Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Read a Magazine



This is a magazine. It comes in the mail. It is printed on paper. You can hold it in your hand. You turn the pages. Does anyone. . . anywhere . . . remember these?

I have long been a magazine lover. And while I have learned to enjoy reading on line, I would much rather cozy up in a chair, with a cup of tea and read the "real" magazine.

How to Read a Magazine (Glenda style)

Step one: While I am brewing my tea, I quickly go through the magazine and remove all those small cards that are advertisements.



Step two: If I have time, I tear out every page that has advertising on both sides.  (Sorry to the folks that paid so much money for those adverts, but I do not read them.) You will be surprised how much lighter your magazine is, and easier to read.



Step three: Peruse the magazine. I look at the pictures, the article titles, noticing which things I am most interested in reading. Then I put the magazine away for another day.

Step four: In a slow and leisurely manner, I go through the magazine a second time. This time, with pen in hand, I read the entire magazine. (Not necessarily in one sitting.) As I read, I mark any ideas I love, want to try, or want to share with someone else. If there is something that requires action (I want to order it, send this article to a friend, etc.), then I turn that page down.


(notice that I have circled two ideas on this page)


Step five: Now, I go through the magazine a third time and re-read all the pages I marked or turned down and act on them. I order the cookbook, I tear out a small idea I like and glue it in my idea notebook, I mail the article to my friend etc. If there is a complete article that I love, I tear it out and put the whole thing in plastic page protectors and add it to my notebook.




Look at this cute picture that I saved . . .


And there you have it . . . How to read a magazine - Glenda style.

What is your favorite magazine? Come back Monday, and I will share mine.

image credit: cover and scanned page - Better Homes and Gardens

32 comments:

  1. No kidding--thank you! I'm a very bad magazine utilizer/reader. I've even been known to purchase the same magazine twice because I've squirreled the first one away without really reading it. My two favorite magazines are no longer being published--Gourmet (I have issues from the late 1980s through the 1990s when it was at it's best) and Mary E.'s Home Companion.
    My favorites now would have to be Martha Stewart and Smithsonian.

    Oh, and I remove those annoying cards first thing!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. what a great post Glenda, I love it!! I am with you most of the way. I used to save clippings and then later throw 'm away... I just LOVE your idea notebook!
    How do i share your post on Facebook?

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  3. What a great blog. I laugh about it. Yeah, you know how much advertising there is a magazine! Cut out those pictures is a nice idea.

    In the Netherlands is a beautiful magazine. It's called Flow. Sometimes I buy it. Because thera are so many gifts closed in this magazine: calendars, booklets, envelopes, etc. Thank you for this nice blog

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  4. my favourite was Domino, no longer in print! Now I'd have to say Lucky magazine is probably my favourite. Along with the Boden & Athleta catalogues. :)

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  5. I think we have the same favorite.....although I also love Martha Stewart Living...

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  6. I tear out the advertisements, too! I wonder if you taught me that and I just didn't remember. My current favorites are Real Simple and Better Homes and Gardens. R.I.P. Domino.

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  7. Glenda, your method is much better than mine. I get the magazine, glance through it, put it on the coffee table or in a basket, and forget about it. I love Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens. I remember my mother used to read McCalls, and I would play with the paper dolls. Memories!

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  8. Fantastic :) I never thought about tearing out all them double paged adverts... might do that actually :D Because they are rather useless :)

    I too clip, or tear out pictures and ideas and save for later :) I should do this one mag at the time, but erhm... I tend to save them up and have a field day a couple times a year :D

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  9. Great post, Glenda! I, too, tear out all the cards. I eventually clip the things I want to save but never get them organized. I have many empty binders and am now determined to place them in a binder when I cut them out! Thanks!!!
    You always inspire me. Jean S.

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  10. Holding the printed word in your hand can never be replaced by online reading. There's nothing like sitting on the front porch with the sun coming up, flipping through my favorite magazine(This Old House) and sipping a cup of fu-fu coffee.

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  11. Oh my word. I just don't know what to say here, Glenda. My, you are organized!

    I usually get through step 3, perusing, turning down pages that I want to go back to all the while. I have every intention of coming back for Step 4, but I usually don't. Step 5? Never heard of such a thing!

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  12. No wonder we are friends. :)
    Anne

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  13. Hello lovely neighbour!

    I have a manic flick through first of all and then a slow and luxurious read through every last drop of my favourite magazines. Bliss!!!

    And re: your lovely comment on my blog, I knew about your lovely trip out with your daughter. Do you know how I know? Because I read ALL your pots!! They are delivered into my Google Favourites on my Reader. I love your blog - so uplifting and heart-warming. Thank you for takiing the time to write your posts.

