The question was asked, how do I blog? I invite other readers who are blind to PLEASE share -- as many of them are so much more of an expert than me. I will preface this with saying, that my way is not the most efficient. Fellow blind bloggers may be rolling their eyes at how I do it. I look forward to reading your tips! There are requests for sharing how you put the descriptive link on pictures -- please share. I am at a place in my blindness journey where I need to slow down and take some further technology training. Many friends who are blind, tell me that I could speed up my process by utilizing speech further. I'm getting there - one step at a time. I have a date scheduled with a friend/mentor in November to continue on with my learning. It has not been something that I have grasped easily. I have learned that when my process doesn't work, I embrace the next stage.
I have a program called ZoomText on my computer as well as a touch screen computer. With a pinhole of vision, keeping track of that silly little curser is extremely challenging. So, being able to touch the screen and have a big large cursor appear at that place is helpful. It also has speech technology. With Retinitis Pigmentosa, larger print is not necessarily helpful as my visual field is SO small. I have a very small watch and scan to see the hands -- I can't see the 10 and 2 at the same time. Basically think of a coin - perhaps a quarter and that is the amount of vision that I can see except not at the same time. It is a snippet of vision that is fuzzy. I can tell colors, generally except two that are close as in black or blue. With this small peephole of vision, at times I can get an overall picture better on the small camera than in real life, does that make sense? I may simply be able to see the silhouette of it on the camera and in real life it is lost in the samll amount of vision.
My daughter and I have been known to have conversations such as -- me: how do I put a link on my blog? Mom go to the tool bar and she talks me through to where it is located or teaches me the command to type in. I sometimes may forget what I had for breakfast, but phone #'s, keyboard commands, are memorable.
I usually have Steve or someone else take a peek at my picture to make sure it is an okay picture before posting it. There is a way to describe pictures in the caption, that I hope someone will leave the instructions or a link in the comment section. I find this helpful on other blogs. I love posting pictures even though on someone else's blog, I am reading the content and the description more than the pictures. Inspite blindness, I am a very visual learner and think visually. I learned braille visually in my mind before I learned how to read by touch. I can tell you what the braille alphabet looks like even though I still struggle to read Grade 2 braille. I am a fabulous reader of 'woman' on the restroom or other necessary words. I recently had someone ask me if I knew what my office looked like. I smiled - indeed, I decorated it and have blogged about that and so much more.