Tips for Tired Trainers & FB Accessibility?

This is just a quick post to get a sense of where to put my energies. I have been using the new After Gadget FaceBook page (we have over 25 “Likes,” which makes us an official fan page now! Thank you!) for the following:

  • Photo albums — several pictures on a theme that supplement a single picture that’s appeared on the blog. The albums do not contain image descriptions;
  • Brief status updates about something in my day relating to Barnum (a breakthrough in a new skill, a frustration relating to my illness, etc.);
  • Resource documents — a training log, a grief resources list, and a new venture, “Tips for Tired Trainers.”

I like being able to use FB and Twitter to post short celebrations or humorous anecdotes or gripes that don’t warrant an entire blog post. And, because I’ve linked the blog and the FB page to Twitter, announcements of posts and status updates get tweeted with links to the original material.

In terms of the “Tips for Tired Trainers,” I’ve had this idea for several years — a handbook for people with fatiguing illnesses who want to train their own dogs.

But, I have about eight books in my head that may never be completed and published because being sick has made that sort of marathon functionality impossible, so far. Thus, it recently occurred to me that if I can just write one tip a day (or however often I’m able), readers/followers can use the tips as they appear, and the pressure is off me to do it all at once in book format. I can also field questions about tips that aren’t working right when people try them, and use that feedback to tweak the tips. (Tweak the tips that get tweeted?)

I have one concern, however, which is, how accessible is FaceBook? It seems to be a very visually oriented app, and I only know a couple of blind people who use it, which makes me wonder if it’s not that accessible to people who are blind or low vision.

I also know that I couldn’t use FB at all when I had dial-up Internet access. With satellite, I can, but it’s slow and glitchy. However, I also couldn’t really read blogs or use Twitter with dial-up, either.

Here is my two-part question:

1. If I post a status update or document on FaceBook, and you’re following me on Twitter, does the lead-in and link you get tweeted take you to an accessible version of the original? In other words, is what I post on FB accessible to those of you with dial-up or who are blind/low-vision?

2. Is the content I’m posting on FB, especially the Tips for Tired Trainers, of interest to you? If so, and you’re not able to access the FB page, would it make sense to periodically post a compilation of the latest installment of those tips here?

In a nutshell, I am trying to keep my content accessible to as many people as possible, while also respecting my need for conserving energy, and trying not to create so many versions of the same material that it annoys people and takes up your valuable time/energy. (Nobody likes reiterated repetitious redundancies.)

I definitely intend for the grief resources to all be included in the published pages here, but I’ve been trying to pull those together for over a year. Since I work slowly and sporadically, and there are always other topics to write about, I don’t know how long that will take. I decided it was better to post them somewhere, for now, in unvarnished form, than to keep sitting on them.

Thanks very much for your feedback!

-Sharon, the muse of Gadget, and Barnum (all tuckered out from his run at the pond)

8 Responses to “Tips for Tired Trainers & FB Accessibility?”

  1. 1 Karyn May 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I lost you on twitter. I use Accessible Twitter to access that and its a breeze. I do a lot of tweeting about just life. I need to do less- REALLY. I was following you for a bit then all of a sudden you were gone- now I cant remember what your account is.
    As for FB. Even if I were not blind, I would not use it. They are constantly doing screwey stuff with peoples privacy and thinking its A-OK. I don’t trust them one bit
    A few blind folks think it works OK if you use the mobile version of their site but if its anything like our transits mobile version- its still not that great.
    I would love to read your tips. I really need them these days between my current situation and this new idiot neighbor across the street who thinks open burning should be unlimited duration (over 4 hrs today and counting) I just need ways to keep Thane occupied when I am just feeling like HELL

  2. 2 Sharon Wachsler May 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Karyn, I didn’t know you followed me. But, till recently I hardly ever tweeted anything!

    Probably the reason you lost me is that I changed handles. (I didn’t know you could do that until someone else working on the auction told me how.)

    I tried searching for you, but I guess you’re not using your full name. You can find me by either my real name or @AfterGadget

  3. 3 MiMo May 29, 2011 at 12:50 am

    This is not an accessibility question so much, but I did want to confirm for you, in case you (or anyone else) wondered, your posts (photo albums, tips, etc.) on FB are visible without being logged in.
    I do not have a FB acount but have nevertheless been able to access your content from your twitter links with no problems. (maybe because it’s a fan page not a personal one? or I guess that might be a settings thing)

  4. 4 Sharon Wachsler May 29, 2011 at 1:41 am


    Yes, thank you for pointing that out. Good point.

    While a private page (like, my own personal page) keeps most information about me hidden, a fan page is automatically a public page, so anyone can see/read any of it, and anyone can “Like” it. I don’t have to approve anyone to be friends with me, like I would if it was a personal page.

    I also have the settings on the After Gadget page so that anyone can post status updates or comments (really famous people or people with thousands of followers usually set it so that only they can do status updates or even comments, but I’m not in that realm!).

    I do believe you have to be a FB member to actually comment and post, but you don’t have to be one to read what’s there.

  5. 5 Brooke & Cessna May 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I use the FB mobile site and it seems to work pretty good for most things. I’ve only run into issues trying to open videos.

    I like your tips for tired trainers, I think they’ll be useful for people who also just need some suggestions on new things or ways to train. There are days when my migraines are terrible so maybe some of your tips will help me out there because I feel bad neglecting Canyon and the others during those periods of time.

  6. 6 brilliantmindbrokenbody May 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I’d love to see your tips here, if it isn’t asking too many spoons. I quit facebook a year or so ago because of the clusterfuck that is their stance on privacy (pardon my language). Due to a familymember who does things like post pictures of herself in lingerie and another one who posts pictures of herself doing illegal things, I feel like having a facebook page is too much of a risk professionally. I’ve got enough stacked against me for getting a job without potential employers seeing that I’m friended by people who misbehave, and my family is enough drama without me unfriending people. I hit that point where it seemed easier to just get rid of facebook.

    er, sorry if that was a bit of a derail. I’m not having a physically good day, which tends to make me lean towards oversharing and rambling.


  7. 7 Karyn May 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks Sharon, now I’m following you again
    Mine is @bcpaws4me
    They just changed Accessible Twitter to Easy Chirp and nothing is working so not sure how much I will be on twitter this week with that hangup. It did not need a name change it needed work on function- it often does have problems but regular twitter is hard because it wont let me use old twitter grrrrr

  8. 8 Sharon Wachsler May 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Yes, migraines can be like fatigue in that you just have to lie there and can’t deal with sensory stimuli or movement or anything.
    Thank you, and Karyn, and Kali for the feedback. I will try to post them here, periodically, as I’m able. And I welcome feedback. And comments, such as the ones about migraines. I will think on that.

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