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
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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