I subscribe to a lot of magazines. I have for a while. I really like them.
But a few renewal notices came in the mail today and the truth is I am not sure if I am going to renew. And why?
Because, in a way, I am reading more now than ever. And so are our students, I believe. (But does reading the web really count as reading? Lots and lots of people who do reading studies seem reluctant to include web-reading as a valid form when they draw their conclusions… a blog for another day, I guess.)
The truth is, all of my web reading is just blowing to smithereens my magazine reading time… cause book reading has a place as well for me in my life and there are only so many hours in a day.
So, should I renew? It’s not really the money. Magazine deals make subscribing affordable enough. It’s not really that the writing or content isn’t something I enjoy, either. Each magazine to which I subscribe has a “voice” and I like each of them for it.
But I have a stack of unread issues – and I mean a stack – that I want to read but never got around to sitting in my magazine rack.
I mean if I just paused my subscriptions for a year, that would give me time to get all caught up, right?
But if I pause, let’s be honest… do I ever go back?
Yes, I love magazines… but I fear I am about to become a former customer.