As a blogger and a member of Gen Y, it maybe comes as not much of a surprise that I'm not much of a magazine buyer. Whilst I loved a bit (read: I bought every issue) of Sneak and Bliss in my early teens (and Shout in my tweens) when I discovered the world of blogging during my mid-teens this love affair of printed media fell to the side as I realised I could obtain the same information for free online (and save up some space in my bedroom).
There's still a few magazines I do purchase now and then or have a casual flick through in the shop (Country Living and various Android magazines are particular favourites) but I haven't been a dedicated reader of any particular magazine for years. However when the news that a vegan lifestyle magazine would be hitting the shelves in the UK during September, my curiosity was piqued although I remained unconvinced that it would include anything that vegan blogs couldn't or wouldn't cover.
However, after the second issue hit the shelves in November the lovely people at VeganLife got in contact to ask if I wanted a free digital subscription*. My response was obviously "aye, I'll take that". And guys and girls, I've taken my negative words about the printed media back. This magazine is gooooood.
What caught my eye whilst reading through the first two issues and brought a smile to my face was the wide variety of topics that would appeal across the vegan spectrum. Whilst vegan stereotypes exist (and like a lot of stereotypes will continue to exist) anyone who is part of the vegan community knows that a wide variety of individuals adopt veganism. Whilst scribbling down the names of new vegan businesses to check out (this might be the only magazine where I pay attention to adverts) I was spotting how many walks of vegan life this magazine would appeal to. For myself there was vegan fashion and beauty (you know I like to consider vegan/cruelty-free beauty my Trivial Pursuit topic, but even I was exclaiming "didnae know that"), however there were also topics that didn't appeal to me such as juice cleanses and campaigns by PETA which I just moved on past.
No matter what 'kind' of vegan you consider yourself to be you should find yourself something within these pages and I hope this is a magazine that can appeal to the whole community despite the varying opinions and choices we have made (and occasionally argue about).