I am a magazine addict, you see. Reformed. In the near past, I subscribed to a dozen or more magazines. Sadly, some of my favorite magazines have folded — RIP Jane, Domino and Blueprint. Others I simply did not renew, such as Lucky (nearly all items featured are out of my price range) and Vanity Fair (all ads and would just rather read the articles online). I believe I’ve even let my Allure subscription lapse, and that was (still is) truly one my my favorite mags.WHY these magazines folded and why I’ve let other subscriptions lapse is a whole ‘nother post. I studied magazine journalism in school, and I can definitely say that the rise of the blogosphere is just one reason why interest in magazines is waning. Personally, I’d much rather hear about YOUR beauty routine and must-have products, YOUR fashion finds, and YOUR latest home improvement project. So by attrition and lack of interest, I suppose, my magazine subscriptions have dwindled and now I receive only Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire and Better Homes & Gardens. Each of these I receive because they are offered through mycokerewards.com or other rewards programs that I’m signed up with. In Glamour’s case, they were offering $1 one-year subscriptions a while back. BUT of course there are still some existing magazines that I appreciate. Real Simple has always been one of my favorites — its layout and photography are to-die-for and I think the mag itself looks pretty on a coffee table. At the same time, it’s useful & informative. Very few magazines are both beautiful and useful. My mom receives RS, but I could never pull the trigger on coughing up $20+ per year for the mag. But some of you lovely bloggie ladies alerted me to the $5 one-year subscription sale, and I received an e-mail tonight telling me that my first issue will arrive in 6 to 10 weeks. Hooray! I think if I could subscribe to any more magazines, it would definitely be Cooking Light and Coastal Living. I could use some photo inspiration of coastal-style exposed ceiling beams for our latest project in the laundry room, and some low-cal recipes for hubby to make in the kitchen. But magazine subscriptions cost money, don’t they? Sigh. What are your favorite magazines?
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My addiction to magazines is out of control, too. As a fellow magazine journalist student, I like to blame my major. Except, I was the same why in high school before J-school. I’ve had to cut mine down to only health mags. The blogosphere helps, though. I don’t need the fashion ones when I have such style icons I can read about in real life!