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Discussion: Magazines

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I remember reading magazines as a kid and teenager. Highlights, anyone? And then in junior high it was American Girl and Brio in high school. Fast forward to present: I pick up a magazine every now and then (usually in a waiting room) and read an article or two, but it's not a consistent thing.

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I think a big reason magazines have phased out of my life is because I get most of my "magazine" content online. Between blogs, websites, and online sites where magazines post most of their articles, I can get all my graphics-heavy, bite-sized chunks of information in a convenient to-go format. And if one article doesn't answer my question, or makes me curious to know more, I can Google search to my heart's content.

The majority of books I read are physical copies. Why haven't they gone the way of the magazine and migrated to a screen-only experience? The biggest reason is probably length. It's convenient to read a short article or post on a screen. It's a lot more screen-time with a novel. The second biggest reason is probably the nature of the content. Aside from the facts that novels are almost entirely text (and therefore less shiny and appealing on-screen), novels present fully immersive experiences- adventures. Unless you're reading The New Yorker or something similar with extra long, dense articles, you're probably reading magazines for a quick bite of information or entertainment. With books, I want to settle in, block out distractions (unless it's a cruddy book), and really sink into the story.

What about you guys? Do you remember any magazines you read as a kid? Do you subscribe to any now?

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  1. I was big into a couple of teen magazines in Australia that were more television/movies. They're both out of print now. I just renewed my subscription to HGTV magazine. I like flipping through it for inspiration ideas. I found one of my fav blogs through the magazine.

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    1. I picked up a copy of the HGTV magazine a while back. It had some cool stuff. :)

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  2. There was this one magazine that I subscribed to as a good and was always at the doctor's office, but for the life of my I can't remember what it's called. There were different games to play throughout it.

    Now, I'll scan magazines if I'm waiting in line at the grocery store or I'm getting my nails done. I like a juicy bit of gossip every once in a while. :P

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    1. Oh, I hate when that happens! But games are good. :)

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  3. I subscribed to Muse and Brio as a kid/teen. I always wanted to find a book magazine, but never did. I don't subscribe to magazines anymore, mostly because it's so hard to find what I want. I really miss receiving magazines in the mail, though. It was always so exciting!

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  4. I subscribe to Real Simple and goggle at how clean and organized I could keep my house. :)

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    1. "Could" being the key word, right? ;) I know how you feel. I have several Pinterest boards that shame me to the core.

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  5. Until I started blogging, I subscribed to a ton of magazines. But now, I only subscribe to Entertainment Weekly. Incidentally, I read it on my iPad, and I just recycle the physical copy. (I don't understand why they don't allow just an electronic subscription!)

    When I was a kid, I had a mail subscription to Dynamite magazine and later, it's "older sibling," Bananas. I can't remember if they were weekly or monthly magazines, but I can remember being so, so excited to run to the mailbox to get my very own magazine.

    And I always read Highlights at the doctor's office, too.

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    1. That's an excellent question; I wonder why they don't allow just electronic subscriptions. I know other places do. Maybe something to do with advertising?

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