was born
I had been working as a manager when I ultimately collapsed. Stress and depression riddled my body and mind and although having faced it before, this time it was different.
Struggling to find stories I could connect with, I decided to share what depression actually felt like. I wanted to tell the story as authentic as possible, even the parts of depression that is not easy to talk about – like the fact that your home tends to look like shit and you struggle with basic stuff like taking a shower.
Those first posts became the start and baby steps of what you are reading today. Many of those original posts no longer exist, because they were written in Danish.
Due to authenticity I actually named my blog by my own civil name at first. I wanted to signal that you should not have to hide, when life knocks you down. No one should feel less valid for feeling human.
Receiving my late diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, the blog shifted gear and the blogging community really started to grow – and expand beyond the border of my little Scandinavian country. This meant a shift in language used and also in name for my blog.
Why Rocking the Spectrum?
Starting to embrace and learning the theories about autism and connecting those to my own life, I wanted to sharpen my niche.
I wanted to write about autism from the autistic perspective. And I wanted the name of the blog to represent who I was, rather that what I was called, as I already here grew increasingly detached to my civil name.
One of my stims, when I really need to zone out and shut out noise of any kind, is rocking back and forth. It’s very rare that I allow people to see it, but it’s an important self regulator for me.
Add to that, I have a huge love for rock music and music in general, so I knew I’d be wanting to tap into that somehow.
Autism, I learned, is not a single condition that presents the same in everybody, but rather a spectrum of many variations, all leading back to and being part of the autistic landscape.
And behold; Rocking the Spectrum was born.
Not quite at home yet…
While Aspergers Syndrome and autism explained a lot and for a while gave me som rest, something inside began to stir. I still felt out of place and detached.
The summer 2019 I discovered that the detachment came from being a trans individual. The world knew me as a daughter, sister, aunt – but I realised I felt like a son, a brother, an uncle.
This initiated a long break from the blog, because I needed to clarify to myself exactly what I wanted Rocking the Spectrum to be.
I knew I wanted to keep the name. But I felt a disconnect between what the blog was (a personal blog) and where I wanted to take it.
I wanted authenticity but I grew increasingly aware that truth lies not within one spectrum voice, but in the choir of voices we all represent.
The New Rocking the Spectrum
In 2021 I have been working on changes here.
If you have followed my trenches on Instagram, you will know that the changes has spread throughout my social platforms.
I wanted to keep sharing my life experience. Be it autism, being transgender or how I spiritually connect with life – I wanted room for it all.
But I also knew that one voice would not be enough. Amidst Black Lives Matter, women’s fight for equal rights, transgender individuals struggling and so many other misunderstood diagnoses, it seemed like we were all trying to over-shout each other to create awareness – when in stead we should be a choir of minorities, gathering our voices to create the most beautiful harmonies.
This became the birth of The Spectrum Stories and the new approach.
The Human Spectrum
Rocking the Spectrum is about embracing and empowering who we are, regardless of spectrum and how we are placed on it. It’s about our stories; the minority voice within a society seemingly shaped for the majority.
When describing autism or gender identity, it is common to hear a linear approach that deals with “high” vs “low” and “more” vs “less”. However, neither of the two, can be fully understood in that context, as both are spectrums.
The same goes for many other aspects of human life. We tend to “organise” by skin colour, abilities, hair colour, intelligence – just to name a few – when in reality, nothing is that simple.
I just introduced Rocking the Spectrum as the place for the minority voice within a society seemingly shaped for the majority. When I say “seemingly” it’s due to the fact, that if we gather all minorities and teamed together – we would BE the majority.
The beauty of being human lies in our diversities.
And that is what Rocking the Spectrum and the Spectrum Stories needs to be about. Not just my story, but a choir of stories from all layers and corners of the human spectrum.
The Rocking Spectrum Values
Writing for Rocking the Spectrum, no matter the role or content, there is a set of values that must be followed.
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Creating content for Rocking the Spectrum means creating content that helps, educates or reflects on the reader. People living through the same, needs someone to identify with, to understand their own life through – and people who hasn’t seen life from your shoes needs authentic and honest stories they can learn and grow from.
Your Support is Crucial
I firmly believe in advocating for awareness.
But I can write until my fingers bleed, but the awareness is created by you.
You can support by liking, commenting and sharing the posts that are relevant to people you know – or just if you think they are great.
Without you, I and the other contributors can only do very little.
The awareness part on a greater scale can only be done by your help.
Read more about possible collaborations on Let’s Collaborate.
However way you choose to support, I on behalf of all contributors thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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I am always ready at the mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions or requests.
Have an amazing day 🙂