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.