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Do we have any young bloggers in our community?

Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities this December 3rd, we are going to be focusing on life as a young disabled person.

To do this, we need you!

If you are under 25 and have a disability related blog, please let us know in the comments below.

There is a chance your blog could be shared by the team at UNICEF's Voices of Youth platform so this is a great opportunity to share your thoughts with the world about what matters most to you.
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  • RacheleLeahSilveraRacheleLeahSilvera Member Posts: 46 Connected
    edited November 11
    @Cher_Scope
    Hello I am a 17 year old student who physically disabled and in the process of creating an online blog. I would have loved to take part but mine won't be published in time for the 3rd but would be happy to be in future things. 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @RacheleLeahSilvera Hello there!  Ahh no problem.  When you have your blog up and running let us know, we could maybe feature one of your blog posts  :)
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  • Butler356Butler356 Member, Community champion Posts: 26 Connected
    I am under 25, however, I see myself a young sole, keep me in mind. 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Butler356 If you are under 25 and have a blog you are most welcome to get involved! You can post a link here or email it to [email protected] and we will include you in any content we produce.  
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm 25... would I still be counted for the age category?  :D
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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @Ami2301 To me that's still super young :D 

    Pssst, do you have a blog?  
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    I'm over 40 and have a Blog.

  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 That's fab, what do you blog about?
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    @MrAllen1976 That's fab, what do you blog about?
    Just life in general, some times I swear on my Blog and go on long swear word filled rants so if you're sensitive or easily offended I wouldn't recommend reading it.

    I can't link to it as it's set to private by default and I don't know how to make it public.


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    That's good then 😊 

    I do indeedy! My blog is Undercover Superhero. I mainly blog about my recovery, I've been in the process of creating a mini series about being disabled and pregnant. My favourite collaboration to date, has to be with @hdeakin and @Chloe_Scope, in which we shared our thoughts on The Importance of Mobility Aids :)
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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 I used to have similar but without the ranting :D  Blogs are great as an outlet for our emotions.  

    If you ever write anything that you think we could share, or have an idea for a guest blog please let me know.  
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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    Ami2301 said:
    That's good then 😊 

    I do indeedy! My blog is Undercover Superhero. I mainly blog about my recovery, I've been in the process of creating a mini series about being disabled and pregnant. My favourite collaboration to date, has to be with @hdeakin and @Chloe_Scope, in which we shared our thoughts on The Importance of Mobility Aids :)

    ooooh I must give this a read!  It sounds good.

    Also, we will share it on International Day of People with Disabilities, if that's okay with you?
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 That's fab, what do you blog about?
    Just life in general, some times I swear on my Blog and go on long swear word filled rants so if you're sensitive or easily offended I wouldn't recommend reading it.

    I can't link to it as it's set to private by default and I don't know how to make it public.


    Do you blog with WordPress?
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    @MrAllen1976 I used to have similar but without the ranting :D  Blogs are great as an outlet for our emotions.  

    If you ever write anything that you think we could share, or have an idea for a guest blog please let me know.  
    Not sure if this link will work but have a look at https://xboxmanblog.wordpress.com/ this is my Blog, I do entries most days.

  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    Ami2301 said:
    @MrAllen1976 That's fab, what do you blog about?
    Just life in general, some times I swear on my Blog and go on long swear word filled rants so if you're sensitive or easily offended I wouldn't recommend reading it.

    I can't link to it as it's set to private by default and I don't know how to make it public.


    Do you blog with WordPress?

    I do, see the link I just posted.


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    Yay thank you @Cher_Scope 😁
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    The link works @MrAllen1976 plus I've just followed your blog :)
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    Ami2301 said:
    The link works @MrAllen1976 plus I've just followed your blog :)
    Thanks.

    I'll try and keep the swearing down to a dull roar lol.

  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    Ami2301 said:
    The link works @MrAllen1976 plus I've just followed your blog :)
    Thanks.

    I'll try and keep the swearing down to a dull roar lol.

