Q1. Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging?
Hey everyone, my name is Ross and I’m a cheeky chappy from Cornwall! I have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which causes muscle weakness, and requires me to use an electric wheelchair 24/7.
I started my blog as a way of documenting my journey through adulthood, sharing comical lifestyle stories whilst reviewing disability access on the way. Working in the media is something that I have always been passionate about. Blogging in general is something I am fairly new to, but I am loving the experience so far. I am quite the perfectionist, so I spent a lot of time working hard behind the scenes, before launching my site just over a year ago.
Q2. How did you come up with your blog name?
My blog name does exactly what it says on the tin. “A Life on Wheels” showcases the good, the bad and ugly side to living life with a disability. As cliché as it sounds, I want people to see that there’s more to me than just a set of wheels.
I have a sense of humour and an ambition to achieve. Often described as a social butterfly, I am committed to breaking stereotypes. One of my favourite quotes in life is: “If you can’t stand up, stand out!”
Q3. What type of content do you generally post on your blog?
I try to keep my content as upbeat and positive as possible. You can always expect my posts to come with a slice of humour… A lot of my content comes to me naturally, sometimes it’s like one of those light bulb moments when you’re out and about!
I love writing reviews and sharing my thoughts on disability access/inclusion. In the past I have done this for several restaurants, weekend breaks and theatre shows. As mentioned above, I have always had a passion to work within the media – either in front of the camera or behind the scenes.
I have used my blog to document my TV experiences, including my interviews for Goggle-box and Channel 4’s The Circle. Most recently, I was a contestant on a game show called Letterbox, where I posted a 2-part blog series, going behind the scenes at the BBC.
Q4. What are your main struggles as a blogger?
I wouldn’t necessary describe it as a “struggle”, but maybe the only thing holding me back slightly is my time to commit.
Blogging is a part time hobby for me. Writing is a passion of mine and being creative online is something I thoroughly enjoy. However, just like everyone else, sometimes life gets in the way.
Outside of blogging, I work as an admin assistant in a nursing home. I also have a pretty hectic social life and a 1 year old puppy who definitely keeps me on my toes – or should I say ‘wheels’!
Q5. What are your favourite tools for blogging?
I would be lost without my iPhone notes/screenshots! You never know when an idea may pop into your head, so if you’re a bit forgetful like me, take advantage of the “notes” section on your phone. I have a small list of upcoming posts written down, so if I’m ever feeling uninspired or struggling for content, I can refer back to this.
My MacBook is also a key tool in helping me become a successful blogger. Without sounding like a bit of a hippy nut-job, I’m all for positive vibes and energy. Before I started blogging, I was becoming so frustrated with my cranky old laptop, that I decided to invest in something that would enhance my passion. Ever since, I now enjoy the experience 10x more, and often drive to places, park up somewhere with a view and just type away…
Q6. What is your favourite social media site for interacting with your readers?
Twitter has played an influential part in my blogging journey so far. Not only has it helped increase my following, but it has enabled me to meet new people that I can now genuinely call my friends.
I recently became part of a group called the “MD Bloggers Crew”. This is a team of disabled bloggers who aim to raise awareness of their varying conditions, whilst fighting for equality and inclusion. All 5 bloggers are based in and around the UK and since joining forces, have already played key roles in supporting various online campaigns. If anyone is interested in finding out more, please follow us on twitter: @MDBloggersCrew
In terms of views etc. Facebook has always played a key role in diverting traffic to my site. As shocking as it sounds, I have only recently become one of those annoying Instagrammers, but so far I’m loving it!
Q7. What is your favourite post that you have written? And why?
One of my favourite blogs to post was my “1 Second Everyday” video. This is an app that you can download and capture short clips everyday, for a year. At the end of the year, you can watch your past 365 days back – it’s like having a TV “best bits!”
I also filmed the first year of my puppy’s life. Watching him grow in real life seemed to go so fast, but seeing it back on film is even crazier.
You can watch both my 1 Second Everyday videos by clicking the link below, and scrolling to the bottom of my giveaway: https://www.alifeonwheels.co.uk/single-post/2018/10/15/GIVEAWAY—1SE
Q8. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogger?
Take the plunge and go for it! I spent so long worrying about what people would say and being self conscious about sharing certain parts of my life. In terms of my confidence, blogging has helped me a lot. I am proud of myself for what I have achieved in this past year, and for creating something that I love.
Most importantly, find your niche, be yourself and enjoy it. Although I would love my blog to become a full-time job one day, I refuse to put too much pressure on myself at this stage.
Just have fun guys, and I hope to meet more of you along the way!
Thank you so much, Ross, for participating in my ‘Meet the Blogger’ series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you’re new here, be sure to check out his social media and blog with a little comment saying you found them via BryoniBurnsBlog.com.