The number of disabled bloggers is on the rise and I for one think that’s amazing. If you want to find out about any kind of disability or how it affects someone’s life, you are likely to find it in the form of someone’s blog.
I recently had a conversation with someone about how disabled bloggers are often overlooked and it’s easy to argue that we aren’t as widely recognised in the blogosphere. Some of the most popular blogs/blog topics out there are arguably things such as beauty, fashion, travel and food, I can’t deny that I love reading these kinds of posts but I don’t think many people realise that the blogging world is so much more than that. There are so many different kinds of blogs to be discovered these days, all of which contribute to the blogosphere in their own personal way. Every blog has its niche, its aims and importance and I wanted to highlight the importance of disabled bloggers in today’s post.
When I first started blogging, I only knew of a couple of people who shared their disability related experiences online. I didn’t know that there was a whole community/network of disabled bloggers out there to be discovered. There are so many people who are contributing and doing their part to raise awareness and tackle stereotypes and stigmas. There are so many activists who deserved to be heard. I soon became in awe of this community that was being created and was somewhat relieved that there were/are so many like-minded people out there.
The blogosphere is an ever-changing place with someone, somewhere creating their own blog every single day therefore making it difficult for people to know which blogs are the best to read and which ones they can relate to. As I said, every blog or blog topic is important in its own way, I have no doubt about that but here are just a few reasons why I believe that disabled bloggers are so important within the blogosphere.
We’re given a voice
Disabled people are often considered to be different to everyone else in today’s contemporary society and because of that, I’ve always found it difficult to voice my opinion, to share my thoughts and feelings without being judged for it. Blogging gives disabled people like myself a platform, somewhere to express ourselves. Most social media platforms are accessible these days therefore making it easier to create a stage where everyone can share their experiences and how they’re feeling. We’re important because we’re trying so hard to make others realise that we are human, we have a voice and we have opinions that we want to be heard. We use this voice that we’re given to promote the fact that disability isn’t all negative and there are so many forms of disabilities out there. We use this voice to show that we are just like anyone else.
There is no doubt that many disabled bloggers write their posts in the hope of raising awareness of their disability and how it affects their life. One of the main reasons I started blogging was purely because I wanted people to gain a better understanding of sight loss. I wanted to raise awareness of the abundance of misconceptions that exist in this world we live in. Social media has such a dominance on today’s world, blogs are becoming more popular and there are many people who want to share their story. I see disabled bloggers as being important because there are so many of us who are passionate about tackling these misconceptions, we’re doing our best to make people realise that we deserve to be treated equally and that we’re just as much a part of society as is anyone else. I’m proud to be a part of a community who are doing so much to tackle the notions that coincide with the image and perception of disability.
Following on from the last point, I see disabled bloggers as being important due to the fact that so many are doing their best to educate others on the subject and many bloggers do that in an entertaining way. The ideas that bloggers come up with these days are so unique and I think that the effort so many are making deserve to reach a wider audience. I love how so many disabled people are coming up with different ways to educate those around them. Many of us don’t only talk about disability and how it affects our lives, many of us talk about the topics you will consistently hear about in the world of blogging, things such as beauty, fashion and technology, we talk about how we make them accessible to us and how we can express our passions for all these things despite living with a disability. Ever since I joined this blogging world, I have learned so much about other disabilities and how it affects people’s lives. I’ve even learned so much more about sight loss than I ever knew before, there is so much information out there to be discovered and it’s so important that this information is heard of.
Before becoming a blogger, I wasn’t aware of many other people who were living with a disability and even if I did, I didn’t talk to them because I was usually too shy to start a conversation and talk to others about my condition and how it affects me. But when I started this blog and as I realised that there are so many people out there who I can relate to, I discovered a new-found confidence and I started making connections with other people who are also visually impaired. Living with disability can be isolating so when I realised that the arena of disabled bloggers was growing, I became to realise how important it was to make connections with those people. This ever-growing community of disabled bloggers is so important in my eyes as we’re all there to support each other, pick each other up and give each other confidence. I often find comfort when talking to a fellow disabled blogger as like I said before, I can relate to them in some way but I also feel encouraged by them as there are so many who are embracing their disability and proving that it’s not all a negative experience.
We put the ABLE in disabled
Let’s be real here, disability is often considered to be something that deprives someone of a certain ability and some seem to think that all that person’s other abilities are instantly taken away with it. We as disabled bloggers and even those who aren’t bloggers should be considered important because so many of us are striving and working hard to prove that disability isn’t completely isolating. We drive to prove that we have abilities, talents, dreams and ambitions and all we want is for people to realise that. We’re striving to prove that we can make everyday tasks accessible to us, that we can have passions for things such as beauty and fashion. We’re trying to prove that there is so much ability in the word disability and it’s not all debilitating. Blogging gives us a voice but it’s not always heard and I think this needs to change.
I felt and still do feel empowered by all these people who are so passionate about highlighting the realities of living with a disability. I learn something new everyday by reading other people’s stories and I love how those of us who are a part of the disabled bloggers community are doing so much to try to make the world a more accessible place.
Have you ever felt empowered, inspired or educated by a disabled blogger? How important do you see us as being within the blogosphere?