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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