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AOTW 1 – Drafts

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Happy new year…

And happy starts to new branch of the podcast…

AOTW

OR

App Of The Week

What’s this app of the week?

This weeks application is one that we originally discussed in DM6 – 2017 cool tools for MacOS and IOS

If your an iPhone user or someone who spends any time using that new iPad you may have gotten for Christmas, then you need drafts.

If you got someone an iPhone or iPad, then you should gift them Drafts.

They won’t be sorry.

Why do I need drafts?

In this podcast episode I discuss with you a few reasons you need drafts.

  • quick to start text
  • easy to access
  • text can be sent to other apps
  • and of course it supports markdown…

I didn’t mention that it connects with [apps like ]text-expander](http://smile.7eer.net/c/348359/337660/2936)

mmm, how that’s nice at times 😜

What? You can send text to other apps?

The tagline

Where text starts.

Truly gives a good representation of the drafts application.

Extensions has to be one of my favorite features of Drafts.

After I get my text into drafts:

  • Via IOS dictation
  • or the native drafts dictation

I need to get it out of the app into something else…

This is a lot easier then one may think.

Hear are a few of the actions I use on a normal bases:

Have you used this app?

If so, let us know some of your favorite actions or keyboard extensions.

If your not using Drafts, then you should pick it up now and why not put it in your dock?


day 2

This morning shift started at and early 7 o’clock in the morning.

Impressively enough though, I was actually alert for my morning material, and didn’t have a cup of coffee on my desk.

a few different people have asked me how my time has been at the new job.

My favorite response to them is to ask me next week, when I’ve actually spent some time doing when I’ll be getting paid for.

Right now, I’m getting paid to sit in a chair and learn!

Not the most fun, but it definitely is educational…


The client

You might remember from yesterday when I told you that we will be taking inbound chat and calls for an early learning center that provides care to children between six weeks–12 years old.

At first when I was asked last Monday which one I would prefer phones or chat, I said chat but I think tomorrow I’m going to change that and let them know that I would preferred to be on the phone.

One of my biggest problems for those who have followed my content over the years is that I’m not the best at spelling, and if you’re reading this blog post it’s probably because I dictated a majority of it.

Today we learned how the tone of the organization that we are presenting to our prospects definitely matters, and especially since we are in an educational setting making it look like we canspell properly is probably more appropriate…

If I am able to talk to these parents on the phone, they’ll be able to hear the excitement in my voice for this new life change they are doing their research for.

so what is it that we do?

The organization that we will be providing chat support and phone support to their prospects is a learnning center that offers services in 39 states throughout the United States.

We learned today that typically what will happen is a parent or expecting parents will reach out to us while doing research to get more information about how long it will take to get there kid into our program, what program might be right for them. We will also be helping them with locating appropriate centers close to their home or work, and contacting the centers on their behalf to ask all of the questions that these individuals need answered.

So why can’t they contacted the center themselves?

Because as you might know, when people are excited about life changes, they like to talk and tell those who they’re calling all the details that are necessary to get the answers to the questions that these people have.

Think of me like a buffer, I gather information from the prospect, enter that information into the appropriate systems, and then contact the center director to ask all the questions that the people had.

Turning a 30 minute conversation into about two minutes…

Because I’m getting to the point in finding out what they need to know.

I know I know, sounds a bit confusing, but I hope to be able to give you more information when we actually get some time observing phone calls and watching other team members take chat.

That might happen tomorrow, but probably more likely Thursday.

Tomorrow we have an outing with a client, so we can chat about numbers and how next month’s numbers can be better than this month.


So today primarily was focused on finishing paperwork, and familiarizing ourselves with the handbook and website of the organization that will be providing support for.

More updates to come later, and if you’d like some exclusive blog content related to how this job is going, enter your name and email address below and I’ll be sure to update you every Sunday.



