Six months ago today, I launched Rock For Disability and what an adventure it has become. I’ve got to present how my life is with disabilities, share my passion of music, create social changes plus connect with other like-minded bloggers.
I’ve been persuaded to blog for several years but at the time felt I couldn’t put in the effort or have the motivation while concentrating on my studies and other personal commitments. However, now I’ve finished my degree and settled in my new home, I thought it was the right time to start blogging and I haven’t looked back since.
I admit the progression hasn’t been as easy as I hoped but then I believe blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. I’d rather take my time, work at my own pace and wait for the traffic to flow.
At the moment I blog for pleasure and not for the money. Yes I’m sure many of you fellow bloggers are thinking I’m crazy and that I could make a fortune on blogging. But for me it’s about my passion for writing, telling stories and communicating with the wider population. My ambition is still to become a full time journalist and work in an active newsroom. But if that dream is delayed, then I may consider the monetising route (although I admit I’m a rookie when it comes to the business side of blogging).
Talking of earning money and becoming a journalist, I have some updates. Back in March, I shared my plans for applying to media internships. Well, unfortunately I wasn’t given a placement on the Change 100 scheme. I applied for two positions; one as marketing intern & one as a campaign intern and both were unsuccessful. The people running the scheme say there weren’t any more roles within my location or field of work. I was rather disappointed with this news and felt like I wasted 3 months of my life waiting for this opportunity and putting my summer plans on hold for it. However there is a possibility for some unpaid work which they may get in touch with me about soon.
For the BBC Journalism Trainee scheme, my application was successful and the next stage was submitting a 60 second video and critiquing a Ten O’Clock news bulletin. I am now waiting to see if I’ll be invited to an assessment at the beginning of July.
I’ve also applied for a Production Training Scheme at Channnel 4, where part of my application was to present a two minute video on why is diversity important to me. I’m waiting to find out if my application is successful and be invited for an assessment at the end of June.
I’m continuing to wait for a response from The Guardian’s summer placement I applied for over 8 weeks ago.
In the meantime, I’ve applied for voluntary work at the charities RNIB & Pompey in the Community.
In addition to blogging and applying for jobs, I continue voluntary work as a Content Adviser for the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK and a contributing writer at Disability Horizons. In fact, as a thank you for all my work, Disability Horizons have added me to their team list on their About page which I’m very honoured to be a part of.
So at present, I’m still not earning money but still have a jam-packed schedule going on and I love it!
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