Well spank my bare bottom and call me a nudist! I can’t wait to work on my little girlie magazine this morning.
Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! The Old Soldier feels young this morning. That’s because I love my job (okay my hobby) as the editor/publisher of the City of Pittsburgh’s only magazine of commentaries, culture, movie reviews, sexy stories and topless women. I’m finally putting to good use that MFA in fiction writing that I got from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. I wonder what my professors would think of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette?
I’m constantly studying other more successful (much more successful because you want to learn from the very best) online publications and not just much more successful girlie magazines or so-called men’s magazines.
For months I’ve been studying two online publications in particular: Slate (Magazine) and The Huffington Post. Slate and The Huffington Post are two of the most successful online publications in the world. Slate is an online current affairs magazine and The Huffington Post is a news aggregator (a collector and yes I had to look it up) and blog (just like The Gazette). Both publications are free and both use ads to cover their costs. Well, they do better than just covering their costs. They make their owners millions of dollars a month because they get 10s-of-millions of visitors every month.
The Gazette is free too and I use adds to cover (barely)my costs. I’m averaging 5,500 visitors every month. But you know what catches my attention about Slate and The Huffington Post? You don’t want to guess? Well, then I’ll tell you.
The number of posts on the front page of Slate and The Huffington Post.
These two giants of online publishing (I didn’t actually count the posts) must have at least 100 posts on the front page. I said at least 100; or it sure seems like at least 100. Now I know enough about online publishing to know that the number of posts on the front page of any publication is only one element in the success of that publication. Slate and The Huffington Post feed a constant stream of new content to their front pages all day long. That’s because they have dozens of bloggers, contributors, editors and writers working for them. Here at The Gazette there’s just little old me (and a handful of contributors). I’m lucky if I can publish one new blog post every day. But the advantages of having a lot of posts on the front page is not lost on me.
So, I’m going to try something new. Starting today, there will be around 60 posts on the front page of The Gazette until further notice. Now, dear reader, you are sure to find something that will entertain, inform or inspire you right on the front page of my little girlie magazine every day. Oh, I’ll change things up from time to time. After all, there are now more than 1,800 posts on this bad boy.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Today in Pittsburgh it will be cloudy with rain throughout the afternoon and a high around 55.
Hail to Pitt!
There are no boring stories. There are only boring writers.–Guy Hogan
The best stories about sex are really not about sex at all. They’re about characterization and relationships no matter how explicit the sex may be.–Guy Hogan
A flash fiction writer is someone who can write short on long subjects.–Guy Hogan