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DM31:

Merry Christmas written in styalized text

We are back this week, and we want to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

We take some time to talk about what our kids are getting for Christmas this year, and how we the adults are excited. Me and Michael both are really excited about my kids getting powered cars to ride! Michael thinks I’ll be chasing them around now, which he’s probably right. I won’t say what their getting at Michael’s house, just in case they actually read this😏

Did you hear the news yet? Michael has gone to work… That’s right, he has a new job. We spend some time talking about some of the services that he’ll be using at the new place. Of course, Michael is doing his best to figure out how to maximize his efficiency with the new tools, going as far as to get his own trials to work on at home. Hey, if any of you are familiar with Outlook on the web, give Michael a shout!

You can get more details about how Michael’s experience with the new job are going by signing up for his weekly email round up below. I am sure we’ll be talking more about his experiences on future shows as well.

As always, you can interact with us on Twitter @Damashe and @Payown.

Happy holidays and catch us next year🎆

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KinderCare Education


this is the first entry, December 11, 2017, of my adventures with working at the first call resolution contact center.

First of all, I need to take a moment and thank First Call Resolution and the client i’ll be taking calls and chatting for. They offered me an opportunity to prove my skills and are using mainly all web-based applications which makes my job even easier.

My shift started this morning at 9 AM, and I was greeted by a lot of friendly people voices. Titan was welcomed with Awww’s and I was greeted by name.

Teresa at the front desk allready knows me, so that was comforting.

We started out in a classroom with I don’t know how many people, and this kind of was concerning to me.

However, it turns out that first call resolution handles customer service for several different clients, and that Group of individuals that we were put in with was everyone who had to go through orientation and become familiar with the building.

Side note, tighten did amazing following the group. I’ll confess, that was kind of a fear of mine, that he would try to run people over. He likes to be the leader of the pack.

He did fine though.

My training class ended up only being five, including myself which was very nice because I felt like I’ll be able to achieve the personal support that I need in order to reach my growth goals.

In the past this is not been my experience, from what I remember my class while taking calls for Sprint was over 10, and my class for taking Bank of America calls was the same. So I’m glad that my fears of a large training class were for not.

A small class also allows us all to build personal relationships.

It sounds like we are all going to the same team, which with the two aforementioned clients I mention was not the case either.

From what we have been told, the team is as relaxed and fun going as we all seem to be.

Did you know that observing conversations around me and paying attention to tools has relieved a lot of the stress that I might have faced in the future?

Let me give you an example of this, one of the team leads today mentioned that there was a slack channel that they were communicating on.

Most people might not even know what slack is, however when she mentioned slack I realize that,

yeah they’re probably will be some accessibility hurdles but I’ll be able to make it through them because it’s tools like slack that organizations are using now that I’ve trained myself on that prepare me to be able to be successful at this employment.

The client I will be taking calls and receiving chats for his KinderCare Education, a Learnning Center providing services to familys with children between the ages of six weeks, and 12 years old Typically

I don’t know what the cause or the chat will be like, because I haven’t quite experienced them yet.

It’s made to believe that a lot of the inquiries are about getting information about setting an appointment up with a local center for a family.

I hope to provide more details tomorrow.

This will be a fun adventure, and if you’re interested in subscribing To receive reminders every Sunday about my weekly check in, then subscribe using the form below.

(Note, Sunday can change these first blog posts will come out on Sundays, but I don’t know as of the time of writing day one journal what my production schedule will be. I’ll let you all know as soon as I do!

 

 

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DM 30:

Globe showing Australia
Globe showing Australia

We’re coming to you from Down under this week🇦🇺

OK… so we didn’t actually leave the country, but our two main topics are about things going on in Australia.

