February 27, 2019

In my last post, I suggested that 2-3 years after discovering you’re autistic may be a sweet spot for advocacy writing. I’m also beginning to wonder if 2-3 thousand page likes is a sweet spot for having readers who actively engage with that writing.

If so, then let me seize this moment to say something on behalf of pages outside that range!

You can help writers with a smaller audience by interacting with what they write. Sharing posts will help their page to grow, comments will encourage them to keep writing, and likes will feel like quantitative proof that their time has been well spent.

You can help writers with a larger audience by making a small change to your settings. Unfortunately, when a page gets too big, Facebook stops showing you their posts as often. This is to motivate us to pay for ads! To keep seeing your favorite writers in your news feed, follow these steps.

On a computer, go to facebook.com/pages/?category=liked. Choose a page, then click Following, then click See First.

Or, on a phone, go to m.facebook.com/pages/launchpoint/liked_pages. Choose a page, then tap the ellipsis button (…), then Following, then See First.

Both suggestions will help pages of any size, but interaction is extra important for smaller pages, and the “See First” setting is extra important for larger pages.

This is meta-advocacy – advocating for the advocates. If you have a blog or Facebook page, feel free to link to it in the comments on this post on Facebook!

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.