Ever since I started blogging, I have noticed a sort of transformation going on within myself in regards to my use of technology, specifically the internet. I have always enjoyed using the internet, but ever since I started discovering all of the great blogs out there, I feel like the value of it has really expanded for me and I am now using it in a way that I never was before. I have discovered that there are so many great resources out there, so many amazing places where I can access information that is relevant to me. It’s relevant because it is written by other people that lead lives very similar to mine, or who share certain specific interests with me. Which is why, after a whole lot of deliberation, I took a very big step: I cancelled my final magazine subscription. And now I am going to explain why.
I will not say which one it was, but I will say that it was a very famous fashion magazine. I did not cancel my subscription because it was overly expensive (it was $24 a year, which isn’t too bad really), or because I didn’t enjoy looking through the beautiful pages each month. Because I actually really enjoyed it, at least most of the time. However, I started to feel, over the past year or so, that a lot of the things that were talked about or featured in there were not relevant to me at this stage in my life. So I often would just read an article because I felt like I should (“after all, I pay for this magazine, I better read it”), not because I really wanted to or cared about what it was about.
Last week, I was faced with the decision of whether or not to renew my subscription, so I gave it some serious thought. And the conclusion that I came to was that I really shouldn’t be wasting my time or money reading something that isn’t relevant to me–not when there are so many amazing resources on the internet that I can access for free. There are tons of really great blogs and websites that are all about fashion, as well as other current events-type issues that were covered in the magazine every month. Not subscribing to this magazine will force me to use these resources more effectively and intentionally than I had to in the past.
Am I going to occasionally miss the excitement of getting a new magazine in the mailbox each month? Perhaps, but if I really miss it too much, I could always subscribe again. Chances are, I will only occasionally miss the magazine itself, as far as the material, and when that happens, I can either look through it in the cafe at my nearest bookstore (another free option), or just buy an individual issue.
This was a big move for me because I have been a subscriber to this particular fashion magazine for many years. But I think in the long run, I probably won’t even miss it that much. I will still be able to stay caught up on things that I want to know about if I use the internet to find the information that is relevant to me. And I won’t be flipping through page after page of things that are totally irrelevant to me. I bet I’ll discover some really exciting new blogs and websites as a result of my newfound motivation to use the internet more effectively. And when I do, I’ll let you all know. 😉