I feel like things have gotten a little off track with Redefining Disability this year. That’s mostly because I’ve been struggling to get my everyday needs met and haven’t had much time to create new media related content or manage the admin side of the project. I am trying to do better. There are things I need help with in order to continue. There is a post explaining what I need here.
Some of you have suggested things like Twitter chats, public facebook groups or linkups. It’s not practical for me to run the project with linkups, because my intent was to make this something that doesn’t have defined “dates” and deadlines associated with it. Also, I’m just not going to remember to post weekly or monthly linkup threads. We can discuss options in the comments if people prefer more structure. (If you haven’t guessed, I dislike structure.)
I’m not able to do any of the other things until I feel like the project is running smoothly. In order for that to happen I think there needs to be an official admin team. If you like to be a part of that, please comment below (even if you’ve already commented before) and leave me your Facebook username. I’m going to try managing admin stuff through a private FB group since that seems to be the best way for everyone to communicate together without it being done on my blog. Strings of emails going back and forth are inefficient.
The short version, of what I need:
- 2 or 3 bloggers who will volunteer to read and comment on Challenge posts each week and make sure those posts are getting archived correctly.
- 1 or 2 bloggers currently active on Twitter who will volunteer to tweet links and promote them with various blogsharing hashtags. I would like to make one of these guys the official “go to” person for Redefining Disability on Twitter, because the site doesn’t work on my computer.
- 1 or 2 bloggers to do a some guest posting on my blog responding to disability related questions or articles like this one. As an example of what I mean, I have a plan for a series in response to this explaining that A) the person using the wheelchair was rude but B) the stall is the only one she can use while everyone else has another option and C) why a baby’s diaper does not trump an adult woman’s need to use a toilet. It’s taking me forever because I simply lack the time.
I also want to talk about what the goals of this project are, because I’m not sure that’s been clear.
My goal with The Redefining Disability Project is to promote and provide tools for better media representation of people with disabilities.
The role of the Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge within the project is to act as a framework for people to share their own experiences related to disability, so that subsequent posts about representation aren’t just based on my opinion. I started by just asking people to comment on media related posts. That didn’t work so well. I came up with the questions as a way to provide more specific prompts for people to use, but I don’t want the entire project to be a collection of personal anecdotes.
So, if we’re promoting Redefining Disability, I would like to promote it as a project about media representation. The Challenge seems to be the thing that most bloggers care about, and that’s fine as long as we promote it as part of a larger project, not a thing by itself.
Please use the comment section to volunteer or offer your thoughts on structuring the project.