The not just ADD not-a-blog Blog

Remember – links on this site are dark grey to reduce distraction potential
while you’re reading. They turn red on mouseover
Hover before clicking for more info

Evergreens, Information & Neurodiversity

tree(c) Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

No, not the TREE!

I borrow the meaning of the term “evergreen” from its current usage in the podcasting community, in particular, in reference to Dr. Ginger Campbell’s amazing evergreen podcasts of brain-based information and interviews with leading scientists and science writers in the neuro-fields: The Brain Science Podcast.

“Evergreen,” in this context, refers to content that is not designed to “age-off” — information, written to remain relevant.

On ADDandSoMuchMORE, the content is ALSO designed to build upon itself, providing “background explanation” links for newly written content, rather than making every single post as long as a BOOK!

  • If you’ve been reading since Day-ONE, keep up as I post, and can remember what you read, you may not need to jump back to read the older content (over 450 info-dense articles and counting!)
  • It’s THERE if you need it or want it — and for newer readers trying to play “catch-up.”
  • I try to write each article so that it makes sense without a lot of “off-post” background explanation, but you will get A LOT more value from the content if you do click and read the linked information. Your choice.
  • By the way – I revisit several of the older posts every single week, adding links and editing content (where indicated) to keep things current.

THAT’s why it’s EVERGREEN!!

Limitations of the Blogging Platform for Evergreen Sites

openclipart 2.0 - Ted

openclipart 2.0

The original design of the weblog platform’s was to present a “log” of webposts, like a ship’s log or somebody’s diary, one right after the other.

Unlike things written in a notebook, the blog “posts” (publishes) the newest entry on the top.

Adopted practically immediately by the teen community, the blogging platform has been built to put the newest post – the thought of the day – at the very top of a “blogroll” of short posts or content excerpts.

For “excerpts,” readers click “more” to read a particular item in its entirety only if a blogger developed a particular post more fully, meaning that he or she felt it was important to take more space – or had more time that particular day to write more about the topic – than whatever that writer determined was “normal” for his or her blog.

The blogger sets how many posts to show his or her readers before they come to the end of the “blogroll.” On most blogs, when you get to “the end,” you will probably see an arrow pointing to the left and a few words meaning “click here for older stuff.”

GREAT for many

Even though it makes it tough for those of us who are sharing a body of work with online readers, the weblog platform’s design is perfect for a great many of the writers in the blog-o-sphere.  It’s quick and easy.  Sign in, type, publish – bada bing, bada boom!

The “blogroll” works well for “diary bloggers” and “today’s thought about the topic of my blog” bloggers.

  • Most of their followers are really only interested in seeing the latest post (or, at most, only a few before that.)
  • They rarely want to scroll all the way down to the bottom to catch “last month’s thought,” and even less frequently are they interested in “last year’s thought.”

Not so great for content that BUILDS to inform

If we want to take advantage of the many good things about the blogging platform, those of us attempting to educate or inform in an Evergreen fashion have to tweak the format to make it function more like a “old-fashioned” website.

That means we have to think about how our readers are likely to want to access the content we provide, as well as what they might be likely to want to read – sometimes years after it was originally published.

Until somebody invents a “reader specific” platform, we are forced to set things up the way most of the readers of our blogs will be likely to find useful.   Not every “tweak” will work well for EVERYONE.

We do the best we can with what we have to work with.

How it Works Here

On, an Evergreen site, most of my older articles are every bit as “valuable” to a great many of my readers as content written yesterday.

In fact, some of the oldest articles contain foundational concepts that I needed to explain first, so that I could reference the ideas years later (by linking them to the newer content, or listing them as “Related Content” at the bottom of each newer article).

©Phillip Martin

©Phillip Martin

But not every reader will want the same thing.

Readers who already know a lot about ADD or TBI or EFD, for example – or how the Amgdala and the Prefrontal Cortex work together – probably won’t want to take the time to read more about concepts they understand fairly well already.

Graduates of some of my trainings already HAVE some of that content in their course materials or in the notes they took when I was presenting the material live.

Neuroscientists would be bored to tears with some of my “foundational” articles about how the brain works.  They are primarily interested in how I weave the brain-based information (that they could recite in their sleep) into how I work with Executive Functioning issues.

  • So those particular readers won’t want foundational links “in their faces” to distract them as they skim quickly through the latest article.  (not real links, btw, but see how distracting they are?) 
  • ANYWAY, those individuals I think about as “previously informed” readers may not EVER want to click a link – but they DO appreciate having them readily available so they don’t have to search the site (or the web!) if they get curious.