First we share our thoughts about the announcement of Facebook’s efforts to put a stop to revenge porn. They’re running a trial of the idea in Australia, though perhaps they should have tried it internally first.
Michael and I both think their position on Revenge Porn is correct, but their plans for prevention are a little 🙅

Michael also tells me about a new idea from the Australia Post, to use autonomous vehicles to deliver packages this holiday season🎁 It sounds interesting, and also informs us on how far along autonomous vehicles have come. The Australia Post is apparently only deploying these vehicles in a small area. Interesting things happening in Australia, and they get iPhones a day earlier… Alright, road trip! 🚌
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🛥

 

Until next time, chat with us on Twitter, @damashe and @Payown.

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DM29: A Wild Hare

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YOP Network Logo

Damashe and Michael are back this week to talk all about Michael’s recent changes to some of his course offerings. Michael recently made his WordPress from a blind users perspective course a free for feedback offering. Michael explains:

It was just a wild hare that I decided to run with. I needed to make my course better, and the best way to do that is to get feedback from users.

We get pretty deep in to the reasons for Michael to make this change, and also how joining Michael’s email list can yield some interesting announcements.

Also on the agenda is an interesting conversation about the value of products, and how best to give that value. Damashe makes some suggestions on how Michael can continue to build the PayOwn Club to best fit the needs of its members. Michael also admits that

Facebook is probably the best for that

😱

We also mention that damashe.org is being redesigned, and you should definitely go sign up for Damashe’s email list, and get your Mobile Productivity toolkit.

Feedback welcome

We mentioned two weeks ago that we are shifting the show format a bit.

As always, we would love for you to get in touch on Twitter, @damashe and @payown.

Links to stuff mentioned are below, and we’ll talk at you in two weeks😊

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DM28: Git does not equal GitHub

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Terminal Screenshot

Hey… those two guys are back with a new episode!
So what have wee been up to lately? Damashe is going to share his experience and experiment on his journey to graduate from WordPress implementation specialist to true developer.
This is a really fun episode, because we get back to just having good conversations about the technologies we’re using. We start this show talking about Damashe’s domain habit and why it’s Michael’s fault😉

But that’s just the teaser, because Damashe is going to tell Michael all about his experience with Bedrock, trellis, ansible, and WordPress local development.
There’s a brief explanation of Git somewhere, and Damashe disappoints Michael, because he still doesn’t know if Virtualbox is accessible🤔

Here’s an update

We have changed up the format of the show a bit, and we’d like to hear what you think about it.
Here’s what’s changed starting with EP28:

  • The show is a little longer
  • The shows will probably cover a couple topics
  • We’re trying out a fortnightly release schedule

We would both love to know what you think about the next few episodes, good or bad, so why not tweet at us, @Damashe and @payown.

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Software as a service apps i’ve tested with assistive technology

The purpose of todays article is to share with you Software as a service apps i’ve tested with assistive technology.

It took me a long while to realize that these 2 software as a service applications were tools blind small business owners could use in order to build their own digital product.

In most cases, when you are consuming content from yours truly, I mention WordPress as a platform that people need to use, however today’s article is specifically software as a service packages hosted in the cloud.

Though wordpress can be hosted in the cloud, for transparency reasons because i don’t have any experience with the cloud hosted wordpress services, Listen to WordPress.com vs Self Hosted.

Back on episode 13 Damashe and I discussed with you the important foundation for all small business owners.

In that episode, we mentioned a couple of tools, that I still think are amazing.

Only one of those tools however we mentioned in today’s article, so I do recommend you listen to the episode where we share what we feel are the foundation for all small-business owners

Side Note Before We Get Into It:

Would you like me to send you an email with links to both of these services and the podcast content?

If so, enter your name and email below, hit submit, and continue reading this article.

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Best email marketing software for assistive technology users

I’ve tested a few different email marketing services, AWeber, Convertkit, Pure Leverage, mail chimp, and a few additional ones I can’t remember off the top my head.

Long time listeners of the podcast and readers of the blog know what tool I’m going to recommend for assistive technology users looking for the best email marketing service.

