For the love of print
Switching off from social media and reading a magazine without distraction is completely worth it
I want to read more. There’s so much to learn from reading magazines and I’m missing out on it. Sometimes my phone will distract me for more time than I wish to disclose. And to be honest, I gain nothing from it.
I’m quite good at adding articles to my reading list, but I’m terrible for half-reading magazines and flicking. I like print, in fact I’d go as far to say as I love print. I like the freedom and flexibility of layouts, its tactility, its book-like appearance and even the adverts! But there’s something that stops me from picking it up and going page-by-page. Maybe it’s the disconnect from everything else going on, or maybe it’s that I have too many to get through. I like completing things and this magazine mountain that I’ve managed to create is far from complete.
I want to have that same spark with my writing, but I know it doesn’t happen overnight and understand I’m playing catch up.
What I’ve found so far is that I enjoy reading articles and blog posts, seeing how they’ve worded something and then trying to learn from its rhetoric. By reading words other than my own I feel it might make the words I write better… just slightly. Everyone has a different way of writing, their approach to structuring a piece and favourite words they like to use. Exposing myself to all of this will no doubt influence my own writing overtime.
So now I need to find a balance of getting through my fair share of online reads and setting aside time to pick up that gsm. I’ve went through most of my magazines in my room, but for design ideas when designing the new website. Now I need to forget the layouts and concentrate on the words. A few in my ‘pile to tackle’ is the new issue of Lagom, volume 19 of TMRW and then Cereal 13.
If you’ve got any magazine suggestions that includes a mix of style, interiors and travels, please do send it over, as I really need to get to it. Time to set aside minutes in the day for a magazine. jbicon