Day 30: Next

#30DaysOfSelfCare

So many of you have been asking me what I plan on doing after day 30. Will I continue writing? Is the blog over? What if we have questions?

I started this series as a way to talk through some of my thoughts and to share trans lived experiences and narratives. When I wrote Day 1: Out, it was originally published on Facebook and I was hoping to get a feel if anyone would be interested reading what I had to say. And the response was OVERWHELMING! I honestly didn’t expect that level of support and interest in what I was doing. The thing just exploded, and by the 7th post I moved the writing over to zoeyblack.com. And I think it was the best decision I could’ve made for the series.

The blog allowed me a sense of ownership over my words and story. The creative and artistic processes were my own. Hitting that ‘publish’ button felt good. Like I created something that has value.

And most importantly, you read it.

It has been an honor and a pleasure sharing these bits of my life with you. It’s also been incredibly therapeutic saying things out loud, and I’m grateful for that. Your support and love over the last 30 days has been invaluable and I appreciate that so so much. Without you, without that support, I don’t think I would’ve made it to the end. Some days the topics were difficult and painful, others were a celebration. There were many days I didn’t feel like writing, where the words just refused to happen, and those were hard.

But here we are, Day 30.

(applause)

So… where to from here?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I know I’m not the world’s greatest writer and writing has never been my thing. But I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories and experiences. And there are a number a creative ways to tell a story. And with that in mind….

zoeyblack.com will continue.

(crowd goes wild)

I still have so much I want to say and debate, and this is such a great way and opportunity to do that. I’m going to continue to write about my personal life, but also venture into some lifestyle and entertainment blogging.

Also, I’m going to start a VLOG. Yes, there will be a YouTube channel!

(thanks Casey Neistat for the inspiration)

It may not be an everyday thing like #30DaysOfSelfCare was, yet, but I think it’ll add so much more to the story telling and give a new dimension to the broader narrative. Ultimately, I imagine zoeyblack.com to be a creative space that tells stories through writing, photography, and videography.

This series has taught me so much about the value of self-care, as well as the importance of caring for others. I guess what I’m saying is THANK YOU, or being supportive, encouraging, and fabulous!

Catch you in the next episode.

Zoey

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