That being said however, , some of you might not realize why I recommend my favorite email marketing tool, and that there are some specific problems that I’d love to be improved with future releases of this software as a service package.

If you’re seriously interested in building and email relationship with your subscribers, convertKit is going to be the most accessible and easy to use email marketing service.

What’s good about convertkit for Assistive technology users?

The first question I’m asked typically is worded a bit more eloquently than how I worded the heading of this section, however the just of it is the same.

Why Convertkit?

As you might know, the price of Convertkit’s starts out at $29 a month. If you click on a link that I refer you through, I’ll get paid a 30% commission ($8.70 ) and you will show some support for the podcast. Also, as an added benefit for you showing support, you’ll get a 30 day trial as well.

Thanks loads to each of you who have shown your support.

The answer to “why”, though goes back about a year and a half for me.

** Please note, I cannot a test to any accessibility revisions made to AWeber since my last use in April 2016. Please share your experiences and the comments.**

In May 2016, I was using AWeber to manage my email marketing campaigns. Admittedly, I didn’t have a hell of a lot of subscribers in my account, if I remember right I was still under the 500 count. However, I learned about a new Beta feature earlier in 2016 and was very exciting.

The feature that I was so excited about was campaigns, and it would allow you to send tailored content depending on how someone joined your list, and then follow up with those individuals based on actions they took.

Let me map this out for you little though, it would probably be easier to understand:

you come in to my mailing list by opting in for the 10 free WordPress plugins that Damashe and I recommend.

we send you emails for the next five days related to how you can best use those plug-ins on your new WordPress site.

at the end of the five days, you let us know that you’re more interested in learning about email list then themes by choosing one of two options we send you an email.

we then send a brief email series talking about email marketing, and then transition back into our main follow-up sequence related to how to find a good theme.

You can skip all of these steps and just opt-in for information about themes depending on the content your consuming.

and the end result is that you have higher open rates and a higher engagement rate, ultimately ending up in a higher satisfaction rate, of your email subscribers who would then be more likely to purchase the product you have that takes the pain they are in away…


In AWeber you would create a trigger, what would be someone opting into one of the forms, drag this trigger to an action, and choose which action you wanted to happen.

How Do I Get Started With Campaigns in AWeber?

Then, continue building based on actions and triggers.
🔼
unfortunately, with most of the assistive technology I have experience with leveraging software as a service packages, the ability to drag-and-drop icons is generally not accessible and one of the reasons WordPress implemented Widget Accessibility Mode

In convertkit the process to set this up would be the following:

  • Create 2 forms (The plugins form and the themes form. I guess you could also create a third if you want people to opt-in to get just email list building tips)
  • Create your sequences, and make all setting changes within the “ SEQUENCES” tab of convertkit
  • Connect the forms with respective sequences (under the Forms➡️form name➡️Settings➡️Select from the drop down just before the save button)
  • Create a thank-you page for each option (I use optimize press)
  • create an automation rule, on linked trigger, to add people to the form that associated with each of the options.
  • then put yourself in the main sequence, make sure everything works properly.

All of the aforementioned steps are 100% you will bowl from a voiceover users point of view, and there isn’t any guessing or trying to accomplish something in order to connect everything.

Yes, it might seem a lot longer of a process than simply dragging and dropping different elements of your automation sequence into place, however the fact is I can independently set up my own automated multilevel sequence and not need to inquire from someone who can see if I’ve properly dragged things into the correct place, or even bother someone because I can’t drag them independently.

There are some disconcerting issues that I face while using the Convertkit software with assistive technology that I’d love to see improved in the near future.

How Convertkit could become a better software as a service app with assistive technology

There are a few back-and-forth steps necessary to build out the previously mentioned campaign as you’ll see when you reference the six steps above.

I forgot to mention that you’ll also need to go in and ensure that the links people click on in the follow-up sequences are the links that you set up in step number 5 above.

If you just send people directly to the thank you page, typically, that won’t have any effect.

