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Phew. Now back to work.

January 7, 2009

I’m a little messed up in my schedule right now, and keep waking up at 130am (assuming I was able to get to bed by then) ready to go. So here I am. The next issue of GivingCity magazine is now available to download here.

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I’m pleased with it but also glad it’s over for another issue, and I can focus on some other tasks. The next step with GivingCity is to start selling advertising in it and making it pay for itself. I’m pretty sure we’ve picked the worst time possible to try to start a magazine, and of course doing it entirely in our spare time isn’t ideal, but we’ve got to start somewhere right?

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Anyway, we’re always looking for feedback on the magazine, so we can put out the best product we can. Of course I feel like there are some shockingly bad pages in there that I now wish I’d done differently, but there’s also a lot of stuff I’m happy with, so I guess I’ll live. I do feel like it’s a big improvement on the first issue, and I hope the third is even more of a step forward than this was over the first. Please take a look and tell us what you think.

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GivingCity magazine issue 1

October 9, 2008

I haven’t posted anything in AGES. My apologies to all (both of you). One of the reasons for that is we (that is my business partner and I) have been very busy both with our full-time jobs, our families and putting together and launching our first 100% original, all by us, not working for someone else magazine. It’s called GivingCity (was formerly known as GoodCause until some legal issues reared their ugly and not worth delaying things over heads).

It’s faster to copy and paste here what we say about the magazine on it’s own blog than try to describe it myself: “GivingCity Austin is formerly GoodCause, but the mission and everything else is just the same. GivingCity is a local Austin blog and magazine about philanthropy and volunteering. Our mission is to inspire, connect, and recognize donors and philanthropists – novice and experienced – and raise awareness about the needs of Central Texans.”

So, it’s a PDF only magazine, we didn’t print one. During the design process, we worked on optimizing it to be read onscreen, or if you’d prefer (though we’d prefer you didn’t) to be printed out and read, fitting readable spreads on letter-sized paper. Our goal is to eventually have both a print and digital version available. By that point the print version would be the primary product, with the digtal version probably acting more a supplement to or mid-month update or something…or maybe a seperate entity in its own right. Hell I don’t know yet, we ahven’t figured that out yet.

Anyway, I’m always bitching about other magazines, so now’s your chance to bitch about one of mine! Please follow this link to download the first issue – it’s completely free – and leave a comment either here or on the GivingCity blog. Seriously, I’m always looking for feedback, even if you hate it, please take the time to tell me why. I’m especially interested to hear about how easy/hard it is to read and navigate… there are several navigation options, some built into the layout, and the others offered by Acrobat or the browser/application your computer opens PDF files in.

We’re pretty proud of it, we did it on not even a shoestring budget after all. The next issue is due to be available on December 1st, and we’re working on it in our spare time and whenever we can (we do have full-time jobs as well!).