Back in 2006, when I started Coco’s Tea Party, I quite literally gorged myself on magazines, reading all the major UK and US titles as soon as they hit the newsstands. This obsession with glossy publications lead me to study fashion journalism at university and also encouraged me to start blogging.
But somewhere along the line I stopped reading as much, and now I can go for weeks without purchasing a magazine. The local newsagent no longer knows me by name, and I’ve cancelled all of my subscriptions.
I still love reading print publications – you can’t beat the feeling of glossy paper beneath your fingertips – but somehow nothing feels quite as fresh and inspiring any more. And this is in no way unique to print publications – in the last six months I’ve gone from reading 50+ websites and blogs a day to around 10-15.
So what the hell is going on? Because I know I’m not the only one reading less. Is a lack of time to blame? Is there too much choice out there now? Has everyone’s fashion content started to look the same? Are we too distracted by Twitter and Instagram? Is there nothing left to write about? Or have we just become lazy?
These questions are constantly buzzing around in my mind, because writing about fashion is the only thing I’ve ever done/wanted to do. And I hate the idea of a world without magazines and blogs. So I’m really keen to hear your thoughts on the subject. Are you also reading less? Why do you think that is? And which publications are you still loyal to? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @cocosteaparty…