If you have ever looked into how to start a blog, you would have been told how easy it is and how it only takes three minutes to set it up. Well let me tell you, it most definitely did not take me three minutes to set up. Unfortunately setting up a blog is not so accessible for a blind person. I have felt my calling to be a writer for quite some time but in today’s technologically driven world, it’s been a bit of a journey. So let’s hit the proverbial road and find out just what it takes for a blind person to blog.
After searching out on my computer about how to launch a blog, I quickly learned that there are countless sites that offer expert advise on how to build your blog and its audience. They talk very highly of certain sites that are best to host your blog and how successful it can be in a relatively short amount of time, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. I’ve never been afraid of the work it takes to write, in fact I love the process and I’m finally at a point in my life where I can devote the kind of time it takes to be a writer. My kids are old enough to allow me that time. My first priority has always been my family but the dynamics have changed since, you know, children tend to grow up and all.
So now I have the time, the ambition, and a platform on which to write. But it’s unaccessible for me to write on it. Not the least bit frustrating right? I asked questions of the afore-mentioned sites promising ease and simplicity in starting my blog as a blind person, but the answer I received across the board was… “Hmm, never got that question before, don’t know what to tell ya.” Then as if I never asked the question, they moved on to other people with more answerable questions in the live chat we were in. So here I am at the threshold of a writing career and the “experts” don’t know what to tell me. I have a friend named Brett who knows about these things and I went in to see him and get the blog set up. He very kindly walked through the process with me and we found out together just how difficult it is for a blind person to post on a blog. The JAWS program that I use on my computer and the way the blog sites are set up just don’t want to play nice. It wouldn’t read to me the vital things that needed to be read for me to enter my posts. So needless to say, I was feeling a bit defeated. For so long I’ve wanted to write and just when it was about to happen, a roadblock of epic size pops up.
However the story doesn’t end there because you wouldn’t be reading this if it did. My very valued and selfless friend offered to post the entries for me on a scheduled timeline. This friend has made it possible for me to continue with my dream, no… calling to be a writer. I call him a blessing. Brett has many responsibilities at the Disability Network where he works and I write articles for. But his passion is for helping others and bringing awareness to issues such as this one. So many people with disabilities of any kind are often overlooked and underestimated for a particular job or project simply because accessibility is lacking. We have so very much to offer the world but we just need a way to offer it. The take away here is don’t feel sorry for someone like me or anyone else with a disability, feel sorry for the people who are missing out on what we could offer them with the right accessibility. I’m just so thankful for people like Brett who are willing to be the link in a broken chain to make something happen. Seek to be that link for someone. In Luke chapter 3 and verses 10-11 it says…”What should we do then, the crowd asked. John answered, anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” NIV. We are to be there for one another and there is no greater blessing than helping another who is in need.