(apparently optimize press has some cool features that can help prevent this in the future, I’ll be testing them and sharing my thoughts regarding the new smart optimize press theme so stay tuned)

However, in order to accomplish what we’re looking to do, with just using the convertkit tool you’ll need to change all links to the link trigger automation.

In August I got access to the beta, of Convertkit visual automation builder.

This would eliminate a lot of the back-and-forth, you could start by creating your form, connected to the sequence that you create right there within the automation, Connect the link triggers to other forms while building those automation follow-up sequences without leaving the automation rule screen.

It’s amazing, however unfortunately the menus that convertkit leverages in order to make selections, appears to not be very accessible with Safari.

I have had better luck accessing these menus with chrome, but have not been able to independently set up my own visual automation sequence using convertkit.

e.g. When i take these steps:

  • Select “automations”
  • Find the “Visual Automations” heading
  • Select “ AUTOMATIONS BETA”
  • Select “New Automation”

I can’t do anything on this screen

Side note: I noticed the link to display the menu next to each automation in visual automation is labeled as ”

○○○” (

this is what Voiceover speaks for blind users). If your looking to edit or remove your automations, for the time being, that’s the link you need to select. Maybe Convertkit could change this link to say something like “show options” or “display menu”, or at very least something more useful then “○○○”

It is my hope that The engineering team will be able to address this in the near future, before a lot of the cool ass tricks for visual automation are implemented so that i can keep sending you the content you need to get.

I will however say on the other hand that not all is bad with the new Convertkit visual automation tool though; I had someone with sight help me create an automation and was impressed with the improvements made to the selection box that you make tag or form selections from.

In the visual automation system, if you’re looking to select a form, you are presented with a traditional “pop-up” (Combo box) to make your form selection from.

This is not the case in the current selection method, where you must type in a part of the name of a tag or form, Return, and then see if you entered the proper name. If it’s the wrong one, select the “x” button next to it, and this will remove it from your selection.

You face this when creating filters for your broadcast messages and when making selections for tags, and forms, in the original automation setup.

it would be nice if they could use traditional pop-up menus to make this more accessible, or explore the accessibility improvements freshbooks has made for selecting client in the invoice creation process.

Those lists look the same to me…

You can also reference WebAIM: Creating Accessible Forms – Accessible Form Controls, another reference i’ve provided to an organization recently for creating more accessible web forms..

The most accessible Learning Management System for Assistive technology users

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the primary assistive technology example that we’re using with the software as a service packages his screen readers. I suspect however that screen magnification software will also work well with the software as a service packages shared in today’s article.

An example of this comes with my favorite learning management system, I’ll tell you more about that later on in this article.

More specifically though, we are using voiceover with Safari or chrome when necessary on the latest version of Mac OS.

Some of the testing that I’ve performed and some of my references later on this article may come from my iPhone, running IOS 11 up with the latest software improvements and bugs.

Why is Thinkific A Good Software As A Service solution for assistive technology course creators?

I was first introduced to Thinkific sometime last year when I was looking for a platform I could use that was easier for me to navigate and use then Teachable.

It’s important to note that I haven’t used Teachable since I decided to switch to Thinkific, so I cannot compare accessibility improvements if any as of the date of publishing this article

As a bonus, Thinkific offered a couple of courses, that I took when I created my accountant in September, 2016.

When I originally created my account the intention was to simply add the [Wordpress Course http://payown.link/wpcourse) and then figure out where I wanted to go with course offerings from there.

However, on IOS 10, I had an amazing experience with taking that course that Thinkific offered related to pricing, and conceived the idea of creating my own Course based on navigating the Thinkific learning management system.

See, by the end of this article, you understand that all of these software as a service programs that I suggest assistive technology users use, both have their own pros and cons.

I decided to create my own
Course for creating a course.

Another thing I need to revise in the coming months.

