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t collins
post Dec 21 2014, 06:07 PM
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Just registered and hope your project is a huge success! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif)
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post Dec 21 2014, 06:23 PM
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QUOTE(Ansbacher @ Dec 21 2014, 06:58 PM) *

Stevegm you sound a lot like me- you have a healthy aversion to "committee" work. I believe you should just have sprung this on us with a printed copy ready to go. As soon as a good idea is made public it immediately gets watered down with everyone else's opinions. Go for it the way you envisioned it; its your idea and labor.

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No, not at all. With something like this I think everybody's opinion can help.
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post Dec 21 2014, 06:25 PM
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QUOTE(pvollma @ Dec 21 2014, 06:24 PM) *

Here's a niche magazine for a similar number of enthusiasts, done on a website with the option of downloading a PDF. Very few ads, no subscription fee. An email is sent each month with a link to the current issue:

Mooney Flyer

Once the mechanics are set up on the website, it looks like just PDF skills would be required.



Very interesting. I will take a look. Thanks.
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post Dec 21 2014, 06:25 PM
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Sounds like a cool idea. We have loads of how-tos right here. I for one would love to see them organized, cleaned up and put into a more searchable format. You would need the authors and Andy's consent, but that well could supply at least one column for years. We have some killer build threads that could be worked into magazine article format.

Just a few more ideas (incase you don't have enough). (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Dec 21 2014, 06:40 PM
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Hi Steve,
I don't think it's a good idea. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/popcorn[1].gif)
Reason: It's a lot of work and the question I ask??? Will it be in production in,
(1) year: Answer, yes.
(2-3) years: Answer maybe??
(5) years: Answer, No. because you will be burned out. Too many other healthy magazines have staff, money and lots of new materials.
I like you, but we need you hanging around forever & not burning yourself out.
My humble opinion. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/stirthepot.gif)
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post Dec 21 2014, 06:58 PM
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QUOTE(TJB/914 @ Dec 21 2014, 07:40 PM) *

Hi Steve,
I don't think it's a good idea. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/popcorn[1].gif)
Reason: It's a lot of work and the question I ask??? Will it be in production in,
(1) year: Answer, yes.
(2-3) years: Answer maybe??
(5) years: Answer, No. because you will be burned out. Too many other healthy magazines have staff, money and lots of new materials.
I like you, but we need you hanging around forever & not burning yourself out.
My humble opinion. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/stirthepot.gif)
Tom



Thanks. It'll work out fine. Besides, those other magazines aren't writing about us. I don't get burned out often. And I've got a little magazine experience. It's also just a project. A labor of love. I'm committed to doing it in 2015. We will see where it goes and if readers find it useful. Besides, if anyone wants to join in and help write let me know. Content is always the key.
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post Dec 21 2014, 07:04 PM
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Online magazines can work. I've been subscribing to this one for a number of years.

Classic Yacht

I like paper magazines; however, digital can be effective as well.
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post Dec 21 2014, 08:10 PM
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I like the idea. Make sure to tell your story. I still remember receiving the mid engineering catalog.

Subscribed.
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post Dec 21 2014, 08:18 PM
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Subscribed.

Great idea...thanks for doing this Steve! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)

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post Dec 21 2014, 08:34 PM
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I'm looking forward to it.

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post Dec 21 2014, 08:37 PM
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I'm in.
Good idea.
Good luck.
I hope you find the next Peter Egan.
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post Dec 21 2014, 09:23 PM
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QUOTE(stevegm @ Dec 21 2014, 07:58 PM) *

QUOTE(TJB/914 @ Dec 21 2014, 07:40 PM) *

Hi Steve,
I don't think it's a good idea. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/popcorn[1].gif)
Reason: It's a lot of work and the question I ask??? Will it be in production in,
(1) year: Answer, yes.
(2-3) years: Answer maybe??
(5) years: Answer, No. because you will be burned out. Too many other healthy magazines have staff, money and lots of new materials.
I like you, but we need you hanging around forever & not burning yourself out.
My humble opinion. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/stirthepot.gif)
Tom



Thanks. It'll work out fine. Besides, those other magazines aren't writing about us. I don't get burned out often. And I've got a little magazine experience. It's also just a project. A labor of love. I'm committed to doing it in 2015. We will see where it goes and if readers find it useful. Besides, if anyone wants to join in and help write let me know. Content is always the key.