If you’re NOT “previously informed”


Readers who are brand new to a particular topic (or to the way I work, or to this blog), will want to go back for particular content without having to start from Day One, being forced to read a blog as they might read a published book.

They want to skip right to the content they want to know about.

They, too, appreciate the fact that a bunch of colored, underlined links don’t interupt their flow while they are reading.

Those aren’t real links either – but I’ll bet you have a new appreciation for the fact that links on this blog are subtle!

Some Readers who might click

  • Former students, for example, who want a quick review of the meaning of a particular concept (or more content about a particular coaching skill or term).  But they don’t want to click EVERY link.  They only want what they want.  

More to the point, they aren’t the slightest bit interested in seeing what ELSE might be available to distract them from why they hopped over to read an article on in the first place.

  • Readers who don’t “follow” – or readers who DO, but are too busy to visit often – may want to go back to read an article they missed.  But they don’t want to start from Day One either.

And these readers REALLY don’t want to have to slow down to read through a bunch of colored, underlined links to articles they don’t have time to read!

So, once you understand how to locate the links on this site whenever you want them, but can easily skim over them whenever you don’t want them, you’re ready to go.  (If you ever forget, you can always scroll down the skinny column to the right for a refresher)

So far, so good!

hitchedhorseThe hitch-in-the-git-along

EVENTUALLY, almost everyone will search for a particular phrase or word in the search box, or will cllick a category from the top menubars.

Boy Howdy!!  

That’s when the limitations of the blogging format gets confusing for readers who have gotten used to reading articles in isolation.  That’s when I get emails of frustration, or comments saying, essentially, “What’s with the blogroll?!!!

SO LET ME EXPLAIN how the “blogroll” process works here on

Whenever you bump into one of those “blogrolls” on this site (for example, if you were to use the search box in the site header to search for, say, “Impulsivity”), you will find a long “roll” of blog excerpts that contain the word “impulsivity” or that I have tagged with that word.

What you will be looking at, essentially, is a roll-out of PREVIEWS, one right after the other: possibilities that might contain what you want to know about your search term.

  • Since this site was designed for the way most ADDer’s tend to work, I’ve given you enough information in each “preview” to figure out whether any particular article seems worth exploring TODAY (or whatever day you visited).
  • Because I write Series of articles on the same topic (Impulsivity, for example), some excerpts are longer than others. I want to make it easier for MOST of you to have enough information to make a decision without having to click through each one to “read more.”

You can scroll through a bunch of articles to find the one you had hoped to locate,
or click through to read something that seems important at the time you are searching.

  • At the bottom of each excerpt you will see the words “Read more of this post.”
    Click there! and you will be taken to the entire post, all by its lonesome.  Whew!
  • You can also click the preview’s title, which will allow you to read from the beginning.
    “Read More” takes you to the spot where the preview left off, which many readers
    find disorienting.

Your choice!

Drawing of two smiling figures standing behind a question mark; thought bubbles over their heads: a red X, and a green checkmark

Wikipedia Commons

Commenting on Information (or asking a question)

The comments section at the very bottom of an article (after you “click through” – and below the Related Links) allows readers to interact with each other about the content in the article.

  • If I ran the blogging world, comments would be designed slightly differently, but then all those other bloggers might complain, so this is another place where I’m forced to tweak — working in a manner that sort-of works and sort-of doesn’t.
  • Here on, your comments are “moderated” (meaning I must approve them), to keep down the number of spammers and catfights.

As long as you don’t invalidate anyone else’s world view, feel free to disagree with them – OR with me.

That’s the point of a discussion, right?  I WELCOME viewpoints that challenge me to think outside my own boxes. Respectful comments from ANY point of view will always be approved the very next time I log on and see them.

©Phillip Martin

©Phillip Martin

Inbound and Outbound Links

If, in addition to your name and email address (which nobody sees but me), you fill in the box where it asks for you website, your comment will automatically link to your site, by the way – a great way to build those “inbound links” that the search engines love.

But play fair – link BACK.

You outnumber me! So if the inbound/outbound link ratio skews to a point that falls because your site rises in the search engine page rankings, I’ll be forced to disable that feature and change my linking policies (to avoid ending up being pushed back to the Siberia of the pages nobody ever sees!)

I want this information to be easily found by anyone who needs it! 

I ALSO want to include as many links in the Related Content section as I can, so I’m already starting in the debit column where link counting is concerned.

