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No two ways around it; website development for people with disabilities – knowing how to set up your own website – is a form of freedom.

You can create your own portfolio, online resume – you can showcase your talent, present your opinions and make money. For us especially in the disability community, it is a means of disability empowerment. This is because (as I expand on in this post), if you can build your own site, you are building your own platform. When you have your own platform, you can sell, say, advocate, create and commune whatever you want.

For us, rather than needing to seek permission from an agency or hope our spoons will last through an interview, we can actually create a site whereby we can sell what we make, we can connect with others, work online, generate income.

Start Your Own Blog!

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now (gasp!) and want to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way. That includes how to set it up, how to understand WordPress, what ads and sponsored posts mean and how to make money from it all if that’s what you want. Plugins. Social media. How to tap into all of it.

Below are all of the posts that I’ve written about wordpress, website development and starting your own blog. Click on “load more” for more posts – it’s set to show only 3 posts to keep this site running fast, so be sure to click “load more” or use the search feature in the top right hand corner to look for something in particular.

Join the Facebook disabled bloggers community – it’s a great place to connect with other bloggers from our niche and share what you are writing and working on. We also have group boards on Pinterest, so holla!

New WordPress Focuses on Accessibility

This is about recent Wordpress updates, with Version 5.6.1 focusing on accessibility. You can imagine my surprise when I sat down to work on a blog post, went to my Wordpress dashboard and there were updates. Well, that it needed updates was not the part that surprised me (it always needs updating!), it was that, [...]

An Update on Unpacking Disability with Meriah Nichols

This is a post on site changes. It's available in ad and image-free PDF at the end of the post. If you want to hear me reading this post, just click the link below. Play in new window | Download This blog started off as Finding Ruby's Father, a place to chronicle my dating [...]

Top 9 of 2019: My Top 9 (and How to Make Yours!)

This is about the Top 9 on Instagram. There are links at the end of the post to where you can pull together your own image grid. Top 9 on Instagram If you have been active on Instagram through the course of a year, then the Instagram Top 9  is always a fun way to [...]

The Best Planner for a Blogger

This is a review post of Erin Condren Teacher's Deluxe Planner, used for blogging purposes. I was given the planner to review, but all opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post. As a mom, a blogger and as a person with traumatic brain injury (TBI), I am constantly looking out for [...]

Why I Switched from Bluehost to Siteground

This post is about moving hosting from Bluehost to Siteground. I'm an affiliate with both. Hopefully this post will provide some clarity for those who are wondering which to use, and how to go about shifting hosts. Background on Bluehost I had my blog hosted with Bluehost for close to 10 years. I started with [...]

The Truth About How Ads, Sponsored Posts & Reviews Work

The intention of this post is to equip the reader with a better understanding of what ads and sponsored content are all about, and how they compare with affiliate links in terms of making money from your blog. This post is written with disability in mind: it's by a deaf blogger and for other bloggers [...]

How to Make Money From Your Blog (When You Have a Disability) Using Affiliate Links

This is a post about how to make money off of your blog through affiliate links. There are affiliate links in this post. The intention of this post is to equip the reader with a better understanding of what affiliate links are all about, and how to use them to your advantage (without being a [...]

Blogging Isn’t Dead: 6 Reasons to Start a Blog

Why start a blog in 2021?! A lot of people think that blogging is a ship that has sailed. This post gets into reasons why it actually makes complete sense to start a blog right here and now. Start a Blog?! We all see the ads to "start a blog!"and the claims to "make money [...]

MailChimp vs ConvertKit: Which is the Best Email Service for a Blogger/Small Business?

This post is about MailChimp vs ConvertKit - it compares and contrasts the two email services and fleshes out some of the differences between them. There are affiliate links in the post. An email subscription service is really important for your website. Not just your blog, but for any site: your online art gallery, poetry blog, [...]

Essential WordPress Plugins

A list of essential wordpress plugins for the beginner/intermediate wordpress designer, including plugins for site security, design, mail chimp and more.

Bluehost vs. Siteground

I signed up with Bluehost about 5 years ago. I fell in love with them, hard, because at the time, very few companies were doing live chat, but Bluehost was, and they were doing it really well. Remember, I’m deaf. Live chat is huge for me, HUGE! Not only were they rockstars of swift and …

The Difference Between and

Wordpress is a framework. Think of Wordpress as a foundation, like the foundation upon which your house sits. Wordpress is not your house itself. Your website is like your house, and your website host is like the land that your house is built on. So: Website = house Wordpress = house foundation Website host = [...]

Website Development as a Means of Disability Empowerment

I read The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman years ago. It's an outstanding book. It is chock-full of ideas that were even more cutting edge 15 years ago (when I read it) than they are now, but even now, they still hold true. One of the ideas in the book that really [...]

WordPress Dashboard Tutorial for Beginners (with Captions)

This is a wordpress dashboard tutorial. This wordpress dashboard tutorial is meant to be followed along by you - it is a captioned screencast covering the basics of your wordpress dashboard, which means that I have a recording below in which I walk you through understanding your Wordpress dashboard. Questions like, "what's on my dashboard?" "where [...]

How to Install WordPress On Your Self-Hosted Site (Using Bluehost)

How to Install WordPress is the second part of the free Website Development Tutorial Series. In this tutorial, I am going to cover WordPress (which is free) installation on your domain and signing in through Wordpress. I'm including a blanket statement here that I do have affiliate links on this site, which means that if you sign [...]

10 Simple Ways to a Better Blog

My opinion is that blogging is over-saturated in general. The market is full – everyone has a blog these days and the competition to gain readers is pretty intense. I am too off-colour and thoroughly non-inspirational to ever be a raring commercial success – but I have learned a lot in the 6 years I’ve …


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