BLOGS V MAGAZINES - THE DEBATE

16 March 2016

When I was younger, any pocket money I got, or change I had left over went on magazines. In my youth and early teens it was magazines such as Bliss and Mizz (for some reason I remember roller glitter being one of the gifts with an issue...roller glitter was the one!) As I got older I would buy Company and Glamour, starting to feel a bit more grown up, the content reflecting this. And then by the time I was at college, I'd buy Vogue every month because the photoshoots were so stunning. Also, the fact I was studying photography and was trying to immerse myself in all the photoshoots to inspire me. It got to one point where a friend wanted to borrow some of them, and I'm certain I put my back out as I had to take two big bags full of them, and other fashion magazines I'd picked up, on the long commute to college.


But now? A magazine will only end up in my basket if it has an interview with someone that I am a fan or, or that happens to have a visually pleasing shoot that I've happened to see online. Also, I'll pick it up if there is behind the scenes stuff on the set of a show or film. And you know what? This makes me a bit sad.

Since starting this blog back in August of 2014, my 'magazines' are now online, and created by some of those I like to call friends (although most of the people whose blogs I love are way too cool for me!) It's much more convenient, and cheaper to hop on your laptop and see what great content has been created. To me, I love blogs because there's a relatable element to many. Sure, there was in magazines? But social media allows you to know the person behind the writing a little more - if they allow you to, of course. Basically, there is more of a connection between the author of the post or blog, and the reader...or at least I believe so.

So I asked two fellow bloggers on their thoughts about it all, and whether they feel that blogs are replacing magazines in this digital age, or if they still have a place in today's world. First up is Stephanie.
Our world seems to get faster and faster by the second – from tiny mobile phones that you can find anything you want on the internet from in seconds, to massive advancements in robotics, there’s an increasing amount of pressure on us to work faster and harder. So what does this mean for modern journalism? As an English Literature graduate a lot of the friends on my course came to university expecting to want to leave to become a journalist, but as the three years went on they realised that this was more and more unrealistic as it’s somewhat of a dying art. I myself was considering going into publishing and was informed that blogging was the way forward – it would give me the chance to show off an online portfolio of my work to potential employers. After great deliberation I realised that blogging was the way forward, and definitely is so over its main rival – the magazine. 
Who really has the time to sit down and read through an entire magazine? Flipping through pages of articles you don’t care about is something that I simply don’t have the time, or the effort to do. Instead, blogs have opened up a world to us where we can read only exactly what we want to, and support individuals whilst we do so. Blogging is not only more convenient, as you can read blogs wherever you are as long as you have internet connection (which let’s face it, nowadays is pretty much everywhere), but also less exclusive. If you want to get into journalism and actually write for a magazine you need to have about 700 hours of experience specifically in writing or editing for your desired section of newspaper writing. On the other hand, to blog all you need is your own passion and creativity. The idea that ‘anyone can blog’ makes it a lot more desirable for readers, and this is why I believe that ultimately blogging is going to make it, and magazines will be left far behind.
You can find Stephanie over at Nourish ME or over on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. And next with her thoughts on all of this is Fii:
In the same way that there will always be authors crafting words to print in books to be well-read, well loved, and publishing houses to print these – there will always be magazines to stack on the coffee table, to flick through, to purchase. As long as there is demand for it, print media will never die. Or at least, in my opinion anyway. 
As humans, we’re always looking for tangible things to add to our lives. Blogging, on the whole, is generally still seen as a weird, uncertain profession (it is a profession), there’s very little understanding from more ‘traditional’ forms of employment. Something about being a digital influencer makes people a little sceptical, and my reasoning is that you can’t really hold the things we’re creating. You can’t really put a web-page into print and hold onto the entire thing to get the same experience the way you can with other forms of media. I’m in no way saying that blogging or content creating isn’t a legitimate form of media – it’s just new and different. 
And as with anything ‘new’ and different, you’re always going to get the ‘traditionalists’. 
Books didn’t disappear the minute e-readers were invented. Sure a couple of (really beloved) book shops closed their doors for the last time. But you also have those people who fiercely support the print industry – and those who prefer the feeling of page turning and consuming an entire tome in one day rather than swiping a screen. In the same way, I really don’t think magazines are going to disappear with the rise of the bloggers. TV isn’t going to disappear with the online video sharing boom. It’s about adaptation. Print media is one of the oldest forms of media around, it’s not going to disintegrate just like that.
I love a good magazine. I love the glossy pages, the editorial shoots and the curated content. The design, the showcased talent, and the inspiration that they bring me. Other people like the gossip and the stories and the ‘real life’ aspects, or information on their particular niche hobby. As long as there are people who still enjoy turning pages instead of scrolling, there will be print media. 
You can find Fii over at Little Miss Fii, Twitter, and Instagram.