    😂 it's OK, I swear like a trooper too (only in my personal blog posts, not if I'm writing for someone else :) )
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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 Thanks for sharing!  I'll give that a read too.  Who knew we had so many bloggers amongst us?!
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  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    I really enjoyed collaborating with @Ami2301
    I write a blog 'Hannah's Hope' : https://hannahdeakin.blogspot.com
    My blog is about my journey, supporting others and raising awareness. I hope to make a small difference in the world. I am 29 but feel and look about 18! Lol! 😊
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there @hdeakin :)

    You do look young (you lucky thing) and I'm going to have a nosey around your blog now.  Thank you for sharing it!  
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    If anyone fancies a read, I've just done this evening's entry on my Blog (see link earlier in the post)


  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    edited November 17
    hdeakin said:
    I really enjoyed collaborating with @Ami2301
    I write a blog 'Hannah's Hope' : https://hannahdeakin.blogspot.com
    My blog is about my journey, supporting others and raising awareness. I hope to make a small difference in the world. I am 29 but feel and look about 18! Lol! 😊
    I'm 44 but I look about 28 according to Facebook, I don't mind, as long as I look old enough to get served in most Pubs (when they're open during lockdown) or buy Beers/Dad's annual bottle of Whisky from Tesco without getting age questioned! Although I did get age questioned last year in Tesco by some [removed by moderator - use of language] who thought I was under 21, I wouldn't mind but this particular assistant clearly knows I must be at least 43 as I was 20 when I worked with her up at the Netto on placement from College from October 96 to July 97.


  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi  @Cher_Scope
                                  I hope that you are well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I don't have a blog but have read some really good ones including ones that @Chloe_Scope has written which are so good. I have considered writing a blog but always felt that I wouldn't be very good at it, maybe it's something I'll have to really think about? Thank you. 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @WestHam06 I think it'd definitely be worth more thought.  You always write well on here and have lots to say about interesting subjects so I'm sure your blog would be equally brilliant. 

    If you need any advice on how to get started be sure to ask the bloggers on this thread :)  
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    I don't hink Ami's seen last night's edition of mine yet has she?


  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @Cher_Scope
                                  Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, I greatly appreciate them. I may well ask some of the bloggers here on this thread if they would kindly explain how they got started if that would please be ok? Thank you
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @WestHam06 my first writing a blog post/guest blog experience actually began with Scope. I was asked if I would like to share my volunteering experience and I decided to write about how volunteering helped my recovery.

    I was nervous at first as I'd never written a piece that would be published online, it was quite daunting to be honest. But I found that once I started writing, I just couldn't stop and found that I enjoyed writing. This made me realise that I wanted to keep writing and seeing other young disabled people sharing their experiences on their blogs inspired me to start my own.

    I will try and help where I can if you have any further questions :) 
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  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    WestHam06 said:
    Hi @Cher_Scope
                                  Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, I greatly appreciate them. I may well ask some of the bloggers here on this thread if they would kindly explain how they got started if that would please be ok? Thank you
    Hi @WestHam06 it was suggested to me when I was about 16 in hospital but initially I thought what would I write about? Then about 10 years later aged about 26 I started my blog 'Hannah's Hope' https://hannahdeakin.blogspot.com (feel free to have a nose around!) My last post was actually a podcast with  @Ami2301 I am hoping to post a new blog post tonight. The aim of my blog is to raise awareness, share experiences and provide aupport to others so hopefully they feel less alone. 😊
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @Ami2301
                            Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl :) I hope that you are all well. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me, I really appreciate it. I think that I'm worried that what I have to say may not be important but maybe it's something I'm just going to have to try. Please may I ask, when and if the time is right, what format is best to set a page up on for the blog? Thank you
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @hdeakin
                          How are you? Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me, I really enjoyed looking around and will be sure to look out for your new blog tonight :) I also really enjoyed listening to your interview with @Ami2301, it was really interesting and informative though I was sad to hear of @Ami2301 and her husband's experience in A&E,  that should have been handled very differently. Thank you to both yourself and @Ami2301 for sharing the interview. I am really keen to explore the idea of a blog but as I said to @Ami2301 I worry that what I have to say won't be important enough or embraced in the way it is intended. I think it is something I am just going to have to try :)  Please may I ask, how and where would you recommend starting a blog? I have started a few posts here on the community, would you recommend just to continue here to build confidence and learning opportunities? Thank you. Also, please may I ask, what is the best format to start a blog on? Many thanks for taking the time to read this, thank you.

