more things to add to your feed aggregator.

Perhaps its been on everyone’s radar but mine for a while, but stumbled across Metro magazine today.

I feel a bit out-of-it, realizing this publication launched last September, so I spent a few minutes cruising their site — seems like a nice (perhaps lesser-known) alternative to city pages and the like?

And Metro has some decent blogs worth checking out:

Fitness Flights – fitness blog
ARTicles – the Metro mag’s A& E blog
Will Work for Food – foodie reviews; I discovered a few new places and events whilst reading
the best night of my life – my personal favorite, the catch-all-things-I-do blog (call it the voyeur in me.)
Bows and Arrows – fashion blog
meta-METRO – metro-miscellany

Looks like most of these blogs just started up in the last month or so… but I like the idea of having a few different blogs in one place (and I’m always interested in what people are doing, seeing, making, eating… especially if I’m getting a less mainstream opinion.)

That being said, they are really encouraging reader input, story suggestions, etc… I rather like the idea of being able to shape the media I read (huh, maybe that’s why I blog.) Anyway, worth checking out. Anyone know anything more about the magazine itself?

8 Comments so far

  1. Jason D. (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    They did a cool article about a guy I know. It’s a nice magazine: great pictures, younger vibe, I like it.


  2. jenni (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

    my boyfriend writes for them occasionally, and they profiled me once. therefore, i’m biased in liking them for that.

    it’s glossy and entertaining, better than any other local publication, in my opinion. but it’s a magazine, you know? the internet is always better at providing current content. i hope they get their site more up to speed.


  3. sam c (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

    it’s lovely to look at but pretty light on content. seems like they might be trying to compensate by asking for reader input? it’s a cool idea, but i personally prefer my media to INSPIRE my input rather than beg for it, directly or inadvertently. seems like they need to kick it up a notch and focus on filling pages.

    i agree about the “philosophy” of the blogs, but they’re pretty bad. the “so it turns out i have a blog now” approach is a little immature and definitely unsophisticated.

    it has great potential, just looks like they are struggling with getting there. (a few minutes is about ALL you can spend there, given the limited content!)


  4. Aric McKeown (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    Is this the June issue? I think I’m profiled in this one.


  5. Erica M (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

    I was surprised to find an issue sitting around in the lunch room at work. Don’t know where it came from.

    I think one of the editors actually blogged that they were told they have to have blogs and they weren’t really sure what they were going to blog about, exactly.

    If they can find something interesting to write about, and write it in an interesting way, that’s cool. But I object to the idea of having blogs because that’s the thing to do these days. I’ll give them a chance, though. I already had a few of them in my feedreader.


  6. Chris (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Late last winter Metro solicited me for a photo (presumably it will be on the back page in the July issue). The photo was originally slated to appear in the April 2007 issue, but according to my contact at the magazine the editor resigned (hmmm) and there was perhaps some turmoil within! Seems there’s now a new editor, so perhaps there will be a style and content change forthcoming….


  7. sarah green (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    this begs a chicken-or-egg type question out of me: how do you gather reader-driven content?

    I guess I read it as as call out to anyone who is reading — what are people interested in? Rather than, we can’t think of anything so please tell us what to write about?

    I dunno, really… [DISCLAIMER: I’m not a trained journalist.]

    Though I agree — the, hey lookie here, it’s one of those blog thingy, approaches generally doesn’t work. I’m much more apt to read something regularly if there’s a general topic (food reviews, concert happenings, road closures, weather, a pretty picture for me to look at every day…)

    Are they aiming for that with the dedicated blogs — and are they acheiving it? Am I getting into dangerous territory by opening up that question when it could well be turned back on to metroblogging?


  8. Erica M (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

    I can see the blog thing as being bonus web material, supplemental to the print edition. But only if it’s worthwhile reading. I think vita.mn does that pretty well.

    Maybe it goes back to what their target demo is and whether or not the blogs (and other web content) support that. I’d say that the look-and-feel of the website needs to be somewhat consistent with the print, but is a less critical part of the appeal than the look-and-feel of the print is. So the content on the web really needs to be up to snuff, ’cause I’m probably reading the blogs in a feedreader anyway.

    For example, the City Pages website is fugly, but I think the content makes up for it.



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