St Albans blogger bids for your votes to go international

Glen Shorey

Glen Shorey - Credit: Archant

DISABLED blogger Glen Shorey, who writes under the name Wheelchair Boy, needs support to help him go international.

Glen, of Corinium Gate, St Albans has entered The Big Blog Exchange (BBX), being run by Hostelling International, which will see 16 aspiring writers from around the world temporarily swap lives, cultures and blogs.

He has been writing The Adventures of Wheelchair Boy (www.theadventuresofwheelchairboy.blogspot.co.uk) for under a year and needs people to vote for his blog.

Nineteen-year-old Glen decided to start blogging when he realised that he had “a rather different perspective on life that might interest people.”

His style of writing combines humour with a serious message but his aim has remained constant.


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He explained: “I want to touch readers with my words and hopefully make people less ignorant when it comes to disability.

“I don’t want it to be boring so I use a bit of comedy to show that I am normal.”

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At the moment, the blog averages 150 readers per day but Glen wants to expand his audience and believes that the BBX would provide the perfect opportunity.

He said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response and how people seem to find my life entertaining. Without sounding clichéd, it would be a dream come true to reach an global audience and perhaps open their eyes a little.”

Glen featured in the Herts Advertiser last August when he gained the A-level grades he needed from Sandringham School to study journalism at Brunel University.

He suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia and has undergone major surgery but was determined that his illness would not stop him working towards a career as a sports journalist.

Glen added: “In my best X-Factor impression, please vote for my blog. Taking part in the exchange would be a great way to celebrate my 1st year anniversary.

To vote for Glen, head to www.bigblogexchange.org/blog/72005 and enter your e-mail address. Voting continues until April 15 before a panel selects the final bloggers on April 29.

If Wheelchair Boy is chosen, the exchange will take place from June 7 to June 17.

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