Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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SOBCon Recap

Filed under: Blogging,Social Media — by at 1:07 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I have been home from Chicago for a week and I still have SOBCon: Biz School for Bloggers on the brain. For me, the experience was more about the people than what I learned from the content.

Interacting with people via blog comments or 140 characters at a time on Twitter and recognizing them by their tiny avatar is one thing, but being together in three-dimensions and being able to talk, laugh or cry together is something much more powerful; something that is often missing when we become more and more connected online.

SOBCon co-founder Liz StraussThe one thing that really awed me while I was looking around and taking in all of who was in the room: most of us were there because of one person. We either knew her directly, we knew someone who knew her or we admired what she does. Liz Strauss has built such a strong and connected community online, one relationship at a time, that 125 of us did whatever was necessary to come together at the same time, at one location, in the same room. Now, that is trust! And inspiring.

Glenda Watson Hyatt presentiing at SOBCon09, photo credit - Becky McCray As for my presentation “How POUR is Your Blog", well, I kinda rocked SOBCon! But, don’t take my word for it. Here’s what others were saying:

Thanks everyone!

Finally, my trip photos are now available on Flickr. As soon as I figure out how to collect the photos others took of me, I will post that link too.

Now, to implement what I actually did learn…

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Comment by Jason

May 12, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

Glenda I learned so much from your presentation and have been keeping all of your tips in mind as we think about redesigning our BlogCatalog blog. So many simple things to do to make sites more accessible.

Thanks again for sharing your wisdom! You definitely rocked SOBCon!

Comment by michellelamar-WTMom

May 12, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

Here’s the deal—I just want to be you when I grow up. You’re awesome and I am talking about your presentation with anyone who will listen. Was great to meet you.

Comment by Glenda

May 12, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

Michelle, thanks for the laugh! You don’t want to be me, trust me. 😉 Rather, strive to be the best you that you can be and leave your own unique mark on the world. I’m glad we met too.

Comment by Glenda

May 12, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

Jason, I’m so glad you found the informative. Those tips were only the beginning of how bloggers can make their blogs more accessible. I’m putting plans in place so I can assist bloggers even more. Details will be forthcoming in the near future! Meanwhile, feel free to ask any questions you may have about blog accessibility.

Comment by Maggie

May 12, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

Hi, Glenda;

Your presentation rocked my blogworld … and I wasn’t even there! Thanks for making both the video and the pdf available here on-line.

As a fairly low-tech blogger on two commercial platforms (using stylesheets they supplied) I had blithely assumed that my pages wouldn’t leave anybody out. Boy was I wrong!

I owe you a huge thankyou for showing me what needs to be different … and getting me to go ahead and start learning some html and CSS. I haven’t been able to hack into my LiveJournal code yet, but I’m starting to see where that could be done — which is a big improvement from not even knowing it was needed.

Is there a list somewhere of testing software or websites where we novices can find out if what we’re trying to do is working? I’m thinking, for example, how can I discover if my blog is keystroke-accessible when I’m doing my own computing from a laptop with built-in mouse? How can I find out if the Alt tags for images are displaying correctly? … and like that.

Thanks SO much for this beautiful work!


Comment by Amy Derby

May 12, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

Hey Glenda,

It was so nice to meet you and have a chance to hang out with you in person finally!!! Thank you for all that you shared in your presentation — AND, of course, for captioning it. 😉 I passed your ebook along to a few friendz who I thought could use a little help. 🙂 And I have been keeping in mind several of the new things I learned from your presentation that have probably been keeping my blog from being as accessible as it could be. So thank you again.

Amy aka @amyderby

Comment by Richard Reeve

May 12, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

Hey Glenda,
I’ll never be able to post in the same old sloppy way again. I’m still forgetting some of the things you taught us, but I circle back and try to fix at least the most glaring accessibility errors…

Comment by Glenda

May 12, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

Richard, in my mind, its about doing what you can. Once you master those things, then add a couple more things for improving accessibility, one step at a time. Your awareness of the issue is huge and I thank you for that.

Comment by Glenda

May 12, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

Amy, it was great hanging with you at SOBCon! (And, between you and me, my blog isn’t as accessible as it should be either. It is a work in progress!)

Comment by Glenda

May 12, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

Maggie, thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you found the presentation informative.

You’ve hit upon an important point (or two) that I’d like to discuss in my next web accessibility post, as soon as I can get to write it.

For a quick keyboard-accessible test, cover the built-in mouse with a piece of paper to remind yourself not to use it and then explore your blog using only your keyboard!

Comment by Robert Hruzek

May 13, 2009 @ 9:26 am

Glenda, it was my honor to finally get to meet you in person! I’m glad we know each other ’cause 10 years from now, when you get that Nobel Prize, I’m gonna poke the fellah next to me in the ribs and say, “See her? She’s a personal friend of mine!”

I’ve appreciated the conversations we’ve had, and your presentation on making our blogs accessible for all. Now, like you, I gotta get to work…

A big ol’ tip o’ the hat to ya! 😀

Comment by Becky McCray

May 13, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

Glenda, you definitely informed lots of people about accessibility, and I’m not sure that anyone was more widely re-tweeted or blogged about!

And that Liz. She is something else. 🙂

Comment by paul merrill

May 14, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

Glenda – I am so sorry I didn’t meet you at the conference! Your presentation must have been awesome. Even though I attended the other presentation that hour, you changed my outlook – I deleted a post I had on accessibility, because it revealed my ignorance in that area.

Thanks for how you’re changing the world.

Comment by Lucretia Pruitt

May 16, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

You know, you are one amazing and awesome lady and you made me smile, laugh, and think… which is saying a lot (because I’m usually too tired to do all 3! ;))

Love ya sister – so glad you were there and I got my hugs in!!

Comment by Steve Grobschmidt

May 25, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

Very glad to hear how well your presentation went, Glenda. I really enjoy your blog posts and Twitter messages — you are a wonderful ambassador for the subject of accessibility, making it interesting and appealing to everybody.

Thank you!

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