In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right? Continue Reading
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In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first. Continue Reading
I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.
Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading
For most women you will have never heard the word “vaginismus”. That little fact alone makes me feel sad and a little angry. When it comes to male anatomy and sexual dysfunction it would seem there is no shortage of information, education and knowledge but for females it’s rather absent. When sexual education was part of my schooling I felt uneducated. As a teenager, I wasn’t going to voice my concerns or embarrass myself by saying that there were things I still didn’t understand about sex so I relied on magazines, the internet (which was VERY limited in knowledge 15+ years ago) and TV/Movies to fill in the blanks. Funnily enough, none of those resources talked about female sexual dysfunction, especially Vaginismus …. and they still don’t. You could very well have this condition and not even know it. I believe this HAS to change if we want to raise a generation of well-informed girls and women who don’t fear their own body.
This condition isn’t just about sex though, it can even restrict which the ability to use tampons and have a pelvic examination. I’ve called on sexologist and all-round sex-pert, Chantelle Otten, to educate us with the must-know facts about Vaginismus. Continue Reading
Did you know that certain words we use in our everyday language can actually have a damaging impact on us and the people we converse with? No matter what age you are, it’s likely these words have become so ingrained in your self-talk that you may no longer be able to view their meaning objectively. I am one of those people. Well, at least I was. Continue Reading