I get a lot of questions about my stance on the whole Belle Gibson saga, so I thought I’d have a chat with you about it and my thoughts on the wellness industry in social media (mainly Instagram). I’d love to hear what you think about what I’ve said in the comments below
In the wake of the controversy surrounding the creator of The Whole Pantry app, Belle Gibson in last 24 hours or so, a blogger I follow, Pip Lincolne, linked to this fabulous blog post by Lila Wolff. It pointed out something that I, as a blogger, constantly struggle with – the desire to broaden my audience and in doing so, have a “successful” blog.
~ This is a sponsored post (although it’s completely my own words and my own opinions) ~
I was recently approached by the PR team at Bupa (the people in charge of the fabulous Health Influencer Blog Awards I was a finalist in last year) to review the newest edition of their Australian-friendly app, FoodSwitch, which was released last Tuesday. The app aims to help the everyday Australian consumer to make healthier food choices by scanning the barcode of their favourite product and giving healthier options of products within the same category.
So with the $100 Woolies voucher I was provided by Bupa Australia and The George Institute for Global Health and my phone in my hand, I set off to my local supermarket to test out the FoodSwitch app.
Growing up, my Mum always encouraged us to be creative. She would do oil paintings, pastel drawings (I still remember my favourite one of my sister in the Gardens in Canberra as a toddler with the curliest hair you’ve ever seen and a hot pink thick winter jumpsuit), water colours and sometimes even bring home a big slab of clay for us to create with. I’ve known how to knit most my life, and my Mum couldn’t wait to buy both my sister and I a sewing machine on each of our 22nd birthdays, because that was what she was given for her’s. I used to organise ‘Crafternoons’ with my friends a few years ago too, so we’d get together with delicious snacks and tea and create something for the fun of it while chatting away. Continue reading
Social media is a big part of my life. I use it to keep in touch/informed about people I usually wouldn’t see much of, I Instagram pictures of my life for the fun of it, find and share links all over the place and all the rest of the social media bit – I love it!
I don’t mind sharing parts of my life with the world, mainly my own private Facebook world, because its all part of it. But when it comes to the negative parts, I am unsure. Part of me wants to be genuine, part of me doesn’t want to bring negativity to the world (especially because how I’m feeling is temporary), part of me knows that I don’t like seeing too many complaints out there in the world, and part of me doesn’t really know why I feel the need to share it. Continue reading
I started writing this post on Thursday, and most of what is below is from that day of writing. But since then a few things have made me realise that this week is the perfect week to do a No Social Media Challenge. Now, obviously with my blog I use Facebook and Instagram to keep you all updated, and its certainly essential to getting my blog out there in the big wide world; but I also use it a lot in my social life. In fact, over the last few months the “tag a friend who is always on Facebook/on their phone/taking selfies” has been on the increase and I’m not ashamed to admit, I’m starting to worry a little bit. Continue reading