Did you know that in 2019 there were 7,357 print consumer magazines in the United States, up from 7,218 in the previous year! In the digital age, paper is holding on for dear life! Although there are plenty of leisure reads to choose from, not all are created equal. Over the years, I have subscribed to my fair share of magazines, journals, and periodicals and all but three remain. I think it's a good time to reveal which 3 made the cut!
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LONG LIVE PAPER
On Tea End Blog, there was a running Series that I called "Long Live Paper" where I would reveal all of the magazine, journal, and newspaper subscriptions that I subscribed to for the year. Throughout the year, these reads would spark an idea and these ideas would usually be turned into a blog post under the Series called Inspiration.
Inspiration is still a running Series on Tea End Blog, but Long Live Paper lives on only as a concept in my mind. I believe that any magazine subscription worth your time and money should have 5 characteristics. Check out my blog post entitled, "5 Ways To Know If You've Subscribed To A Magazine That You'll Love."
The following 3 periodicals were always on my Long Live Paper subscription list and I'm happy to explain to you why...
Established: July 2011
Type: a lifestyle magazine aimed at young professionals, it focuses on home, work, play, food and community through photo essays, recipes, interviews, profiles, personal stories and practical tips
Est. Page Count: approx. 180
Release Schedule: quarterly
Cost: $18 or $75/year
Kinfolk was created by Nathan Williams, his wife Katie Searle-Williams and their friends Doug and Paige Bischoff in July 2011. Primarily a lifestyle magazine aimed at young professionals, it focuses on home, work, play, food and community through photo essays, recipes, interviews, profiles, personal stories and practical tips. The writers, photographers, designers and chefs who contribute to Kinfolk are drawn from a largely international pool of creative people, often featuring more than 50 individual contributors an issue.
Released quarterly, each issue is themed around a topic that is related to the season it is being published in, with all food, entertaining and lifestyle content geared towards that theme. Sample articles include interviews with well-known chefs, sample themed menus with accompanying recipes, illustrated guides to daily encounters and inspirational photo essays encouraging readers to try new activities.
In addition to its print publication, Kinfolk organizes monthly "community gathering" events that take place around the world, each based on a seasonal theme such as flower potlucks, butcher's block parties and campfire cooking. These events take place concurrently and aim to unite the global community of Kinfolk readers while also offering practical advice and lessons. The company also produces international food-based workshops, cookbooks and a short film series.
Type: an international wholesome and informative magazine
Est. Page Count: approx. 18
Release Schedule: bi-monthly
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
One of the most wholesome and informative magazines available is the one you hold in your hand, Awake! You did not purchase it from a newsstand—a passerby may have offered it to you, or perhaps someone brought it to your home. Published, printed, and distributed internationally by volunteers, this magazine is offered at no cost. Writers for Awake! send articles from all over the world, and they too are volunteers, as are all its artists and translators. The Awake! magazine first appeared in 1946. Its predecessors were Consolation and The Golden Age, which began publishing in 1919. These journals have always been published without paid advertising of any kind. Awake! is currently printed in 87 languages, many of them twice monthly, and has a worldwide circulation of over 22 million copies.
Type: a lifestyle publication that promises fresh inspiration for your life and home in each new season.
Est. Page Count: approx. 110
Release Schedule: quarterly
Cost: $7.99 or $20/year
Magnolia Journal is a quarterly publication from Chip and Joanna Gaines that aims to provide inspiration for your life and home in every season. Each issue features a note from Jo where she unpacks the season's theme and explores how it translates in the everyday. You'll also find design tips, recipes for gathering, personal stories from people who inspire, and more.
Cover price is $7.99 an issue, current renewal rate is 4 issues for $20.00. Magnolia Journal, published by Meredith, currently publishes 4 times annually. Your first issue mails in 3-8 weeks.
If you subscribe to a magazine, let it be one that leaves you inspired and edified. These three magazines are wonderful leisure reads that never fail to impress me. So the next time you're thinking about subscribing to a magazine, why not give one of these a try!
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