Magazines used to be a huge source of inspiration for me. I love reading, but being able to devote two minutes instead of two weeks to a story really appealed to me. I love the periodic aspect of it… I used to look forward to the latest and greatest issue of American Girl Magazine when I was younger, and then it was Teen Vogue, and then it was Real Simple.
Whether I was looking for interesting stories about inspiring people, or tips for how to organize my life better, or the trends that I should be trying (or avoiding).
But that magic is sort of gone. (Although, I will admit that I’m a sucker for a good cover at the checkout in the grocery store.)
Blogging, daily online “magazines,” Twitter, Instagram… Pinterest. These things have completely replaced that need for a monthly compilation of what we needed to know about whom and a breakdown of what we should be doing. Now, if you need to know (as an example) how to text a cute boy, Google pretty much can take care of that. Or, if you want to know what a certain celebrity is up to, checking Twitter will fill you right in. Need to know how to pull off overalls (they’re coming back, brace yourself), try a fashion-forward blog. Organizational tips, dinner recipes, workout advice, design inspiration? Pinterest is there for you.
Having instant (and extensive) access to what we want all the time is awesome… but overwhelming. At the same time, I wish that I could enjoy a monthly magazine, but the content always seems outdated and yesterday’s news. I’d love to know where you draw inspiration. How do you filter through everything to find what you need or want? Where do you discover new things?
Do you even subscribe to magazines anymore? If so, which ones? What websites do you go to for inspiration?