Conjob v1.1 wrote:We are however with all this free content on the web, blogs, forums, youtube etc the Mags really need to step up there game to keep customers imo.
Why should i go buy a mag with poorly written stories when i can read a well written blog? Why should i buy a mag with poor images when you have guys like Crevy and Steve Wall (well used to) uploading the good regularly, not to mention swellnet and fluidzone galleries. Same goes with DVD's, there is so much good stuff all over the internet for free (legally) that unless your bringing your 'A' game to the market, you probably will fail.
I agree too!
The current changes in the forms that bodyboarding media is available to you mean that a printed magazine must become an item that you must have. It has to trump the other forms of media that you have available to warrant you spending your money on it. This is going to mean that all the bodyboarding media outlets have to step up their game so that you get the best product that they can possibly make - a great thing for you, the consumer.
I've appreciated all the input and thought that's been going in to this thread. It's become considerably bigger than just a critique on issue #174.
I'd like to develop it further if possible...the questions I've had for you lately are regarding tone of writing and the other magazines you read and the how much reader input should be in the mag?
A member of the Riptide Forum is typically well-read (there is a thread on books after all) and an intelligent person so what style of writing would you like to see in the mag? Or what articles have been published in bodyboarding magazines over the last year have you enjoyed the most?
What other mags (bodyboarding or other) do you like and why?
How many pages of the magazine should be devoted to content produced from the reader?