Hello hello hello, fans of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette who live all over the world with a special hello to all of you in the audience who are first-time visitors! The blogging day has begun. What adventures in blogging will we share today?
How’s everyone doing?
The Old Soldier is doing great! I have no aches or pains and in about 60 hours I’ll be back on my regular beat in Little Italy, sitting at the bar in Armand’s, sipping cold beer and eating peanuts and thinking deep thoughts about life and writing.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
Publishing The Gazette
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is always evolving. It has a new sub-title: “A Girlie Ezine For 2015.” While it may not be box office dynamite, it does tell you at a glance what this publication is.
I’m always experimenting with the front page to make it more reader friendly. Well, now the front page has 38 featured posts pinned to it. I can add 6 posts of new content that appears at the bottom of the page before the new content laps over to page 2.
The 38 featured posts can be new posts or posts from the archives. With over 1,600 posts in the archives, I have plenty of content to choose from. Each post belongs to a Category and I just go through each Category and unpin one post from the front page and pin the next post to the front page. It’s so simple. While some of the posts pinned to the front page are floaters. I just pin them to the front page because I like them and they don’t have any order. In other words, the front page on any given day is just like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re going to get.
I now have so many new stories from contributors that I’ve accepted for publication that I’ve had to shut down Submissions until March 2016. I mean, it was getting crazy. I have to get rid of the backlog before accepting any more submissions. And starting in March I’ll publish a new story by a contributor every other month instead of every month like I do now. That will save me $180 a year, but I still pay $30.00 for a short story.
I guess the biggest shift in the editorial policy of this ezine is that it will carry more content that deals with politics. I would not describe myself as a Liberal, but I am definitely left of center especially when it comes to political and economic issues that impact middle-class (what’s left of it) and working-class Americans (I’m working-class).
Now I know a lot more about flash fiction than I know about politics. So, I’ll let commentators who know more about politics than I do, like people who write for The Daily Kos and The Huffington Post, express their opinions here in The Gazette when they speak on issues that impact the American middle and working class. The Daily Kos and The Huffington Post don’t mind if you sample their content as long as you don’t get greedy.
What issue gets my briefs tied in a knot? Big Money destroying our representative form of government. While we, the 99% fight among ourselves, the 1% are making themselves a plutocracy (government by the wealthy).
The History Of Mass Market Magazines
And I will continue to educate myself on the history of mass market magazines, a history that begins in the 1890s, for three reasons. The history of mass market magazines is a fascinating story. I publish an online magazine and I want to know everything I can about the business of publishing a magazine. I’m sure the history of mass market magazines will give me plenty to blog about.
Did you know that mass market magazines were the first mass media? Yep! If I can get a good understanding of why some magazines failed while others were successful, I might be able to give the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette a chance for success.
That’s it for right now. I can’t wait for Wednesday. Little Italy always gives me plenty to blog about.
It will be a lovely day in The ‘Burgh today with a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high around 78.
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Thank you and Hail to Pitt!