My Blogging Community Has Changed Me

Writing By By tonyhall

I had no idea the impact and power that my words would have when I started blogging (Image By tonyhall Via Flickr)

I am humbled by this thing I call a blog and more importantly the vast, ever growing, and changing community that has been formed simply by the written word – my written word no less.

What keeps people coming back? This was a question I pondered especially in the beginning of this journey and it wasn’t until  the emails started filling my inbox and the comments started to pour in, it was then and only then that I realized the impact that my words were having.

In writing this, I try to picture those parents with newly diagnosed kids. Or the kids themselves, now teenagers and young adults looking for shared experiences and commonalities that at the best of times can prove somewhat hard to find, and finally I write this for me.

I am not a parent, but I do know the fear of those long uncertain hospital nights, the nights and days where I was scared shitless to let my mother out of my sight, even long enough so she could go use the washroom or grab a bite to eat. I am terrified when I left alone with the perceived inability to move. In the case of this hospital this terror stemmed from the fact that I was unable to get out of bed on my own as the hospital beds are generally too high.

Its little things like the above story that create common and shared experiences which I truly believe are the backbone of this blog.  I have regular readers longing in 24 hours a day from all over the world and to my faithful followers I am honoured you find my content interesting enough to return to time and time again– it is my hope that give you some comfort in those dark times.

I hope you enjoyed this article – whether you agree with everything or not, send me your comments. opinions, suggestions and experiences – your input is very welcomed and much appreciated!


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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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4 Responses to My Blogging Community Has Changed Me

  1. Kate says:

    Hi Laura,
    What keeps me coming back is precisely what you were talking about: having someone who shares some of my life experiences and gives me new perspectives on some issues and concerns I am facing or have faced both now and in the past as a child. I really appreciate that there is someone out there who talks about these issues with sensitivity, honesty, humour and passion. You paint a picture of life with CP that I think everyone should have. Also your blog addresses such a wide variety of topics that I never know what to expect but the content is always excellent and gives me f00d for thought.

  2. Thanks for this kate it means a lot I hope you are having a great weekend :) ps amy was in touch and plans are in the works did she tell you

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