Happy Blogoversary to me!

Today, I celebrate the eighth anniversary of my blog “African Jungle”. My very first post, “Greetings to one and all”, was posted on the 29th of May 2010. The tagline I chose for my blog was “A blog on Autism, Anti-antivaccination and life by a South African Autist”.
A lot has happened blogging wise in the eight years since that day. I have written 312 posts in total. When people complained they couldn’t access my original blog, I created a second one on WordPress called “Autism Jungle” (it seems “African Jungle” was already taken on WordPress). My first post on Autism Jungle was for Autistics’ Speaking Day.
I have blogged on a variety of matters: antivaccine hogwash; the murder of autistics; quack “treatments” for autism that range from the ineffective but harmless like hot showers to actively dangerous ones like MMS; my work as a software tester; being awarded the Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Technical Test Analyst Certificates from SASTQB; films I’ve seen; antivaccine PRATTs; seeing Tori Amos live; the political situation in South Africa; Autistics’ Speaking Day.
A lot has changed since I began blogging. Vaccines against HPV have been rolled out and have been shown to reduce the incidence of cervical and other cancers. Polio is nearing extinction in the wild, after an earlier setback. Measles is no longer endemic to the Americas. Antivaxxers have gone from an influential grouping to a fringe. Antivaccination has started up in South Africa. Since Suzanne Wright passed away “Autism Speaks” has begun to fade from the scene. The Autism Rate is calculated to be 1 in 59.
A lot has changed in my own life. I turned 40. The counter at the bottom of my blog showing how many hits it had reached 100,000 and reset to 0. My blog has over 180,000 hits. I lost my job of 12 years but immediately started a new one. My car is a Toyota Etios, which I bought new. I decided to give up blogging, only to come back almost immediately.
It’s been a great ride.

About autismjungle

I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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