Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Relaunch Issue of Montana Woman Magazine

From The Editor

Montana Woman Magazine first arrived on the scene in September 1994. The first issue was as single sheet of paper—actually more of a newsletter; the magazine part would come later. The new publication was well received by the community and soon enjoyed the success of becoming a 12-page black and white magazine. Montana Woman first entered my life in September 2001 in a big way: I became the Publisher and Editor. What a blessing to be at the helm of a magazine that celebrates its 206th issue this month and has been the only monthly publication in the state of Montana for the entire 17 years of its existence.

During my time with the magazine, I have seen abundant growth and have had the pleasure to meet inspiring people throughout Montana. Over the years this always-evolving publication has increased in readership and circulation. During this time color has been added as well as an increase in the number of pages. What started as a contributing family of ten has now grown to over forty. Talented writers from across the state of Montana share knowledge, laughs and life’s experiences with us each month.

Change has been a big part of the history of Montana Woman. A friend of mine sports a bumper sticker on her car that states simply, “Change is inevitable – Growth is optional.” Montana Woman Magazine and its staff embrace change and encourage growth. For me, my time with the magazine is not a job, but a way of life. Having been born and raised in Montana, I feel fortunate to be a Montana Woman. I like to think that no matter your geographic location or place of origin, there is a little Montana Woman in all women.

January begins another chapter for Montana Woman Magazine. Not only are we re-launching the magazine with a new look, but we have also grown into a 96-page full-color publication. Rest assured: the look has changed, but the content will remain the same; this is what has made Montana Woman a success. We are dedicated to being a positive resource for communities across Montana, always mindful to insure that articles educate, uplift and entertain the reader. Montana Woman focuses on the people and events that are positive forces in helping shape the communities big and small across our beautiful Big Sky Country.

We are excited to share more news! In 2010, Montana Woman Magazine became available online and has been embraced by readers worldwide! This had made it obvious that it is time for the magazine to have a digital version. You read correctly! Montana Woman will be the first Montana magazine available digitally. Visit iTunes to download your app today! Each month readers can get their Montana Woman Magazine fix on their iPad. The new tablet edition gives readers access to all they’ve come to love about the print edition plus exclusive bonus content and interactive extras that aren’t available anywhere else.

We have many more surprises in store for our readers and our advertisers in 2012! Sharing them now would spoil the fun—so pick up your issue each month to see what is new. We appreciate you allowing us to be part of your life and your community.

Montana Woman Magazine is delighted to continue “Pioneering into the Future”. Thanks to our devoted readers, faithful advertisers, talented contributors, and dedicated staff, I am happy to report... The Future Is Looking Good!

Happy New Year,