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Off Experimenting…

Hi Everyone…

I’m going to try and get some new content out this week…but I’m also working on a new theme for the site that I’m going to try and go live with this week, so bear with me if I don’t update as much as I usually do in a week.

Hopefully the new theme will take care of the little issues that are making this site such an annoyance for people.

Thanks for your patience and your continued support…you guys are awesome!

Sarah

 

 

 

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Girl With The Cane Blogoversery!

girl with the cane blogoversary

I can assure you that I didn’t plan it that way (I’m simply not that organized), but this is the blog’s second major milestone within a week: The First Girl With The Cane Blogoversary!

What?? Girl With the Cane Blogoversary??

Yes, it was one year ago today that I launched this blog. To get this Girl With The Cane Blogoversary started, let’s go over some of the things that have happened since. Since June 12, 2011, Girl With The Cane:

  • Become the promotional cornerstone of my company, Running Steps
  • Was nominated for Ninjamatics Weblogs Awards for Best Feminist Blog, Best Weblog about Health and Wellness, and Best Life Weblog
  • Won 3rd Place in the Canadian Blog Awards in Best Personal Blog Category
  • Has at least 10 influential websites linking to it
  • Has developed a network including high-profile disability agencies, authors, bloggers, activists and advocates in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
  • Has become closely involved with the Accessible Clean Taxi Coalition and the individuals and organizations involved with them through blog coverage of New York City’s fight for increased numbers of accessible taxis
  • Has became involved with the Spartacus movement in the UK, protesting devastating cuts to disability supports.
  • Has had, just in the last two days, visitors from Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, India, Ireland, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, and Peru

Not bad for the first year.  I think I can justify having some Girl With The Cane Blogoversary celebratory ice cream today :)

I’d share it with a lot of people if they lived just a little bit closer, because there’s are some people that I need to thank for actually getting me to this Girl With The Cane Blogoversary:

First…the Facebook friends who like pages and posts and leave notes and go vote and keep me honest  and just generally support me any way that I need them to. I couldn’t have gotten this far without you.

Second…my blogging buddy in crime, who has stood back on this one, but who has always been there with advice and encouragement.

Third…all the other disability bloggers and online advocates/activists who haven the taken the time to read, retweet, and repost my content, link to my website, and let me do guest writing for them. Thank you in particular to:

If all of the people on the above list would please contact me at admin@runningsteps.ca, I have something for you by way of thanking you personally.
My apologies if I’ve missed anyone…I greatly appreciate all the support that everyone’s given to help given the blog some traction this year, and getting it to it’s first Girl With The Cane Blogoversary.
Of course, thank you to all of you who take time out of your day to come here and read…and comment…and email me with your stories.  “Girl With The Cane” has become a real labour of love for me, and I’m thrilled that people get something out of what I post here. I learn a lot from what you have to say too, and I’m really happy that we’re starting to have some good dialogue in the comments on the posts. I’d really like to see that grow as the blog goes into its second year, and invite any suggestions for making this blog a place where people feel comfortable voicing their opinions and telling their stories.
I’m always on the look-out for guest bloggers, too. If you’ve got some disability-related content and would like to contribute, please contact me.
Happy Girl With The Cane Blogoversary! Any predictions for what will happen for the blog in its second year?
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200th Post! Yeehaw!

The title says it all…this is the 200th post on Girl With The Cane!

Here, according to the stats, is the content that you readers have enjoyed the most:

1. About Me And My Brain AVMhttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/brain-avm/

2. “Disturbingly Onesided” – Annette Corriveau and the Right to Killhttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/annette-corriveau/

3. Accessibility “Bests” and “Worsts”http://www.girlwiththecane.com/physical-accessibility/

4. Rick Santorum Misses Iowa Caucus by 8 Voteshttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/rick-santorum-misses-taking-iowa-caucus-by-8-votes/

5. Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in India – Guest Bloggerhttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/spinal-muscular-atrophy/

6. Me and My Canehttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/cane/

7. Torn About Rick Santorumhttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/rick-santorum/

8. “Differently Abled”http://www.girlwiththecane.com/differently_abled/

9. Checking Myself: Ricky Gervais as Derek Knowleshttp://www.girlwiththecane.com/derek-noakes/

10. Protecting Babies With Down’s Syndrome -http://www.girlwiththecane.com/downs-syndrome/

Thanks for reading! Looking forward to the next milestone…

 

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Did you Know…

…that Girl With The Cane is the blog for Running Steps?

