I’ve decided to give QZFL a break this year. Cancelling is a source of great sadness for me, and I haven’t made the decision lightly. I know people will be disappointed, but I have major burnout from doing everything myself the last two years running. I recognize and value my labour, and my health, and I’m giving myself a very necessary rest this year with the hope of returning in 2015 with a healthier, potentially team-powered way of doing things.
Some background info on me, for those of you who don’t know me IRL: hi. I’m Charlotte. I’m the sole founder and organizer of QZFL. QZFL has zero funding. It takes at least 3 months to organize and promote, and is work I fit around my day job as a freelance journalist. As a freelancer, I’m used to working alone. My hours and schedule are unpredictable and my income is precarious. I am also working class. I don’t have a trust fund to fall back on when things get tight. [Trust funders with £££ to burn on rad queer causes, I am here and can help liberate you of yr cash. For real. Get in touch.] For me, this has meant having to develop a staunch DIY work ethic. I tend to take on a lot of work [and responsibility] and forget that it’s OK to ask for help. This is my default way of getting shit done. Most of the time it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
I am sooooo proud of QZFL, but if its to continue, I need to adapt the way its run in order to take some of the pressure off myself. I’ll be putting a lot of thought into how I can make this happen in the near future, and will keep everyone posted, via here and the facebook page.
A polite request to folk thinking of asking if you can take over QZFL this year: please don’t. Instead, consider showing yr support by volunteering yr services – whatever they may be – for helping QZFL to exist next year. I can’t promise I’ll reply straight away, but it will help to know how much – and what kind of – support is out there. Thank you.