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#1 User is offline   zac59410 

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 05:57 AM

Is there a magazine about geocaching? There is a darn monthly magazine about everything! Is there one about geocaching? Where do I subscribe?...Thanks, "zac59410"

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 07:12 AM

Doubt it. I've toyed with the idea of floating a "Geosport" magazine (including geocaching and other related sports, hobbies, etc.)

Trouble is, I know zilch about the magazine biz...

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 08:22 AM

I know one thing if the magazine had a "geobabe of the month" I'd subscribe

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 10:33 AM

This is a great idea! I'm sure I could put it together with some help.

Any wanna be reporters and web masters out there that want to help...send me an email and we'll start a private topic on it.

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 10:34 AM

"geobabe of the month"

Wow, I better leave this one alone. My wife occasionally reads these replies.

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 11:13 AM

Caching Life Magazine has been a part of our geocaching website for a year, and has been a fun way to relate our geocaching adventures and share my love of photography.

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:56 PM

I think MORE ABOUT GROUNDSPEAK is a sort of magazine about geocaching.

Anyone with photos or stories pertaining to any aspect of geocaching is welcome to publish them here. If you have difficulties posting photos, or would just rather remain anonymous, please email me through Groundspeak. I will send my email address and you can send me photos, stories, links, etc. Posted Image



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Posted 31 October 2003 - 01:01 PM

Me too

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Posted 01 November 2003 - 09:15 AM

We need a web master.

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Posted 01 November 2003 - 10:14 AM

I'm not real good with design, but I got tons of webspace and can upload stuff for you....

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 01:53 AM

you said that you need a design ? Posted Image let me know

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 03:59 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Navdog:
http://www.moondog3.com/cachlifesummer2003.htm has been a part of our geocaching website for a year, and has been a fun way to relate our geocaching adventures and share my love of photography.

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http://www.moondog3.com - http://www.pdxgeocaching.com


Wow! Nice job! The cover shots are great! I'll stop back later to read some articles.

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 04:21 AM

Caching Life

Good job navdog! Thats worthy of a bookmark for sure.

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 05:00 AM

quote:
Originally posted by geospotter:
quote:
Originally posted by Navdog:
http://www.moondog3.com/cachlifesummer2003.htm has been a part of our geocaching website for a year, and has been a fun way to relate our geocaching adventures and share my love of photography.

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Wow! Nice job! The cover shots are great! I'll stop back later to read some articles.

I also have to add that is VERY impressive! Good Job!!




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Posted 02 November 2003 - 07:03 AM

If you're looking for a trendy, inside-joke title for the magazine, I'd like to offer "FTF" as a possiblilty.

"Have you seen the new issue of FTF?"

You have to admit, it sounds good. Posted Image

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 10:34 AM

I am a Web Master! Posted Image

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 10:55 AM

There's always this one

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 10:03 AM

We are getting a lot of interest now. I made the mistake of starting a private topic to soon. Now I can't add new members to it. So I'll wait a couple of more days to see who all wants to help with this and start a new private topic.

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Posted 04 November 2003 - 09:08 AM

It occurs to me that, aside from reporters, webmasters, etc. another integral part of this project would by lawyers; specifically, cyber-lawyers. Posted Image



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Posted 02 December 2003 - 09:34 PM

I've got a website (not developed) with a slot for a newsletter. We just need an editor, webdesigner and writers. It's a tentative start but it's a start.

While it would be nice to jump in with flash and glitz just jumping in is all the start needed.

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Posted 02 December 2003 - 11:01 PM

I think there are some real possibilities brewing here.

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Posted 02 December 2003 - 11:04 PM

Renegade Knight, on Dec 2 2003, 11:34 PM, said:

We just need an editor, webdesigner and writers.

I wouldn't mind the editor's position if nobody else wants it.

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  Posted 03 December 2003 - 01:39 AM

I'd subscribe real money to a paper magazine version! (I just hate glossies)...

I'd also be willing to pay a little per month to subscribe to an online zine (to help hosting costs), but it'd have to be as good as a paper mag...

If this actually gets going, let me know - or advertise and I'll see it.

Very cool idea, good luck!

( I have no actual skills to offer ;) )

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 02:45 AM

Those of you who like to write, or even if you don't and have something to share, don't forget about cachegear.com ;)

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 10:31 AM

I had sent an email to Groundspeak about this and they were supposed to get back to me. However that was about the time the fourms collapsed. I'll re contact them. We really need their help if we want to get this widely distributed.

I have been contacted by several people that are anxious to help. They are writters and web designers. It would be nice to have a writer from each area.

There are still several things that need to be considered and worked out.

Hang in there and maybe we can get this kicked off soon.

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 10:33 AM

I would really enjoy writing a few articles for a geocaching mag.

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 10:35 AM

Sounds like a great idea El diablo...I think the regional bit would be awesome. That way, everything is not concentrated in just one area. Perhaps the associations can input in on it as well. I emailed you before, but never heard anything. Let me know what I can do....

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:08 PM

Are we talking about an actual "paper-in-hand" mag or some sort of online version?

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:10 PM

I believe they are speaking about an online version...

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:12 PM

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:14 PM

briansnat, on Dec 3 2003, 04:12 PM, said:

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:26 PM

woodsters, on Dec 3 2003, 12:10 PM, said:

I believe they are speaking about an online version...

Bummer, I would love to get to work one day and see the newest copy of "Caching Today" sitting on my desk. Hmmmm......what could some other names be:

TNLN Magazine
SWAG-Mag
MyCache
Cachelog Magizine

Any other ideas?

