Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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How WordPress Has Changed My Life

Filed under: Blogging, Living with a disability — by Glenda at 10:09 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2008

Earlier today, Lorelle VanFossen, my new found friend from BlogWorld, delivered WordCamp Portland’s keynote on how WordPress is changing lives. At Lorelle’s insistent request, I whipped up this video for her keynote. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Jill

September 27, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

What a beautiful blog and a beautiful story.

Yes wordpress is a super blogging platform, and you have done some fantastic work with it.

Keep it up and God Bless!


Comment by Karen Putz / DeafMom

September 27, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

This video rocked, Glenda! I can’t wait until my picture is taken with you at SOBCon. :)

Comment by Glenda

September 27, 2008 @ 10:39 pm

@Jill, thanks for your kind words!

@Karen, yes, lots of pictures of all the trouble we get into!

Comment by Susie

September 27, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

Aloha Glenda! Thank you for this!! I love WordPress, too, but what I really love is what you have done with it! You are such an inspiration. I love your blog– You’re the bomb. Huge Aloha Hugs, Susie

Comment by Suzie Cheel

September 27, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

This is amazing Glenda, I love that I am in your was great to see you and Darryl at BWE08

Finished reading your story that I started on the plane coming back to Australia.

You have inspired me to do a new series on people who inspire and guess who will be first:)

You are truly both amazing and inspiring. Your story moved me

I am proud to be your friend


Comment by Amanda

September 28, 2008 @ 12:29 am

What a fantastic video – I love it! I love it because it tells us more about your blogging journey and how it has changed your life in positive ways and I love it because it tells me a bit more about wordpress (I have a wordpress and a blogger account and am a bit rubbish at reading up and researching which one is better in which ways!)

Also – I’ve loved reading your notes on BlogWorld.

Comment by Calvin

September 28, 2008 @ 1:36 am

Your story is so touching. Yeah indeed wordpress changed life.

I’m belong to a very small tribe (there are less 10,000 of us in the whole wide world). Back in 1970s there was this student from Denmark that came to Sarawak – initially to study about the Penan – but end up studying about Punan instead.

She went back to Denmark become a very successful professor a decade later in 1980 she came back visiting us the Punan and brought an undergraduate student along.

For almost twenty years we heard nothing about her and that undergraduate student. Fast forward after completing my undergraduate studies I began to blog – mostly about personal stuffs.

One day I stumbled upon a photo of our longhouse posted in a blog. I contacted the blog owner and inquired how he got the photos? We exchanged emails and in 2006 – that undergraduate student came over to Borneo. I brought him to the our longhouse and he become one of my best friend ever since.

Wordpress and blogging in particular had changed my life. I’m a full time blogger now – earning a living out of it.

Keep up the good work Glenda.

Comment by Joanna Young

September 28, 2008 @ 1:41 am

Glenda, what a wonderful video! I’m glad Lorelle talked you into making it. It is truly inspiring. It has been such a pleasure to get to know some of the real you through your blog and through twitter.

You are a constant inspiration to me, and a reminder not to take this freedom to write and to blog for granted.


Comment by Ryan

September 28, 2008 @ 2:13 am

Great video!

I found it via Matt Mullenwegs blog. It is great to see how WordPress can help people in such dramatic ways.

Comment by Eats Wombats

September 28, 2008 @ 2:37 am

Dear Glenda,

Just to let you know your video made a sunny Sunday morning in London even sunnier.

Greetings and best wishes,


Comment by Aw Guo

September 28, 2008 @ 3:54 am

Came to this blog from Matt’s entry.
I am a blogger located in Beijing, China. Glad to know you Hyatt!

Comment by AnneShirley Manion

September 28, 2008 @ 9:16 am

Glenda. lovely and interesting video.

Comment by Robin

September 28, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

Glenda, to me you don’t have a disability, you have more brains and beauty in your left thumb then most people can dream of. Next time my back hurts I”ll think of you before I start complaining, wish I had your perseverance. (I hope I choose my words right, English is not my native language but I hope you understand what I mean.)
Never stop blogging!

Comment by Jamie Souef

September 28, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

HI Glenda,

I just watched your video which Matt from Wordpress posted on his own blog (

I was truly amazed by your video and really touched by it. I’ll be tuning into your blog.

