Carly Findlay

is creating Writing about appearance diversity & disability.

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About Carly Findlay

I've been blogging for quite some time. Almost nine years on this blog! And I am really proud of what I've produced. There are some great resources on my blog for you - hundreds of posts about Ichthyosis (my skin condition), disability and appearance diversity that are really helpful. I know this because you tell me. You search for and share the posts, and you ask for advice about doctors and resilience, relationships and diet – and all things in between. I'm so grateful. Thank you.

Apart from the very occasional sponsored post, I don't get paid to write this blog. I spend a little money on the blog - online storage, apps, graphics and getting people to edit my posts when I'm really busy. I come home from my day job to write because I love it. There's a lot of time involved in blogging - most posts take me up to five hours. I also manage social media and answer countless questions asking for advice about Ichthyosis and general disability issues. People ask me to help them with blogging and social media. My blogs are used as classroom, university and business resources. Sometimes I am asked to edit work or give interviews. These are GREAT OPPORTUNITIES but take time and expertise.

So I am asking you - my readers - to support me. If you value my content or have used it to educate others,you can support me monthly on this Patreon account. 

The money you will donate will support my blogging - so I can continue bringing you quality, meaningful, useful and moving content. I will also spruce my online home up a bit. I can keep writing but outsource the stuff I'm not good at. And it will allow me to attend blogging conferences and networking events – so I can continue to learn about new practices and expand my networks. 

If you value my work, if it's been useful to you in any way, if it's made you laugh or cry, if you've used it in the workplace or classroom and can spare a few dollars, you might consider supporting me to keep doing it. Think of it as buying me a drink. (It can be a cocktail, a wine, a hot chocolate or even a bottle of water!)

You can pledge whatever you can afford per month.

If you can’t afford to pledge, please share this Patreon, tell people about my blog.

I so appreciate it. Thank you.

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About me:

I am a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. I challenge people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance.

I have written for many publications including The Guardian, SBS, Daily Life, The ABC, Mamamia, Frankie magazine and BlogHer. I have used my blog to write about my skin condition, Ichthyosis, as well as promoted causes such as Love Your Sister and Donate Life.

Most recently, I was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. I received the 2010 and 2013 Yooralla Media Awards for Best Online Commentary for my body of disability focused writing. I also won the best personal blog category for Kidspot Voices of 2013, and the 2013 BUPA Health Activist award for Positive Life Change. I have also been a finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

I am an accomplished speaker - I have spoken at the University of Western England's Appearance Matters conference, the Melbourne Writer's Festival, Layne Beachley's Women in Leadership Forum, Problogger, University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne hospital and Cancer Council of Victoria (to name a few).

I organised Australia's first Ichthyosis meet in 2015 - bringing together 75 people affected by the rare, severe skin condition Ichthyosis. 25 attendees had Ichthyosis. Friendships and support networks were formed.

In 2013 I was discriminated against by a taxi driver because of my skin. I wrote about this on my blog, took the case to the Human Rights Commission and made a complaint to the taxi company and the Victorian Taxi commission. One of the outcomes I wanted following my complaints was for improved disability training for taxi drivers. A video was made for the taxi company with my input, and disability-related complaints have since reduced. I am proud to have influenced the taxi industry and assisted passengers in this way. The video has since been disseminated to all Victorian taxi companies via the Victorian Taxi Commission too.
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