I’ve always enjoyed reading magazines; there are times when I would almost have considered myself addicted to them, if such a thing is possible.  When I was a child I used to love choosing one to buy with my mum every Saturday morning.  As an adult, I’ve read them all, from the big glossies to the trashiest of weeklies to the niche hobby magazines.  So, I think I’ve had quite a wide experience of the sector as a reader (wonder how much money and hours I have spent reading magazines?!).

The thing is, I think I am rapidly falling out of love with magazines.  I’m not the only one, if the crashing prices are anything to go by.  A couple of years ago, Cosmopolitan brought in a new editor and she set a new price of £1 for the magazine, whilst increasing ad revenue.  Recently I’ve noticed that Glamour has done the same thing.  I picked up Glamour after having not read it in about a year and thought I’d wasted a good £1 coin!  The content was drivel.  It felt like they’re trying so hard to be all women-loving and feminist in the face of all of their advertising which suggests the complete opposite.

Why would I want to read a magazine when I can read blogs written by girls like me?  When I can see what Gwennan’s been texting her mum, and get a recipe idea from James and Jessica?  At this stage of my life, I find blog content far more compelling than anything magazines can offer, and I’d rather take bloggers’ makeup and fashion advice rather than an overpaid beauty editor who says you need to spend £50 on foundation.

I’m shying away from the big glossies and instead, subscribing to history magazines which offer me compelling content and better value for money (cover prices are high so subscribing is the most cost-effective option), whilst feeding my passion for history.

What are your thoughts on magazines?

  • I agree with you, what would I want to spend £1 for a magazine filled with ads. I would rather spend £2-£3 on a magazine that has a few ads, but mostly interesting stuff.

  • Food & Baker

    Here I am nodding away at this post and then I see you mentioned us, wasn’t expecting that at all! Thank you so much for the mention but totally agree, haven’t read a magazine in ages but blog posts are most definetly better to read and take advice from!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  • I find most women’s magazines to be a load of rubbish too! To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever bought one for myself, but I’ve read them in waiting rooms and seen friends reading them. I remember sitting next to a woman on the train once, and she seemed fascinated by some article about what celebrities are wearing. I can’t imagine wasting my time reading them when I could whip out a good book instead!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    I 100% agree with you here! I’ve always loved glamour but, lately, I find myself picking it up for the freebies and samples rather than the actual content!
    Hayley X

  • Yes, I completely get that logic Hayley!

  • There is nothing that beats a book on a train journey! Certainly not what celebs are wearing…

  • Haha you just popped into my head as being far better to refer to than a magazine!

  • That’s a very good point Anca, it’s been such a blatant tactic from the magazines that I can’t believe they think their readers won’t have noticed.

  • I’m totally with you on this one, Llinos! I used to love good old ‘Girl Talk’ and ‘Mizz’ magazines when I was a young teenager, mostly for the High School Musical posters in every issue haha! I picked up an issue of Cosmo in December as a bit of light entertainment for a train journey, and I was bored within 5 minutes! I was really disappointed! Like you say, reading blog posts is way more engaging!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • There are only four magazines I read regularly; Your Cat, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Blogosphere. And I only still read Glamour and Cosmopolitan because they cost a quid and kill ten minutes on the bus/in a waiting room etc. The quality of those two in particular has declined dramatically, and I’ve found myself spending more time reading blogs than I do magazines! xx http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk

  • I completely agree with you. It’s been a long time since I’ve read magazines, I used to have a Cosmo girl subscription when I was a teen, and I’ve bought a handful since then whenever they’ve had interviews I wanted to read. I stopped buying them for exactly the same reason as you, their advertising seems to fly directly in the face of what their (super small amount of actual) content is saying.

  • I used to love ‘Mizz’, but that was back in the days before blogs! I’d rather take a book now for train journeys, they’re far more entertaining than picking up a magazine from the station.

  • I’ve gone from being a regular Cosmo and Glamour reader and even a subscriber for a while, to being really disappointed with the content quality, best kept for a waiting room as you say. I have no doubt that Your Cat is far more useful, I enjoy Small Furry Pets mag sometimes. xx

  • It’s really annoyed me recently Rosie, reading a feminist article then turning the page to an advert that says ‘you aren’t good enough unless you use this product’.

  • Gwennan Rees

    Thank you so much for including my post in this, I haven’t read mags in ages, i definitely think it’s dying a death compared to blogging xx

  • Bloggers gonna blog! xx