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?