[Update] No, I wasn’t kidding. So after a break for the holidays I’ve put this post “back at the top”. Look at my thoughts in the comments and lets move forward.
A little while ago Blork wrote a post mentioning how indy media isn’t very indy anymore, how even “edgy” papers are now owned by big media conglomerates and don’t have a distinctive opinion. I’ve been thinking that with the blog writers we have in Montréal we could put together a decent “paper”. Much smaller in terms of the number of articles but pretty high on quality. What is covered from one issue to the next would vary with what inspires the writers, no hard set list of features and departments.
Movies, books, shows, music, restaurants, exhibitions, news, architecture, design, technology, sports, even fiction. You name it, all the content volume is already there, this would be a forum in which people can regroup to find more readers as well as a goal to motivate each other in writing longer pieces. Without mentioning creating something good that could fill a void in town. Those articles could be either exclusive for the zine or—in keeping with the blog origins—would appear on the writer’s blog (if he/she has one) and be duplicated and trackbacked to the zine.
It would also be bilingual, like Montréal is. Not in the “I have to translate everything” sense of bilingual, more simply it would reflect our conversations, this feels better in french, write it in french, this other one in english, write it that way. That’s how it works in day to day life (my life anyway), that’s the way the zine can be too.
The whole project would be built in tableless valid xhtml and css making each page very flexible which makes individual articles, sections or issues subject to a different design making the zine a showcase not only for writers but also for designers while at the same time using the greater possibilities of the web to push it further than current online magazines. Look for example at voir.ca which is a pretty well designed website but stays very close to the paper version and doesn’t change any faster. The web can be much more than that.
For the foreseeable future bandwidth demands shouldn’t be too big so I am offering to host that magazine on it’s own domain, create the templates and the initial design. I’d like to know who is interested in collaborating by writing articles and on which subjects (initially but no real limitations on who talks about what), if anyone would be tempted to create page designs and finally if photographers would like to get involved for supporting imagery on specific articles, photos used in the designs or even for “gallery shows” online.
I should also mention that this idea has come by noticing the quality of writing in various blog so I have been talking about bloggers but of course anyone interested in creating content, designing or providing photography can get involved.
So, anyone interested in participating in this indycollablogozine?
(Ideally, say so in the comments so others can judge the interest (or not) but you can also email me directly.)