happy ten years lifeofthedifferentlyabled.com

why I started this blog 

I started this blog back in 2009 because I didn’t see myself represented online. 10 years ago today I wrote the first blog post. It is still available here if you want to read it.,I guarantee it’s nothing special. I felt it important to write what life really looks like for me. I am a college-educated person, who happens to use a wheelchair to get around.

 

It was my hope that i could remind parents that you need to give your children a chance to figure out what they are capable of. Over the last decade, I have shown numerous examples from my own life. I have done so not to brag but to illustrate and remind you all that life is full  of uncertainties and the unknown can be scary, i am not sure if that last sentence was really for my audience as much as it was for myself.

I know the tendency is to help those with a physical disability and I’m not saying there  isn’t a time and place for that. What I am saying is sometimes we forget to push ourselves to try new things. this goes for parents of special-needs children I think oftentimes because of the time things take if the child to complete it independently.

 

I also wanted my blog to be a place where as a community we could share helpful tips ask questions or generally just have a good time.

 

what i expected in the early days 

What I expected in the early days, is I think typical when people when they first start an online venture. That a few supportive, well-meaning people from my offline world would be my readers.  Knowing this before I started the blog I decided to see where the site would go organically, so i did not tell anyone from my offline world. I just began writing. At first, it felt like i was screaming in a soundproof room and my words were not being heard by a single soul gradually a few people started to find my site and engage with me. If

 

what actually happened 

The type of articles that was available at the time, were articles written by caregivers, parents and those on the child’s team: doctors, therapists and the like. This blog has been well received right from the get-go, which honestly surprised me. I had messages of gratitude from other adults with cerebral palsy from around the globe to the tune of 20,000 visitors in the first 11 months.

 

At some point in my blogging journey i was approached by an american textbook publisher wanting to know if i would grant them permission to reprint one of my blog posts. I did just that and and my confidence grew.

 

what to expect here next 

Starting january 1 2020 i will start a routine blogging monday, wednesday friday so stay tuned for fresh content

conclusion 

Thank you, to those of you who have been with me since the beginning. Without you, this site would be nothing more than collection of pieces rather than a community.

 

Over the years I have shared my first-hand account of life with cerebral palsy. I have done my best to find or answer your questions.

 

When I first started this I had little expectation. This site was started to shed light on one person’s experience. It was a fun project and has gained a life of its own and provided opportunities that I otherwise would not have.

 

What has brought you here or kept you here as a returning reader? Leave your thoughts in the comment below

 

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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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One Response to happy ten years lifeofthedifferentlyabled.com

  1. Mason Wild says:

    I have been following your blog since around the time you had started. Reading your well-written articles helped inspire my own. I also started my blog around ten years ago an I can’t believe how far I have made it. I didn’t think that my words would reach so far or start discussions on various topics. Keep up the amazing work and good luck in the upcoming future!

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