I am so sorry to hear this, and hope that the web-only transition goes well for Mothering. There is a reason that I purchased a Supporting Membership quite some time ago (and renewed it when I noticed that it had lapsed). I do love MDC and all the community that is available here - but I found Mothering via its print version, and loved, loved, loved receiving it in the mail. I may be quite tech-savvy about a lot of things, but I'm a Luddite when it comes to reading books and magazines - I doubt I'll ever transition to a kindle or iPad for my reading; I like to turn the pages, the anticipation of what's ahead .... I would read Mothering while watching the girls take their baths, and carry it to swim classes at the Y in hopes that another mother would see it and say, "OH! I subscribe too!" and start a friendship with her .... I have recommended Mothering to friends, and sent links to the online articles/blog posts to friends as well, and I think that Mothering has helped me and my friends to be better mothers.
That said, as a print subscriber, I'd appreciate knowing how I can access the two remaining online editions, as I'd like to read them. Please?
I do hope that the transition goes well. I read Mothering articles that I would never have clicked on as blog posts or online articles, and I'm not sure how that broadened outreach will happen online. One of the great things about Mothering was its ability to expose its readers to wider ideas beyond their worldview (whether that was homeschooling, or teenage piercings, or unassisted childbirth). Can I just say, it's miserable to type Mothering in the past tense? And yes, I know there will still be a web presence, but the magazine itself is gone. A lot of us are going to be mourning that, as I am sure you are as well.
I will reserve judgment on the transition to the other magazine for the fulfillment of my print subscription; it sounds a great deal like Mother Earth News, with a few parenting articles thrown in. I already have a Mother Earth News subscription. The fact that Peggy chose Natural Life as our transition leads me to hope that I will like it ... we'll see.
Thank you to all those who work(ed) at Mothering - I know that this had to be a difficult decision, and one you fought. I'd like to think that we, your subscribers, could have helped prevent this but that's probably just the optimist in me. Best of luck to those who are leaving Mothering, and to those who are remaining to craft its web presence. I hope you're able to help Luddites like me find a way to still incorporate Mothering into our lives (beyond MDC community and facebook posts).