Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Right before the New Year...

and I am getting ready for a Big Trip. I'm off to do a story in the Middle East! I'll say more after it's over.

In the meantime, it's a good time to look back at things and see how much has changed. This was the Year that Things Changed for me. BrickJournal was launched as a print magazine, and things have not been quite the same. 

Now, deadlines are tighter and less forgiving, and having a lead time makes gathering news a little challenging - whatever comes in the mag is at least one month after it happened. The page count is smaller than the online versions before print because well, we have to pay for it. 

But the result of the printing has been nothing but positive. BrickJournal showed up in newsstands and comic book stores, and online orders for been steadily growing. In the current economic climate, the big surprise is that the mag has been steadily growing in sales. You can find issues in the LEGO stores in the US, and also at LEGOLAND California. 

Stories and articles are coming from all around too, from Hong Kong to Germany to the US. Conventions and events in Europe and US have been covered, from Brickworld to Frechen to the MINDSTORMS celebration at LEGO Headquarters!

It's been a great year, and many thanks to all those who have become part of BrickJournal. I wish the best for everyone in 2009!

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