Forgive me for being somewhat off topic today, but this is something that has been bothering me for a while and I like to hear how others feel about it.
I'm a long time subscriber to Architectural Digest, but over the last few months I've been reexamining the last three periodicals that I subscribe to (AD, PDN and National Geographic). There are several trends in my life and the world that are motivating me to take a closer look at which periodicals I subscribe to:
PDN is a case where I can cancel the hard copy publication and just read the content I'm interested in online. I started out this way and I think I'll go back to online only. The only thing that bugs me about PDNonline is that the content isn't public so I can't refer to it on the blog. But I can live with this.
National Geographic feels to me like it's the one periodical on the planet that's worth what it costs to produce. I still have every issue I've got in the mail. I read and reread most of the articles, read the website and watch the TV channel. I grew up with NG at my grandmothers house. She subscribed to it for 50 years and gave her bound collection to the local library before she died. So NG is in my genes.
I have a love-hate relationship with Architectural Digest. I love looking at both the ads and the architectural and interior photography in AD. But I'd rather just look at the photography online because I only look at the photos for a few times and recycle the issue. I hate the AD web site because the design is so bad and dysfunctional. I rag on them all the time about how to fix their design but of course, they don't care about the website because they want to sell the printed publication. It's like talking to a brick wall.
So at this point I'm ready to give up all printed periodicals except National Geographic. To me it's the only one that's worth the energy it takes to deliver the content to me. Do others feel this way or am I just getting to be a crank in my old age?