Sport unicycling magazine

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by Ottawa Dave, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Ottawa Dave

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    If I were to publish a quarterly magazine, covering sport unicycling
    around the world, with race results, trip report, reviews and some other
    fun stuff, would you read it?
    I've got enough support to make this a reality if the interest is out
    there.
    What would you like to see in print?

    Your opinion counts

    Cheers Dave


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  2. James_Potter

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    I would love it, even though there's already technically a unicycling
    magazine called On One Wheel. But from what I've heard it's been several
    years since the last edition's come out, and also you have to join the
    USA to get it, and I'm not really into joining the USA. so I think you
    should do it.


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  3. deadlydes

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    doesnt this forum pretty much act the same as a mag.
    and its free, available around the world very easily and instant.

    cant really see the point of a mag


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  4. DarkTom

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    I started writing a reply but then realised that a magazine would have
    the same content as the forum, only less of it (being a magazine).

    But I would buy/read a magazine like that anyway!

    T.


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  5. Honka_Horn

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    I think the trick to make the magazine work, is that it would have to
    cover items happening outside of this forum. My guess is that the bulk
    of the users here at North American, then European, and finally
    Austrilia or New Zealand... so if it could covered Asia or other areas
    that are not represented all the time here, that would be phenomenal.

    Without that sigment covered I'd still be interested. The forum is great
    for individual adventures to be discussed, but it's lacking full
    journalism that's found with a more balanced approach. Full articles
    with full page photos go a long way to experiencing an event. I won't
    be able to go to the next Unicon, so it would be great to read a full
    report on what happens.

    You might consider a poll too, just to reaffirm its potential with the
    user group here.

    Good Luck. One more supporter here.


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  7. mucRider

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    Ottawa Dave wrote:
    > *If I were to publish a quarterly magazine, covering sport unicycling
    > around the world, with race results, trip report, reviews and some
    > other fun stuff, would you read it?
    > I've got enough support to make this a reality if the interest is out
    > there.
    > What would you like to see in print?
    >
    > Your opinion counts
    >
    > Cheers Dave *


    Maybe you could throw your support to the existing "On One Wheel" and
    help it happen on a regular basis.


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  8. innes

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    I would buy a Unicycle magazine.

    I like reading on work tea break.

    If it had good pictures, and interviews of good riders, or groups of
    riders, it would be different enough to the forum.

    It would be good to see an up to date interview with pictures of what
    Kris Holm is doing for example.

    I'm sure there are lots of really good riders that would like to be in
    print. It could improve their profile.

    Innes


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  9. mscalisi

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    I want to see a skate/bmx style unicycling magazine, with glossy
    pictures of people going big. Something to put on the coffee table. A
    mag like this wouldn't be profitable at first, but if the sport keeps
    gaining popularity, it MIGHT eventually be profitable.


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  10. bugman

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    I'd read it.


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  11. It would very much be an issue of cost for me I think. If it was too
    expensive then the fact that I can get a lot of news and reports, etc
    here on the forums would probably stop me from getting it. I'd really
    love to read a magazine like this, but would only be willing to pay so
    much for it. How much that is I couldn't say yet...it really depends on
    the wuality of the magazine. From what I've heard OOW isn't something
    I'd go to the effort of ordering.

    Andrew


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  12. It would very much be an issue of cost for me I think. If it was too
    expensive then the fact that I can get a lot of news and reports, etc
    here on the forums would probably stop me from getting it. I'd really
    love to read a magazine like this, but would only be willing to pay so
    much for it. How much that is I couldn't say yet...it really depends on
    the wuality of the magazine. From what I've heard OOW isn't something
    I'd go to the effort of ordering.

    Andrew


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  13. Id probally read it,if it were cheap,like AC said.Im already a USA
    member,and i think ill not renew my sub. to it.\


    If you do make a mag.,put lots of pictures and tips in it.Thats my 1
    cent.


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  14. One on one

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    I also would subscribe to it.


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  15. reidj

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    You should offer to help Tad Daniels and the OOW folks. Their magazine
    is made on a low budget and is produced only for unicyclists, but I'm
    sure we'd all like to have a fancy color magazine we could show to
    prospective riders. It is true that a magazine could have more "in
    depth" reporting and broader subjects (unicycle culture, regional
    reports, in depth coverage of events, product buying guides, etc...)
    than this forum. The OOW folks already have something to work with. That
    would be a great place to test your ideas.

    I would also subscribe to and support your mag if you started it.


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  16. johnfoss

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    mucRider wrote:
    > Maybe you could throw your support to the existing "On One Wheel"
    > and help it happen on a regular basis.

    That would be awesome. On One Wheel needs help, and it would be a great
    way for you to get a sampling of making a newsletter/magazine before
    being fully committed.

    Also there is no unicycling organization for Canada. Maybe your
    publication could be the start of one.

    As for the Unicycling Society of America, our newsletter content has
    been international for 20 years or more and we have members all over the
    world.

    The content in On One Wheel is not the same as these forums. What you
    read in there was written specifically for print, to hold up over time,
    to be at least spell-checked, and to not be a waste of your time. In
    other words, everything in there is fairly relevant. If we could just
    get it out on a regular basis, it would be timely as well.

    In 1984 a bunch of us split off from the USA to form the IUF, with a
    newsletter of its own. During that time we learned that there wasn't
    enough volunteer energy available (and membership interest) to support
    two separate newsletters. Teaming up on a single one and making it
    better will produce a stronger result.

    If you stay on your own, what was your intent as far as color vs. b&w, #
    of pages, and subscription price?


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  17. Fuego

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    I'd read it/subscribe. Pictures is the most important thing, like others
    have said. People going big is always great to see on glossy paper.


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  18. mikepenton

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    basing it around OOW sounds good. I've never seen it but they would have
    a good source of contributors. A worldwide (english language) uni mag
    would be good. It could be the official mag for several national
    organisations, which would ensure readership, and be (an optional?) part
    of the membership for each.

    I've considered starting such a magazine but the logistics would be
    difficult. subscription only would be best, as retail sales would be
    very limited to say the least, as you would just distribute through
    specialist retailers who don't normally deal with magazines. Also
    production costs would be relatively high even if you did use the
    cheapest paper, mailing costs high (remember the market is worldwide)
    such. Offering an electronic version would be ideal eliminating these
    costs, instead presenting a different set of issues.

    If you want any more info/opinions from a UK publisher's viewpoint, pm
    me

    Mike


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