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20 November 2021 (1 minute read)

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💯 100 Days to Offload

This article is one of a series of posts I have written for the 100 Days to Offload challenge. Disclaimer: The challenge focuses on writing frequency rather than quality, and so posts may not always be fully planned out!

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I’ve really enjoyed my recent discovery of a couple of traditional-style webzines. Webzines (sometimes referred to as online magazines, or - in this instance - simply “zines”) are a way of distributing periodic content through the web.

I’m not referring to modern-day online media outlets, but those publications which are typically written by a small number of individuals (often “netizens”) and where the focus is not on advertisements, clickbait, or the mass production of content.

Such outputs differ from blogs, in the sense that they often feature contributions from a number of people and sources, and potentially exhibit some form of editorial process.

They can be used to distribute news, updates, opinion, or anything else that you might find in any other type of periodical.

I like them because they reflect the values of the slow web, they’re informative, can be quite informal and quirky, quick and easy to consume, and they help with discovering new and interesting content from around the web.

I’ve only discovered a few examples so far - such as the OpenBSD Webzine and the Yesterweb Zine - but I look forward to staying on the look-out for more.

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