Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Readers’ Café Opens Today!

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 9:54 am on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share – officially opens at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT on Do It Myself Blog! You are welcome to stay for the whole evening or to pop in when you can between 7-10pm Eastern Daylight Time. You never know where the conversation may lead or who may show up.

Hope to see you here!

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Usability Expert Misses the Magic of Blogging

Filed under: Blogging — by Glenda at 9:49 pm on Saturday, July 14, 2007

In Jakob Nielson’s latest alertbox, he advises businesses to write in-depth articles rather than short blog posts that have a little or no value. He provides several diagrams to support his claims. However, one factor not shown in his diagrams is the magic of blogging. In-depth articles may better demonstrate your expertise in your field and increase your credibility, but they typically don’t promote interaction between the author and readers, and amongst readers. Oftentimes, that interaction is as valuable, if not more so, than the original article or post.

Within that interaction is where the magic of blogging occurs and, sometimes, it can be quite amazing. Allow me to share three stories to illustrate my point.

First story: Last Wednesday, Darrell and I had the pleasure of meeting with Norman and Dru from Sheffield, England. They have a daughter with cerebral palsy and have faced the all-too-common struggles in accessing the necessary services for her. Ten years ago, along with a group of other parents, they established the Paces School for Conductive Education so their children with cerebral palsy may receive what they need to thrive and succeed – to reach their full potential.

In preparation for his Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship study tour to Canada, the United States and Sweden to study the education of children with cerebral palsy, Norman found me in the blogoshpere and was impressed with my autobiography. We arranged to meet while they were in Vancouver. My book tour came to me – how amazing is that! I can see trip to Sheffield in the near future.

Second story: Last month, I listened to Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman of The Blog Squad interview Allan Voivod who was talking about re-purposing content. Being a one-thumb typist, I’m all for getting the biggest bang possible from my typed word! I emailed him a question, which he kindly answered on his blog, giving my blog more exposure.

Apparently, my left thumb made quite an impression because, last week while sitting on the beach with another couple, watching their young sons play in the surf, my name happened to come up in conversation (I’m never sure how that happens, but it does!). The other fellow David happens to be the lead attorney in Burke & Eisner’s Cerebral Palsy and Pharmaceutical liability practice. He was also quite impressed with my blog. Thanks Allen and David for your support!

Third story: This morning I received a follow-up email from Nicole. This past school year she was the one-on-one assistant for a young boy with cerebral palsy in second grade. He worked hard this year and made much progress. He likes to do things by himself. When he does he says in his strongest voice, “I DID IT!”

Nicole made him a scrapbook to show his journey over the last year. In researching inspirational quotes and stories about having cerebral palsy, she came across my blog and asked me to write a note for his scrapbook, which I gladly did. Inspiring young people to keep trying and to do their best is why I’m “in business”.

The scrapbook, with my story and note featured on one page, has been viewed by everyone in his school, his mother, his grandparents, home health workers, and friends. They all loved it. How magical!

Touching the father of a girl with cerebral palsy, a lawyer representing parents and children with cerebral palsy and a special education assistant – my target market – is why I blog the way I do. If today’s business is built on relationships – on the “liked, known and trusted” factor, then, surely, this interaction found in the blogoshpere is as valuable as lengthy, in-depth articles that people may not have time to read.

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Announcing Readers’ Café: A Place to Gather and Share

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 9:31 pm on Friday, July 13, 2007

café in neon lights
(Photo credit: Anna Wolniak)

I excitedly announce the opening of Readers’ Café on Wednesday, July 18th, right here! Readers’ Café is a place to ask questions about my autobiography, share stories and brainstorm ideas.

Readers’ Café will work very much like Liz Strauss’ Open Mic Night. Join the conversation by simply posting comments. You are welcome to stay for the whole evening or to pop in and out amidst making dinner, putting the kids to bed, working at on your laptop on the beach or whatever you doing between 7-10pm Eastern Daylight Time. You never know where the conversation may lead or who may show up.

Please join us –

Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
Time: 7-10pm EDT
Location: Right here!

Readers’ Café will be held the first and third Wednesdays of each month

Mark it on your calendar. Hope to see you here!

Meanwhile, please remember to vote and have a great weekend!

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Blogger Claims Unfair Ageing Practice

Filed under: Blogging, Living with a disability — by Glenda at 12:38 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

reading glasses – the first sign of ageing
(Photo credit: Jay Simons)

After a two-week hiatus from blogging, I’m back! Darrell and I were busy preparing an introductory training session “Web Accessibility: The What, Why and How” for a local city’s Information Technology (IT) staff. When I’m in the midst of a major project, everything else decreases in importance – this typing thumb can accomplish only so much.

I had a few late nights creating the PowerPoint presentation and adding the text-to-speech sound files with my speaking parts, which was a tedious process that seemed like it would take more time than I had. I thought the burning eyeballs and the floating spots were simply from a lack of sleep.

A trip to the optometrist just to be sure on Monday morning revealed otherwise. After several tests, measurements and hold still moments, it was determined that my perfect vision, the only perfect thing with this body, is no longer perfect. I now need glasses for reading. Apparently this is normal when individuals turn forty – finally reached a normal milestone!

However, I profusely object. If I am so-called developmentally delayed, then the perks of turning forty should be equally delayed! This is not fair; it can’t be both ways! I want a lawyer to fight this unfair ageing practice!

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