We are always on the lookout for blogging resources that will inspire and educate our members and help them take that next step or try that new idea they've been pondering. In our last review, we looked at Kiersten Frase's e-book on how to monetize your food blog. This month, we're going with something a little more tactile!
Often as bloggers, the resources we rely on are digital - e-books, e-classes, other blogs, apps and software. So when we came across, and fell in love with, the Where Women Create series of magazines (Where Women Create, Where Women Create Business and Where Women Cook) a little over a year ago, we hesitated whether or not to write about them. But, after a year of reading all three titles and being more inspired with each issue to the point that a stop in Chapters meant scrounging the magazine shelves in hopes that a new issue would be out, we thought it was about time we shed a little spotlight on them for our members.
For those of you unfamiliar with the magazines, they are the brain child of creator Jo Packham and published by Stampington & Company's Somerset Studio. Stampington has long been known as the publisher of magazines that celebrate the art of creating with publications like Artful Blogging, Digital Studio, Mingle and many more.
Where Women Create
The first title I came across was Where Women Create. As a self-employed designer and photographer who works from home, I have always been fascinated by the studios and workspaces of others who create for a living. Launched in November 2009, The magazine's tagline is "Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women" and it's perfect.
Food blogging, is a creative pursuit. Whether we are writing, photographing, creating graphics or developing recipes, we are creating every day. And the vast majority of us do it from home. There is something very inspiring about having a glimpse into the creative process of others and seeing what they surround themselves with to keep their creative juices flowing.
Where Women Create Business
Where Women Create led me to Where Women Create Business and this is the title that absolutely had me hooked but it's actually the newest of the three, debuting in 2013. It's chock full of columns written to help the creative female entrepreneur. Covering legal issues, accounting and banking fundamentals, basic website tips, government funding, working with a PR team and even a blogging column written by Holly Becker of decor8, there is always a wealth of information and tips on things that might not be glamourous but are necessary to have a healthy business.
Interspersed with the practical are business profiles of creative women who are passionate about their businesses. The stories are inspiring but just as importantly, within each profile is a sidebar of helpful business tips from each businesswoman that I have found useful in both of my businesses.
Where Women Cook
Where Women Cook does just what you'd expect - it profiles women who cook! From chefs, to artisanal bakers, cookbook authors to food photographers and stylists, to recipe developers and yes... food bloggers. This is one of the very few magazines that runs regular features on prominent food bloggers like Catherine McCord of Weelicious, Joy the Baker, Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen and, this month, Erin Scott, author of Yummy Supper.
The magazine is part recipes and part profiles and again, offers up an balance of inspiration and practicality. If you have ever thought of, or are in the process of turning your passion for food into a business, this is a must read.
All three magazines come out once a quarter. They're beautifully produced on thick paper and full of gorgeous photography.
We took some time to chat with Jo Packham recently and when we asked her about the magazines she said "we are "traditional print people" who believe in the unequaled value of lovely images printed on paper" and all three magazines are as much a treat to pick up, page through and read as they are for all of the valuable information and inspiration they provide. There are virtually no ads in the magazines as they prefer to follow a book business model over a magazine business model. The ads that readers do see, usually at the back are often for other Stampington publications or partner businesses.
We even asked her if they ever consider Canadian food bloggers for Where Women Cook and she replied with a most definite "yes!". If you're interested, all you have to do is contact them. (let us know if you want more details - we're happy to pass them along!)
All three publications are available at Chapters/Indigo throughout Canada and we've seen them popping up in London Drugs in Western Canada. Most outlets in Canada that sell magazines can easily request specific titles for you if you ask. You can also purchase individual issues or subscribe at stampington.com. Digital issues are also available for sold out editions.
Enter to Win Copies of Where Women Cook
After we contacted the folks at Where Women Create and told them we were planning to write a profile on their publications for our members, they very generously offered up the entire back catalogue of Where Women Cook for one lucky person! That's right - 12 gorgeous issues packed full of inspiration. Just enter through rafflecopter below. We are only able to ship to an address in Canada.
Thank you very much to Jo Packham and Stampington for giving us access to images for use in this post.