/ Bouldering Magazine
Just trying to gauge if it is a viable suggestion and if there would be a market for such a product.
I think the problem is that the narrower you make the target of a magazine the less content you have: Look at Mens Health, PCPlus, Practical Electronics, Climb... All of them repeat articles after a while, there are only so many "Introduction to bouldering" or "OMG 8C+ Bloc" articles you can write before you run out of material. Once people have purchased 6 issues and read 3 different articles that are basically "interesting V2-V4 climbs within 400yards of Stanage plantation" then people will stop buying it.
I don't think I'm alone in saying if I'm not out climbing, I'm generally doing other stuff! (Obviously that includes procrastinating on here). I haven't bought a climbing mag in years, everything seems so out of date once it gets to print and I just can't be arsed.
I get all the info/ interest I need from t'interweb, I can search just for the bits that interest me - bouldering in my case.
So for me personally, no I wouldn't buy a bouldering mag.
Bouldering doesn't need a lot of gear. That's bad if you need to attract advertisers selling gear.
Doubt there would be enough interest from just within the uk to sustain one Similar though.
Have to agree there aren't dedicated trad magazines or sport climbing magazines because as people say you are narrowing the crowd. However something that maybe was more boulder and less the others would certainly be something I might look at. However as others commented all the info you need is on the internet anyway.
Remember that the centres are opening, yes, but the people who go to said centres may never climb outside: ever... and as such have little interest in the wider climbing community, they do some climbing with friends at the centre but there stops there involvement. I know a bunch of people that are like that.
For me personally it would be nice to have some more bouldering articles, but I agree with the other posters in that its too small a market to sustain a print mag.
Same here and same with (my most active activities) hill walking & camping.
As others have said, though, an emag may be a way forward but even so...
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