I was interviewed at a few places about my decision to cease publication of The Magazine after our December 2014 issues — read more about that here — and it was neat to get a chance to explain how wonderful the whole experience was of editing it for two years, and owning and producing it for a year and a half. I have no regrets, I learned a lot, and while exhausting, exhilarating — like parenting!
- My good buddy Jeff Carlson explained several things I'd forgotten to mention in my valedictory post, such as the fact that we are ad free. (I explained a year ago why ads didn't make sense for a publication of our scale.)
- Magazine founder and friend Marco Arment gave me a nice pat on the back, and agreed with me on the hard parts of running a periodical.
- Jack Dearlove mocked up a tombstone (sad but true) of our cover, and explains how Apple's disinterest in Newsstand coupled with other factors made my decision explicable.
The fine folks at three publications gave me a chance to explain myself:
- Scratch magazine, a great periodical for freelance and contract writers, led me expound at length on several subjects of interest to their readers. (They tweeted the best quote: "I hate being a publisher!" It's true. A publisher is a skill that requires key financial abilities, and is similar to being a movie producer or a nonprofit's executive director.)
- At Cult of Mac, I was queried about a number of Apple-specific issues.
- Seattle-oriented tech/finance publication GeekWire asked me about business issues.
The Kickstarter campaign for our book drawn from our second year of publication, October 2013–October 2014, is going strong, nearing 30% funded in the first few days.