Tell us a little about Skinny Dip?
Skinny Dip is a cheeky blog about life, love, relationships, sex and everything in between.
What inspired you to set it up?
I started Skinny Dip on the cusp of my 30th birthday. I wanted to have a place where I could tell stories and sort through the romantic wreckage of my 20’s. The more I write about my experiences, the more I realize that the dating carnage of my 20′s happened for a reason: so I would be able to share all the gory details with other people through my blog. I decided to name this blog Skinny Dip because I thought “skinny dipping” was a good metaphor for writing about your life online – it’s naked, it’s scary but also a hell of a lot of fun.
Watching the site grow from nothing to what it is now! I’ve been really lucky that I’ve been able to do some pretty cool things via my blog. I’ve worked with a major mobile phone carrier to create a “do’s and don’ts guide for dating and texting” where I had the chance to meet actor Jason Lewis. I’ve filmed an episode of a reality TV series – an opportunity that also came about from connections I made through my blog. However, my proudest moment was when I got the chance to speak at the Millennium Network Conference this fall about “How Blogging Has Changed my Life”. It made me realize that I’ve learned so much over the past 3 years!
Whats been your biggest challenge?
Time management! When I was still working at my regular 9-5 it was often difficult to find the time and energy to blog and work on the website after a long day at work. Now that I am freelance writing and working on the blog full time it’s a bit easier however, it’s still challenging juggling my clients with working on the blog.
I’d love to take some of the stories from Skinny Dip and turn them into a book. I envision the book being a collection of essays and practical advice that would read as fun, quirky guidebook for young women. Obviously there would be a lot of content about love, dating and sex.
Whats your thoughts on online dating?
I’ve actually only ever tried online dating once and that was years ago! My first online dating experience was comically bad. Since then I’ve had good luck at meeting people in person. However, I’m not opposed to trying online dating again in the future. I’m sure a lot has changed in 8 years!
In you could give one bit of relationship/dating advice to our readers what would it be?
“Don’t make someone your priority so you can be their option” Someone once told me that years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. The people who truly like you and want to be with you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. In the meantime don’t worry about being single – enjoy it! There’s no magic number of when you “should” be married or settled down. What’s right for one person isn’t necessarily going to be right for you.
Tell us a secret:
I’m 100% Canadian but I’ve never been camping! Almost every guy I’ve dated has told me that he’s going to take me camping for the first time and make me love it but it hasn’t happened yet. I also own way too many shoes…then again, that’s not exactly a big secret!