Sunday, May 5th, 2013
A long time ago I was just a fat person who didn’t have a voice. I was a fat person who was worthless, and I needed to lose weight. Today I’m a fat person who has a voice, who knows that I’m valued by others and myself, and I’m damn well happy in my skin A lot of my growth occured here on Axis of Fat.
And it’s now time to call last drinks on this place.
Axis of Fat has served its purpose, to provide a place for fat people to have a voice, and served it well. But times have changed. It is much easier to set up personal blogs. The needs of those who started AoF, and who took over when we could no longer go on, have changed.
It in no ways dilutes the value of Axis of Fat to my own self-development, and to the personal development and debate that many fat people who have been readers have experienced. The site will remain here in an archived state as a resource and a historical document. Comments are closed, but reading is free.
Friday, August 10th, 2012
I just wanted to jump in quickly and do a couple of things:
First and foremost, I want to say a big ole “WELCOME!” to our newest writers. It’s been great to read your posts and I hope that we’re set for many more to come! It’d also be great to have even more people coming on board. Hint hint, nudge nudge.
Second, I want to apologise for my absence. I really have been meaning to post – and believe me, I’m overflowing with ideas. But I’ve been acting as the media coordinator for my political group’s campaign for local council elections and it’s a pretty full-on job – particularly now that we’re down to the last four weeks before the big day.
I can’t promise that I’ll be able to throw together any posts between now and then (although I will try!), but I will more than make up for it once I have a chance to breathe.
In the meantime, y’all keep on being your fabulously fat selves!
Monday, July 16th, 2012
A quick update:
- I haven’t intentionally abandoned you all – my ability to connect to the internet has been sporadic at best.
- I have my ideas for how we can keep Axis of Fat going, but I’d also really love to hear your suggestions as well!
- NEW WRITERS. WANT. Email me, yes?
I have to dash, but there WILL be more!
Friday, June 15th, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that the site was down for a while there. That wasn’t intentional – it seemed we were hacked. Hosting has been upgraded and secured and it will be moved across to new hosting soon. But it’s a sign of what I was coming here to talk about anyway.
For a while now, my focus on Axis of Fat has waned. I just don’t have time to manage things around here and the place needs a little bit of love and attention. It needs a new group of bloggers to take over the Australian fat landscape and do what this site was here for all along – provide a place for people to talk about body image, fat stigma and the like.
You’ll have seen for a while now that David has been the main poster around here. He has agreed to take over managing the site, and I think this means it will be in good hands. Things won’t change a lot in the short term but hopefully in the longer term this will provide this site some stability and love that it needs.
So with all that said, I bid you farewell, and ask you to be kind to David during the transition period.
Saturday, July 9th, 2011
The Axis of Fat was started as a platform for Australians who wanted to get involved in the fat acceptance movement without having to have their own blog. Having multiple authors means that no one individual has to try and post on a regular basis. Instead, each member can post whenever the mood takes them or when an issue comes up that they feel really passionate about.
Since Axis started in July 2009, we have seen a number of people join the Axis and go on to publish their own blogs. It is great to see the different blogs that have come out of this, like Sonya’s Australian Fatshion blog and Zoe’s recently started Cutselvage. Some have chosen to continue posting here and using this as their main platform to discuss fat acceptance, body image, fatshion and other topics and I think the Axis still has an important role to play in the Australian fat acceptance landscape.
It is now time though to put the call out to see if there are others would you like to become involved in the Axis. We need more active bloggers to take on the fight and continue the push of the fat acceptance movement in Australia.
This might seem like a daunting task, but by being apart of the Axis we hope that the pressure is reduced somewhat. You have the support and mentorship of the other members so that you can get help and advice with any posts you are writing or any situations that you want to mull over with like-minded people. It can allow you to have a voice, whilst not being the lone voice. It can be a great starting point if you want to dip your toe in the pool to see whether it is warm or not. Trust me, you’ll find it more inviting than you think.
Do you want to have a voice? Do you want to share your experiences with other people? Do you want to talk about topics such as fat acceptance, body image, plus size fatshion, the media and it’s relationship with fat and so on? Then we would love to hear from you.
The only rules are is that this is a body positive place with no fat shaming. And we want this to remain an Australian voice in the global fatosphere, so you need to be Australian. If you identify as Australian, whether by birth, residency, or just because you feel a connection with the place, then we would love to hear from you.
You don’t have to be a professional writer. Heck, I’m not the greatest writer in the world and I’m here! It’s about passion. It’s about wanting to express yourself however you manage to do that. It’s about wanting to have a voice and let people know what you think.
All you need to do is to go to our contact page and select from the drop-down “Interest in Axis Membership”. Tell us why you would like to blog on the Axis of Fat and any other relevant information. This isn’t some kind of formal process, so don’t expect 20 questions about your writing style. We just want to know who you are and why you think you’d like to be involved.
Even if you aren’t sure, drop us a line and ask us any questions you might have. Perhaps we can help calm any fears and help you on a path you never expected.
Friday, July 8th, 2011
I received an email request through the contact form that Nick forwarded to me today, and it made me realise that while I haven’t abandoned my beliefs in body acceptance, I’ve found that there’s so much more I want to talk about than just FA. Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Tumblr would probably know that I’ve started my own blog, Cutselvage.com recently. I’m really enjoying the freedom to talk more generally about my life and how that interacts with my body acceptance.
Axis of Fat was a great platform for me, but I’ve grown and changed since it was created, so it’s only fair to myself to let it go, and utilise my new blogging space. I’ll be leaving all my old posts up, and I’ll probably cross-post a few of them over at the new blog progressively.
It’s been a pleasure interacting with all the commenters here, and I hope I’ll see lots of you at Cutselvage.com
Monday, September 13th, 2010
When we recently moved from Drupal to WordPress, we broke our RSS feed. Sadly it has taken until now for us to realise and then to fix it.
If you have been wondering what happened to us, wonder no longer. We are back and going strong!
If you are an RSS junkie like myself, all the posts are available on the web site so you might want to check that out to see what you’ve missed out on.
Cheers and thanks for your patience!