Fun vs. Practical

Letter to Automobile magazineThis letter appears in the December 2011 issue of Automobile Magazine.

I love writing letters to the editor. This is my 15th or 16th letter to get published in a national or international magazine. I get a buzz out of seeing my name in print. Egotistical? Maybe. (Forgive me for that, if it’s true.)

Roughly the same amount of time it would take for you to comment on a blog post — and have 21 people see it — can yield a few more views, if your thoughts are published in a magazine. Print may be dying, but there is still a good number of people who read printed magazines. Obviously, I’m one.

If you’d like to read more of the dead Volvo story, it’s in my previous blog.

And here’s Ezra’s column. The December Automobile Letters to the Editor section had more letters about that column than I’ve ever seen focusing on any article or column before.

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3 Replies to “Fun vs. Practical”

  1. Last year I sent a comment to Family Circle, praising their collection of salads and the timeliness of that issue (Dave was just diagnosed with diabetes). Lo and Behold… three issues later my letter was in print. Yeah, I felt a rush. and it was egotistical.

  2. It was really a thrill when someone in church came up to me and said, “Hey, I say your letter in Family Circle!”

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