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About The Bloggess of Finding Ninee
The Blogess (as in the blogger your highness and the author of Finding Ninee) is me. Kristi Campbell. Kristi Rieger Campbell for those of you who may know me by my maiden name.
A Ninee (9E) is the way that my son pronounces the word airplane. It’s my favorite strangely-pronounced word of his. He says it so adorably and while I will do everything in my power to help him reach his full potential in every area of his life, an airplane will likely always remain a Ninee in my heart.
I began this blog in the fall of 2012, without having a clue about blogging. At all. I started writing a memoir designed for moms in my position – moms who aren’t sure whether their children’s autism spectrum issues equal autism.
Easily discouraged after reading that a publisher would rather shave a cat than hear another memoir proposal, I thought blog it! I’ve learned a little bit about blogging since then, and am blessed to have found an amazing community of special needs parents, parents of typical children, humor writers, and overall awesome people, many of whom I’ve now met in person.
BT (Before Tucker), I had about 18 years of marketing experience in a variety of national and global technology companies and more recently was a co-host on a hilarious (and under funded) weekly radio show. Once Tucker was born, I became a woman who almost always leaves the house in either flip-flops or Uggs, depending on the weather – a stay-at-home mom. While I do work part-time now, my passion is writing and drawing really stupid-looking pictures for this here blog.
My niche, you ask? My primary goal is to raise awareness and acceptance for special needs. I believe with my entire heart that the world should be open and accepting of everybody, regardless of his or her ability (or lack thereof). I often write about autism, special needs, and my son’s school journey.
Although much of my identity is being a special needs mom, I have a past and a present of my own, and also write about my experiences in the 80’s, life perspectives, and occasionally manage to produce some humorous drawings and thoughts. I think it’s important to remember that as moms, as parents, we’re so much more alike than different. While your parenting books may be of a different nature than the ones I’m reading, our parenting experiences carry many similarities and parallels, so I prefer to categorize Finding Ninee as a life blog, with a large side of special needs parenting. For more about this website and its origins, visit the About Finding Ninee page.
The Credentialish Stuff:
Winner of 2014 BlogHer Voices of the Year People’s Choice Award (category Exploration)
Proud cast member of 2014 DC’s Listen to Your Mother Show
DC Editor for SavvySource
Featured on Huffington Post, Autism Speaks, Scary Mommy, Mamapedia, Families in the Loop, and a variety of other websites.
Published in multiple print anthologies including Mothering Through the Darkness, Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness, The HerStories Project, Mother of All Meltdowns, Awakening Wonder (ebook) and Life Well Blogged: Parenting Gag Reel.
I look forward to getting to know you!
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