Last Friday, I celebrated another milestone, nine years of blogging! I know some of you are probably wondering why I didn’t just skip celebrating it when it’ll be the big one zero next fall, but I think it’s important every single thing, big or little, that happens in your life. There’s also the possibility I may not continue blogging next year too, although that is not going to happen anytime soon, but a lot can happen between now and then honestly.
For this post, I wanted to give you an insight on what goes on as a blogger, from my point of view as a disabled person. I think it’s important to show you (someone on the outside) what I do on a monthly basis. Honestly a lot of the time I’m in a panic because I haven’t gotten one day of the week finished yet and my mind has already moved on to the next two weeks! It can get really crazy but I have made it a point to not push myself as a writer. I go at my own pace, sometimes it’s a little fast, but it’s a steady pace!
A Day In The Life
Where normal people have their laptops either placed on a table or on their laps, I don’t have that luxury. Mine is always at the foot of the bed so I can get to everything easily. I started going about it this way, because it is getting increasingly harder for my parents to pick me off the floor. I did try it on the floor a few times in the beginning, but it was very uncomfortable as far as how I sat on my butt and my back instantly hurt everytime I went to type on the keys. This other way became my only way to continue my blog.
One more interesting part to this set up is the fact that the laptop is not flat on the floor, unfortunately that is too low for the way my feet are arranged, so it sits on a mobile seat cushion that a person would normally use during sports events and even graduations! I’ve used two or three of these things in the last six years, and the one I have now is a beloved, family cushion of Indiana University and yes, I feel horrible that it is literally breaking at the seams!
You might see pictures of other people with their computers, they look absolutely gorgeous as they’re clean and polished. Well, mine is not that way at all! It has a lot of hairs and dust on the screen and keyboard. Hell, I’m even missing the letter “D” but like I tell everybody that takes a look at it, “it still works!” I do try to wipe it off the best I can, but nothing really works. Let’s be really honest, have you tried your best to clean your screen on your phones and/or reading tablet?
You are probably freaking out that I actually shared a picture of it, but if I want to be brutally honest about my layout. This is part of it too. You have to remember, I use my toes to type on this, so they can collect different particles, sorry to the ones who are terrified of feet! If you had to use your feet to do everything for yourself. you’d be surprised what could happen! I mean, despite that, think about the ones who have to use pencils to prick the keys or maybe their tongue to work it, that’s a lot of different flecks from various places that get stuck in between those small areas.
Besides the laptop setup, I have two other things that I use to help me out on a weekly basis. My nana gave me a small bookshelf a couple of years, and I actually have a lot of fun organizing it, as I continue to get things to help stack papers together and make more room for other things too. This was a picture I used in the original blog post, it has now changed, but I’m thinking of switching it back to this, because it looks less chaotic! Anyways, I have everything from my pens to numerous notebooks placed in the two shelves, all ready for me to grab and figure out what I need to do next.
I have a Styrofoam box that my nana used to get her meals delivered in a couple of years ago. We had one stashed underneath the kitchen table at my grandparents house, and she let me take another one home so I could have a makeshift table to write on right by my bed. I actually use for various things; like writing out ideas in my notepads or looking at my daily planner. I can even use to do simple things like read a book or place my remote on it in the middle of the night so I don’t have to worry about kicking it off the bed!
Despite all of this, blogging is still a lonely thing to do. What gets me is that the only time we allow others to join in is when we want guest posts, other than that we are the ones that do everything for our blogs because it could be we’d rather do everything ourselves. We update our social media accounts and network our asses off! We usually get whatever ideas come to us in different times of the day (or night) and they’ll drive you nuts until you have to get out your phone or in my case To Do List and write out a collection of prompts to keep in mind for future open spots.
Overall though, blogging is fun! You get to “meet” wonderful people that are usually trying to do the same thing you are and because of them, you can express your worries and celebrate every good thing that comes your way. Unfortunately, not everyone will congratulate you on your accomplishments, but there is always someone that will send you a “good job” comment or tweet that will make you feel loved, and I think that’s part of the reason why we continue to do it, because thanks to them, we’re being appreciated for our hard work and it makes everything worthwhile!
9 thoughts on “What It’s Like To Be A (Disabled) Blogger”
Can I just say that the setup you have sounds about as close to perfect for you that I could think of. Also, big props to you! I love the honesty in this post.
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Thank you very much! It works out better compared to anything I used in school! The computers were always higher than they needed to be and I was lucky that I move the keyboards down onto my table, but sometimes we would get short cords. This way just takes all of the fuss away 🙂
This is such a lovely post Meghan, thank you for sharing. It’s lovely getting to have a little peek into someone else’s life, especially if it’s quite different to your own. And don’t worry about the laptop – mine is also constantly covered in dust and hairs – I shed like a golden retriever.
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Thank you Emma! I have a dad who has long hair and beard, so I get hairs of many different lengths and colors! Lol
I am in complete awe of everything you have done and continue to do with your disabilities, and I mean that in a non-ignorant sense. I know from my own life the difficulties that being disabled brings and then what you’ve gone through to be able to something you love – blogging – seriously, there aren’t words to express what I want to say. Some how ‘kudos’ just doesn’t quite cut it. So you damn well celebrate every single moment yet alone every single year of blogging! You totally deserve to – and to be honest, so does every blogger. As you said it’s a lonely game and we all put so much work in regardless of personal circumstances. I don’t think we do give ourselves enough credit sometimes for that.
I also wanted to say that there is absolutely no way that anyone’s computer or keyboard ever looks as immaculate as the photos they post. They blatantly clean it up first and it must take them HOURS to do it. That’s a luxury (and an abundance of energy) us disabled girls just don’t have so thank you for sharing your laptop as is because we all should be able to do that and not worry about what it looks like. That’s reality!
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Thank you very much! You didn’t sound ignorant at all. And you’re right, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we do on a regular basis!
I was fairly worried about posting that picture, because I didn’t want to offend anybody but the opposite happened and that’s all I’ve heard is that their laptops look the same! It actually made me feel tons better for not only including it but for the fact that I’m actually following a trend for once! Lol
Congratulations on 9 years of blogging! That is amazing. And you are amazing, too. Thank you for sharing this post.
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Thank you Monica! And you’re welcome 🙂