After having a day to stew and brew over this I have come to the conclusion that I find all of this to be very odd and perhaps even suspicious. In late January I called in to Mothering's offices and put in an order for a 2 year subscription. They told me my first issue would be the Jan/Feb issue. I asked them to bill me for it as I have before. Everything seemed perfectly normal and business as usual. And then less than two weeks later they call it quits? Really? It pains me to say it, but I smell a rat. Something isn't adding up.
If there was an email sent out about this why did I not receive it? I receive all of the other emails that have been sent out from Mothering, but not one about this drastic change? And no, it didn't get caught by a spam filter.
You could cut out all of the fancy graphics, get rid of the color, cut back on the pages, raise the subscriptions rates, go back to quarterly...and I STILL would subscribe. I am having a difficult time believing that there was absolutely no way to make changes to keep getting this magazine out there and in the hands of people who so desperately need it. For me, it's been a life line through this rather isolating time of my life.
It's not about being in the information "business" or the magazine "business". I think this is about meeting people where they are, in the trenches of being a parent in this 'synthetic, cheap substitute' society and giving them that helping hand, that extra boost, that support and encouragement that screams, "you're not crazy! this is normal and natural!"....for some people that is online, for some people that is offline.
I am not into Facebook, Twitter and Podcasts. I cherish the printed word. I am not on this modern-day, information technology boat as it appears some are. Cutting out the print magazine all together is segregating a huge portion of Mothering's followers. Including me.