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5 Confessions Of A Blind Content Creator

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Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article I’ve significantly changed the way I approach my work. However, while I no longer use some of the tools mentioned in this post, I kept them as a resource others may find helpful. ~Steph

5 Confessions Of A Blind Content Creator

Okay, so I have some confessions and now’s as good a time as any to come clean. As some of you may know, I joined forces with an amazing image consultant, Chelsea Nguyen, and together we’ve launched a digital magazine. We ultimately envision developing an accessible online platform where people across the disability spectrum can collaborate, create, and publish professional publications. 

Now that my workload has practically doubled I’ve been asked what it’s like and how I do it. I thought the best way to proceed forward would be to go through my workflow and share some helpful tips:

Confession #1

This blogging business is hard! Don’t misunderstand, I’m not whining, although if I do say so myself I’m pretty gosh darn good at. When I say “good at it” I mean whining not blogging. Not that I’m bad at blogging but I’m better at whining when I put my mind to it.😆 Seriously though, whining is not the purpose of this post.

When I first began blogging the major concerns from my point of view were content creation and time. If I thought developing fresh content was stressful I didn’t fully take into consideration:

  • managing the website
  • research
  • writing
  • editing
  • picture taking
  • video making
  • connecting and engaging with fellow bloggers
  • and social media, just to name a few tasks.

Confession #2

It was so exciting watching Bold Blind Beauty grow. With growth came greater responsibility:

  • not nearly enough time to visit my favorite blogs (because there are many and yes, I have a list)
  • curating relevant content to share on social media is ongoing
  • connecting with, scheduling and following up with featured guests is also ongoing
  • sometimes no matter how well I plan things go awry
  • additional features on the back end of the website make managing it a little more challenging
  • as the blog grew so did I as in age, as a result, the way I work has changed
  • growth on social media channels means more connecting and engaging with more people

Confession #3

Upgrading to WordPress Business Plan provides greater flexibility ie plugins, an e-commerce solution, access to instant help, and more. On the other side of the upside:

  • it’s more costly
  • even more, time to update and sustain the site
  • learning to use new plugins to make life a little easier
  • because of confessions 1, 2, and 2, there’s even less time to engage with my blogging buddies

Confession #4

Since so much of what we develop as content creators are visual, this can make things a bit challenging. Limited eyesight compounds the issue yet there are many adaptations and workarounds we can use. But what about design elements? More importantly, how do you keep it all organized then post to multiple social media channels?

  • Canva, a web-based design platform is so easy to use a person without any design experience can create nearly anything.
  • Sendible is a social media management tool that lets you schedule and post to multiple social media platforms. Yes, even Instagram so no more emailing images to upload to Insta on your cell phone.
  • G-Suite like the name implies is a suite of Google products (docs, sheets, calendar, contacts, Gmail, etc.) With G-Suite you can create set up email based on your domain, i.e. smccoy@boldblindbeauty vs. All of my images are grouped into general subdirectories like events, logos, products, quotes, and selfies. These directories are further broken down by more specific topics. For example in my boatload of quotes folder, there are advocacy, authenticity, empowerment, fashion, funny, etc. related quotes.
  • Trello is a project management tool consisting of boards, lists, and cards that I use to keep myself organized.
  • Sales Navigator Lite for Gmail extension allows me to see what contacts are on LinkedIn. This enables me to send them a connection request directly from Gmail.

Confession #5

I draw the line at SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

  • At my age, I choose what’s beneficial for me. Since my eyes glaze over whenever I hear the word “SEO,” Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress has been a lifesaver.

Summary of Confessions:

While the work I do can be incredibly complicated and time-consuming it is by far the most rewarding I’ve had the pleasure of performing. The amazing feedback I get from people all over the world is more than enough compensation. An additional bonus is meeting all of you and featuring some of you here on Bold Blind Beauty.

Do you have any tips or tricks to share that make your life easier? Please do tell. ~Steph

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2014 Blogging Year in Review

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2014 Blogging Year in Review

“When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try.” ~Author Unknown

A Look Back

After 207 posts, 12,217 hits, and visits from 110 countries, I am thrilled with this year’s outcome. Today I wanted to review the past year to gauge how far I’ve come since beginning this blogging journey.

To say I was afraid would be an understatement because I was terrified to share my thoughts with the universe! It will be a year on December 16, 2013, since my first post. Prior to this, I took some online WordPress courses, then spent several months doing behind the scenes work.

I adore quotes and was pleased to find one that I felt summed up this past year. “When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try.” ~Author Unknown

Feeling confident one moment, then in the next, fear and self-doubts, it’s been an emotional roller coaster ride. However, there were some unexpected surprises, like the diversity and kindness of all the bloggers I’ve come to know. Receiving emails from people all over thanking me for sharing my insight and then the incredible connections I’ve made.

Bold Blind Beauty’s Purpose

The purpose of Bold Blind Beauty is three-fold:

  1. provide women who are blind/vision impaired tips across the broad spectrum of cosmetics and fashion;
  2. challenge society’s viewpoint on what defines beauty;
  3. encourage my readers to carry themselves with confidence.

Word Cloud containing the following words confidence certainty courage determination poise spirit tenacity boldness fearlessness fortitude

From the beginning, I said, “when you feel good, you look good.” With the emphasis being on ‘feeling’ confidence is the end result. Confidence conveys to the world that you feel good about yourself. This is especially true when you are blind or vision impaired because lacking visual cues, we have to use creativity to achieve a certain look.

Researching for hours on end, taking pictures, writing content, all while learning WordPress technology is an all-consuming task. A task that has led to a fulfilling labor of love. When I find the information I believe will be beneficial to my readers, I get so excited I can’t wait to share it with you.

Without losing sight of the blog’s purpose I have to say my favorite articles are highlighting the women I feature on Fridays. I love introducing these women to help the world become more aware of the capabilities of people who are blind/vision impaired. This leads me to the main reason for today’s post.

Beginning next Friday through the end of the year I will be publishing updates on many of the women that I’ve previously featured. Since all of these women are people I admire I can’t think of a better way to end the year on such a high note.

Happy, Happy Friday!!

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