Take care

Comment by jeremy

September 28, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

That is a wonderful, concise, and persuasive video! Great job omgz!

I’ve committed myself to making my next WP theme as accessible as possible, because i believe that the removal of as many barriers as possible between humans and machines is perhaps the most important step in future-proofing any technology or platform.

Left thumb’s up for you – from now on, anything i TRULY approve of will be signified with my left thumb. You absolutely rock.

Comment by Rachel Rowell

September 28, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

You are so inspirational to me! Thank you.

Comment by Henny Swan

September 29, 2008 @ 5:04 am

Glenda, thanks so much for taking the time to post this. Speaking as a former accessibility consultant myself it’s video’s like this, from real people, that we need to share and promote to inspire web developers to build accessible websites.

I work for the browser Opera now and am researching how people use browsers in general. I’d love to hear your thoughts and anyone elses on what features make a browser easy or difficult to use.

Keep up the blogging, the community really needs people like you!


Comment by Jaffer

September 29, 2008 @ 5:35 am

Wow ! You are an inspiration to all !

My dear mother used to say when I was a kid – Things may be difficult but nothing is impossible.

You proof of that !

Comment by Stuart Robertson

September 29, 2008 @ 5:44 am

Great video! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding people why it’s important for web apps to have good accessibility and usability. :)

Comment by Alex Shalman

September 29, 2008 @ 5:50 am

This is a very touching video, and a very cool Wordpress commercial.

You’re better than a cup of coffee in the morning Glenda. I’m now pumped up and ready to face my day.

I’ll be sure to come back for more from your blog.

Comment by Dru Bloomfield

September 29, 2008 @ 6:29 am


I’ve just forwarded your video post onto a very dear friend. Her daughter is in my son’s high school science class (Special Ed.), and any tool or software that makes it easier for her to communicate, expand her audience, and share her knowledge is so important. Your blog has been a great find to share with her. Thank you.

Comment by Rita Hardy

September 29, 2008 @ 7:49 am

Thank you for sharing your story. It helps put a lot of our everyday irritations in perspective. Blogging, and the internet in general, have been wonderful for many of us who are isolated by any means (geography in my case – very rural).

Comment by GEMMERZZ

September 29, 2008 @ 8:18 am

Hi Glenda — I stumbled across your blog thanks to and I wanted to say that, while WordPress has definitely enabled you, you changed your own life! You’re an inspiration to me and I can only hope to keep up with you. :)

Comment by Lisa Marie Mary

September 29, 2008 @ 8:24 am

Glenda – what a wonderful video! It is so incredibly awesome that this medium I spend so much time in really has such profound meaning. Sometimes I feel dumb when people ask me about what I do online, and when I’m explaining that I blog, etc. Even though I read your blog all the time, this post has really validated my passionate feelings about our world online! Thank you, Glenda!

Comment by Kelly Guimont

September 29, 2008 @ 8:32 am


I was at Lorelle’s keynote speech at WordCamp Portland. Your video was inspired and inspiring. I hope you have the chance to see photos or video of Lorelle’s presentation. It was impressive!

Comment by Wendy Merritt

September 29, 2008 @ 8:48 am

WOW! I am humbled by your articulate video. You have touched me with your passion to have a voice in this world. It is wonderful to see technology playing such a powerful role in people’s lives.

God bless you :)


Comment by Tyler

September 29, 2008 @ 9:04 am

Definitely posting this. Thanks for sharing your story.

Comment by Satria Nugraha

September 29, 2008 @ 10:13 am

hi Glenda… i’m Satria from Indonesia…
I very love your story, can’t wait when the book will came to Indonesia…
This day i start my personal blog in English..
Same with you, i use my blog to build relationship and find new friend…
I think i will be your blog reader. If you come to Indonesia, feel free to contact me Glenda… Success for you :)

Comment by Amy Derby

September 29, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

Hey Glenda, what a nice video! And I love that you captioned it. Thank you for doing that. :-)

Comment by Proof Positivity

September 29, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

You are a very inspirational lady.

