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Fast forward to November 21, 2014, and I woke up to a nightmare. I could not feel my feet nor fingers. I couldn’t see clearly and my eyes were burning for no apparent reason. My brain was overwhelmed in the midst of a fog I could not seem to escape. And worst I could not walk or move without intense pain. I was literally crawling from my bedroom into the kitchen for a glass of water I could hardly even hold. Welcome to my new “normal”.
It’s been almost four years and while some things have gotten better others have gotten worse. Even my primary physician says I have regressed in several areas. Ah, life.
Because of my pain in my arms and hands, I can hardly type due to pain and numbness. I try to use Apple’s free dictation app for my blog posts, emails and Siri dictation services on my iPhone for my tweets and Facebook posts. Unfortunately, the Apple dictation app on my MacBook is devious and will constantly delete what I’ve already dictated, and write things I never said. Talk about wanting to bang my head against the keyboard.
I have tried to look for alternative ways to blog. There have been my attempts at vlogging on YouTube but the setup and then the editing and posting are draining and difficult on the arms and hands and brain.
So here are 4 of my favorite tips for blogging with a disability:
Create several posts in advance.
I love this!! It allows me during a “good” couple hours to create some blog posts that can be published later when I am not necessarily able.
Copy and paste.
When I am sharing calendar information, it is perfectly ordinary to use the script they’ve created as a starting place.
Schedule Social Media Posts in Advance.
By scheduling posts in advance, you don’t have to worry about writing new posts every day. Some of my favorite tools include:
Tailwind (for Pinterest) – so easy! there is an annual fee but before you sign up they offer a free trial.
TweetDeck (for Twitter) – Free. I regrettably have been not using the app lately.
Invest in a Lap Desk.
If you cannot sit upright at a desk without tremendous pain and need support for your arms and wrists, how about a lap desk? I used to use bed pillows but a lap desk is terrific because it helps keep the computer cool and gives me room to rest my arms and wrists. You can find one at most shops. I bought my LAPGEAR desk at ROSS.
The only word of caution about the “lapgear” desk is that sometimes the computer can slide due to the smooth surface.
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What are some tips that have helped you with blogging while disabled?