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Inspired by Glenda Watson Hyatt at SOBCon09

Glenda Watson Hyatt presenting web accessibility at SOBCon09I just published “Glenda Watson Hyatt: Is Your Blog Disabled?” on the Blog Herald. I summarized the outstanding presentation the famous Left Thumb Blogger, of the Do It Myself Blog, gave at Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) this past weekend.

Glenda is a major fan and proponent of WordPress, and I was delighted and honored to be a part of her powerful presentation on web accessibility, for which WordPress wins high praises (and a few whines).

Book by Glenda Watson Hyatt - I'll do it myselfHer How POUR is Your Blog presentation is available on ebook for free and I highly recommend you download it, and sign up for her newsletter while you are at it. You want your blog to be as open, accessible, and usable as possible, and she has the tips and information you need to know, simple and easy, whether you are using WordPress or not.

Oh, and get her book, I’ll Do It Myself. It’s a highly personal look at the struggles of a brilliant young woman fighting through her physical limitations to connect and interact with the world around her – and often against her.

Here is a short excerpt of her presentation at the conference, and it’s worth the wait for the laugh at the end. She had us falling out of our chairs at times on what would normally be a dry subject.

I highlighted Glenda not long ago in the video and presentation, How WordPress Changes Lives, where she shows how she blogs with only her left thumb with WordPress. The excellent level of accessibility features of the WordPress blogging platform and easy integration with Windows Live Writer helps her connect with the world around her, crossing borders seamlessly.

Work is underway to have Glenda speak at some upcoming WordCamps around the world, as well as other conferences and workshops. If you are looking for a lively, entertaining, and motivational speaker who will change you and your business’ outlook on the abled and disabled, , the Left Thumb Blogger, will accept the challenge. We have so much to learn from Glenda, a top social media and blogging expert and consultant, and a proud living example of why accessibility on our blogs is important. For everyone.

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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.


  1. jeffcirceo
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    wow… the left thumb blogger now that’s impressive.

    …I’m sure my blog would fit into her examples at the end of the video lol

  2. Posted June 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Glad to read about Glenda again. Trying to get her on a speaking jaunt here. Don’t know how she feels — adults sometimes feel differently on the issue than us “parents,” but the generally accepted term du jour when referring to people is disAbilities. (I cap the ‘A.’) Not trying to be critical here. All coverage, in the end, is good coverage when it comes to my community.

  3. Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Nice recommendation Lorelle..

  4. Posted January 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Nice presentation and it’s a good idea to shared other people who are promoting themselves.

  5. Posted April 3, 2010 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Senang bisa membaca posting anda. visit me juga ya! 09:08

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