Today I have another tag for you! I found this while on the #DisabledBloggers Twitter account, it was by Elin of My Blurred World. I will admit it’s a little different compared to the others I’ve done in the past. If you have a disability of some sort, you might enjoy doing the tag, and honestly everybody can possibly learn more about me as a disability blogger.
When and why did you start your blog?
I started this blog in 2011, and I don’t really remember having a good reason to creating this blog. I think I was really bored with my first blog, there was only so much I was taught about it, and for some odd reason I decided I needed a change and decided to abandon that one and move on to this platform. I actually had help with getting up and running, thanks to another fellow WordPress blogger, but it was also easier to figure out compared to Blogger.
Did you intend to talk about your disability online in the beginning?
I think a part of me wanted to at least keep it at a minimum but something happened in the very beginning that I decided that I can’t hide my disability. I always like seeing and reading people’s reactions after finding out that I do things with my feet but I was fairly cautious on what I was comfortable with talking about in the beginning.
Have you ever been skeptical about talking about your disability online?
I have a few different disabilities, I have my main condition Arthrogryposis, that by itself is difficult to explain to people, but the fact that I have add the reasons why I only use my feet and then eventually explain the names of them, because leave it to me to have two different foot conditions! And then finally talk about the Scoliosis and why I had three surgeries on my upper body when I was 10 years old.
Once you get everything out, people kind of give you this look like they just can’t think that can happen to a person, so talking about it online, does make it somewhat better, because you don’t have that eye-to-eye contact, but you’re still familiar with the expressions and if you’re like me, you’d kind of like to see what their faces do. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of this is that people are generally too afraid to ask you anything else because they don’t know if they’d be able to handle it and they want to redeem themselves by not being a pest. Personally, I’m fine with the questions. I’d rather a person ask me all of the questions they want, then assume what I can do on a daily basis.
What kind of response have you/do you receive in terms of your disability related posts?
In the beginning, everybody was fairly supportive and really shocked too! I also never posted pictures of myself in the first five years I blogged, it wasn’t until I started doing outfit posts that I literally started seeing a change in people that read my blog–like she’s being serious, she’s in a wheelchair and her arms are bent! Now that I’ve kind of gotten myself deeper into the blogging community, I hardly ever get to see people be really curious about my disability.
Do you write/talk about other topics apart from your disability?
I don’t talk about my disability as much, I feel because I’ve lost my ability to upload photos and of course, winter came around that I had to stop doing outfit of the day posts, but as the weather warms up, I’m hoping to bringing those back to my blog. I also think that after my nephew, Nolan arrives, I’ll bring back my disability posts because I’ll be learning on how to do things for this little baby.
I am mostly a lifestyle and music blogger. I remember somebody describing the word “lifestyle” as anything goes, because it can be a mixture of different topics. As far as the music goes, I started writing reviews since I created this blog, but I didn’t really do it full-time until 2015 and you can usually find those on Thursdays and I like building a good, strong friendship with artists and brands. It’s fun too!
What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?
One thing that makes really mad, especially whenever I go on other blogs, is that the font is really small or light in color. I’ve actually been known to tell a few bloggers about it after they’ve redone their site as a whole. I’ve been both supported and called out for saying it too! For some odd reason, nobody likes being told that their font is too small to read! I shouldn’t have to make the font size over 200% because you think it’s pretty or fine the way it is!
So with that being said, I try to keep the font size and format easy to read for everybody. I tend to like the Century or anything else in that type. I feel like this is the only thing I can physically, and personally can do at the moment, If I ever decide to have a more professional looking layout, I’ll still keep this in mind, because I want to be a good example to other bloggers and my readers..
What is your favorite thing about blogging about your disability?
One of the things that I like doing, is coming up with crafts or basic things to do, and write about them. Even though my nana and I are not around each other as much right now, we still have a lot of different posts where she just let me do anything I wanted to do. Some of them were about learning how to do them with my feet, those were hand chosen by me to try to recreate and some of them went smoother than others. They’re also favorites among my readers too! I think they enjoy seeing me do different things that they wouldn’t expect me to do either.
What are your top three favorite disability related blog posts that you’re ever published?
- Blog Post Ideas for Disabled & Chronic Illness Bloggers
- Photography 101 | How To Hold Your Camera
- Why You Should Do OOTD Posts
Do you think that the disabled blogger/YouTuber community is overlooked?
It’s strange, five years ago, it was so difficult to find anybody on both Twitter and YouTube that talked about their disability. I would seriously try to find others like me every few months just to see if anybody had created an account, but now that both blogging and making vlogs have become so popular, it’s like we are EVERYWHERE! I like it, but in a way I feel we are overlooked by brands, most are looking for a specific person, so they’re not open enough to help or work with you like other people.
I would love to travel around like my friends Laura, Lucy, and Julia but like I said, when you have a physical disability, opportunities like the ones they’re given are harder to find. I still love the crap out of these girls, but I would like to have the same offers like them despite my disability, you know? Us, in wheelchairs want to learn, discover and travel our butts off too.
Do you find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish?
Yes and no, well I guess it all depends on your situation.
When I was around my nana and at my grandparent’s house, we did a lot of different things. She taught me a lot of basic things that a normal person should know how to do, we didn’t do anything too big, but I know a lot more than I did beforehand. And everything that we were doing, I would blog about it. I wanted to show everybody that I could do this and that, this includes opening a can of soda, putting the trash bag on the can, etc.
Now that I’m not doing those things on a weekly basis, I feel both useless and stuck because why did I learn all of these things, if I can’t put them into good use? And then the blogging part is there like, what am I going to talk about now? I feel bad that I’m having to wait for a baby to arrive and using him to kind of go back into those posts, because that’s not fair to the two of us.
One thing that it does create is another journey into something new!
Do you think that blogging about your disability helps to change people’s perceptions?
I really hope so. I mean, I think it’s cool that I don’t have a condition that people are kind of used to hearing, which I have to say, there’s nothing wrong with it. I just think it makes me more unique to have something completely different. Even though, I feel like it wouldn’t feel like ages talking about the other things included with Arthrogryposis! I like being able to do things with my feet and proving people wrong.
Well that was fun! It was a different little tag to do. Hopefully you enjoyed it and thought it was informative too! If you know of any other cool tags you’d like for me to do, send them over in the comments section! I may not do every single one, but I’ll think about it and maybe surprise you at a later time.