So put on your “share generously” hat, and help me get the word out, ok?

CanSpamComputerOverwhelmABOUT Links and link-spam

It’s fine to include a link to more related content on your blog or website within your comment, too – as long as it is RELATED content.

I do check, however, and will mark it as SPAM if the only point is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) — or a chance to market to readers who come here for information I spend a lot of the minutes of my life giving away.

Once you are manually spammed, you are less likely to make it past my extremely smart automatic spam filter in the future, even if you do not include a link.

ALSO, keep it to one (at most, two) links per comment, no matter HOW related the link, even if that means you have to comment several different times on a single article.

Link-spammers have ruined it for ALL of us, so auto-spam software like my best friend Akismet (I highly recommend it!) will throw you in the spam-trash and I’ll never even get a chance to approve your comment.  

When I wrote this, Akismet had kept 108,348 spammers from misusing this blog.  As I update it today, 1,070,328 attempts at spamming the blog have been foiled. By the time you read this, the spam counter near the top of the skinny column to the right will probably show that we’ve been protected from a great many more.

WHICH MEANS that there is NO WAY that I will ever have the time to hunt through the trash for the one or two comments that might NOT be spam!

With The “normal” Blogroll Format

Almost every time you land on a blog-page, things look different — because content SCROLLs.

  • The newest post claims the top spot, pushing the otherwise most recent down.  On the newest article or thought of the day, an entirely different topic may be introduced.

Then the next post pushes them both down as that article claims the top spot. And so it goes.

After a while, that original article is so far down in the list it rarely gets found and read, much less commented upon.

People generally comment on the top post, maybe the one following, but if you don’t get to a particular blog practically as soon as the writer publishes a post, you don’t really become part of the conversation.

In fact, many blogs default to “closing” comments after a short period of time, to conserve site storage limitations.

  • EVENTUALLY, depending on how often the blogger interacts with his or her readers by posting new content (as well as the number of posts they decide to allow to show up on the “blogroll),” that very first article “ages off” entirely.
  • VERY few bloggers go back to edit or add content to older articles. They write, publish and move ON.

That’s NOT how it works here, for some excellent reasons.

Blogging has been designed for community building, further adapted for services marketing, and sales of information products.  It was NOT originally intended for individuals like me, who want to develop and “warehouse” related content to be shared with the intent of becoming a permanent, no-charge reference source.

I am pushing platform limitations to avoid having to charge for site membership to pay design fees to build a website more suited to what I am trying to offer here.

Which drives many of my readers CRAZY!

ADD-and-so-much-MORE!  is a not-a-blog Blog

If you think of it as a “blog,” you will continue to be confused and frustrated by the expectation that it works like the other blogs work.

Although I have peppered How to use this site content all over ADDandSoMuchMORE, in our “just-tell-me-what-I-want-to-know-NOW” too-much-to-do and too-little-time universe, FEW of you take the time to read it.

That’s OK – REALLY! — but my problem is that I’m drowning as I attempt to dedicate additional hours in my day to explain it repeatedly, one frustrated reader at a time.

Thus this post.  



I’m hoping that some of you will read the explanation below and that the aha! light bulbs will flash — illuminating the way to quickly navigate to information you’d like to double-check (or to read for the first time).

I also NOW have a post I can refer to for those who contact me in howls of frustration in the future.

Below a little information about neurodiversity is an edited/formatted copy of a recent back-and-forth from a recent reader – in the COMMENTS section of an older post he clicked over to, thinking it was going to be something else.

A few of you may trip upon it subsequently, but most of you will never see it if you don’t read it here and now.  

So I hope you will — it will explain A LOT!  

You will ALSO find it useful information when you visit other blogs, by the way — or build your own.

Neurodiversity and the Attentional Spectrum
(Start looking for real links below – hover before clicking for a hint of what you’ll find there)

Because I strongly believe that focused ATTENTION is the foundational skill for almost every good thing in life, I consider anyone with ANY of what I call “the alphabet disorders” that lead to struggles with intentionality of attention a card-carrying member of the Attentional Spectrum Dysregulations Club.

That means EFD, ADD, ADHD, TBI, ASD, OCD — as well as the garden-variety cognitive changes and challenges that come with aging, and every single comorbid disorder in the ADD playbook: Tourette’s, Anxiety, Depression, BiPolar Disorder (and so much MORE!) included.

YOU – I’m speakin’ to YOU!

I’d like to invite each of you, personally, to allow yourselves to benefit from my take on the brain-based information I’ve studied and the coping techniques I developed for the ADD community in the last twenty-five years.

