Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Announcing Blog Accessibility Mastermind: Combining Two Passions to Create an Accessible Blogosphere

Filed under: Blog Accessibility,Work — by at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Earlier this year, I posted my 21 goals for making 2010 awesome, with #3 being to launch my <still secret project>. After a year in the making, I am excited to announce my secret project!

The idea came to me shortly before SOBCon last year, and the overwhelming response to my presentation confirmed I was heading in the right direction. I then spent the summer taking a course from Yaro Starak to learn from the best how to create what I wanted to create. I even resigned from a Board of Directors of an organization that I believe in to minimize the distractions and demands on my time. However, other distractions did come along, and when there’s money attached to them, it’s difficult to say no.

Jon Swanson, Deb Brown, Becky McCray, Paul Merrill and Glenda Watson Hyatt gathered in Jon's church office
(Photo credit: Jon Swanson.)

While at the retreat with the Random Twitter People (Paul Merrill, Deb Brown, Becky McCray, and Jon Swanson) in early May, brainstorming occurred, ideas clarified and questions asked, resulting in a launch date boldly set. (Gulp! Several anxious moments have since followed.)

This project combines two of my passions: my passion for blogging and all of the magic and power to connect people that comes with blogging, and my passion for web accessibility, which has been my “day job” over the last twelve years, when I’m not blogging. My goal is to share what I do know about web accessibility with fellow bloggers to build an accessible, inclusive blogosphere.

On June 14th, I’m launching Blog Accessibility Mastermind – a six-lesson course introducing bloggers to the field of web accessibility and giving them ways to increase their blog’s accessibility, within the confines of their blog theme and blogging platform. This introductory level course at an one-time introductory price will be limited to 15 people. 

To be among the first in line when doors open on June 14th, be sure to download the free ebook “How POUR is Your Blog”. If you recently received a Blog Accessibility Mastermind News Byte entitled “Do Your Flashing Ads Cause Seizures”, then you are already in line. No further action is required.

More details coming shortly, but those with the ebook will have first dibs on the 15 seats. Go grab your copy now!

Meanwhile, I have a course to finish writing and a website to finish building…

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Comment by MissDazey

June 1, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

So very exciting and perfect for you. I admire you for doing this. I will be watching to see who the first companies and/or bloggers will be to take the class.

Comment by bencurnett

June 1, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

Rock on, Glenda. Looking forward to learning about accessibility (I wish that were easier to spell). Congratulations!

Comment by Sheila Scarborough

June 1, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

You have taught me SO much about accessibility, Glenda, and I am very grateful for your patience and insights.

Every time I get busy and forget to leave time to caption my YouTube videos, I ask WWGD? 🙂

Comment by Glenda

June 1, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

MissDazey, thank you for your continued cheering! I appreciate you.

Thanks Ben. And, yes, I agree “accessibility” is one of the least accessible words. On Twitter #a11y and #aXs are replacing accessibility and access. Now if real life would adopt Twitter hashtags!

Sheila, I love WWGD (=what would Glenda do )! Thank you.

Comment by Yireh

June 2, 2010 @ 8:10 am

Hello Glenda!

I just downloaded your e-book and was wondering how do I register for the class?

Thanks for everything! A co-worker directed me to your blog so Im going through it and find it insightful!

All the best!

Comment by Ricky Buchanan

June 2, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

Good on you!!

Note 1: The link with the text “the free ebook “How POUR is Your Blog” is invalid, I think it’s missing the “http://” bit.

Note 2: As a friend pointed out to me on Twitter, there’s now nothing anywhere on or here that says what POUR means or stands for or anything! He asked me and I couldn’t remember!

Sounds like a great project, I’ve signed up on the other site. Best of luck!


Comment by Glenda

June 2, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

Hi Yireh, Thanks for downloading my ebook and for your interest in Blog Accessibility Mastermind. The “doors” will open on June 14th to begin registering. Classes begin June 21st. Because you have downloaded the ebook, you’ll be among the first in line when the doors open. You’ll receive further details via email from Blog Accessibility Mastermind over the next two weeks. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Comment by Glenda

June 2, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

Ricky, thanks! Invalid link fixed. As for what POUR stands for, your friend needs to download the ebook. 😉

Comment by Paul Merrill

June 4, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

Best of luck, Glenda!

This is such a great venture to improve many sites – and many lives!

Comment by Kati

June 17, 2010 @ 12:39 am

Have you seen this film on you tube about world wide access for different disabilities?


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