  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 20
    You're very welcome and thank you very much  @WestHam06 :) I felt exactly the same before I started my blog. I still have days where I think my opinions and experiences don't matter. But they really do matter. Each and every one of our opinions/experiences/stories are unique and valued.

    I recommend WordPress, its the platform I use. Its totally up to you how you format your writing, each person has their own style which, I feel, is what makes them different. I write my blogs as if I were talking to friends (if they are personal posts), if I'm writing about an experience then I would write it with the intention of the reader would learn something, gain a new perspective, etc.

    I think you'd make a fantastic blogger :)
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,113 Disability Gamechanger
    For what it's worth, I also think you'd make a fantastic blogger @WestHam06. I think you have a lot of important and interesting things to say, and you're a really good writer! 
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    @Ami2301 I've literally just done tonight's entry if you wanna have a read.


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    Am up to date with your posts now @MrAllen1976 :)
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  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    There'll be another one tonight.

  • Lucy411Lucy411 Member Posts: 46 Courageous
    edited November 21
    I have a blog, https://inclusivelivingconcepts.com. I'm 34 so I'm guessing I'm too old to be involved? I have some followers but looking for ways to grow my online presence and chat with others. Should I create a new thread?
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,113 Disability Gamechanger
    Feel free to chat about your experiences in a new post @Lucy411 :) 
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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,916 Disability Gamechanger
    @Lucy411 That looks mightily interesting, we'd love to hear more about it on a new thread!  

    Also, sometimes we have guest blog posts written by our members.  If this sounds like something you'd be interested in doing, drop us an email to [email protected] with any ideas :) We could include a link to your blog and hopefully get you some more followers.
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  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @Ami2301
                            Thank you so much for all of the advice, I really do appreciate it and will look into WordPress. I also really like your advice as to how you write your blogs and how different blogs will come from different perspectives that you have, that is really valuable to consider when writing. I think your blogs are amazing and I want to thank you for sharing them :) If it is please ok with you, I may ask you a few more questions in the near future in relation to this? Thank you
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @Tori_Scope
                                Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, it is really kind of you and I really appreciate it. I have never really thought of myself as being very good at writing and I find taking on board compliments of any form very difficult. There are many good writers here on the community so there are lots of learning opportunities. Thank you for taking the time to show your encouragement :) Thank you
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you very much @WestHam06 and of course, I will help any way I can :)
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,113 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem, and I really do mean it @WestHam06. I find compliments uncomfortable too, but try to take it on board :D 
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  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    edited November 21
    Hi @WestHam06 I think you should go for it! If you feel more comfortable writing some bits on here first then be all means go that way if it is okay with Scope. Sorry I didn't get to post my blog last night, hopefully soon. My blog is on blogger which I think is simpler than WordPress but now I wish I had used WordPress. You can always start with a simple design and just write whatever you want or write from the heart!Frustrations, knowledge, advice, experiences! If I can help in any other way I would be very happy to answer any questions. 😊
  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    Lucy411 said:
    I have a blog, https://inclusivelivingconcepts.com. I'm 34 so I'm guessing I'm too old to be involved? I have some followers but looking for ways to grow my online presence and chat with others. Should I create a new thread?
    @Lucy411 this sounds really interesting and I would love to find out more. I would like to gain more followers too. I currently have 2! I know lots of people read and enjoy my blog though. 😊
  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 262 Pioneering
    I've just done tonight's entry on mine.

  • Lucy411Lucy411 Member Posts: 46 Courageous
    edited November 22
    @Lucy411 That looks mightily interesting, we'd love to hear more about it on a new thread!  

    Also, sometimes we have guest blog posts written by our members.  If this sounds like something you'd be interested in doing, drop us an email to [email protected] with any ideas :) We could include a link to your blog and hopefully get you some more followers.

