It has been reported today in The Huffington Post that there is trouble brewing over at Domino Magazine. Now I realize that this may be bloggers' most loved mag, but there could come a day very soon when it actually disappears from the newsstand. The economy is hitting magazines hard and ad revenue is down at Domino. I read on a blog somewhere this week (sorry I can't recall the source) that 'they just got their new copy of Domino and were so disappointed that it was so thin'. Now is not the time to look for a job in traditional media. I can only imagine the uncertain times and stress that must fill the offices of magazines.
It is my opinion that magazines will soon become blogs and existing design blogs will have to create their own original content and photographs or they will slip away into Internet heaven. You see, once a big company must take their magazine solely online, they are not going to allow 'Joe Design Blogger' to snap up their photos for free. They will go head to head against all the little guys - threatening letters will be sent from corporate lawyers - lawsuits will probably begin - these are the times we live and publish in. The big dogs will be nudging their way into blogland to win ad dollars. They will be watching copyright very closely. Bloggers Beware!
You heard it here first. (or maybe not) Start creating your very own original content or your blog will be gone overnight like many of the magazines. They will force you out.
"Domino’s circulation has doubled in the nearly four years since its launch, to 850,000. But ad pages for the title have stalled, a victim of both the broader economic decline and challenges in the housing market. Meredith Corp.’s Country Home, Hearst Magazines’ O at Home and Hachette Filipacchi Media’s Home have shuttered since last fall. Last year, Domino’s ad pages shrank 5 percent, to 692." - WWWDMedia