Exciting times here with new features, columnists, photo essays and a magazine makeover.
Posted in , May 26, 2021
These are exciting times at Guideposts, perhaps the most exciting I’ve known in all my years here. Really, I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this organization.
Have you seen the new, reimagined Guideposts magazine? Starting with the June/July issue, we’ve moved to a bimonthly publication schedule (six issues a year instead of 10) while at the same time making major investments in the magazine so many of you love. Each issue will now be at least 100 pages, an increase of some 30 pages with no appreciable increase in ad pages. And that’s just for starters.
We’re printing all these pages on vastly improved paper and in a better, more readable typeface. That lets us do more visual storytelling, like photo essays and uplifting photo features that will delight your eyes as well as your soul. In fact, we’ve given the whole magazine a visual makeover. I think you are going to love the beautiful redesign—contemporary yet accessible and always in the service of the great storytelling that has been the hallmark of Guideposts for more than 75 years.
We’ve added new content that readers have been asking for—columnists like Rick Hamlin, Bob Hostetler and Ty’Ann Brown as well special guest writers (hey, maybe you can write something for us!) and a new devotional page.
We’ve developed regular features on prayer, Scripture and spiritual well-being. Each issue features a Q&A with a faith leader; in June/July it’s our friend Max Lucado. There’s also a piece from lifestyle expert Katie Brown. Our positive thinker profile is another friend, Savannah Guthrie of the Today show. The cover story is by singer Michelle Williams, who shares her experience with depression and how she finds joy in spite of it.
My favorite new feature? Our Positivity Challenge. Take it and see how you can live more positively, then continue the challenge online. In fact, magazine content is being more closely aligned with digital content so that you can learn more about the stories and the amazing, inspirational people behind them.
One thing I can assure you is that Guideposts will always feature the true, first-person stories of hope and inspiration readers have loved for generations in our convenient, digest-sized format. If you’re not a subscriber—and that’s hard for me to believe—enjoy a preview of the exciting new Guideposts by watching the video below.
This is a time of great upheaval in the magazine business and many publishers are pulling back from print. Not Guideposts. We are recommitting ourselves to our print flagship while continuing to build our digital presence through our website, our apps, our social media platforms and through the development of digital products, services and communities.
Sometimes life feels like one big Positivity Challenge. That’s why we are here for you, and you for us. I thank you for being our trusted partners in making the world a better place through the power of faith, hope and prayer. Let me know what you think of the reimagined Guideposts by emailing me right here.