Almost 3 years ago I wrote a blog post wondering if woodworkers generally were a conservative bunch.
I started that post because Popular Woodworking Magazine had made some changes to their homepage which I didn't really like. And I ended up thinking that I would just have to wait and see if it was indeed a change for the worse.
A couple of days ago, I visited the homepage again, for the first time in maybe a year or so. I have to admit that I was utterly disappointed. The once vibrant community that followed most blog posts there seemed to be dead and gone.
Earlier there would be maybe a banner ad for Bessey clamps or Forrest blades etc. But always something woodworking related.
Now when you go to the blog section, half the page is filled with clickbait links advertising for stuff like "ecological Viagra" and "You won't believe this video - watch it before it is banned"
I let my subscription lapse some years ago, because the quality of the magazine took a hefty dip. And I have to say that looking at the homepage wouldn't make me think about subscribing again.
I hope that the magazine has been able to attract some new readers, because I would guess that they have managed to push some old readers away in the process.