In the Afterward to the post I did on Friday, I mentioned that some changes to Blind Confidential would come soon. Instead of authoring all articles myself, other authors will join BC and we will act like a team rather than just representing my own world view. As the team grows, I can predict that we may not always agree on some issues and that BC will provide a more well rounded picture of opinions, ideas, concepts, subjects and areas of expertise than before. I hope you, my loyal readers, will enjoy the changes.
I am very proud to announce that my good friend Dena Schumilla will join BC as the blog’s second author. Dena has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation from U. Wisconsin, has worked in the accessibility world for some of the top mainstream companies out there, is an expert in guide dog handling, has a terrific sense of humor, is a very good writer, can be as cynical as me and is one of the sexiest people in the blindness biz.
I expect Dena will bring some very fresh views to BC and will provide a woman’s point of view which, although I have been called metrosexual, will be quite different to my own. Dena grew up in Canada so may bring a view from the north that I wouldn’t see as a guy from New Jersey. Dena is also about 15 years younger than me so she has a far more youthful set of attitudes than me.
I’m not quite sure when her first post will happen but I certainly look forward to reading it.
We also plan on reviving hofstader.com as soon as I can get the domain moved into an account with my name on it (don’t ask). Dena and I have discussed a number of ideas for the site and we will likely take it in a direction fairly different from that which we had originally planned. In the months since I first envisioned hofstader.com and wrote its now very stale “under construction” page, a lot of other blind hackers have started similar projects. Thus h.c will point to those guys but Dean and I plan on taking it in a different direction and hope people like it. We do hope to recruit authors for the site so, if you’re interested, drop me an email with some writing samples.
I very much look forward to the new and improved Blind Confidential and expect the blog will be enjoyed by a larger audience as we start putting in the new bits.