Today I would like to give you a glimpse into my motivation for this blog where I discuss disability related topics as well as various other topics. I decided to do this by sharing my response to the questions on the Disabled Blogger Tag. This tag was started by Elin on her blog My Blurred World.
1. When and why did you start your blog?
I started this blog in may of 2019. I started this blog to share my story and give others a glimpse into my life as a visually impaired person. I hope to encourage others that are blind or visually impaired and to let them know they are not alone.
2. Did you intend to talk about your disability online from the beginning?
Yes, I have always tried to be open about my disability because my goal is to educate and encourage others with the content that I post.
3. Have you ever been skeptical about talking about your disability online?
I have not hesitated to share my story and on being open about my disability. My motivation is to help and encourage others and that in turn gives me the courage to share all i share.
4. What kind of response do you receive in terms of your disability related posts?
I would say that people are usually supportive when I share about my disability. I am glad to see that people are open to learning about what it is like to be visually impaired. I am thankful for this because it means I get to reach some people and help to bring more awareness to the visually impaired community.
5. Do you write about other topics apart from your disability?
Yes I discuss my Christian faith and lessons I learn along this journey through life. I write about a bit of everything regarding lifestyle and share my opinions on various issues regarding society and culture from time to time.
6. What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?
I use a screen reader myself so i try to ensure that my blog theme is built with accessibility in mind. I also make it a point to describe every image on my blog to the best of my ability. I include the description within the alt text. Alt text is read by screen reader software but is not visible on the screen.
7. What is your favorite thing about blogging about your disability?
I enjoy sharing my story and letting others in a similar situation that they are not alone. I wear very thick glasses and growing up I did not know anyone that looked like me so I want to be someone others can relate to while growing with thick glasses and having low vision. I still wear thick glasses as an adult and it can be hard at times. I hope to be of support to others by sharing my story.
8. What are your top 3 favorite disability related blog posts that you’ve ever published?
My blog is still growing and i still have much more to share but these are my top 3 favorite posts at this time.
- A New Era of Authentic Representation of People with Disabilities in the Media In this post I highlight true representations of people with disabilities on Youtube and how this is necessary to change the negative and stereotypical ways that people with disabilites are usually portrayed in the media as a whole.
- Blindness is on a Spectrum This post is important to me because it shows that every person that is visually impaired is unique and the stereotypes regarding blindness must end.
- Get a Glimpse into an Office Setup for a Blind Employee I hope that this post reaches employers and they learn that blind and visually impaired people can do the same job as a person with full sight with the help of assistive technology.
9. Do you think that the disabled bloggers/youTubers are overlooked?
I think that anyone with a disability is usually overlooked but I think that as more people with disabilities start blogs and YouTube channels this will change. The disabled community is growing in the media and I am thankful for this.
10. Do you find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish?
When it comes to coming up with content i have found the most helpful thing to do is to create a content calendar. When it comes to disability related content I come with content by sharing my personal experiences and by reacting to what the community is sharing.
11. Do you think that blogging about your disability helps to change people’s perceptions?
I hope that I am able to contribute even a drop in the bucket to help change the way people view the disabled community.
12. Who do you tag?
I tag any disabled blogger that is reading this. We need every voice to contribute to destroy the stereotypes that are out there regarding people with disabilities.