|First issue - Jan/Feb '02 and our current issue - May/June '20|
Act 2, Here We Come!!!
For instance there are so many constraints to producing a print magazine that just don't matter for an online publication. Things like resolution of files, scheduling windows with the printer, mail prep... Files looking completely different in print than on the screen... Convincing the printer and post office how important a particular date might be to me... All the returned mail that must be tracked down and determining why they came back... Tight, tight deadlines and mail holidays... Lugging heavy boxes up and down the steps...
|Turned out the regular carrier was on vacation. But that didn't change the charge to have it returned OR to resend.|
That only happened 10 or 20 times for each issue.
After we had a good decade under our belt, lots of other magazines jumped in. Most have also faded away. One - Herbalrootszine.com is a wonderful zine/course to teach children herbalism, and she's been around for a good long time. I highly recommend that one!
Along the way we went from 16 pages using cover stock and all black ink, 32 pages, to color covers, to full color glossy print. We have always ALWAYS been a grassroots magazine based on the welcoming and open sharing of knowledge.
|We'll be able to teach or demonstrate how to do things - like this incense.|
We will continue to come up with innovative and original ideas. We hope you come along!
So why are we excited to drop print and go strictly online? Well, instead of only visiting you once every 2 months, we'll be sending something on the off months. This will most likely morph on it's own - just like The Essential Herbal always has. Right now we're looking at mini-mags, videos (not necessarily from us) recipes, interviews, puzzles - all kinds of things.
A good example would be that in the third issue back in 2002, I think I drew (!!!) step by step instructions to make lavender wands (and a few years later a photo tutorial on this blog and a couple years later, fancy ones).
|It kind of cracks me up to think about trying to write a description of how to do this. and then the drawings.|
We intend to stick to 32 pages as much as possible because we know that quite a few of you will choose to print your own from the file we send. 32 pages is very manageable.
We have gotten so many encouraging emails, and they are appreciated. Most of us (though not all) are sad to see the print issue go away. It's a new world, and we adapt to do our part to reduce our footprint. Come with us. It's going to be fun.