Thinkific made it very easy for me to add videos, create content based around those videos, and put together a Course.

One of the first things I noticed why was putting together my course, and probably and contributing factor to my decision to create This was that while I was choosing one of the three templates for how I wanted my course to look, all I heard as a screen reader user was:

Thumb

Obviously this didn’t provide me any use, so I decided to enlist the assistance of one of my younger brothers who could you provide me a more descriptive Version of what each of the templates work.

I then recorded that description and shared it with the students.

Thinkific Easy for assistive technology users but?

When looking for a learnning management system i had a few primary requirements.

  • First of all, it has to work well with Assistive Technologyand I had to be able to accomplish all the primary tasks a “Normal” user would have to do without assistance or jumping threw a lot of hoops.
  • The system had to integrate with my favorite payment processor stripe
  • speaking of integrations, a direct integration with Convertkit would have been nice, I would’ve been happy with an integration through Zapier
  • and again, I didn’t want to fight with it every time I wanted to do something.

For the most part Thinkific met all of my 🔼 requirements, except there were a couple of little problems that I had.

  1. in order to reorder lessons or units, a user had to“ drag-and-drop”.
  2. The Themes did not have very descriptive alt tags.

So far, with my experiences, those are the two major challenges that I faced with this learning management system.

If they can be improved, then it would definitely be my favorite piece of software to use everyday.

concluding the two software packages small business owners using assistive technology should be using

If you’re using assistive technology, again specifically a screen reader, and your seeking a software as a service solution to your email marketing and course creation needs, I hope you received some value in my insight with the aforementioned tools.

If your experiences with these tools are different, please share them in the comment so others can learn 

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Clicking an affiliate link simply means i took the time to establish a relationship of some sort with companies so these companies would pay me a portion of what you pay them for the product or service you order.
I do this because it’s my goal to do what i can to provide the best life for my younger brothers and my wife who has done so much for our family.
You do not pay any more for ordering threw an affiliate link then what you would pay if you ordered the content directly threw the company producing the product/service.
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 My Journey in Using Assistive Technology

This is the Final Follow-up for my brief 3 part series related to How To Create a website using Assistive technology

Are the first two articles if you’re interested in reviewing that material.

When I originally started the Your Own Pay blog in 2014, I was part of a network marketing opportunity called Global Virtual Opportunities.

Within Global Virtual Opportunities I was part of the brand-with-authority team, managed by Christopher Wright; a genius when it comes to rallying teams to take action. He put together a basic training platform, and that was the basis I used when I launched my own brand using a different membership plugin.

Back then, people were given access to the brand-with-authority’s training platform if they were part of Christopher’s direct downline. It was a “bonus”!

After I went through it

After reviewing the training material that Christopher put together, I realized that I was already teaching other people how to do it. The only difference was that I wasn’t telling people to “click here”, or “click over there”.

I found myself spending more time on the phone then when I desired to. I coach my blind team members on how to access unclear material that was available in Christopher’s training platform.

This wasn’t a deficiency of Christopher’s, however a lack of knowledge in educating a specific niche of audience.

Periscope

I was introduced to the “charge more money” guy on Periscope when I was going through the transition of removing myself from the network marketing arena and figuring out my next solution for producing an income.

He heard what I was doing, and told me that I should put together my own training platform, because there were plenty of blind individuals that would love to learn how to build their own website online from a blind user’s point of view.

Just like the other times when people provide me an amazing advice, I unfortunately refused to take his advice for several months.

However, I decided to put together the videos that I recorded for personal and member use, into a membership site, and when I offered it to a beta group of people, I was overwhelmed with the support from the blind community.

Not a WordPress with Bad Eyes

Since I released my course, one of the only training solutions that I was specifically aware of for blind individuals wanting to learn on how to manage the word press content management system was Jeff’s WP for bad eyes.

