Seeing through sight loss Q&A

Hello everyone and welcome back to My Blurred World.

I hope you’re all doing really well.

Today’s post is yet another collaboration post with Holly from the blog Life of a Blind Girl. A few weeks ago we asked for some questions for a Q&A which we planned to do in audio format but that idea went out the window in the end! But we didn’t want to forget about the idea completely so we resolved to write the Q&A instead. Most of the questions we received were asked by you as our readers but there are some questions in the friendship category which were taken from some friendship tags which we found online.

This post is a part of our Seeing through sight loss series as I’m sure you’ve gathered by the title and we will be answering questions on topics ranging from blogging, friendship and disability.

I hope you enjoy today’s post and without further ado let’s begin.

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Blogging

  1. What’s your favourite blog post you’ve done together?

Holly and I have written many posts in collaboration with each other due to the fact that we have a blogging series called ‘Seeing through sight loss’ which is all about friendship, disability and raising awareness of visual impairment. I’m going to cheat on this question and give two answers, my first favourite post of ours has to be the first one we ever wrote together, this one being The VIP daily living TAG which we did over a year ago now. This was a TAG all about visual impairment and how we go about our daily lives as visually impaired people, we tagged other Blind/VI bloggers/YouTubers to do the tag and we received a very good response. My second favourite is a post we recently wrote which was our top ten blind girl problems, this was a more light-hearted approach to talking about our visual impairment and I really enjoyed writing it.

2. How has your blog changed over time if it has?

I’d like to think that my blog has grown and become better over the two years I’ve been blogging. I think I’ve become more comfortable with sharing my experiences online and I’ve become much more comfortable with people I know in my life offline reading my posts. I’ve also gained many lovely readers which I’m so grateful for and I love the response I receive on my posts.

3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I have to say that one of my favourite things about blogging is the community, writing this blog and getting involved in social media has allowed me to become a part of a lovely community full of amazing people. I’ve been able to talk to some amazing people and make friends along the way which I am beyond grateful for. Another thing I love about blogging is the writing aspect of it. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before on my blog, I have a true passion for writing and blogging allows me to express this.

4. Have you ever experienced hate on your blog? 

I am very lucky in the sense that I can say no for this one (touch wood). I’ve been lucky to have been able to have lovely readers who always leave the best comments and feedback which I am so grateful for.

5. What is one blogging goal you have?

I mentioned this in my previous post but one thing I’d love to achieve in the coming months is to make my blog a self-hosted blog. It’s something I’ve been researching for many months and I would love to make that step as I think it would be a turning point for my blog and I.

Disability

1. Do you plan on getting a guide dog?

Yes i do, I’ve been working with the guide dogs for two years now and I do aim to get a guide dog in the future. I am not sure when that will be as there are many things that I need to work on in order to be fully ready to get a guide dog. Trust me, it’s not a simple process. If you’d like to me write a post all about my experience so far then do let me know.

2. What’s the best/worst thing about having a visual impairment?

There are many positives and negatives to living with a visual impairment in my opinion, here are just a couple. One of the worst things in my opinion is the fact that it’s a very daunting thing to live with, my vision is deteriorating everyday and that is such a scary concept. There is a possibility that I will continue to lose my vision until there’s nothing left and that is extremely worrying but I try not to focus on that too much. It can also make me feel isolated from time to time which is also one of the worst things about it. despite many negatives, there are also many positives, one being the fact that it’s an opportunity to meet and make new friends who are also living with a visual impairment or disability. It’s lovely to meet fellow blind/VI people. I would have never have met some of my blind/VI friends if I didn’t live with it myself so for that I am very grateful.

3. Does it help that you can talk to each other about your
disability/visual impairment?

Yes 100%. I definitely believe that I am able to overcome some of the daily struggles of living with a visual impairment due to being able to speaking to Holly who is in a similar situation. It’s definitely beneficial to talk to someone who is in the same boat in a sense as they will completely understand your struggles and you can help each other through it. I never realised how important it was to speak to others in the same situation until I started speaking to Holly and I am so grateful that I have her to talk to about such a huge part of my life. Although those who are sighted might try to help and understand, they will never gain a full understanding of what a blind/VI person is experiencing so having someone who we can talk to is extremely important in my opinion.

