My Diminishing Magazine Reading Habit Meme

I used to read a lot of magazines. I don’t read as many anymore, and it’s probably because of sites like Google News, Digg, Metafilter, Cre8asite Forums, and bloglines.

I’ve been wondering why, and one of the reasons may be that I can stop in the middle of a paragraph, open a new window, and find out more about something I’ve come across in an article online. I can’t do that with an ink and paper page.

I also can’t ask the author a question, look up other things that they’ve written, leave a comment, read comments from others who have read the article, and cut and paste what I’ve read into a text editor and quote it in something I’m writing.

I was tagged by Barry Welford in a blog meme that is going around, to share which magazines that I read. A couple of years ago, that would have been pretty easy. Now, it isn’t. I’m down to a handful.

Here are three that I buy primarily for the music CD that comes with them, but also enjoy for the reviews that they include:

Paste
Uncut
Mojo

These two I read because its good to read some stuff about the Web offline:

Search Marketing Standard
Website Services Magazine

And, this one is a free local magazine that does a nice job of talking about coming events:

Out and About

No blog meme would be complete without tagging others to have them share what they read, and I’m actually curious about the reading habits of the folks that I’m tagging:

Frank Fuchs
Andrew Girdwood
Richard Hearne
Christina Nevin
Steven Bradley

What magazines do you read?

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11 thoughts on “My Diminishing Magazine Reading Habit Meme”

  1. Good Evening Bill,
    I hope this comment isn’t too off-topic, but your post, and this latest meme, struck a particular chord with me today.

    Today, I called up all of the companies from whom I receive catalogues and told them to please remove me from their lists.

    This was the result of a book I have just finished reading about bird migration entitled “Songbird Journeys” by Miyoko Chu. The book explained that every year 8 million tons of trees are cut down, mainly from the beautiful boreal forest of Canada in order to print catalogs such as those produced by L.L Bean, J. Crew, Land’s End, etc. The boreal forest is vital to bird migration and habitat destruction has led to a 50% drop in the numbers of countless species during the past 25 years.

    All of these companies have websites. If I want to buy from them, I can browse and order online, and, the same can be said for many, many magazines. I think that one of the golden opportunities of the Internet is the ability to reduce global habitat destruction, as nearly all materials can be offered on-line instead of in print.

    So, I’m not subscribing to any magazines these days and I’d like to see more pressure put on producers to do a larger percentage of their content providing on-line for this purpose.

    Hey, if I get tagged in this meme, I could go on for paragraphs about this!
    Miriam

  2. Hi Miriam,

    I’m glad that you posted on this topic, even if you thought it be off topic. I agree with you completely. There really isn’t a need for most of those shops to produce paper catalogs anymore, or at least in the quantity that they have been.

    I do think that we are moving in the direction of having more publications online, and as more phones become web enabled, I think that change will accelerate.

    Maybe one of the folks I tagged will tag you, but if they don’t, I encourage you to write about this topic anyway. :)

  3. I was the IT geek that had to have a bigger mailbox because of all the ‘trade slicks’ that I would receive in any given day. Literally dozens per week. Then I moved toward e-mail feeds and newsletters. Where before I was scanning paper documents I was now dealing with tedious e-mails and long winded “News” letters… Then I discovered RSS feeds. Topical information delivered in a framework that is both accessible, quick and efficient.

    Recently I have looked at one of the few magazines I do receive and realized that almost all of the articles are … ones that I have already read a RSS feed about.

  4. I’m experiencing some of that, too.

    I pick up the morning newspaper, and half of the stories are ones that I read the night before. It takes some of the “new” out of news.

    Can’t say I dislike it, though.

  5. Thanks for tagging me, Bill. I left my bit and tagged Miriam. I think she’s pretty passionate about this subject. You were right to encourage her to talk about it.

    I’m starting to miss magazines because they’re more mobile than the web is right now. I inherited my daughter’s used Side Kick, and I’m disappointed that there isn’t more reading material designed for it. I like to take it with me and read your blog and others, but a lot of sites aren’t showing up too well, my own included.

    Someone mentioned that we browse magazines and read books. That’s a good point. But pictures are part of the browsing experience and they don’t show up too well on mobile devices. I guess that when the web becomes more mobile mags will be in worse trouble.

  6. Hi Christina,

    I’m happy to hear that you tagged Miriam.

    I usually stop in a local coffee shop for breakfast every morning, and pick up a news paper. I may start bringing my laptop with me, and reading the paper online.

    Good points about the mobile Web. You’re right that mobile devices might just be too small for many pictures – which is often one of the best parts of many magazines.

  7. Hi Bill,
    Just to follow up on my earlier comment, Christina tagged me, so I wrote a bit more about this. Thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot to me!
    Miriam

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