I spent this morning cleaning DeafRead’s feeds. Updating feeds that hasn’t been blogged on for more than 6 months so that they’re checked once every 24 hours as opposed to every hour. Disabling feeds of blogs that died. Tidied up and uncluttered, remaining are 602 active feeds.
Going through them is walking down the memory lane. There are little resources out there which archives our deaf history, especially on two levels 1) “live” We’re writing about things that are happening to us that day. That week. It’s happening now. and 2) “reality” We’re regular people living our days in and out. We may or may not be trained writers. We are grassroot.
DeafRead is a library of the everyday deaf life.
And because of that library, I plucked out an article of significant interest. Chuck Baird left his mark on the blogosphere to remain with us long after his passing. Baird a permanent part of deaf history, we, anyone with internet access, can appreciate reading his own words and then reflect his impact on us as a culture.
The DeafRead library isn’t limited to new things being created as they happen. There are instances where a blogger digs deep in history, and brings it back into present time. George Veditz was famously given a second life, albeit virtually. Recently, Dianrez flew through the decades of old, retrieving and re-telling the story of deaf artist F.M. Tuttle. What appears long forgotten, now is remembered and passed for generations.