Reflect

by rseiderman

Unfortunately, my boss didn’t actually end up posting my last article—I was kind of expecting that, but it was still frustrating, particularly because I thought that what I wrote was really relevant and had the potential to elicit a lot of engagement. I’m not sure I’ll be able to reuse the article either, so that content may just disappear, though I’m considering asking Sonya if I can post it on my personal blog since she didn’t use it for TBINAA. (I’m actually not sure where ownership lies as far as what I write for TBINAA but doesn’t get used. Definitely something to look into.

All told, during my first week of content: 3 out of the 4 articles I submitted were posted; 0 out of 2 pictures were posted; 0 out of 1 item was reblogged; 0 out of 2 links to a video and a project were posted. It’s frustrating because, especially compared to the exposure and enthusiasm that other interns have merited, I feel like I’m the odd one out. To be fair, I know that Sonya was traveling during my content week, so maybe what feels to me like neglect was actually just her being busy. Still, though, it’s difficult not to be frustrated because she’s the gatekeeper to how much exposure I can get.

I did email Sonya at the end of my week asking if she might be available to talk sometime soon to touch base on how my first week of content went, but she hasn’t gotten back with me yet. Not surprising, but, again, off-putting.

My next task, now that my first content week is over, is to figure out what theme my next content week will revolve around and start researching what I’ll write about, link to, and try to promote. Honestly, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about body positivity, feminism, dis/ability, and so on, but I’m not sure what I’ll actually settle on. The topic I feel most able to write about it definitely fat-related stuff, but I worry that others in our demographic will feel left out. (Which is part of the reason I wrote about shaming thin bodies during my first content week.) I want to be inclusive, but I’m not confident I’ll be able to write about identities other than my own.

For example, I think it would be interesting to write about/explore issues surrounding indigenous peoples, minorities, trans*, and other nonnormative (and largely ignored, even in body positivity movements) bodies. I’m afraid, though, that I’ll get it wrong and just end up alienating the audience members who might claim those identities while also tarnishing TBINAA’s image. Beyond that, I’m not sure I could sustain that topic for a week, given that I’m not anywhere near an expert, I’m not familiar with resources, etc. This is a place where I’ll probably contact Sonya—I’m only slightly apprehensive about emailing her too much—and see what she thinks.

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