I’ve been thinking more about the idea of starting a website for people with health issues to upload personal writing, artwork, or other creations. This would be a place for people with disabilities to share their creative work for personal fulfillment, and also to make money by connecting their page to any websites or ebooks they’ve already made. On their page on the main site I’m proposing, they could accept donations (like Go Fund Me or Patreon), and of course they can monetize their personal websites or books or paintings that they’re linking to. I do not understand why this website isn’t a thing.
If Humans Of New York is a thing, that website with millions of readers of the images of people in New York (often disabled or homeless) with brief quotes summarizing important aspects of their lives, I imagine there is some general interest from people on the internet to learn about disabled people from the sources themselves.
Even if the general public didn’t like the site for some reason (depressing, too real), it seems like it would be a beneficial network for creative people with health issues to learn from one another while also teaching or sharing. Maybe there could be a messaging system content creators can use to build friendships.
An obvious issue would be people without health challenges starting profiles on this site, but honestly, anyone that wants to share their story on a site like this probably has some emotional if not physical pain, so who am I to discredit them? Mental health issues are very real.
Further, maybe there’s a way for people in poverty or homeless to get profiles up on the site and make some money. Everyone is individually making money through personal donations on the site or by linking to where they are selling stuff on another part of the internet. I’m sure some people wouldn’t even be in it for money, but would just use it as an alternative to a health forum and prefer it due to the similarity of a social network (real images of people’s faces, real names).
I just absolutely cannot be the only person with a serious health issue/disability/chronic pain dilemma that makes it nearly impossible to hold a job. However, I still want to share my work and make money and connect with others. Promoting a site as an individual is so overwhelming and not exciting: I just want to write and share my feelings and thinking, about health but also about my passions like chess or movies.
I think an individual with a serious health problem can learn to make a site, create content, promote it, and make money; however, there is a learning curve and it takes a lot of time. I believe there would be a massive value of dozens or even hundreds of people with health challenges sharing their stories. People that feel on the outside of society or unfulfilled, individuals that have stories to tell that remain untold.
But that’s the issue I’m getting at: voices deserve platforms, and no matter what one’s physical limitations consist of, now everyone could post creative work and immediately have viewers, receive comments, and perhaps even make some money.
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