I have a confession to make: Jason Johnson and I had a blast putting together the latest issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine, which went live this morning and can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Don’t get me wrong—between us, Johnson and I put in a lot of late (his schedule) and early (my schedule) hours. We wrote, edited and read, and then did it again and again, until we could no longer stand to read what we wrote and edited. We looked at image after image with screen-weary eyes and debated the merits of each until we reached the “flip a coin” stage.
That’s all part of the process of creating a magazine, and if you don’t accept and commit to the process—the real “work” in the publishing world—you’re in the wrong business.
Last Tuesday night, when Johnson sent me the final PDF of the November/December issue to review, I had to stop and catch my breath a few times as I went over it. Because while, yeah, it’s a ton of work for two guys with a little help from a gifted art director who takes on our bi-monthly cover design chores and a whole lot of help from a few photographers, it’s also a ton of fun. And this issue was more fun that most.
Here are four reasons—all features in the latest issue—why: