I just found out that one of my favorite magazines, Cottage Living is going out of business. Photo courtesy of cottageliving.com.
I must say that given that this news was publically announced in November and I just got the news yesterday via snail mail from Cottage Living, as a subscriber I am disappointed in not knowing sooner. I am guessing the delay is because they were looking for a substitute magazine to offer to the subscriber base...and they found one...Sunset magazine (check out sunset.com). Years ago I used to walk/bike by their office in Menlo Park, CA as I lived less than a 1/2 mile away. They have been around forever...I remember their magazines and books from years gone by (even back to my childhood). I know Sunset has changed over the years, so rather than ask for a refund on my subscription I am going to give them a try.
While I am on the magazine soapbox I have two other thoughts. I subscribe to several other home decorating magazines (i.e. Country Home, Country Living, Coastal Living, Midwest Living, O at Home, Domino) and it drives me crazy that they hit the newsstands before they land at my house. Why is that? I think I should get my copy before the stores.
Do you think that the growth of the blogging world will hurt or help home decorating magazines? If I were an editor I would love blogs as they provide an unbelievable selection of content and creative individuals to feature. However, as a subscriber I am also being exposed to an endless pool of talent…volumes of talent that I wouldn’t have ever seen in my lifetime without the internet. I am viewing the talent of those that have an esthetic that I adore, those that are creative beyond my imagination, those that can repurpose anything, those that share my interest of reusing, those that get the same thrill as I do by rescuing an item on the side of the road, and those that have a style I didn't know existed or that I didn't know I even liked. So, will I along with other bloggers no longer feel the need to purchase a magazine? Or will the tangible presence of a magazine win over and endure?
On a more exciting note, sign up for the HGTV 2009 Dream Home Giveaway at hgtv.com. You can sign up every day until 2/19. Just make sure you invite me over if you win.