I did not read this book “prior to releasing my course, nor did I speak with Jeff about how many sales he made of his initial book or of the republishing of the book. I asked people to test the beta of the course and recommended to check out Jeff’s book. I informed them that I have not read the said book yet but I heard good reviews about it from the people whom I trust.”

It wasn’t until I acquired some additional feedback from people who went through the course in 2016, and after I invested into the [Wordpress] WP for bad eyes (http://wpforbadeyes.com/) material this year, I decided to make the transition to the new format for the course material.

As you will see by the end of this posting, it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Students Aspiring to Learn Building A Website with Assistive Technology

2 weeks ago, from Thursday-Sunday, I gave some interested students access to my WordPress course from a blind user’s point of view for free (now it is for $497). In exchange, I asked them to give their feedback.

I built my email list and created a Google Form with one question:

Please enter your feedback for the Course.

Next, I created a tag in convertkit, called “WordPress with the blind guy Beta”, connected my learning management system (thinkific) to convertkit, and tagged new students who enrolled into the course with the aforementioned tag.

At First, I had something like 19 videos just thrown in a course. However, one of the consistent pieces of feedback I have received since I had this course, is that people would like an alternative form of consuming the content. Though I don’t find it difficult, some do not like to pause videos in order to follow along.

Leveraging a combination of byword and markdown, Damashe and I recorded it in a podcast episode talking briefly about both of those topics. I redesigned the introduction page to give a more inclusive overview of what people would learn by the end of the course.

Check out the introduction page

After that, I re-designed the second page and turned it into a “definitions Page”, because another piece of feedback that people provided me was that while they were going through my videos, sometimes I would mention something that they do not understand. For example, someone once asked me what the hell a plugin was! Speaking of that, I have a few more definitions I need to go add to that definitions page.

By the end of next week I hope to have a comprehensive text/audio tutorial to teach small business blind owners how to build a basic business website online.

At the end of the course, I encourage people to explore the material I have related to convert kit, my preferred email marketing solution.

I will mention that there are others out there, such as Mail chimp and a Weberr but I do not provide any training material on those services.

Initial feedback for the course to teach How To Create a website using Assistive technology

The other day, I wrote a brief article on how to build a website using assistive technology. I shared some important statistics about WordPress and how over half of the Internet is using this content management system.

Long time podcast listeners and blog readers know that I released my own course in October 2015. It was the first time that I ever created my own product and had people pay for it. Back then, I was running the course with videos uploaded to wistia, hosted within a membership WordPress site using the paid memberships pro plugin. Thankfully, it got the job done, allowed some people access to the course, and I got initial feedback.

One feedback that I received was that I needed to record more in depth content related to WordPress.

Another person told me that I should probably have my Safari window in fullscreen so viewers with low vision could follow what I was doing on the computer screen.

But those are the only feedback I got!

One of the comments I have received from the 51 students who signed up to take the course for free is:

I really like the new format. I like being able to read the info sometimes as I find it easier than starting and stopping the videos… Love the videos too, though! 🙂 I also enjoyed browsing the various resources and listening to the podcasts. Excellent work!

Lessons Learned

I realized that I do not have to provide training on all softwares as a service platforms that small business owners need to use. Instead, I have to provide training on the platforms I am most comfortable with. This has helped me gain confidence which I have been lacking over the past couple of years.

With all this being said, I teach people WordPress, convert kit, and thinkific (Content management system, email marketing system, and learning management system) respectively. These are all three systems that small business blind owners can leverage to produce their own digital product.

Did I mention that on the definitions lesson, I linked episodes to Damashe and I’s record sharing more information about the topics that I defined on that page? Yes, you heard it right!

When we were recording the content, we did not realize that it would be used for our future references.

Nonetheless, I’m really thankful that we recorded this content. The people can consume it in an alternative format that expands on the definitions I’m providing in the course and material that the two of us are creating in the future for public use.

To sum it up, this is what giving away the WordPress course in able to teach other blind entrepreneurs how to build a website with assistive technology has done so far.