Running Steps is a company that provides writing and disability awareness/advocacy services. Add us to your contacts for updates!

Website: http://www.runningsteps.ca

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RunningSteps

Email: admin@runningsteps.ca

Twitter: @runningsteps

Our head writer, Sarah Levis, is currently one of the bloggers for Accessible Clean Taxis (ACT) http://accessibletaxi.com/the-coalition/act-blog.html, and the voice of “Girl With The Cane”. She has also officially joined the Spartacus team in the UK to see what help she can offer to their cause. See the Running Steps website for a full résumé of her writing credentials.

Sarah is also available for writing and consulting work as Ontario moves toward its goal of full accessibility for people with disabilities. Keep watching “Girl With The Cane” and the “Running Steps” site for details, or contact Sarah for more information.

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Subscriptions

I think I’ve finally found a blog subscription tool that’s going to work properly!

However, for those of you who were subscribers until the other tool, you may no longer receive the blog by email. I’d hate to lose you as subscribers, so please subscribe again using the new tool.

Hopefully blog subscriptions will no longer be an issue…please let me know if you have any difficulties.

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YouTube Channel

The Girl With the Cane blog and the company with which it affiliated, Running Steps, now has a YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/runningsteps .

I’m currently working on doing videos for all the posts on the blog and uploading them to the channel. Posts that have a video will have a link to their video. I’m doing this to help make the blog more accessible to people with a variety of disabilities.

There are 175 posts on the blog as I write this, so completing this project will take a while! But I believe that it’s worth doing.

I’ve also subscribed to some channels on my own channel by individuals and agencies involved with disability work, so that their videos will appear in my channel’s video feed. Some of them are very interesting. Let me know if there are channels to which you think I subscribe.

Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who is famous for her work with animals, subscribed to my channel when I subscribed to hers, which is very exciting!

Don’t forget to check out the Running Steps webpage:  http://www.runningsteps.ca/

As always, thank you so much for your support!

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Celebrating! Girl With the Cane Published in “Abilities” Magazine!

Now Appearing in “Abilities” Magazine…Me!"Abilities" magazine

I’m in a happy mood today. I received the current copy of “Abilities” magazine in the mail, and the story that I wrote for it, The Online Dating Experiment, has been published!

“Abilities” is a Canadian lifestyle magazine for people with disabilities, published by the Canadian Abilities Foundation. CAF operates without core funding, using initiatives like “Abilities” magazine to “convene a forum for the exchange of information to promote an inclusive society and provide inspiration and opportunity for people with disabilities”.

“Abilities” magazine in available in selected bookstores.

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Podcasts Now Available

I’m experimenting with a plug-in called Odiogo, which produces podcasts of my posts. You can even subscribe to them on iTunes using the “Listen to Posts” button on the right side of the screen,

The plug-in is by no means perfect. I thought that I would be able to record the podcasts myself, but a male, computerized voice reads them. It’s not bad, as far as computerized voices go, but some of the nuances get lost.

I’m hoping that it will do until I can find an alternative, though. Thanks for your patience.

Sarah

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Doing a webinar with Martyn Sibley and guests today!

Today I will be part of a webinar that disability advocate Martyn Sibley has organized about employment and disabilities. I will be speaking about how volunteering can lead to paid employment.

The webinar starts at 1 pm GMT, which is 8 am EST…a little early for people in North America, I realize, but it will be worth it. Martyn has several guest speakers lined up.

Sign up for the webinar here:

https://t.co/OOxKq1UM

Hope you can make it!

 

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