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Erin reading the book, looking up at the cameraHi, I’m Erin, and I’m the writer here at The Geeky Gimp. You may be wondering what’s up with the name of this blog, so let me explain.

I’m disabled – Muscular Dystrophy, scoliosis, a trach, nurses, anxiety, the whole nine yards. I’ve been disabled my entire life, so I’m used to the way my body works, its strengths, and its limitations. My biggest problem is the way society views disabled people, and what they expect (or don’t expect) of us. I hope this blog helps shatter some of those expectations and stereotypes.

So what does that have to do with being a geek and board games and Doctor Who and Star Trek? Because my disability is something I live with every day, it affects everything I do and how I view media. I thought I could take my perspective as a disabled woman and apply it to reviews of these geeky things that I love. I also write about board game and video game accessibility. These are the things I think about/experience on a regular basis, so I want to share them with all to both create disability awareness and build a community for other disabled geeks.

What is The Disabled Life? Sometimes I want to write about different aspects of living as a disabled woman, or broader topics that don’t fit with the reviews on the site. The Disabled Life is a lifestyle section of the blog that can include topics like: relationships, ableist experiences, how technology is amazing, food stuffs, and more. I will also use this space to link to any guest blogs that I write.

This blog isn’t geared toward disabled or abled people. It is a resource and website for everyone. I want to create a dialogue with my fellow disabled people, but I also want to get my message out to a wider audience.

You may also be wondering why I chose to use the word GIMP, especially since it is generally considered a derogatory term for a disabled person. My use is an instance of word reclamation, which is when someone of a marginalized group uses terms that have been used negatively against them in order to turn the tables and make it something powerful. You can read more about it here. If you have any more questions about my use of the word, feel free to contact me and we can talk about it.

If you want to get in touch with me, just head on over to the “contact” page, or post a comment here.

If you want to help support this site, you can: donate on Patreon or Paypal, share my posts, share my link, offer article ideas, purchase the games/movies I review through the Amazon links I include, and comment. If I can’t thank you personally, just know that I appreciate all of your support!

Where does donation money go? I use it to maintain the website, hire guest bloggers, hire transcribers for all audio content, and pay for advertisements on Facebook.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Read and really liked your post on the Killing Joke, and looking forward to reading more. I was struck by your mentioning this:

    Just like how someone who is able bodied doesn’t wake up every morning and think about what they can do, I don’t wake up every morning and think about what I can’t do; my problems with disability stem from society and their reaction/treatment of me and people like me.

    …because I’d just written about a similar concept a couple of days ago. Anyway, really looking forward to reading your work. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the comment and kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the Killing Joke review – it was fun to write, and I’m going to review more of that comic’s story line in future posts.

      I just took a look at your blog, and I’ve bookmarked it for later reading. I know what you mean about being at a loss for words when people ask how your disability impacts your life. On the one hand, you’re like “how does it not? Where do I begin?” and on the other hand, you’re so used to the way things are that you don’t think of it as impacting your life because it is your life!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to answer my tweet for reviewers Erin! =) I would be uber honoured if you looked at our game – I’ll do a blog post on it and it’s going through final playtesting in a month with a Kickstarter for August.

    I’m no game guru and just recently discovered how much I like board games and, more importantly, the game community! =)

  3. Me again, I see you mentioned ads. For a while, I tried Google ads on our OpenSim site and didn’t like the ads served up (none were bad, but they weren’t in tune with the readers). Then I did “manual ads” where I placed a text widget in the sidebar with a link to the advertiser’s site. You can see a similar thing on that site http://iliveisl.com/ and it’s the upper left image of a tree that says SoaS

    That worked out okay while we were active and we had up to three ads that people paid $20 dollars a month for (in 6 month cycles to keep it from being a mess).

    If you want more info, even the HTML I used, just ask. Heck, depending on what your rates are, I might want an ad here myself! =)

    • Hi David! Thanks for the comments. I’ll send you an e-mail in a few minutes, and we can discuss the ad stuff 🙂 Plus, I’m really looking forward to reviewing your pirate game. I love that everything fits in a tin box!

  4. Hi
    I am so thrilled so see such an amazing work and passion on your website. Congratulations on such an amazing job, keep at it. 😀

    You’re an example to everyone

  5. Hi Erin (which by the way is where I come from) discovered your blog today and have enjoyed what I have found here. Keep up the good work – I am a printmaker but also a disabled bod……..but like you, I do my “damnedist” to keep on keeping on. Just joined as a subscriber.

    best wishes

    Aine

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