Building Casper’s Community

Today I put up a rambling status on Casper’s Facebook page. I know not all of you “bookface”(to use a term from Carlene @ CrAzY AcReS) so I want to add it here to say it again on the blog. Maybe a bit more eloquently, but probably not. I know Casper is working on a post about his Holiday, but for now, this.

I have taken the past few evenings and today to read Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking.” I saw her TEDtalk and it shed some light on some of my “issues” so I was exited for the book; Lauri bought it for me for Christmas. I’m about half way through it, and traditionally, I’m a “wait for the movie” type so for me to be 150 or pages into a book in 3 days is something.

Amanda has me thinking I have been ‘internet-ing’ wrong. Well, not wrong, just different, and not the way I should be in order to hold true to my beliefs. She has helped me to see that I want to do it a bit differently from know on (more the way she does it), at least where Casper is concerned. I want his page and blog to be a wildly successful community. To that end I vow that from now on I will be more involved in conversation on replies to what we post. I have let you down when you reply. I don’t want that. I want you to feel that we love you, because we do! I want it to be a conversation, I want everyone involved. Please help me to do this. (See I’m asking already!)

I had no intention of making a New Year’s Resolution, but I guess I just have.

We have been doing this for a while and now I know what I want. I want this blog to be both a chronicle of what we do with Casper and a conversation that brings light to disability awareness; but more than that, a conversation that helps us all to be better. Whatever that means, to any and all of us.

Let’s make this thing happen.

15 thoughts on “Building Casper’s Community

  1. gayleweb January 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm Reply

    I would really like to Thank You for realizing not everyone does a “bookface”. I always look forward to your posts and education in this community. As I watched Casper being born I had no idea the greatness he would achieve but neither am I surpsed. Thank you both for being great ambassadors and educators (even before you felt the pull). You’ve been doing it all along……Thanks!

    • Casper January 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words. I suppose we could put more on the blog. Sometimes facebook is easier, so you do miss some daily sillyness. We should put some of that up too. If everyone is willing to deal with it, we’ll do it! ?????

  2. Sharon kbtz-AZ January 1, 2015 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Happy New Year!
    Anything you write is great with me. I love being able to keep up w/my Little Ghost. And the frosting on the cake is hearing how he has helped you, Dan, to be more social and do more things. Such great, positive encouragement for SDP to continue what they do best….improve the lives of many.
    Big hugs to all and many thanks.

    • Casper January 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Happy New Year too!
      Thank you so much. I really hope SDP approves of Casper and I as a team. It’s kinda like the approval of a parent for me. I feel so proud of the positive and I take any perceived negative to heart. I really feel that one of my goals is to pay back, in some way, for the gift that Casper is! One day maybe it will be stacks of cash, but for now it’s love through promotion.

  3. Linda Craig January 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Happy New Year! Wishing you all good health, much happiness and success throughout the upcoming year. I love to hear about your adventures Casper and family. It is usually the first thing I read! You are such great ambassadors and educators for the rest of us who may not think about the challenges of daily life.

    Keep writing and sharing your experiences. We look forward to future posts.

    • Casper January 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm Reply

      Happy New Year to you!
      I am so happy you like our stories. I am always humbled by the positive feedback. I am feeling the pull of “the educator” so much these days. I am going to be asking for your help in this coming year. It’s going to be Fun. I can hardly wait!

  4. GayLynn Stephens January 1, 2015 at 10:27 am Reply

    always enjoy reading your updates

    • Casper January 1, 2015 at 11:35 am Reply

      Thank You. Happy New Year.

  5. Sheila December 31, 2014 at 9:20 pm Reply

    I have never felt that you ignore posts. I so thoroughly enjoy reading the posts and keeping up with Casper and his loving family. I wish all of you the very best in the New Year and keep up the good work on the posts 🙂

    • Casper December 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm Reply

      Thank you. Happy New Year!

  6. bobbity212 December 31, 2014 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Casper (and Dan), there is not a word you’ve written so far that I wasn’t excited to read. So if you want to write more, or interact more, all I can say is WOOF! Have a Happy New Year, and I’ll be watching for more of you in 2015. Casp, you’ll always be, for me, the little Dane who COULD. Blessings on your sweet head.

    • Casper December 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm Reply

      Thank you. I (Dan), always struggle with what to share and what to keep to myself. I have made the decision to drop at least some of that filter. I want to see what our family of readers thinks. I much prefer conversation to telling you something and dropping the topic.

  7. Dave December 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Keep your posts coming, always worthwhile, and thats an understatement!

    • casperthedane December 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply

      Thank you. That means a lot. We will do our best to write more.

    • Casper December 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm Reply

      Thank you. We really enjoy it.

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