    Saahxxxxx

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  14. You are very thorough, Glenda!! I read my magazines cover to cover...even if it takes more than one sitting. I usually tear out anything that interests me {usually a website or a book I want to find} and then I toss it as soon as I can or they stack up. I like your idea of tearing out the ads, especially the ones for prescription drugs and the pages of info that go with it. Grrr...I think right now my favorite magazine is Redbook. It really pertains to all areas of my life and is well written.

    Love this post!

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. I tear out the cards right away. But tearing out the two-sided ads....never thought of that! I use to call myself a magazine junkie. I still love to read them but I only subscribe to Good Housekeeping and get Guide Posts and Taste of Home as gifts. I subscribe to an e-magazine called Kyria....love it! As much as I love my Kindle for books, I still prefer to hold a magazine and the newspaper in my hands.

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Doris

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  16. Goodness girl you are organized. I love Country Living...among many others. I need you to come to my house and help me;)

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  17. I am a magazine lover too. None of this electronic stuff when it comes to reading. I dog ear, circle,underline and date.
    xo

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  18. I was completely addicted to magazines! I did the whole tearing out the ads also... This year I am "right sizing" .... "down sizing" and decide to try and curb my addiction. I am only getting Artful Blogging.... Very inspiring.
    I do think you are right..I agree nothing like a real magazine and a wonderful morning enjoying the printed page. You and I are kindred spirits!

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  19. Oh, Mama Glenda helping us all. I think I need you as my personal organizer or common sense, helper to do things well like read magazines...

    trusting Christie is settling in well...and you'll see how we're doing when Jared sends out a prayer request later...it's been a bit of a low right now for me. xoxo

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  20. Ok I was just reading a magazine beore reading your post. I NOW HAVE A WHOLE NEW PROSPECTIVE! Thank you!

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  21. So interesting that you rip out the advertisements first- what a great idea! I rip out my favorite pages for sure, but then put them in a pile of other ripped out pages. Looks like you are really organized :)

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  22. I love magazines, also. I have so many and I hate to get rid of them because I go through them time and time again. You really have it down to a science! I like the idea of a notebook. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. you are hilarious...and read magazines EXACTLY the way i do. the little chunky ads get ripped out right away! do you get midwest living? look out for the issue coming in october ;)

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  24. Fun that you pulled a page from BH&G to credit it...Better Homes is where I worked as an editor/designer for 25 years. I had only a small idea of how our magazines were used...we usually only heard from readers if they had a complaint.

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  25. I am a magazine ***freak***. When my three favorite magazines DIED (Cottage Living, Home Companion, Country Home) I mourned their deaths like beloved pets.
    At first, before the deaths, I noticed a lot of "drug" ads. "Whaaa?" said Me. My husband said, "Only old ladies read those magazines, that's why." That comment made me mad,
    I can read a magazine on a computer screen for information... but not for the pleasure and relaxation factor... can't take it to the beach,or a hammock, or relaxing on my porch. I ***can*** but it is not the same!
    I rip out those ads and cards just like you!
    Right now, I have stacks of magazines strategically placed in my house... like in the bathroom. Each time I am in there, I will go through a magazine, rip out why I had saved it, and discard. In a few years... ha ha... I may clear out the stacks.

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  26. I have magazines everywhere it drives my partner mad he moans at me to throw them out but i have stacks of interior design mags i use for work I cut images out for moodboards & inspiration. then theres the cookery & baking magazines where I am forever tearing out recipes.

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  27. Okay...I kind of think you are a genius! Thank you so much for sharing this. I am very ADD and this will help me organize my mag reading a LOT better. :)

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  28. I love magazines, and you've given me some very good ideas! My first step is always the same as yours.

    I don't know if I have a favorite. Can't wait to hear yours!

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  29. Fun to read your ideas about reading magazines! I agree - I like to have a magazine "in hand" instead of reading online. Love your ideas on how to get the ultimate use out of a magazine, and to enjoy it in the process!

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  30. You are the cutest thing since butterfly wings! I love this post, complete with instructions! My fave magazine is Country, put out by Reiman Publications. The photos are lovely, and it's full of helpful ideas, recipes, and jokes.

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  31. I only read one regularly and it is Canadian Living ~ I take out all the little cards too and once I finish reading it cover to cover I will flip through it again and cut out anything I want to save and put it in my binder. I used to save the entire magazine until last year when I finally got through all the saved copies and put my binder together.

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  32. wow.....it's a great post. i love it. thanks for sharing

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