©Phillip Martin

Give yourselves a real shot at
Optimal Functioning!

Come see if looking at things through The ADD Lens™ doesn’t make life a whole lot easier to live.

Try looking at your functional challenges as if they were a result of diagnostic Attention Deficit Disorder – whether you are diagnosed with ADD, diagnosed with something else entirely, experiencing a bit of what they call “age-related cognitive decline“– or blissfully undiagnosed, coping with a highly stressful life!

If struggles in the following arenas are ongoing problems for you for WHATEVER reason, pretend you have ADD and start to utilize a few of the techniques that have been found to work with people who have been diagnosed with ADD:

  • uneven functioning
  • procrastination
  • disorganization
  • kludgy time-management
  • mood swings
  • low frustration tolerance (road rage!)
  • black and white thinking
  • stubborness
  • unfinished projects
  • sleep struggles
  • short-term memory deficits

– things like that –

science_human_eye_sSee if looking at yourself through The ADD Lens™ – as if you had full-blown, diagnostic ADD – gives you a way to approach areas of prior difficulty in a way that you can handle them successfully. And bring your friends!

In The Journey toward Optimal Functioning™ we must give ourselves permission to utilize any trick, tool or technique that will help us to achieve it.

By the way, I tell my clients that, in Heaven, everyone gets to have ADD
welcome to heaven!

NOW – my answer to a comment asking about finding one’s way around the site.

ABOUT the content you will find here

This is not a “quick hit and go” kind of site. Most of my ideal clients – and those who are attracted to – are readers (many of them writers – or coaches and other ADD Professionals  who are used to having to do a great deal of reading).

When you take the time to explore, you will discover a wealth of information for absolutely free – the fruits of my reading and reflection over a quarter of a century of my life, practically full-time.

Even though I do keep a roof over my head “selling” my time, knowledge and services as a coach, trainer of coaches, and consultant to other ADD professionals, has been written to become an information-dense ADD (and spectrum) non-membership site.

It is NOT intended to be a billboard for my personal practice.

Nor is it a “what I observe going about my ADD day” kind of blog.

As the founder of the ADD Coaching field, I run various trainings for various segments of the ADD/EFD population (coaches, parents, partners, ADDults and ADD professionals), and offer private, couples and (when I have time) group coaching as well.

This site is designed to provide information to serve ALL of them —
as well as those who will never hire ME or any coach, who are merely trying to get a handle on what’s going on with ADD, EFD, TBI (etc.) in a particular area (sleep struggles, comorbidities, diagnosis, memory, symptomology, medication, organization, and so much more).

This is Legacy work – breadcrumbs for those who come behind me on the intentionality trail.

The only fair trade I expect is for you to pass it on WITH attribution (linked back, for web-published uses), and that you never use MY largess in a manner designed to line your pockets.  Deal?


There are many ways to find content on this not-a-blog.  Let’s hit the highlights of the easiest.


The menus are designed to help visitors navigate by *category* to locate particular kinds of content.

  • With the exception of a few stand-alone pages (like What’s in a Name?), what comes up from most of the menus is a “blogroll” of excerpts of posts — articles that are “filed” under the particular category you choose.  (Pages can’t be categorized!)
  • Each includes enough of a snippet of each post for you to note if it is information you want to know more about.
  • They are arranged in chronological order by category, oldest at the bottom.
  • Articles are cross-filed, so may also appear in another category.


Phillip Martin, artist/educator

Other than the color, links within each article are “regular” links that will take you directly to the article to which the link refers.

Links will usually open in a new window or tab, depending on how you have set up your particular browser (only YOU have control over that — I can’t offer tech support on how you might change it).

At the bottom of each individual article (not the “blogroll” preview, but what you see once you “click through” to “read more”), you will find links to similar content and/or a list of other articles in the same Series.

If you SCROLL DOWN the skinny column to the right ==>, you will see links to the newest 60 articles – by title, newest on top.  Again, clicking on those will take you directly to the article – not “blogroll.”

Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 8.11.54 PM
The E-Me link (on the top menu – above is just a snapshot) will take you to a form where you can let me know if you are interested in working with me in one or more of a number of ways. Your next step would be a brief conversation to determine “fit.”

As long as your E-Me looks legit, as soon as possible, I’ll send my contacts by return email so that we can reach each other more directly (sorry to have to do it in an ADD-unfriendly manner – blame the affiliate marketing spammers).

