An Update from Laura
 
Hello, this is Laura Mills, the head writer and founder of Making Queer History.

I have been running this project for two years, and throughout these two years, I have tried to consistently write an article per week every week. But as many of you have probably noticed recently, I haven’t been doing that as well as I used to.

Like many others, I have found myself teetering on the edge of burnout for months, and this month, I found myself falling over. Two years of weekly research, social media maintenance, trying to get paid, website editing, podcast making, financial planning and management, and writing has become overwhelming, and I found myself putting out less quality content less often. This in combination with some personal medical issues has led me to the conclusion that it is time for me to take a break.

This will not mean a break for the project, as I have the incredible Dean, and guest authors to cover my absence. But it does mean for a month, I won’t be writing articles.

I will still be working, but I will also be giving my mind a break from the constant stream of creation I have forced it to maintain over the past couple of years. Most of my work behind the scenes will continue, in fact, I am adding a couple of new duties on so that when I come back I can make the project better than ever, but all the articles and creative content you see will be made by my editor and some brilliant guest writers.

It is completely understandable if some of you are upset with this decision, any concerns can be sent in and I will try to answer them as thoroughly as possible, but I do hope that most if not all of you understand the position I am in.
While I am gone, I will be taking a pay decrease to account for both my absence and so that I can properly pay the guest authors. Please, now more than ever the project does need your support though, so if you can, become a patron or make a one-time donation.

Again, I am sorry I let it get this far without correcting it sooner, and I am sorry that this mistake led to me having to take a whole month off. I want to truly thank each and every one of you for supporting this project as you have in the past couple of years, and I am hopeful that this break will help me in keeping this project sustainable and helpful for everyone involved.

Thank you for your patience,

Laura Mills
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