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New Rock magazine
7:40:17 PM
On 26/07/2012 shortman wrote:
>What do u mean?
>Your all farked! Everyone who posted on this page is just full of whingy
>And you all still read it ya wankerz.
>Don't buy it, then the guys at ROCK will figure it out.

I have a subscription, asshat.

1:30:13 PM
Asshat, smasshat. My comments were directed to all the people who could obviously do better on page 2 of this thread. Enjoy your subscription.
5:42:08 PM
Yeah, the "if you don't like it you should contribute" argument doesn't hold any water. I offered the Bishop article I did for VL to Rock first, but didn't get any reply for 6 weeks.

Big G
7:43:02 PM
My best mate is in publishing in the uk. He has worked on specialist mags the whole time. Mainly fishing but there are similarities. I have written articles and provided photos for his mags. Here's a few things I have learnt:

You don't need everyone on the mag to be an expert but they do need to have an interest

It's ok to work to a formula, the readership generally like it

Good photos are a must

These articles always work well:
How to
Where to
Celebrity piece
Historical piece
Significant news
Proper gear reviews (and I mean proper, warts and all - one of the most popular pieces in his most successful mag was when they gave gear to average joes and let them hammer it for 6 months before reviewing it.)

The last bit is really key. Not many of us buy a new set of cams the moment they come out but we do care if our $6-800 investment will hold up.

Basically I agree with most that's been posted

10:02:18 PM
Hey guys stop bagging Kachoong articles - the new editor is on the verge of giving me $60 big smackers for my investigative report into simey's recent near attempt at it...
2:09:11 PM

So, Mister New Editor of Rock, we're making this pretty easy for you for the upcoming Spring issue. There's the showdown tomorrow on an allegedly once-death-route-now-sport-clip-up, and I expect an intrepid Rock reporter and photographer to be there to record the event and provide a unique insight into how the digital age has changed the initiation of this kind of 'controversy', but not the outcome (ranting and raving and insults and threats... until people meet face to face, and then they're fairly reasonable). Then there's the new route that was possibly going to be a two-pitch crack put up by one of the country's best female climbers, until it was done as a one-pitch line by one of the country's best male climbers. Stolen line? Or preserved the climb? Disrespect to the person working it? Or respect for the style of the F/A?

And don't just read what's on here then put it in the mag, I'd rather another article about the five-millionth send of Kachoong than that. (I wouldn't really)
11:15:43 AM
I think he's too busy sharing Mammut posts on Facebook and finding product press releases to re-print, to read Chockstone.

7:48:32 AM
Rock Magazine just liked this picture on facebook:
9:41:36 AM
On 16/11/2012 ajfclark wrote:
>Rock Magazine just liked this picture on facebook:
Plus ca change...
2:09:31 PM
Kinda disappointed that they ignored my above suggestions, but that said, the latest issue arrived on Christmas Eve, and while my expectations were low (like, Argus-level low) [sorry Shortman, but y'know it's true], I was mostly impressed.

The editor recusing himself and getting Mike Law to write the (somewhat pointed!) editorial was a good start. A decent interview with Chris Webb-Parsons followed (and a pretty ordinary one with Mayan Smith-Gobat - note to interviewer-who-was-not-named: New Zealanders don't think jokes about their accent are funny; most nationalities don't; the 'kia ora bru!' line was just dumb). Three well-written, inspiring, engaging pieces about some adventurous climbing were the highlights – Alaska, NZ, and Canada. The best part about these – trips done by “mere mortals”, names you likely haven’t heard of, making it easier to believe you (and I) could do the same thing. A couple of grammatical errors in a couple of these pieces detract not from the whole article, but reflect poorly on the editor. But there were weaknesses. The piece about Croft & Honnold, written by the editor? Seriously, did you justify a trip to the US to do this piece? To spend time in Yosemite with two of the greatest climbers of their respective generations, and produce writing that is so… nothing… you really don’t climb at all, do you, Mr. Editor? That’s a shame, because that could’ve been the Rock highlight of the year. And there’s the mislabelling of the photos in the article by Steve Morris on ropes and rope care. And, of course, the ‘Rock Gear’ section. At least you’re not calling it a review, but three pages of new(ish) products with the manufacturers verbatim description is neither useful nor interesting. Actual, objective gear reviews are.

Overall, a great improvement. If it can be maintained I might even think about accepting another gift subscription for my birthday again next year.

Interested to hear other's thoughts...
12:46:27 AM
Hi mikllaw

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