The hater: "After an underwear campaign that I participated in with Dear Kate went viral, there were a lot of comments strewn across the web — things like 'Sarah Conley in her underwear should remain a secret of the internet' or, as one online editor added as she retweeted her own publication's coverage of the story, 'Ugh, gross.'
The worst was over a month after the campaign broke, I received a Google alert for my name on the first day of fashion week. It linked to an LSU football fan forum where men were discussing all of the women in the campaign photos, including myself. They had assigned us all numbers, and then ranked us in the order they would sleep with us (among other things) and described in detail what they would do to us. People making comments about my body or my size doesn't faze me nearly as much as it has over the course of my nine-year career as a blogger. But the lewd commentary on this forum has stuck with me, even a year later."
How she overcame: "Well, initially I'm there was some drinking (ha), but there's nothing that you can do but continue to create a safe space for yourself and your readers.
We all have the right to be on our own journeys at our own pace, and someone else's opinion of that journey is invalid, period. You get one body and one life, so you have no choice but to figure out how to love who you are today, tomorrow, and every day for the rest of your life."
Advice on dealing with bullies: "I call all of my social channels and my blog 'my house,' and I don't allow anyone into 'my house' if they are going to disrespect me. I'm quick with the delete, block, and report functions on all platforms."