For me? I couldn't take a side. Still on the fence, I am (Yoda, I am trying to be). I may consume magazines less and blogs more in terms of accessibility and the vast range of content we see. Also it's a way for people to explore their creativity in another form...but overall, I like to hope that magazines will not be going anywhere, anytime soon. As long as I pick up one every so often, that's fine with me. We're changing, and so is the media industry and technology.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think blogs are taking over, or that magazines still have a firm place in the world of journalism and media?

10 comments

  1. I still think that there is a place for a magazines in our day and age, especially the likes of Vogue and Portér but it's exciting to be part of a community where bloggers are seen as the new-age magazine journalists and our opinions are really taken into account about things! I'll always love picking up my favourite magazine from the supermarket though x

    Always, Alice

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  2. I don't think blogs will take over but I think they'll have much more power over magazines, which like you say is quite sad - but I love reading both and I feel as though they're quite different as one is written by a professional journalist and the other not. Its nice to have a bit of both!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  3. Magazines have definitely become a luxury now, which is why the more 'coffee table' bi-annuals etc are booming whilst the likes of Vogue and co are struggling! Blogs are just so much more accessible, and when there's so much great free content, why pay? Also maaann you've got me missing roller glitter! Freebies with teen magazines were the best haha :)

    Anoushka Probyn - A London Fashion Blog

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  4. I think magazines are fun to flip through when i'm bored, but I don't usually read magazines. I personally prefer reading blogs instead because it feels way more interesting to me. Interesting read though! loved the topic x

    http://www.fionnac.com

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  5. When I was a kid, I really, really wanted to run my own magazine. It was going to be a book for girls about books, beauty and all that. I figured that it was one of those unachievable dreams, but come about 8-10 years later, and I think I'm doing that. Because blogging is kind of similar to magazines, except more personal and accessible.

    That being said, I'd still like to run a magazine. Even though it might not be conceivable in this age, the Devil Wears Prada convinced me too well hahaha

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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  6. Bloody.love.this.post! As a teen I absolutely lived for mags and bought them religiously, but realistically, who has time to sit through a whole one now? It's so frustrating that so many brands pour money into ads in mags that people literally flick past but they don't invest in bloggers who communicate to thousands of people and have an influence. I think there will always be some mags around but I do think they're generally on the way out! I love this post lady!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  7. These are definitely all such good reasons. I still buy Frankie mag over here, but that's it. Mostly because it's really pretty and usually is filled with articles that are random and interesting. I still hope magazines stick around though!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  8. Ifeel the same way! about two summers ago I was reading a one of my favorite magazines and I felt like I was rereading the same dieting tips and dating advice. I took a break from magazines and when I started my blog late last year I found more interesting and unique articles and blogs, like yours =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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  9. ROLLER GLITTER. Damn Cosmo or someone needs to bring that back ;)

    I actually wrote a chapter of my dissertation on this topic back in 2012! I studied fashion journalism and will always hold a special place in my heart for a print magazine that continues to be a print magazine. I turn to blogs for immediacy and relatable, more personal content, when I want things to feel friendly but still gravitate to print for old classic features and for my favourite Sunday afternoons spent flicking through each literal, tangible page! x

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  10. Lovely blog post. For me, I prefer blogs than magazines.
    Love, Fads

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