4. Do people treat you differently because of your blindness?

I would love to answer this question with a no but unfortunately I can’t. People treat me differently because of my visual impairment on a daily basis and it’s not a pleasant experience. I might be severely sight impaired but that doesn’t mean that I can’t understand someone talking or that I am any less human, I am just as normal as you reading this post right now.

5. What are people’s reactions when you tell them you’re blind/visually impaired?

Some people are really understanding and they just continue talking to me and treat me as normal but others are shocked because I don’t ‘look blind’. People have turned to talking to me as if I’m a child in some instances when they wouldn’t have done so if I didn’t tell them I’m visually impaired. As I said, some people are shocked and then they don’t know what to say or end up asking the most random of questions about my life as a visually impaired person. It’s understandable when people want to learn more about blindness but when they ask questions in a manipulative way, that’s when it feels like I’m being undermined.

Lifestyle

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  1. What do you do when you’re feeling down?

Listening to music is one of my favourite things to do when feeling down and under the weather. I also love to lose myself in the world of blogging/writing when feeling down as I can relieve all my feelings and it makes me feel so much better. I also tend to talk Holly and some of my other online friends when I’m not feeling myself as it always lifts my spirits.

2. Are you going to any concerts in the future?

YES and I’m SO EXCITED! Holly and I will be going to see Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate world tour in Manchester at the end of April which I can’t wait for as this will be the first ever concert that I’ll be attending, we’ll both be having assistance when in the arena so this will be a huge step for us in terms of gaining independence. We’re also going to see Adele at Wembley Stadium at the beginning of July which I’m also very excited about.

3. What is your proudest moment?

I have a couple of proud moments, one being the moment I heard the words saying I was successful in the interview for my first job. You can read a post I wrote all about my first job here if you are interested. I never thought I would be offered my job as I didn’t believe I did very well in the interview or definitely not as good as I could have done therefore being offered the job was a shock for me and it made me feel like I had accomplished something which I was very proud of.

4. If you could relive one moment, what would it be?

There are so many so I can’t decide!

5. Do you want to travel, if so, where?

A few years ago I would have said no, I’ve always been that kind of person who’s happy in their own home but as I’ve grown up I’ve realised that I would love to travel to so man places. I want to step out of my comfort zone and see what the world has to offer, sounds cliché but it’s so true. Some of the places I would love to visit are New York, Paris, Spain, Australia and many more.

Friendship

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  1.  How/when did you meet for the first time?

Holly and i both started our blogs in 2015 and I believe that we’d been reading each other’s blogs for a few months before we started talking. I followed Holly on Twitter and she sent me a DM saying something along the lines of ‘Thank you for the follow’ and then the rest is history. It was a year and a few months before we met in person though, we finally managed to arrange to meet in Manchester on the 29th of August 2016. You can read our posts about that day here.

2. Do you think your friendship will last?

I can see us being friends for many years to come (hopefully Hols thinks the same). I think we have a special friendship as we have many things in common and we can relate to each other in so many ways. We can make each other laugh but we can also be serious which I think is the perfect balance, I’ll always be there for her and I know that she will always be there for me too.

3. If you could go anywhere in the world together where would it be?

We both dream of going to New York together some day but we also want to visit many other places but this post would be far too long if I was to list them all.

4. Describe each other in three words

Kind, caring, inspiring.

5. Why is Holly your best friend?

I’d write an essay for this question if I could! Holly is my best friend for many reasons a few of the being the following. She is a kind and caring person as I mentioned previously and I know she’ll always be there if I need someone to talk to. She never fails to make me smile, laugh and cry occasionally (in a good way) and I know I can always depend on her. I can talk to her about anything and I can be completely myself when with her which is not something I’m able to do with many people. We can relate to each other on so many levels and I know she will always understand me and my ramblings even if I don’t understand myself. She’s a special person and I am very lucky to call her my best friend and to have her in my life.

That concludes my post for today, I hope you all enjoyed it. It was a little bit different to my usual posts but I think it’s nice to have some variety so I hope you agree. Let me know if you’d like me to do more Q&A’s in the future.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, do you have any plans?

Elin x

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6 Comments

  1. April 7, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    I absolutely loved collaborating on this post with you as always! Thank you for all the lovely things you said about me, you are truly the best and I don’t know what I’d do without you! xxx

    • April 8, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Thank you, I will definitely check out your blog. You too 🙂

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