I was pleased to receive my first issue of FTF Geocacher in the mail last week. I was particularly happy that I wasn’t charged additional fees for shipment to Canada! I also received a pathtag with my copy.
The magazine is aesthetically pleasing. Though the inside content is in black and white, the layout is eye-catching and there are plenty of pictures. There were few ads, though I expect the ads will increase in number as the magazine establishes itself. There is a good variety of content, from short, light-hearted snippets to longer, serious articles. The content is also well-selected to appeal to a broad range of geocachers, from the casual newcomer to the seasoned old-timer.
On the downside, it seemed hastily edited and I spotted several typos. In a magazine with few pages and such light content, there’s no excuse for so many errors to get through the proofreading stage. On top of that, the writing wasn’t always magazine quality. I hope that they’re able to procure better-written content – or at least better editing – for future issues. On a personal note, I felt that the excerpt from my blog was clumsily selected. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with grabbing content from the many geocaching blogs (and they did have my permission), but I expect a print magazine to have a higher standard of editing than a personal blog.
Despite the shortcomings, I did enjoy the magazine and plan to bring it with me to some geocaching events I’m attending in the coming weeks.