    Thanks @Tori_Scope, @Cher_Scope. I'll start a new thread and have a think about blog ideas. Everyone's welcome to join.

    @hdeakin I've read about your blog in Able and PossAbility magazine so I've been meaning to have a read. I just don't know whether people are interested in what I write but I guess most people think that.
  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    @Lucy411 yes definitely! I always think who is going to be interested and read what I write, so you are not alone. Are you on twitter? I would definitely follow you and be happy to do some sharing if that helps...but I am by no means an expert! 
    I will look out for the new thread x
  • Lucy411Lucy411 Member Posts: 46 Courageous
    edited November 22
    hdeakin said:
    @Lucy411 yes definitely! I always think who is going to be interested and read what I write, so you are not alone. Are you on twitter? I would definitely follow you and be happy to do some sharing if that helps...but I am by no means an expert! 
    I will look out for the new thread x

    I was just thinking we could follow each other. I don't understand all the SEO stuff at all though I warn you. I always just thought you sat down and wrote! Silly me lol. My Twitter is @LCinclusivity. I'm quite good with technology but have always used Facebook so just getting to grips with it.
  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    edited November 22
    I followed you @Lucy411 😊 It took me ages to gain followers on twitter, so don't be disheartened- I see you joined it recently. You are not alone I had no clue about SEO until recently and thought the same. I am a bit better now, but still not 100%!
  • Lucy411Lucy411 Member Posts: 46 Courageous
    edited November 22
    hdeakin said:
    I followed you @Lucy411 😊 It took me ages to gain followers on twitter, so don't be disheartened- I see you joined it recently. You are not alone I had no clue about SEO until recently and thought the same. I am a bit better now, but still not 100%!

    Thanks, apparently I'm already following you. Told you I was still getting to grips...Any pointers about where I can learn SEO?

    New discussion, 'this blogging life' is up. :) All welcome. I think I've gatecrashed this thread enough B)
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 6,913 Disability Gamechanger
    I subscribed to your blog yesterday @Lucy411 :) I think I followed you on Twitter aswell :) 
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  • AwesomelorenzoAwesomelorenzo Member Posts: 98 Connected
    I don't know whether I have told you before, but I have my blog about Dyspraxia.
    I think this link should work.
    https://medium.com/@lorenzo.harper70
  • Lucy411Lucy411 Member Posts: 46 Courageous
    I don't know whether I have told you before, but I have my blog about Dyspraxia.
    I think this link should work.
    https://medium.com/@lorenzo.harper70
    Hi

  • Lucy411Lucy411 Member Posts: 46 Courageous
    Does anyone know how I delete my free WordPress website and substitute it for the paid one above? WordPress wants to charge me money to redirect. I've followed everyone in this thread but the ones who have follow through WordPress will see the free website that is not updated.  :s
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Thank you @Tori_Scope, I will try my best to take it on board :) 
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @hdeakin
                          Thank you so much for all of your advice and support, I really do appreciate you taking the time to share it with me. I will go away now and do a little research and have a think about trying to write something. I look forward to your next blog :) If it is please ok with you, I may ask you a few things in the future. Thank you so much :) 
  • hdeakinhdeakin Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    WestHam06 said:
    Hi @hdeakin
                          Thank you so much for all of your advice and support, I really do appreciate you taking the time to share it with me. I will go away now and do a little research and have a think about trying to write something. I look forward to your next blog :) If it is please ok with you, I may ask you a few things in the future. Thank you so much :) 
    @WestHam06 you are very welcome. I am always happy to help, anytime just give me a shout. My latest blog is out now on pacing: https://hannahdeakin.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-art-of-pacing.html :smile:
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 848 Pioneering
    Hi @hdeakin
                           Thank you so much for sharing your latest blog, I really enjoyed reading it and could relate to aspects of what you were saying. I also enjoyed reading about the spoon theory, I have heard of it but didn't know what it involved so thank you for sharing this. Your blog is amazing and I look forward to reading more :) Thank you. 
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