Comment by grace

September 29, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

When I was younger I used to work with a boy that had cerebral palsy. He was the smartest kid I met, and with the help of a communication tool he learned to communicate in his own way. It was the most humbling, touching thing I have ever been able to experience in my life.

Comment by Mike Benton

September 29, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

Great video Glenda. It’s compelling to think about how with the right amount of determination one person can have such an effect on others. Keep up the great work!

Comment by Angel Cuala

September 30, 2008 @ 12:36 am

I found you at Problogger and I am very glad I did.

You have such a wonderful and inspiring story This only proves that a thumb can still be a powerful weapon.

But more than that, you have great talent and your “disability” is better than other normal but useless blogs.

Consider me as your next subscriber!

Keep it up!

Comment by Tina Williams

September 30, 2008 @ 5:06 am


All I can say is that you are inspirational. We all can come up with excuses why we can’t do something and you just blow all those excuses away! You are clearly living prove of the E+R=O theory.

I sent this post to several people and should my daughters who are 11, 12 and 14. I want to thank you for sharing this awesome video. I agree completely, Wordpress is great!


Comment by Hooman

September 30, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

Wow! Great video, very inspiring. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Comment by Glenda

September 30, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I truly appreciate you taking time to stop by and view the video. Thank you.

Comment by Vamsi

October 1, 2008 @ 2:56 am

Glenda, You are truly awesome.
You are definitely an inspiration to every blogger who writes about his/her thoughts.
Glenda, You Rock! I appreciate your determination.

Comment by camu

October 1, 2008 @ 10:27 am

Hi Glenda, it’s a pleasure to meet you through this blog. I found your video on Matt’s blog. I am Italian but I live in the United States, and accessibility has always been very important to me. I’d like to publish your video on my italian blog, after adding italian captions. Could you please send me the text file you used for the English captions, it would be much easier for me to translate it. And also the video without captions. Keep up this wonderful website!

Comment by Sueblimely

October 1, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

Hi Glenda
What a wonderful video and I am so glad that you are meeting people who see the real you.

I hope people remember your words and when they come across those with a disability they take time to get to know the real person too.
My son has an intellectual disability and, although he got the usual sort of attention that kids get when they are small, now he is 18 most people do not even bother to talk to him and do not find out what a wonderful person he is.

Comment by Ricardo Bueno

October 1, 2008 @ 9:06 pm


You’re an inspiration! I’m sure you know it..and if you don’t, you should! I’m telling you that you are!

It was great meeting you face-to-face at Blogworld and I look forward to the day we can meet again. Continue to inspire and be yourself; hopefully, I can share with people some of that inspiration that you have given me.

Ricardo Bueno

Comment by ...paul

October 2, 2008 @ 2:11 am

Hi Glenda,

I saw your video on Lorelle’s blog, and just had to come and thank you for it. My health and disability problems are nowhere near as severe as yours, but in bad patches I can be virtually housebound for weeks and, even, months at a time. I’m relatively new to WordPress, and blogging in a niche market. But it has made a huge difference to me since getting involved.

Your video is an inspiration.

Thanks again.

Comment by Doug C.

October 2, 2008 @ 6:27 am

You Go Girl!! You have humbled me and lifted my spirit at the same time. Praise God for you, sister.

Comment by Tom Volkar / Delightful Work

October 5, 2008 @ 3:09 am

Glenda I was just reflecting on how I still type with just two fingers. Then I’m lead to visit a gal who does it with one thumb.

Thank you for your inspiration and for your willingness to connect authentically.

Comment by Lorelle

October 6, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

Thank you again, Glenda, for honoring me with the incredible video. I’m so THRILLED that it is spreading around the world.

Not only has your life been changed by WordPress, look at how many lives you are changing!!! My next talk should be on how Glenda, the Left Thumb Blogger, is changing lives. :D

Thank you so much!!!!!! Hugs!

Comment by Salwa

October 8, 2008 @ 2:37 am

Your story is so touching and a wonderful video. I love it. As other’s already said above You’re an inspiration!

Comment by Kent Beatty

November 10, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

Hey Glenda,

Courage is the quality I admire most and you have it!

What a great story! So wonderful to be able to connect with a person regardless of disabilities.

You are an inspiration!

Kent Beatty

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