  • I aquired 51 new students in the course
  • 42 of those students are new to the mailing list
  • 9 people from the mailing list signned up
  • about 23 of the students have viewed the first lesson
  • about 18 people have viewed the second lesson

After reading this article, go ahead and enter your name and email address, and get a chance to have the 10 plug-ins Damashe and I recommend for you to install on your WordPress site as well as first alert access to sales or free opportunities I may offer in the future.

 

 

Over the next couple of weeks, I will share with you updates related to new student feedback, and how the sale of the course goes after I have revised it.

Do you like this type of case study content?

Let me know in the comments.


Why Blind Small Business Owners Need to have a WordPress Website


The other day i typed a blog post up called How to create a website using assistive technology
this is a follow-up post to that article, with a final follow-up to come tomorrow related to my Initial feedback for those looking to build a website using assistive technology. Your going to love that content, so don’t forget to subscribe to the rss feed for the posting.

Blindness and Small Businesses

Today’s small business structure has paved the way for blind people, and others with disabilities, to emerge as owners of their own small businesses.
One example of this is Barry and Debra Carver, owning and operating mountaincrafted.com despite the fact that both of them are blind. Another example is Maxwell Ivey The Blind Blogger, a blind inspirational blogger, author, and amusement equipment connoisseur.

though the world is stepping out to give everyone equal opportunities, setting up a business involves problems rooted in money. These, unfortunately, are dilemmas amplified in the cases of visually impaired entrepreneurs.

Small businesses generally find it difficult to generate profit due to lack of resources. Capital availability is mostly poor; translating to a lack of resources to boost sales. To address this, proprietors improve marketing strategies to widen market niche. One of the most readily accessible and effective remedies to this is online marketing and website development. However, the utilization of this solution is commonly misunderstood to be out of reach for the blind since it almost often translates to a virtual-visual remedy.


WordPress: The Solution for creating a website using Assistive Technology

Fortunately, there are free website generators available online with tutorials for step-by-step assistance. Arguably the best, and most popular, amongst these is WordPress – an OpenSourced content management site useful for generating fully functional websites. Since it’s free, small business owners are able to improve their marketing and profit levels without worrying about capital. Additionally, like what has been earlier mentioned, it can be used by totally blind developers [(one tutorial can be found here.)

After getting a good grasp of WordPress, one can note that it offers a variety of themes and plugins to their users. First, there are pre-made themes for clients who do not have the budget to secure their own custom-designed website. Aside from allowing financial savings, this frees blind small business owners from having themes with unnecessary plugins involved. This is also especially helpful for blind developers, who can simply decide on an available theme without needing to verify their visual standards. If budget is available, owners can browse thru WordPress themes available online thru third-party designers.

Second, WordPress has a catalogue of plugins available for small business owners to use. This means you can add software that is specifically designed to do a certain task with ease. It allows those with no background in coding to customize their sites to make them specifically functional for their customers. A vast collection of accessibility and easy-to-use for-the-blind plugins are also available for one’s use.


Final Words regarding why blind small business owners need to have a wordpress website

Undeniably, small businesses are thriving in today’s market, without prejudice to owners with a disability or lack thereof. However, all small business owners face problems which mostly relate to capital and profit. Though seemingly hard to cope with for the visually impaired, there are strategies that can address the problems mentioned; one of which is WordPress for website generation since it has several accessibility features and tutorials ready for use. Aside from targeting the large online market niche, it provides two effective and valuable resources to proprietors: site theme customization, and a variety of plugin availability. Together, they enable all kinds of owners to **
– strengthen marketing,
– build up sales,
– attract customers,
– sequentially boost profit levels**.

This is the Your Own Pay blog and podcast though, and your opinion matters to me. What do you think the best way to build a website with assistive technology is?

Obviously, my thoughts are WordPress…

Let me know in the comments ↘️

 

 


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