The Sort-of-a-Site Map is a list of links by category — home-made, because this “theme” doesn’t create one.  Bummer, huh?  Click “Site Map” on the bottom right corner of bottom menu to get to it (top of every page, second line of of the lighter gray menubar).

After a few years, I went to a LinkList format: lists of links to articles on a particular topic – also available from the bottom of the two menus at the top of every page.

LAST but not least – read the Home/New Page to find out more!  It’s link will always be found on the top left of the darker menubar, available from every page or post on the site.

Stay tuned.  Now that you know how to find your way around the “campus,” and you understand that there’s more than ADD-specific information to be found here, there’s a LOT more actual content coming – ALL part of the So-Much-More this not-a-blog was designed to cover.


As always, if you want notification of new articles – in a particular series, or any new post on this site – give your email to the nice form on the top of the skinny column to the right.  (You only have to do this once, so if you’ve already asked for notification about a prior series or article, you’re covered) STRICT No Spam Policy

If you’d like some one-on-one (or group) coaching help with anything that came up while you were reading this article (either for your own life, that of a loved one, or as coaching skills development), click the E-me link  <—here (or on the menubar at the top of every page) and I’ll get back to you ASAP (accent on the “P”ossible!)

Some foundational Evergreens here on 

Related Content ’round the ‘net

BY THE WAY: Since is an Evergreen site, I revisit all my content periodically to update links — when you link back, like, follow or comment, you STAY on the page. When you do not, you run a high risk of getting replaced by a site with a more generous come-from.

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

11 Responses to The not just ADD not-a-blog Blog

  1. Pingback: Sleep and Cognition | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  2. Pingback: TWO important messages from TinkerToy | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  3. Pingback: The World’s only Dog who’s a real-live PIG | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  4. This site is my favorite Madelyn. There is so much information it is overwhelming, but that’s my problem not yours!LOL Hey, I try to come back when I can put my head on straight … sometimes it’s longer then I want but time heals.

    I think people get so much out of your site that they may click on another and comment there believing it is still your site. It’s just part of life for some of us! On the other hand, I also find that even though it’s educational I find reading part of a writing at a time is a lot to take in.

    That would make me believe others may be reading partial writings and never get to comments. Reading and comprehension is difficult for me so I need to break things down, spit them out, and return for more!

    It doesn’t matter if there aren’t comments, that must mean you have lots of busy readers who understand everything because you go into great depth with explanations! CONGRATULATIONS on a site that provides educational material that could benefit every individual in some way or another. Take care and stay safe, Edie


    • Thanks, Edie – I’m going to choose to believe you are right on about the comment “silence.” And WOW what an endorsement. Thank you SO much.

      I know you’ve already signed up for the Parker shindig so don’t need to read the article encouraging everyone to go learn what’s up with the new “medication rules” – but Glen Hogard just left a comment briefly describing his experience – starting 3 short months ago (after 18 years of struggling). Hop over, scroll down, and give it a read (it’s not long, but it is IMPRESSIVE)

      LINK ===>Find out how much better you COULD be doing — directly from Dr. Charles Parker



      • Halo Mundo! These are the two words I get when I click on the above link. I guess that would be a brief comment!LOL WordPress goof-ups.

        What a breakthrough to not only enhance Glen’s life, but to give him life again! 18 years is a very long time, and I certainly get that! Thanks for pointing me back in the right direction! Absolutely impressive, and I wonder if Dr. Parker is working along with my doctor. I bet he is!

        Take care and stay safe,


        • That’s a Hello World post in Spanish (or maybe Italian?) Clearly, WordPress got its feet tangled! I’m going to go check and report, if necessary. They DO make things right, but sometimes it takes them a while to find and fix.

          I’ll bet you DO get “18 years” – seems like I saw timing like that in YOUR story of struggling! My prayers are that THIS year we *all* get balanced and functional. What a miracle THAT would be.



  5. Madelyn,

    Your work amazes me! I know so little, and I learn so much here. I’ll be looking at this again, because I really don’t know too much about WordPress. Writings that contain updated information is always helpful. I find so much here! It’s helpful to have the related articles. I have not been able to click on the links as often as I’d like … for that matter rarely, but I’m finally hoping back over to read.

    Sometimes it seems like I fall off the face of the earth, but when I find my way back … I’m here first! I guess I’m just like Humpty-Dumpty, for those that remember who this fictional character was!

    The good thing about falling off the face of the earth, I always find myself in prayer. Prayer for my special friends and their families when I am not present. I often wonder how you, my newly injured nurse friend (who doesn’t know I exist!) but I care and for her family.

