I love this tag as it’s unique and such a good idea, there isn’t anything like this on the internet for disabled bloggers so I’m really excited about this post.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the tag.
1. When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog in January 2015 in the hope to raise awareness of visual impairment/disability and to share my experiences of living with a visual impairment.
I started my blog on WordPress which is a free platform, however in November 2017 I decided to go self-hosted which meant that I could have my blog the way I wanted it and also have my own domain.
I didn’t realise how many people would actually read my blog, for me it’s just something that I love doing so it’s just a hobby really. The fact that so many people choose to read it really means the world to me.
2. Did you intend to talk about your disability online from the beginning?
Yes, my disability has always been something that I have always wanted to talk about on my blog, hence the name ‘Life of a Blind Girl’.
3. Have you ever been sceptical about talking about your disability online?
Yes, especially when I am giving my own opinion or talking about the misconceptions surrounding sight loss. It’s important to find the balance between sharing your own opinion and also educating others, but not being too critical of the wrongly perceived ideas surrounding sight loss or disability.
4. What kind of response have you/do you receive in terms of your disability related blog posts?
I receive an extremely positive response from my disability related posts which I am truly grateful for. I’d just like to thank you for your lovely comments and messages that you send me, it really means the world.
5. Do you write/talk about other topics apart from your disability?
Yes, I discuss lifestyle topics and also my experiences such as going to concerts and places I’ve been to. My blog is a mix of everything really.
6. What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?
For me as a blind person, accessibility is at the heart of blogging. I try to make my blog accessible to everyone (or as many people as possible).
I try to make the font easy to read and also have a design that is easy to navigate and easy to read as well.
I also add alt text to my images so that screen-readers describe them, for me I think this is a key feature as it gives a blind or visually impaired person the opportunity to interpret the picture in their own way.
When sharing my blog posts on social media, I also capitalise hashtags so that screen-readers pronounce them correctly and I also add image descriptions on Facebook and Twitter.
For me, blogs that are accessible with a screen-reader are the ones that I consistently go back to and frequently read so I know how important accessibility is.
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging about your disability?
My favourite thing about blogging about my disability is the fact that it gives me the chance to help others in the same or a similar situation. Blogging has given me a platform to raise awareness and tackle the common misconceptions surrounding sight loss and disability. I have been given many wonderful blogging opportunities to enable me to extend this further.
I have also made some great friends through blogging which I am extremely grateful for.
8. What are your top three disability related blog posts that you’ve ever published?
I’ve written a lot of blog posts over the last three years so choosing my top three was rather difficult but at the moment my top three are:
This is definitely my most popular post, it has had over 3000 views which is crazy! It’s an educational post and you all seemed to love it and many people said that they learnt something from that post which makes me very happy.
This is one of my most honest and real posts, it has received a fantastic response and many people have told me that they can relate to my story and that my tips have helped them. Accepting and learning to use a cane was one of my most challenging barriers in terms of my sight loss but I got there eventually and I think that’s why I’m really proud of that post because I was able to open up about my struggles.
This is possibly one of my most controversial posts, as this is a topic that every person has a different opinion on. I wrote this post when I was at university, so a lot of my personal life experiences and aspirations have changed since then, but the general message of the post has stayed the same. This is one of my favourite posts as I think it makes people stop and really think whether they view certain people as being inspirational or not.
9. Do you think that the disabled blogger/YouTube community is overlooked?
I definitely think that it is overlooked. Disabled bloggers aren’t really included in any top blogging awards or articles and I think this is such a shame. I also feel like we aren’t really included in the blogosphere because many of us aren’t your typical beauty, fashion or lifestyle blogger and don’t fit into those categories so we are often forgotten about. However, I do feel that the disabled blogger and YouTube community offers great value and is of huge importance.
However, I am lucky in the sense that I have a mix of disabled and non-disabled readers so I know that not everyone overlooks our little community.
10. Do you find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish?
Sometimes, I want to publish content that people will have an interest in and that can be a bit tricky at times. However, there is so much to discuss when talking about disability so I don’t think I’ll stop blogging about it any time soon. If you ever have any suggestions of posts that you would like me to write then please do let me know, I would love to hear your suggestions.
11. Do you think blogging about your disability helps to change people’s perceptions?
I really do hope so, that’s one of the main aims of my blog. It is impossible to tackle all of the wrongly perceived ideas surrounding disability but. Myself and my fellow disabled bloggers will try our very best to tackle these misconceptions, educate society on disability and make the world a more accessible place.
12. Who do you tag?
If you are a disabled blogger or Youtuber then feel free to do the tag as well. If you would like to answer the questions yourself then feel free to leave your answers in the comments, I’d love to read them.