I must say- this sucks. I wasn't always the "biggest fan" of every single article, but Mothering was a rock at our house. It's not *just* this ephermeral "intangible" that is lost without a print copy. The internet requires you to search for terms or your click on titles that interest you. While this makes "sense", what you loose is that little snippet of something you wouldn't have read, the byline that catches your eye and pulls you in further to something you haven't thought about, exposure to images and ideas that you normally would not look for. And, as others have mentioned, a print copy you can pass around. Many of the ideas in Mothering are "hot button" issues, and instead of being able to, in a friendly and casual way, put an article in someones hands and say "Oh, I was just thinking of the conversation we had! I wonder what you think of this idea?" you have to tell them "Go on line to this-address-you-must-remember and look for "Why ciscumscion is harmful and don't listen to your husband or mother" and weed through those other articles to get to this.... You'll do that, right?". And, like other's have said, it is a loss on the magazine rack stocked with Parenting and the likes. The forums are good, but... different. I suppose I am preaching to choir. It's a done deal anyway.
Look, I get it. And, I get that people are bummed (and more) over at the magazine. And I get trying to be "excited" over the new direction or see how this might be "logical". But I have no other words than "This sucks".
Well. Best of luck.