okay now that I have your attention I would like to take a second to rant this is not refined or the most eloquently written post but it is what it is…from the heart and honest. I really want to make My So-Called Zine a forum for EVERYONE I realise that having hundreds of followers means nothing if I just preach to the choir. I really want My So-Called Zine to be a way for all of us to connect, share and facilitate brotherhood/sisterhood the way WE see it. I was looking at my dashboard seeing that there are a lot of US who feel isolated, depressed or just plain lonely (which is strange because we are on tumblr.. a social networking site as a supposed means to connect to each other and yet we are sometimes nothing more than a “follower”). I also saw people coming together over simple posts of cassette tapes or mini interviews. I saw queer boys and grrrls wanting to start bands w/ no idea that there was a post right below their own wanting the same thing.
I know and hope you do as well see that the pics of cassettes aren’t just a nod to trendy nostalgia or a dead musical format but are a remembrance of a warm way we used to communicate. I know that when we post shit about Kathleen Hanna or Riot Grrrl we aren’t just saying "this is cool, validate me by liking it it" but rather these posts asked "remember?“ Remember when one person, when a small group of people, when a community raised their voice and said that we weren’t alone in our bedrooms w/ our angst, depression, abuse etc. Remember when someone reached out and we reached back. Remember the soundtrack to our past that possessed a hope that we carried into our present.
When I was fired I had gained weight, fell into a depression and found myself asking myself what really made me happy. Though it may seem simple and cliche maybe even a little vapid it was zines and music… but when I took a deeper look it was the people and community and then one more look revealed it was the message these vessels represented. I just want you to know if you need help or a way to connect whether it be finding another member in yr area for a band or someone to talk to hopefully MXSXCXZ can help. Let me know, let each other know.