    Where is everyone and their comments? It’s okay to write anything you wish. If Madelyn doesn’t want it posted, she will delete it. Hey, I jump over to this site to find out what’s happening! Looking for the best life possible is always a priority.

    Take care and stay safe,


    • Edie, I need to buy you a set of pom poms – you are the best cheerleader ANYBODY could wish for! But I think anybody who has EVER been to your site would have to argue with the statement that you know “so little.” Your site is AMAZING!

      Re: “write what you want” LOL – the only things I “delete” are things that are mean-spirited, shaming, or a transparent excuse to post a link so that they will rise in the search engine rankings without adding to the conversation or “giving back” in any way (that’s called “link spam” – Akismet is a great filter, but one or two are clever enough to get through it once in a while – since I have to approve, I generally catch them).

      Re: reading all the links: I read like lightening (thank you LORD! — one of the few ADD traits I don’t have is the struggle with reading) – and I am “reading FOR” – not educating myself, for the most part. (I’ve been at this for 25 years, remember). Take the gun out of your back, kiddo!

      I don’t expect everyone (or anyone!) to click ALL the links, but I do have a few readers on every post who want more, so I like to add the content of others rather than make my already long posts ENDLESS 😉 I also link to Wikipedia a lot (within the articles, not at the bottom), in case there’s a term that’s fuzzy, or a concept that’s dimly recognized, etc.

      I also believe it’s only right to link to sites that have educated ME on the topic, or to those whose info I reference.

      THUS, the links!

      ALSO – as you begin to build your own database of attentional dysregulation info, you might suddenly think about a post you’ve read here in a new and different way, and WANT to come back to click a few links.

      But there’s A LOT here, and even those without the TBI energy challenge have to skim quickly and run many times — I like to think, more often than they’d like to 😀

      I can tell by my blog stats that an increasing number of people ARE landing on the posts. Do you think the ADDers don’t comment because they DO click the links and forget to come back (or comment on some other site?)

      I don’t know why it’s so “quiet” over here – do you think I might be overwhelming everyone?

      YOU comment, and so nicely too – and I really appreciate your feedback.



      • Erich says:

        Ummm, yup, kinda so, Madelyn- it often feels like a fire-hose torrent of info & concepts, and sometimes sheer verbal quirkiness impedes my mental digestion. It’s fun at times, frustrating at others. Playing/experimenting with words seems to be a pretty common trait (don’t we all like puns, for example?), and in that way I reckon you’re ‘ADD poster girl’ in spades. I don’t at all mean to de-value your work and huge commitment to the large ‘Alphabet City’ tribe (the so-much-more of us)- no way. It’s just that I cut my teeth as a reader/writer on the Shrunk & White type of explanatory clarity, and developed an allergy early on to anything obscure or labrynthine in its structure (though I CAN be patient with a developing idea so long as I feel I’m getting somewhere). I’ll follow the path like a good mouse as long as I keep finding some cheese (or peanut butter) along the way. Keep on keeping on, Madelyn- I deeply appreciate your hard work and intentionality. 🙂


        • I appreciate your point of view. The coaching field has quite a few terms that are common to coaches but not necessarily to the rest of the world and I, too, have a love/hate relationship with them.

          They’re not actually jargon, however. They are designed to facilitate what Covey would call “paradigm shifts” in awareness by forcing a brain-reboot when the language changes – what the coaching world calls “distinctions.”

          I began creating words to describe concepts decades ago, attempting to work around the unconscious shaming and “should”ing underneath some of the automatic word choices in play, EVEN in the “vanilla-flavored” coaching community — many of them are now part of the ADD Coaching lexicon (which is becoming its own problem!)

          “Vanilla,” for example, (like ice cream before the mix-ins) was my attempt to replace “normie” and “normal” – which were not only misleading, they were becoming invectives within the ADD community.

          With “Alphabet Disorders” and “Alphabet City” [<== links ==>] "the attentional spectrum disorders” community could be identified, without my having to run through all of the initials every time: OCD, ODD, SPD, ASD, PDA, PDD, MDD, MS, TBI, ABI, EFD, PTSD, etc. – as well as anyone who is on medication that creates Executive Functioning brain-fog.

          It *also* provides a bit of a smoke screen for the ADDers, who seem to inspire less ridicule when they are surrounded by others who struggle similarly.

          Whatever works, right? Thanks for taking the time to visit – and to comment.


And what do YOU think? I'm interested.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: