Thank you to Holly for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award, an award I didn't even know existed until I was tagged by the lovely blogger of 'Life Of A Blind Girl.' Such a wonderful idea to help readers better get to know you and support your friends!
1. What's your favourite thing about blogging?
Tacking diverse topics that I'm really passionate about. Creating awareness like when I decided not to feel ashamed anymore about that fact I experienced domestic abuse in a past relationship, somehow finding the courage to talk about it finally, instead of it being this shameful secret looming over me. See my blog post '1 in 4 Women With Disabilities Experience Domestic Abuse.' Being able to turn traumatic life experiences such as abuse on it's head and take a stand has definitely helped me heal emotionally. Not just that but I hope by sharing my experience that maybe if people knew what to look out for, they could catch it early enough to where they didn't have to suffer in silence the way I did.
Another example would be my role as a Changing Places Campaigner. Putting myself out there, sharing very intimate details of how profound my limitations are, so much so I can't use a standard disabled toilet was definitely a scary prospect at first. Once I learnt to almost separate myself and my circumstances from my campaigning for Changing Places facilities, I felt far more empowered to help bring about change, especially knowing the nitty gritty details I share wouldn't be in vain, yet rather opened peoples eyes to why these facilities are needed so desperately. That's what keeps me focused. Pushing my emotional boundaries through blogging makes me realise how strong-minded I actually am so in a sense it's therapeutic!
2. What do you hate about blogging?
I hate that I do most of it on my mobile phone and have to switch between two separate apps for Blogger in order to add pictures or add hyperlinks. Bloggeriod particularly annoys me because there's a glitch where everytime you add a photo and then switch to Blogger itself, it puts html codes sporadically throughout your body text, which means I have to constantly edit it out as I go. Then if I want to add another photo at the last minute, I have to edit all over again. It makes creating more content extra time consuming. Bloggeriod please fix this!
3. Who's your favourite blogger?
I honestly don't have just 1 favourite blogger. I'm bias to the ladies of #MDBloggersCrew, a group of friends of mine who all have various forms of Muscular Dystrophy and blog. Look out for further details on why we joined together and future ventures from us as a group in a future blog post!
- Emma better known as 'SimplyEmma' is a Top UK disability travel blogger and accessibility ambassador for Euan's Guide.
- Carrie of 'Life On The Slow Lane' is a popular disability blogger, popular for her interviews with disabled celebrities and also writes for leading disability magazine Disability Horizons!
- Kerry from the ever witty disability and lifestyle blog 'My Life, Kerry's Way' also a fellow Changing Places toilet campaigner aswell as being a Forever Living consultant.
- And then there's me! Influencial disability and parenting blogger, MDUK Trailblazers Transport Ambassador, disability rights activist and Mum of 2
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
If blogging continues the way it is, I'm hoping to make a living and better life for my family by doing what I love most - campaigning, educating and helping other disabled parents through my blog and turn it into a job. Probably wishful thinking but a girl can dream right?
5. What is the goal of your blog?
Kind of answered this in the last question. I started it as a helpful resource for new parents with disabilities. When I was pregnant with my eldest, I couldn't find any articles, tips and tricks, advice etc online what so ever and it was isolating. I basically had to rely solely on my problem solving skills to wing it the first year of being a disabled Mum. I don't want anybody else to feel how alone I did at that time. So my primary goal is for my blog to be a resource to other disabled parents or those with disabilities contemplating starting a family. Over time I naturally broadened my nichè to include helpful blog posts as a SEN parent (Special Educational Needs) with a child with progressive vision loss. Again in a bid to help others through my own experiences. Same goes for everything I blog about. That it does and will continue to reach the right people who may need some guidance or reassurance they're not alone in a particular circumstance.
6. Who is your go-to band or artist?
I like a bit of everything, depending on my mood. I like cheesy pop bands from the 90s like Westlife, Steps and S Club 7. Occasionally you'll find me singing 'Tragedy' off key whilst washing the dishes lol. I try to keep up with the charts and like a bit of Ed Sheeran (who doesn't?), Sam Smith, Rag and Bone Man and James Arthur. Also enjoy listen to acoustic covers such as by the band Boyce Avenue or BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
7. What's your favourite thing to do when you have some free time?
Going out with my family, whether it be a walk to the park, trip into town or an adventure across the country. I love spending it with them out and about. Also enjoy playing piano, graphic design, arts and crafts, watching Mummy vloggers on YouTube at night to wind down such as; Mama Reid, Emily Norris, Mrs Meldrum and Ellen & Jared!
8. What's the one thing you hope to achieve by the end of the year?
To have finally raised enough money for a new powered wheelchair. Crowdfunding is not as easy as people may think. Unless you personally know alot of rich, generous individuals. I just hope my current chair holds out in the meantime, it's hanging onto life by a thread at the moment. The sad reality is, another major malfunction could render me bedridden. Unfortunately I'm 1 of 1,000s of profoundly disabled people in the UK who NHS wheelchair services cannot provide a suitable powerchair that meet my postural needs (I have a.severe spinal curvature and dislocated hip) aswell as for someone with an active lifestyle as a busy Mum with young child.
Help fund life-changing powered wheelchair for Disabled Mum of 2 with a rare muscle-wasting condition
9. What's one place you'd like to visit?
It's hard to pick just one place, if finances weren't an issue I'd love to travel the world and see and experience anything and everything, just once. France, Florida, New York, Australia and New Zealand are on my bucket list.
10. What advice would you give to other bloggers?
Be You! Stick to your blogging nichè and don't get caught up in changing it to something that has a bigger audience if you're not passionate about it. Your readers will be able to tell if your hearts not in it. They want honesty and to get to know the real you! It'd be like me suddenly doing make-up or cleaning blogs. There's far too much pressure on popularity and making money in blogging. Also don't feel like you need to have a new post schedule, again your audience will tell if you've rushed it or it's not on par with your other posts. Write when you feel like writing so you create higher quality content and don't burn out.
1. Rachel ~ Ordinary Hopes
2. Laura ~ Brody, Me & GDD
3. Lorna ~ A Wheelie Great Adventure
4. Carrie ~ Life On The Slow Lane
5. Emma ~ Simply Emma
6. Aimee ~ Rollin' With Mama
7. Kerry ~ My Life, Kerry's Way
8. Ross ~ A Life On Wheels
9. Sheri ~ Flourishing Warriors
10. Natalie ~ The Spoonie Mummy
These are some of my all time favourite #disabledbloggers and #SENDbloggers who deserve recognition for their amazing work educating society through their unique blogs. Looking to clue yourself up on living with/raising a child with complex needs? Do check out these incredible blogs 👆.
1. What made you want to start blogging?
2. List 3 things you've gained from starting a blog
3. Who are your biggest blogging influencers?
4. What irritates you about blogging?
5. If you could change 1 thing about your own blog what would it be?
6. What's your most popular blog post?
7. What is your ultimate blogging goal?
8. What would you say to a blogger just starting out?
9. What is your nichè?
10. How do you find the blogging community?
That's a wrap ladies and gents! Thank you again to the lovely Holly for nominating me, please go check out her blog on living with a vision loss over at 'Life Of A Blind Girl.' Not only are her posts educational, promote awareness and understanding of blindness, she's also very witty and I really enjoy her light hearted take on day-to-day life!