One year ago today, I officially founded Vagina. And by that I mean that I purchased the domain name and started emailing some gals I barely knew to see if they’d be interested in working on a feminist zine. Those first few weeks are a blur– arguments over the name, drafts and edits of our mission statement, editor appointments, email issues. But a lot of the time it was just a bunch of girls having a good time in my living room, playing with my cat and swapping ideas, stories, and jokes.
When I started Vagina last January, I told myself that I would give the zine a year. I figured that after a year, we would all know if this adventure had been worthwhile or not. And to be honest, after those first few weeks of confusion I kind of, maybe, sort of wasn’t sure if we’d even make it that long. I was starting a crazy last semester of undergrad, I could barely afford to buy a domain name much less offer to pay my editors, and I’d never actually kept up with any of my hobbies. In fact, I just really love to quit things.
But over these past 12 months, we’ve grown so much! Three issues have been released, our first Kickstarter project was launched and funded, nearly 100 gals have contacted me about submitting their work, and we’ve made friends with some incredible folks.
I’m not sure where the next year will take us; I don’t think any of us are. We just released our Winter Issue so now we’re hoping to get it into shops like Domy and MonkeyWrench. Lately, we’ve been on the prowl for some new gals to add to our editor circle. I’m also hoping to expand our field of regular contributors and maybe even get our name “out there” in other cities/states/countries. Phew, that last one is a pretty big goal. But I think we’re off to a pretty good start, don’t you?
Thank you all for your support, advice, and love this past year. We could never have done any of this without y'all.