Disclaimer: PT2 is a site for all people - those in recovery, those who are in the midst, and everyone in between. Please understand that while the discussion of our illnesses can be triggering, we do not purposefully encourage an eating disorder in any manner.
Traffic Sources - 77% direct URLs, 20% links, 3% searches. While the rank numbers remain the same, our traffic coming in from links has increased since March. Keep sharing!
Visitors - The United States dominates our visitor list, with Europe in second, and South America in third.
We just passed our two year anniversary and over 5,000 people have joined in those two years.
PrettyThin...Again has reached it's 2nd year up and running. Our site has minimal "bells and whistles" because so many of us wished to preserve the site as we remember it. The option to migrate, upgrade, and change will always be there - you know I'll always be listening.
Recently the idea of "privilege" has been flooding my social media. The idea that we inherently gain privilege based on our race, class, gender, location - whatever. I made a post about this topic in our forum to see if members would be interested in discussing privilege and how it pertains to eating disorders - there are large stereotypes about what "kind of people" end up with disordered eating.
Everyone that responded did something I didn't expect - they all felt their voice didn't matter to the conversation. My goal was, ultimately, to get a small piece of the puzzle and show that eating disorders can cross all barriers, but instead what I saw were people who felt they had nothing valuable to say because they either a) fit the stereotype of people with eating disorders or b) they were in the majority.
I do take pride that my culture, as a whole, has made great strides in learning how to be open, tolerant, and accepting of a diverse population. While we still have a long way to go, I have seen positive changes during my lifetime.
However, what is interesting is that people who may fit the majority seem to be afraid to speak up because they feel they have nothing to offer the conversation (personally speaking, I also feel my opinion or story doesn't matter, either, because I fit the stereotype of the "eating disordered crowd" - but why?).
What struck me is this: we are so focused on belonging, labels, giving ourselves a tight package and a bow just so we can feel as if we belong somewhere. We all struggle with a sense of alienation and identity (an inherent problem with EDs) but we should not be socially limited to things we cannot control and letting our voices be limited to our physical traits or upbringing will only further our sense of alienation from one another.
We all have a voice and a story to bring to this world. We all battle issues within our own culture when it comes to mental illness - but, regardless of where you fall in this world, if someone hears you talking, eventually they'll realize it might be okay for them to talk, too. The conversation may begin with things like class, race, or gender - but it will lead to this root idea that we are all human, and we all share this world as a unit.
This is a long way around for me to say my point - you are important. Your life matters, your story matters, your voice matters - you matter to this world.
March 9, 2015
We are nearing 5,000 members as of March 9th with an average of 140 visitors per day.
Our primary traffic sources are from (top 3):
1) Direct URL
Primary visitor location (top 3):
3) South America (That's a first!)
The mobile version of our site still sucks. We have the option of a mobile site upgrade for $49.95 per year in addition to our Enhanced subscription; if you guys want the upgrade, post about it in the forums to let me know.
If you haven't noticed, we're in the middle of fundraising for next year's subscription (May 2015-May 2016). We are halfway there!
I've noticed a lot of ads regarding Binge Eating Disorder floating around on Yahoo, Facebook, Google, and other major website; now that it has been included in the DSM-V, it seems to be gaining attention. Recently, Vyvanse was approved for treatment of BED.
How do you guys feel about it? Have any friends or family commented on it? I was riding somewhere with a few classmates and an actual commercial came on Pandora for it; surprisingly the friend I thought that was most open-minded made some pretty drastic remarks about it.
"Really? This is an illness now? Just call it for what it is - the "I can't put the fork down" problem."
A few of them giggled, but I didn't. I was surprised. My only response was "It's easy to make jokes about something you don't understand."
The conversation didn't go further, but it was a strong reminder that even with medical recognition, the stigma is still very heavy.
What have you guys experienced regarding the now "public" recognition of BED? Continue the conversation here.
The old updates have now been archived.