Want to let people here know
I can be rather blunt sometimes, and I am still working on my people skills. There are a lot of reasons for me to follow through with this site- not the least of which is because I'm not the one who was able to back me- a friend did so.
This is our dream. It is a shared dream between many of our friends and us, but we want to do our best to make it shine before we open it up and share with everyone we want to share it with.
SO on to what you should know about me- the one who will be here on WA sharing our journey and trying to help and inspire others with what we learn.
I am a mother, as my profile states. I have two great kids- both noted autistic by the school system in Maryland, We lived there for 10 months last year and because of our financial situation and only having temporary living space, we were forced to move back to a dangerous area for us. This took away most of the support our family was finally getting.
Here we couldn't get anyone to work with us for our sons sake in the school system. They refused to create a learning program for him for long enough that now it will be ten times harder to help him through a normal public school. He is now being schooled via K12 and I am there to help and he doesn't have to deal with the bullies that this brick and mortar school forced him to deal with.
Thankfully our daughter was evaluated and given an IEP while we were in MD so now this school has to work correctly with her education instead of ignoring them like they did her brothers. I wish we could have stayed where our troubles with not only the school system but medical were next to none.
I have all the symptoms of something called "Chiari Malformation" but I have never been tested for it. This is not because I haven't tried, but because the place we are living seems to think of it as a medical unicorn and most doctors here have to have you spell it for them and thinks you made up the issue. It causes memory issues, stress, migraines, gag reflex issues, weakness in the limbs, sight problems, balance issues, seizures and several other problems. With a list like that, having all the symptoms yourself kind of makes you realize that life is special and that maybe all these so called 'random' problems that have all been scripted to separate problems, rather than looked as a whole, might mean the doctors in your area aren't very well trained. It also backs my thoughts that the doctors in MD all listened to my list of symptoms and my theory (a friend with Chiari noticed the symptoms, knew my mom had it, and told me how its genetic) and agreed and wanted to do testing to diagnose me officially. I was a week out from doing so when we had to move- back to square one and spelling it out to every doctor I meet- and I mean actually spelling 'Chiari' for the doctor so he can google it.
I am also trans. I am pre everything and can't safetly try to move towards the goal of being myself in the state I am in without risking the courts taking my kids- which is BS. In MD I would have been safe and been able to make the change without an issue- instead of spending most days in a severe depression and hating every aspect of my life.
I know most people on here write as professionals and only want to share what they are doing on their sites and praise WA for everything- I probably will as well once our site takes off! However, trust me, there is a reason for all of this!
I also show signs of being autistic. I don't "get" a lot of what is said at oints, or see certain things as being silly or redundant to say... or wonder how we could all be here when much of the site seems spammed with "WA is great" bots- which for someone who thinks like me, throws up red flags.
I'll tell you why I chose WA, this way you can understand why I may come off as a bit, I don't know, abrasive? When I don't actually mean to.
I am already a researcher and writer for my current crap job. I've learned how to search out reviews, good and bad, and read between the lines. WA is great for those just starting up. We lack experience and the next best thing wants nearly a grand before they will help. It does have its downsides, and before choosing it, I read all about them. One of the biggest being that everyone makes it seem waaaay too easy to start up a site and be rolling in cash within a month or two. I know it takes a lot more than that. It takes a lot of time, research and work before your site takes care of you. This isn't a "fast cash" scenario, but many make it sound that way... and that gives WA a bad rep because then those expecting it get upset and quit when their first several tries fail.
Maybe rather than praising it so hard and making it sound like an overnight miracle, and that simply being on premium is going to make me suddenly a success- we should focus on using that first week to let people know it takes more than just their passion an a few hours or even months to make the money thwy are hoping for? That being a premium member doesn't automatically turn them into a cash machine?
If we start being more honest about what it takes, then those that want to flag us as a scam, or tear us down for not meeting their expectations right away, will find it much more difficult to do so. Honesty is always better than over the top flamboyance that stretches truth out too far and turns it into a fantasy realm.
How many of you started out, that very first month, and didn't make more than say.. a few dollars? How long did it take? How many of you struggled and only hit your goal after several months or years? What did it take? What made you hang in there when in the back of your mind you were wondering if you would ever see it happen?
I'm not even started yet, and I can answer a few of those questions: I want to go home to Maryland where my family is safe and cared for. Where we are out of danger and can sleep peacefully at night. I want- no need- to get out of a job that has nearly sent me into seizures from stress the last few months and work on something I love. I want to show my kids success comes from never giving up. Those are what drives me... what were or are yours? If its money, then maybe its time to re-evaluate... for while we all need that in order to accomplish other goals, it should not be our main goal!