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:32 PM

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Palourdes Morts Magazine

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 01:29 PM

For now we are talking about an online news letter. Although a paper is not out of the question. However it would have a substantial start up cost. If the online goes well and people want a paid subscription to a paper one, then I'm sure it could be worked out.

BTW Woodsters, I got your email along with several others. I was adding them to my buddy list in order to start a private topic when the fourms went down. Of course as it stands now we can't do a private anymore. Just hang in there, I'm waiting to hear from GC on this.

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 02:28 PM

I'm willing to help in any way. I'm no expert by far but I am webmaster for my pharmacy society web page www.orangerx.com and I was editor of the school newspaper a long time ago in college. Steve

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 06:30 PM

You guys (and gals) are onto something! I would be interested in contributing -- albeit I do not know what at this point.

Can't wait to see how this progresses.


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Posted 03 December 2003 - 06:55 PM

Might I suggest offering a PDF version. I for one find that I do most of my important reading in the library. (Only one low porcelain seat) This is also a great way to provide archives.

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 07:36 PM

Navdog, on Oct 31 2003, 02:13 PM, said:

Caching Life Magazine has been a part of our geocaching website for a year, and has been a fun way to relate our geocaching adventures and share my love of photography.

NavDog,
:) Very nicely done! :( I have bookmarked it and look forwrad to a bigger amount of time to really take in the content. The few clicks I did certainly has whet my appetite!

I have seen many personal websites, and wondered what was the real point there? I have often been tempted to make one, too. In fact, I did make one, or two, :P or three. I never really liked any of them. You have here a REAL reason to have a personal webpage. The talent behind it sure helps, too. :P

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  Posted 03 December 2003 - 07:40 PM

Team Og Rof A Klaw, on Dec 3 2003, 03:32 PM, said:

Palourdes Morts Magazine

ROFLMAO

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 09:19 PM

Speaking as someone who's in the magazine/comic publishing biz I can tell you it's one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Been doing this fulltime since 1990.

Finding an audience is always the tuff part when starting up. Sounds like you have good start.


Online publishing is a great option. But you shouldn't rule out pdfs. Sometimes it's nice to simply download a magazine, throw it on your laptop (or print it out) and take it with you. Pdfs are nice because each file is a specific issue that's fixed (like a real magazine). This allows you to save them and go back and refer to old issues. Web-based magazines tend to be in a constant state of change. (which may be a good thing or a bad thing -- depending on your views).

As an editor, I like Pdfs because no web master skills are need. They can be layed out and organized exactly like a traditional paper magazine (using Quark or InDesign) and they tend to have the same look and feel of a paper-rag.

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  Posted 03 December 2003 - 09:22 PM

I would soooooo buy a subscription and contribute content too.

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 04:14 AM

PDF format sounds good to go along with the Online magazine. Good insight Jollybgood!


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Posted 04 December 2003 - 06:34 AM

Here's my first contribution:
the title for a recurring section: Thinking Inside The Box
(or some variant thereof)
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Posted 04 December 2003 - 07:34 AM

blazerfan, on Oct 31 2003, 08:22 AM, said:

I know one thing if the magazine had a "geobabe of the month" I'd subscribe<BR><BR>---------------------------<BR>Phase 1: Collect Underpants, Phase 2: ???, Phase 3: Profit

Jason you perv.

While there are lots of cachers compared to a couple of years ago we still don't have nearly enough to support a regular magazine. A few thousand cachers can't justify publishing a mag.

I hope we don't get much bigger.

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 09:17 AM

The concept of a magazine sounds great. Last time I was in the bookstore, I was thinking about when someone might do this, or perhaps even write a book about geocaching. I suspect there is a market.

If there is a magazine, will it allow for 'related topics,' such as 'what kind of beer do geocachers like to drink,' 'what is your favorite geocaching related joke,' etc.?
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Posted 04 December 2003 - 09:23 AM

I've seen estimates of 150,000 to 300,000 geocachers on GC.com. Probably not much of a market for getting rich but enough to start something that would get read by a lot of people.

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 10:00 AM

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While there are lots of cachers compared to a couple of years ago we still don't have nearly enough to support a regular magazine. A few thousand cachers can't justify publishing a mag.

I hope we don't get much bigger.


Why do you hope we don't get much bigger. I would love to see Geocaching grow for a multitude of reasons. Also, I think a "few" thousand in a very lowball number. Now, I'm not in the "biz" but let me make an assumption (feel free to fill me in if I'm wrong). Let's say that there are only 100,000 cachers (I'm rather certain this is way low) and only 10% of them cough up $2 for a monthly issue, that brings us to 20k month. Would this cover an online monthly publication?

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 10:24 AM

IMO a magazine/newsletter should be designed as a potentially profitable entity, but should not cost subscribers.
Advertising can, and should pay the way.

It should be constructed on a website outside of this one, but hopefully could be linked to this and other caching-related sites.
That is how to get readers.
Readers=advertising potential.

The editorial policy of the publication should be independant of any other geocaching sites. :P

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 10:31 AM

While a website would look much better I think that a true paper edition should not be ruled out. I get the NTCA magazine each month which is distributed to only about 600 people. It is a simple looking publication in black & white only. And most pictures don't look much better than a photocopy (which I guess leaves out a geobabe of the month) but it contains many articles and advertisements. I think a publication like it could eventually build into a larger better looking magazine as it builds a subscriber base. My name sugestion National Geocacher

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 10:31 AM

I love this idea. I'd be willing to help writing, editing and with layout.

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