Hello friends; This time I am bringing you a completely different kind of post. This post is part of what is called a blog hop. The best way I can explain it is that it is like a chain letter for bloggers. Each person in the chain writes a post on a given subject or that answers a predetermined set of questions. Then you reference the person who invited you, and you finish by including biographies of and links to three people you have invited to do the same next week. This particular blog hop has to do with the writing process.

If you know me at all, then you know I am all about taking advantage of opportunities even if they aren’t the kind you were expecting. When you remember that my primary reason for starting this blog was the promotion of my website and the equipment for sale on it, I find it surprising that I was asked to talk about the writing process. I enjoy writing, and its something I have always ben pretty good at; but I wouldn’t have thought of myself in the same category as those who write poems, short stories, and novels. But, Johnny was gracious enough to invite me, so I believe he must see something in my posts that he believes should be shared. And I would never miss the chance to introduce myself to a wider audience.

meet Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo

First, let me introduce you to the gentleman who invited me to take part in this blog hop thing. His name is Johnny Bravo and he is in the business of helping professionals sell their brands and take their careers to the next level. Businesses and professionals in every industry come to him for best practices in sales, networking and professional brand development. You can find him at www.salesproblog.com or follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn and Google+

What am I working on?

I am a blind blogger whose main subject is the amusement industry. I write to help sell amusement park and carnival rides, games, inflatables, generators, concession machines, etc. In the process I educate people on the industry in general and specific pieces of new or used equipment. I also work to inform buyers and sellers so that the transfer of items will be smoother in the future. But recently, I have ben working on posts sharing my experience as a blind man with using visual tools such as Pinterest, Youtube, and Google hangouts. I have discovered that these posts can inspire others to take chances and grow in their own abilities. I have ben surprised by how many sighted people have told me how much they learned after reading about my experiences. Thanks to such encouragement I am considering a book at some point. I have ben thinking that I should at least share the last few years with the world. They say everyone loves a good overcoming all odds story and in the last few years I have com such a long way.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well first, I’m not sure I’m even in a single genre. My writing is split between the strictly technical writing for promoting the amusement equipment I have for sale and the personal posts that seem to inspire and motivate others. When writing about the amusement industry, I do my best to provide plenty of background information on the items I am writing about. I share my personal experiences as well as my opinions. I include lots of photos and videos wherever possible. When writing the more personal posts that seem to get the stronger reactions from readers, I try to be as open and honest as possible. I tell about what happened as well as how I was feeling during the process. Even when things haven’t gone as smoothly as I had hoped, I stay positive. I think that is the key, people love my attitude. One reader went so far as to call me Mr. perseverance. I have started to think that I really should start a second blog so that my two voices can have their own space and not confuse my audience. But the idea of all that extra work just doesn’t appeal to me.

Why do I write what I do?

I’ll b honest and admit that when I first started writing my blog I did it because people said I needed to. I had no clue as to what a blog was, how I was supposed to use it, or what kinds of things I should write about. I’m still finding my way. I surprised myself by how much I enjoy the process of writing a new blog post. I don’t care for the tedious parts of formatting adding links embedding photos and videos; but I fell in love again with writing. And it gives me a place to promote the site and the items that my clients have entrusted to me. And I’m really starting to accept my roll as someone who can motivate and inspire others. This post in particular has turned out to be an opportunity to introduce the blogging community to some other blind and visually impaired bloggers that most of you aren’t familiar with.

How does your writing process work?

As I said I am blind, so any mention of method has to start with technology. I use a Macbook Pro laptop which runs Apple’s built in screen reader called Voiceover. I also use a program called Mars Edit to actually write my posts. Well, first I write them in a text editor. Then, I copy the text into Mars Edit where I add formatting, links to other sites, and embed photos and or videos. I then upload the posts to word Press. This keeps me from having to deal with any more of the WP dashboard than I have to. My subjects are usually chosen for me. I take a utilitarian approach to choosing subject titles. As for the writing of my posts I follow the get it all down approach that so many others use. I Just start typing without any consideration for punctuation, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. After I feel like I have covered my topic, then I go back and do all the editing. I do miss a few things for not being able to see the text document the way a sighted person would, but I do have several good friends who will jump in and point these out to me when necessary. And since I have to listen to my posts, I feel like I do a better job of writing pieces that flow more smoothly. I also think listening instead of seeing helps me cut down on redundant or repetitive words and phrases. I will admit that I should work on writing shorter more simple sentences, but after all these years of writing this way; I am finding it hard to change my style.

Meet some new bloggers

Now, here is where I introduce you to the bloggers who will take up this challenge next week. I was supposed to have three participants, but one of them backed out sighting confusion and uncertainty about how to do it. The two I will be sharing with you are unusual for this blog hop because I went out of my way to find other blind bloggers to showcase. There are many more talented blind and visually impaired bloggers and podcasters out there, and I will continue to help draw attention to them even after this opportunity has passed.

Kerry Kijewski

Kerry kijewski

Was the first other blogger to respond to my attempts to reach out to other blind bloggers. We have become friends and are working to help each other promote our sits.

I was born blind, but don’t let that stop me from doing what I love to do. I love to write. It’s how I express myself and attempt to understand the world around me.
I have a Certificate in Creative Writing. I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and am working on my first book. I also write short stories, memoir, and have a blog.
On Facebook at: HTTPS://www.facebook.com/herheadacheblog
On Twitter at: @KKHerheadache
On Linked In and Google Plus.
My motto has always been to share my writing with others.

Leanne Hunt

Leanne hunt

is passionate about personal growth and the possibility of overcoming limitation. The gradual loss of her sight through early-onset macular degeneration presents her with many challenges, but it also gives her a unique outlook on life. Her first book, Jozi Gold, features a woman whose 20-year marriage falls apart, forcing her to choose between collapsing into despair or claiming her life as her own. It’s a thought-provoking story that has been called “riveting reading”. Jozi Gold is available from Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/leannehunt and her inspiring blog, Diamond Panes, can be found at http://diamondpanes.blogspot.com
Leanne Hunt lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and two daughters.

Sharing is caring

I have enjoyed being part of this project. I want to thank Johnny for inviting me and Kerry and Leanne for taking part with me. The best way I know to do that is to ask you to share this post with your friends and family and visit their sites directly. While you are there, please rad at least one of their posts and lave a comment or share it on social media. Many of us bloggers manage to keep going because of the positive reenforcement we receive from friends and family. If you have time, I would also love to hear what you have to say about this post, the blog, or my site in general. Just drop me a line in the comments section. Its easy, you won’t have to sign up for anything, and you get back links to your own work that will help you get found by the search engines.

Well, I’ve never don anything like this before, but I hp to again soon. If you would like to interview me or ask me to write a guest post, then just email me through the contact form. I love hearing from my readers and look forward to finding out what you think about this whole blog hop thing. Thanks again and take care out there, Max