Steve,
I am glad your responded with a positive reply. It's great to get all these member raw, raw's for free services, but someone had to caution you. It's a big commitment. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/pray.gif) Help is there if needed.
Please sign me up for a free subscription too.
Tom
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post Dec 21 2014, 10:02 PM
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I think I subscribed correctly, I put my email address in it least.

Looking forward to it.

And hey, if a future comes where I need to pay for it, you have my money.

There is nothing else out there that fits this need.

Goodluck !!! ( and Merry Christmas )

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post Dec 21 2014, 10:39 PM
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Subscribed with fervor!!

Thanks so much for doing this, Steve. I'll try to contribute writing, provided I can find something interesting to write about!
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post Dec 21 2014, 11:17 PM
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A dedicated 914 magazine could be fun if its not too much work for you. Didn't we recently have a magazine...who was it...Mike ______, didn't Porsche shut them down?

In the past I maintained a number subscriptions and organized piles of magazines for when I wanted to go back and read them again...seldom happened and not worth the real estate or the paper or the postage to my way of thinking, now that we are in the 21st century. There will always be a place for print media I suppose, but its quickly going out of preference, many would say it already has.

Additionally, the internet is so prolific in disseminating information, the previous print media that still exist are but a shell of their former self and like you say, are mostly ads. Don't set yourself up for failure, make those hard decisions now for long term success.

If it were me, I would not set up a time commitment for a certain date to publish 'quarterly'. Just issue them now and the when you have material for the next issue. Getting tied to a date, puts pressure on a deadline more than quality, which I thought was your priority. Labor of love remember, not deadlines.

I don't keep any magazines now, or most print materials, only the articles and books I am interested in are scanned and kept digitally.

I would only be interested in this if it is available in PDF. If it will be let me know, I will subscribe. Save the trees, save the postage, you'll get 1,000,000 times more circulation if it can be passed around as a PDF.

Keep the fires burning...
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post Dec 22 2014, 01:22 AM
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I dunno, it sounds cool—and it's cool that you want to do it.

Sounds a bit like the old Twin Trunks Tribune, which I loved, and the early R Gruppe "magazine," which I also loved.

Also sounds like you've got pretty realistic expectations—so why not pursue it? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)

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post Dec 22 2014, 07:14 AM
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This printed magazine idea sounds pretty darn cool to me. It's a classic medium to tell stories about a classic automobile. I can't wait to read the first issue. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/chowtime.gif)

Steve, work on it as long as it makes you happy.
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post Dec 22 2014, 08:54 AM
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I say go for it .I have some experience in this.i started a local surf newspaper full color with local kids and adults,it was free with local business's advertising.it was all for fun everyone loved it,until the economy went south. I lost my advertisers and could no longer do it anymore.the major cost is of course is printing and distribution. Tons of work as well layout, getting stories, pics,ads ,but to see the look on a kids face when he or she seen there selfs was priceless.this was around seven years ago and i still see it. people still do like to hold a paper and read in there own hands.it don't get throne away they keep it.unless your pockets are super deep you will need some ads. I'm sure you can get most of the member vendors to advertise.have fun with it,DON'T treat it like a business, make it a fun project for you. If you have any questions pm me. Can't wait to see this go to print.it will be very successful and everyone will love it. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wub.gif)
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post Dec 22 2014, 09:39 AM
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great idea...I am in
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post Dec 22 2014, 10:26 AM
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I FINALLY found a Porsche magazine I like, Esses, and subscribed. It covers only early 911's and I wish they would expand it to include 914's.....but I doubt there is a chance :-) Anyway, for those not familiar, check out early911registry.org.

Okay, nice glossy mag, lots of photos and stories, mostly reader submitted, supported by ads in segregated pages. I'll send you an extra copy if you haven't seen it. I got a first copy free at Zim's Autotech in Dallas at their Porsche swap meet a couple of months ago.

So PDF vs. paper?.......you can't take PDF in for...ahh...morning reading sessions.

Count me in. Good luck.
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