One year later
One year ago today, I published my very first post on this little blog! I don’t know how it’s already been an entire year, but I’m so happy I stuck with it and I’m still writing every week.
I started this project for a lot of reasons. It’d been almost two years of being unemployed, and I needed something to fill my time with. Something I cared about, that would make me feel like I was accomplishing something. I had written a blog before, but I didn’t pay for hosting or to have my own domain, and I didn’t take it anywhere near as seriously. But, I knew from that first go at it that I loved the process of coming up with ideas and writing about things that I thought were important.
Growing up, I didn’t have any disabled people to turn to or look up to. I had no idea what adulthood as a woman with Muscular Dystrophy would look like. How would I? The internet wasn’t like it is today. At 10 years old I didn’t have twitter or any clue of how to connect to the disabled community. Or even that there was a community TO connect to. It seemed like I was just on my own.
Even now, representation in mainstream media is still pretty much nonexistent. I didn’t really start learning about ableism or activism until I was in college, which is a pretty late start. So, if there’s a chance that I can write something for a kid in a wheelchair looking to see someone they can relate to, I’m gonna give it a try.
And of course, then there’s the absolute depressing state of our government and the ableism in our society. Both of which are a huge motivator for me. I genuinely believe that every voice is necessary when it comes to advocating for disabled people. Simple as that.
I write about it because I need to.
So, that’s what got me going and what keeps me going. It was always the plan for this to be a long term project, but I have a habit of getting REALLY stoked about something and then getting over it pretty quickly as well. I’m relieved to be here now, just as excited for year number 2 as I was at the start!
This has honestly been such a good experience so far. From all the really sweet messages and comments I’ve gotten on here, all the amazing content creators I’ve discovered, and by some miracle actually earning enough money to cover the cost of renewing my blog! I didn’t have the highest expectations, just because it’s hard to start anything online and have some kind of impact.
Not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud.
I’m not writing to get a high view count or to go viral, I just love to write and have a lot to say. Any and all support and positivity is just a massive bonus, so thank you to everyone who’s read any of my posts, subscribed for email updates, or sent a sweet message. I mean it.
I’m still planning out what all I want to work on this next year, but I’ve got a handful of ideas I’m pretty excited about. I want to collaborate with other creators for sure. If you’ve got a blog or there’s a blogger you want me to know about – send me a message! Speaking of collaborating, my friend and I have been brainstorming a fun project involving disabled creators and social media. I’m hoping to get together with her soon to get started, and as soon as I have something to share you’ll all be the first to know.
Plus, there’s so much I’m excited to write about soon:
- Fighting to get a new chair or repairs
- Managing a job and government benefits
- Accessible activities in Florida
- The effects of chronic pain/illness
- Privilege within the disabled community
- Mental health updates and discussions
- Book/Movie/TV reviews
- Blog ideas and advice for people thinking of starting
- Easy art/creative project ideas
If there’s ever any topic you’re curious about and would like to see a post on – feel free to send me suggestions! I’m always open to ideas, and I want to write things you’ll enjoy and find helpful.
I know I’ve already said it, but thank you so much to everyone who’s read any of my posts or supported me in any way at all. Every message or comment or subscriber notification means the world to me. This year hasn’t been easy, but carving out my own little corner of the internet over the past several months has definitely been a highlight.