It’s been a while since I last wrote a tag blog post. As you may also notice, sometimes, when I wrote a tag blog post, I wasn’t necessarily tagged for it. But, this time it’s different! Thanks to one of my lovely blogger friend Elin from My blurred World (who created and tagged me to do this tag) Please remember to also check out Elin’s blog at: https://myblurredworld.com/. She has amazing blog contents!
Now, let’s get to the questions:
- When and why did you start your blog?I wrote my very first blog post in April of 2016, half a year post my vision loss acceptance, and, about a month after the launching of The Invisible Vision Project. So, I started The Invisible Vision Project with sharing resources, stories of others living with vision loss as well as sharing some of my own blind girl problems moments. I didn’t start as a blogger right away because, I wasn’t sure if I should/could do it. But, after given it a careful thought, I was determined that I should at least give blogging a try and, if it doesn’t work out, I could simply stop being a blogger. But guess what, I never stopped!
- Did you intend to talk about your disability online from the beginning?The answer to this question is a definite yes because, the purpose of why The Invisible Vision Project was launched was to learn and share from and with others living with a disability-particularly, living with vision loss. So, talking about my disability openly online as well as through my public speaking is the absolute intention.
- Have you ever been skeptical about talking about your disability online?To be honest, I had some worries at the beginning. I wasn’t sure how the general public would react to me talking about my disability online. And, even before I became a blogger, I read many other bloggers’ contents and also the comments that the general public make on these bloggers’ disability-related posts. And, the truth is, when I became less uncomfortable with my disability, I became less likely skeptical talking or writing about my disability.
- What kind of response have you/do you receive in terms of your disability related blog post?Generally speaking, the responses I receive from my disability related blog posts have been positive. I think, I am very fortunate to be surrounded by caring and compassionate people that are reading my contents (huge shout-out to my regular readers, thank you!). But I know, where there is love there will also be hate, and, when the time comes, I will find solutions to deal with that accordingly.
- Do you write/talk about other topics apart from your disability?I certainly do! Other than disability related topics, I also write about life-style/hobby, and, I occasionally write about life lessons. As much as I do enjoy writing about disability related blog posts, I also do very much enjoy writing non-disability related contents because, I say this often in my speeches- even though I am a disability activist and a blogger, I am not just about my disability or being disabled. I am so much more than my disability!
- What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?I think I try to be as accessible as possible. Personally, I am an adaptive technology user so, I always make sure my blogging site is accessible in that sense. Also, I always try to remember to caption my images so that other blind/visually impaired readers could get a description of the image. And, if I was to put audio/video clip, I will make sure to add close caption or a description.
- What is your favorite thing about blogging about your disability?One of my very reason and absolute favorite thing about blogging about my disability is to get connected with other people. Connection is so important in the disabled community. Having a disability can sometimes be very isolating. But, to get out of that isolation is to reach out to people, so finding a connection and a community is really important. I also made many friends that way.
- What are your top three favorite disability related blog posts that you’ve ever published?Here are my top three favorite disability related blog posts (you could also read them by clicking on the hyperlink):
8 things I wish people to understand my Vision Loss
Why I no longer seek cures for my Vision Loss
My White Cane Acceptance Story
- Do you think that the disabled blogger/YouTuber community is overlooked?I am not a YouTube content create so I probably can’t speak too much on that. But, I do think the disabled blogger community is overlooked. And, what more I can say (and I sometimes openly talk about this in my speeches) is that, there is an underrepresentation of disabled blogger of color, and for this reason alone, this is why I do the work I do as a disability activist and a person of color with a disability.
- Do you find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish?I don’t think or find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish. I think, because of my disability is constantly changing, and my ways to adapt/cope will always be changing as well. And, disability isn’t always just about being disabled, it can also be about accessibility, about equity, diversity and inclusion. So I think, there is always room and space to have conversations about these issues.
- Do you think that blogging about your disability helps to change people’s perception?For this question, my answer would definitely be: I would really hope so! I mean, another important reason why I am a disability activist, and a blogger and I openly sharing my story about my disability is in hope to educate others. I think, the reason that there is so much misperception about persons with disabilities is because of the lack of education. So, one way to change people’s perception is by means of educating them.
- Who do you tag?I tag the following bloggers to do this tag:
Holly (Life of a Blind Girl)
Glen (Well Eye Never)
And, anyone else with a disability and is also a blogger/YouTuber is welcome to do this tag!
By: The Invisible Vision Project