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does anyone subscribe to relevant? i browse the site often and was thinking about subscribing to the magazine. is it good? is it really relevant? inquiring minds want to know.
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 09:32AM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

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i've gotten it for the past 2 years. it's pretty good (the site is as good or better) - holding and reading the magazine is a lot different than going to the website...

the mag is basically a lot of small chunks of information with a few longer articles. a lot about artists (music, movies, etc.) but for the most part mainstream.

I really like the design and "feel" of the publication. edgy.

for the price ($15/year) I think it's worth it, although I also think I'm on the brink of growing out of it.

so all those thoughts together mean I may or may not re-sub for next year.
Feb 22, 2005 at 11:29AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
are there excessive pages of needless advertising? i can't handle that.

thanks for the input...
Feb 22, 2005 at 01:38PM | Registered Commentermdog
I subscribe too. It's one of those magazines that I will read cover to cover. I don't immediately recall excesive ads, but the ads they do have are pretty, so it sorta evens out in my mind.
Feb 22, 2005 at 02:34PM | Unregistered CommenterDanielle
yeah, i've subscribed for a while too. the design (including ads) is tasteful, and there are usually 2-3 very worthwhile articles in each issue. i have a lot of respect for cameron strang, and they do have a knack for getting interesting interview subjects.

the thing that puts me off the most about it is the tone ... a good half of each issue consists "christian self-help" articles. i kissed the purpose-driven jabez prayer goodbye long ago.
Feb 22, 2005 at 11:58PM | Unregistered Commenterlance
I agree it can be a bit "self-helpy." Also, most of the articles are short and light. But my preference for longer, deeper, more nuanced articles may just be that: my preference.

I don't put much stock in their music reviews. The few longer ones can read like PR pieces, and most of them are just little blurbs with three up, down or sideways arrows: one for the music, one for the lyrics, one for the spiritual content. That reductionistic approach doesn't sit well with me.

But my biggest complaint is that the writing can be really bad. Probably shouldn't say that too loud since I've written for them in the past, and may again in the future. I understand they depend heavily on freelancers. But come one, some of it is just lousy.

Overall, I usually get a few good reads out of each issue. And even the less-than-good reads sometimes make me think. So then I get something out of it.

That enough info for you? ;)
Feb 23, 2005 at 01:48PM | Unregistered Commentermeegs

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