Gone (?) but not forgotten. [Read more…]
Subscribers already got the email, and we’ve discussed this at length on Facebook, but now it’s official. We’re taking a break from monthly issues. Every month, it’s a struggle to bring all the pieces together in time. Final interview responses and pictures come in at the last minute, then we have to fire up the Adobe Create Suite (CS) to turn 60 or so blank pages into a digital magazine you can pay way too much for in print. [Read more…]
In working toward the GBXM 1.13 Super Issue in a little over a week’s time, there’s a lot of additional stories to complete. One of the most damning things about what we do is constantly being at the mercy of those we cover. These people generously give of themselves – their time, their thoughts, their existentialism. It’s not our place to impose upon their personal lives. Our deadlines are just that – our deadlines. Plain and simple.
Goals are one thing. Commitments are something else, entirely. Like goals, commitments should be specific, measurable, realistic, and timely, but whereas goals are objectives we set for ourselves, commitments are promises we make to others. For example, as I was setting things in motion to transition our magazine-themed blog into a real magazine, I set myself a goal of producing 12 monthly issues in 2013. When I published the sales copy on our Get Gearbox Magazine page, I promised subscribers 12 issues per year. That’s a commitment. [Read more…]
Four years ago, I felt a sense of urgency about getting stories wrapped up and published on time. Those were the early days of Gearbox Magazine, when I had to hustle almost every day to keep this thing humming along.
I still have to hustle to keep things moving, but while I feel a great sense of pride in knowing by this time next week, we will have published 9 monthly issues in a row, it comes with the acknowledgement that I’ve let my once-a-month deadline become an excuse for slacking on the website.
How’s that for honesty, yeah? Given the opportunity to sit on the couch watching Family Guy after my little one (she’ll be 1-year old this month) goes to bed or hop back on a computer to work on the website, I’ve been choosing poorly of late. [Read more…]