It’s now time to do my August Favourites post and video, to bring myself up to date, before I get into an eventful September. August was again busy on the social media front, and there was important stuff going on at home too. But I also had time to go out and do a nice variety of things as well. So it was another productive and enjoyable month, and I hope you enjoy reading about it.
This is a new type of post for me – an interview exchange with another blogger! Amanda Gene came to me with the idea, having interviewed some other bloggers already, and I was of course very flattered and happy to take part!
Amanda has already published her interview with me, so do go and check that out:
I’d love to do more posts like this too. I think it’s a really nice way to learn about other people, for the same reason that tag posts are so enjoyable. Plus it’s very important to support and promote each other in the blogging community, especially as disabled bloggers get overlooked somewhat (which is why I’ve created lists of bloggers who post about sight loss, disability, London & entertainment). So if anybody wants to do an exchange of Q&As like this, feel free to get in touch, either via Facebook or Twitter messages, or emailing email@example.com
Anyway, here is the interview I did with Amanda. I hope you enjoy it. Do give her a follow if you can, all of her social links are at the end of the post. Thank you so much to Amanda for featuring me on her blog and for answering my questions here as well! She gives great advice on blogging and interacting with disabled people, and it’s really interesting to get an insight into her disability and the things she enjoys.
Time for another monthly favourites post and video, looking back at July. Things were very busy and successful on the blog and social media this month, I enjoyed some fun social events, museum visits and other entertainment, and I even got a bit sporty for once, all while enjoying the sweltering heatwave. So it was a pretty good month, and I hope you enjoy my review of it.
And if you do enjoy reading about the things I get up to, I would love it if you would consider sponsoring my charity abseil in September. That would mean a lot to me. A massive thank you to my amazing sponsors so far! I’ll keep updating that shoutouts page as donations come in, including links for fellow bloggers, so do chip in if you want a mention. You’ll also get mentions in my videos as well, as a couple of people have done in this case. Quite a few people have donated since I filmed the video last week!
Over the past couple of months I’ve seen a couple of theatre shows which are in complete contrast to each other – one a dramatic play (A Monster Calls), the other an interactive comedy (Knightmare Live). Yet both feature monsters and scary situations in their own way. So as I’ve only had the chance to write about them now, I thought I’d put them together in one post, because they’re so different.
So I hope you like reading about them. They’ve both finished their runs at their respective venues, but they may well appear elsewhere. So I recommend keeping an eye out for them, as I did enjoy them both. And if this post does entertain you, please consider sponsoring my upcoming charity abseil – that will be a bit scary for me, but I’m very excited about it too!
PLEASE NOTE: The original date was cancelled due to bad weather. The abseil will now take place on Sunday 21st October.
I have something hugely exciting and important to announce in today’s post and video – I’m doing a charity abseil!!! It would mean the world if you could sponsor me for it, and I’ll gladly give you a shoutout in return! 🙂
On Sunday 21st October, I will be abseiling 80 metres (262 feet) down the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The abseil is run by a company called Wire & Sky. I’ve never done an abseil before, so this is a massive one for a beginner, dangling off the UK’s tallest sculpture! The 20 mile views across London will be incredible though, so it’ll be worth fighting any nerves for!
I’m taking on the challenge in partnership with the Nystagmus Network and Moorfields Eye Charity, to raise money for pioneering nystagmus research at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology (more details on all of those later in this post).
You can sponsor me via my JustGiving page wherever you are in the world.
In the UK you can also text WENA80 followed by a space and your amount to 70070. The amount can be either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 – e.g. WENA80 £5. The code stands for “Well Eye Never Abseil” if you’re wondering, and 80 represents the 80 metres. Clever, no?
Text donations are free for Vodafone customers, while other networks may charge, so check their standard rates first if need be. Your entire donation amount will go to the charity.
Also in the UK, via the website or text, you will be asked if you want to claim Gift Aid on your donation. If you’re a UK taxpayer, please say yes! The government will then add 25% on to your donation at no extra cost to you. So a £10 donation will be increased to £12.50. It really makes a big difference!
Whatever you can give, big or small, will receive my immense gratitude and a shoutout, because it all adds up! Or if you can’t donate, that’s absolutely fine – all I ask is that you at least share this post or my video or my JustGiving page as widely as you can, to help me raise awareness. Thank you so much! 🙂
Read on for more details about why I’m doing this.
I enjoy doing Q&A tag posts, whether they’re disability related or on other topics, as they’re a nice way to connect with other bloggers so we can get to know each other better, and it’s also lovely to be invited to participate in them.
And this time around, appropriately for summer, I’ve been very kindly nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is given by bloggers to other bloggers, to recognise and celebrate the creativity, positivity and inspiration in their work.
So to be nominated just once by anybody is a great honour. But over the last few weeks I’ve been nominated THREE times, which is extremely flattering! So thank you very much indeed to Holly (Life of a Blind Girl), Luke Sam Sowden & Carol (The Invisible Vision Project), it’s very generous of you all to nominate me! They’ve all asked completely different questions too, which is wonderful. So I hope you enjoy reading my answers to them all.
I’ve had another scam email recently that I wanted to quickly share with you, because it’s another one that’s fairly common, similar to ones for Paypal. But this time it’s from someone pretending to be iTunes, which is of course used by millions of people, myself included.
It’s a very short email, and the main red flags are very easy to spot. However, it does have a sneaky trick up its sleeve to be careful of, that I’ve not seen in my other spam emails so far.
Update: Since writing this post, I’ve had a 2nd email, which is identical except for a few minor differences, which I’ve noted that below as well.