Cerebral Palsy Building and Creating Understanding

When I began this blog, it started as a hobby. In essence it was merely a place for me to write my thoughts down about life with cerebral palsy. Of course, I hoped others would read it but being that I was new to the Internet in terms of marketing and this thing called blogging I was a little skeptical. In the first year, I didn’t tell anyone from my off-line world I was doing this for I  felt that in order to be able to measure the success of my blog I needed to know if it was genuine interest or if it was just simply people from my off-line world being supportive; The results of that experiment? I had over 20,000 hits from around the world and that in itself was a driving force to continue doing this.

The understanding of cerebral palsy I gained from starting this blog

I started this as a resource for others; I didn’t expect the benefits I would gain personally. Sure I get to exercise my writing skills, but I also get to learn from the experiences of others,youth, parents, professionals, or others with a general interest in cerebral palsy and that is what I find most rewarding. Sure I can read professional documentation about cerebral palsy if I choose. But I personally feel I gain the most insight from the shared experiences I hear about in the comments and emails I receive as a result of this blog.

The struggle in the beginning

When starting out, I struggled to believe that this blog would be read by human eyeballs let alone people that would find it of use and return. But because I was determined to really give this a true test I gave myself the first year. If after the first year I didn’t see results I obviously would’ve stopped. But like I said above the results were astounding and it is the thing that keeps me going every day. Sure, being that I am only human I sometimes face writer’s block when coming up with new posts and people ask me continually how I do this on a consistent basis.

Eventually, I think it just became routine. In the beginning I did it out of sheer determination to see if I would get any kind of traffic. In other words, I wanted to see if there was a shared interest in exploring first-hand accounts of life with a disability. Because I couldn’t find this, from somebody else’s site, I started my own.

The one thing I love about blogging is that it is always evolving and changing and therefore I am continually learning in order to keep up with the evolution of the blogging industry. I wanted to take you all on a journey through my own experiences with cerebral palsy and what better forum than on the Internet?

Being that I am only one person I understand that not everyone wants to comment on the topic that I write about publicly. If however you would like to share your thoughts with me feel free to do so by means that are provided on the contact page. I look forward to your continued enjoyment of my blog.


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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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