I was recently very kindly tagged by Amanda to do the Disabled Blogger Tag, and I thought that I would tell you my answers.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Disabled Blogger Tag was created by Elin, who wanted to shine the spotlight on all of the amazing Disabled Bloggers out there.
Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling, here’s my answers to the Disabled Blogger Tag.
1. When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog on the 1st of October 2014, and I mainly started it because of my YouTube channel. I love creating, editing and posting videos, but it’s a lot of work, especially with me being visually impaired, and I wanted somewhere where I could share my thoughts, opinions, and the many general ramblings that swirl around my head on a daily basis.
2. Did you intend to talk about your Disability online from the beginning?
3. Have you ever been skeptical about talking about your Disability online?
Of course, especially when I published my first Disability related post, but I quickly got over it, as not only did quite a lot of people read it, like it, and share it, but they also left me some really nice comments too.
4. What kind of response have you or do you receive in terms of your Disability related blog posts?
I usually get quite a good response to my Disability related posts, but I have received a couple of negative comments on a couple of them. It’s usually either because I have some extremely strong opinions about being visually impaired, or because someone has gotten the wrong end of the stick about what I was talking about.
5. Do you write or talk about other topics apart from your Disability?
Yes, as I write about everything from being Disabled, to health and beauty, fashion, Food and Drink, Music, Films and TV, and even technology.
6. What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?
To make my blog accessible to myself, I use WordPress as my Blogging platform, as it’s the most accessible and easy to use of the many that i’ve tried. But to make my blog accessible for everyone who reads it, I have a very accessible theme and try to keep it as easy to navigate and clutter free as possible, never use pop-up windows, use a universally liked basic font so it doesn’t interfere with screen readers or people’s remaining vision, and always alt text my pictures.
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging about your Disability?
I think that my favourite thing about blogging about my Disability has to be that I can teach someone something that they wouldn’t have otherwise known, and that I can change someone’s perceptions of what someone who is blind or visually impaired is like.
8. What are your top three favourite Disability related blog posts that you’ve ever published?
These change all the time, but at the moment they would probably have to be…
- Confessions of a Blind Guy | My Mobility Training Experience.
- Five Things I Hate About Travelling On Public Transport.
- Putting My Best Paws Forward | How I Got Accepted On To The Waiting List For A Guide Dog.
9. Do you think that the Disabled blogger and YouTuber community is overlooked?
Unfortunately yes, as I think that some people still seem to think that people with a disability only think about their disability, and won’t like the things that “normal” people like. Therefor, we miss out on a lot of the bigger and more exciting opportunities that are usually offered to other bloggers. I do however think that this is ever so slightly starting to change though, and who knows, maybe some day soon we’ll be recognised for the amazing people that we are.
10. Do you find it difficult to think of new Disability related content to publish?
Of course I do, doesn’t everyone? Unfortunately once someone has heard about your experience they don’t really want to read about it over and over again, and you have to come up with a new way of getting your point across without making the same points that you’ve made before. So yes, I find it incredibly difficult to come up with new Disability related post ideas, as I always think will people actually want to read my ramblings about what happens when I go shopping, or have I already talked about it too much in a previous post?
11. Do you think that blogging about your Disability helps to change people’s perceptions?
Most definitely yes, as whenever I publish one of my Disability related posts, I always get a couple of comments along the lines of, “Oh I didn’t know that”, or “thank you for sharing I now know what someone who is visually impaired is going through”.
12. Who do you tag?
I’m now supposed to tag some other amazing Disabled Bloggers to also answer these questions, so I tag…
There you go, that’s my answers to the Disabled Blogger Tag, but if you have any other questions about my Disability, just ask them and i’ll try my best to answer them.
Do you suffer from a Disability too? What is it? What would some of your answers be? Please let me know down below.