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Creating a “Members” section on website

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

Sixth Tee

This is the Sixth Tee at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Oregon. I spend a lot of time here. . . but I’ll talk about that in another post. For now, let’s get to the point:

In a nutshell, BHM is going further into the digital age with the creation of a membership site on our website. It’ll be a button on the website that will be like a door in the back of the closet of the movie, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” where the kids go into the land of Narnia. BHM’s closet door will open into a whole new world: a digital subscription, access to all back issues, blogs, special articles, behind-the-scenes looks at key BHM personalities, significant discounts from participating advertisers, and daily doses of new material.

We’ll try to launch the membership site by the next print issue, which is Issue No. 150, the Nov/Dec 2014 issue. We intend to leave most of the present website “as is,” but some of the blogs will be affected. Just how will be worked out with the writers over the next few weeks.

There will be no ads on the membership site. Cost of membership will be $1.99 a month, which will include a digital subscription to BHM. For $2.99 a month, we’ll probably include our new Kindle digital magazine, “Self-Reliance,” and for $3.99 a month we’ll probably include our new Kindle magazine, “Chickens and Stuff.” None of this is set in stone (we have to make sure the Kindle inclusions are ok via Amazon, etc.), but I wanted to throw this framework out for discussion and feedback from readers. The print issue will no be affected.

I’ve been considering doing this for at least a couple of years, have discussed it at length with key BHM players like Tom McDonald, who runs our servers, Oliver Del Signore, our webmaster, Al Boulley, our Technology Manager, Managing Editor Jessie Denning, Annie, Lenie, etc. I’ve sought the counsel of Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/) and James Wesley, Rawles of Survival Blog (http://survivalblog.com/) because they have successful sites.

Why are we doing this? I think it’s a matter of future survival. We’re fine financially now with the print magazine (and, again, the print magazine will not change at all with the addition of this “membership” section to the website), but the writing is on the wall for all quality publications who wish to go into the future. Most of the subscription money we now get goes right out the door to pay the printer and the post office. If we can convince a lot of subscribers to go digital (or attract new subscribers who are already digital), we can use the money we must now send to the printer and postman to pay writers of good quality articles, which I think is the future of magazines like BHM.

This magazine is 25 years old in a business that has a very high mortality rate. (Just this morning I learned that BackHome Magazine out of North Carolina has ceased publication.) We have to adapt to the technological changes that people are embracing. — Dave

Dave is Back!

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Oliver | No Comments »

Dave will again be posting to the Behind the Scenes blog. Watch for his first new post, coming soon!

The PGA’s newest winner is no stranger to BHM

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

The PGA Tour’s newest winner is Derek Ernst — http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2013/05/05/derek-ernst-wins-wells-fargo-championship-playoff/2136859/ –, a 22-year-old rookie, and he is no stranger to BHM Publisher and youth golf sponsor Dave Duffy. Prior to Derek’s win today, one of the few photos a web search would turn up of him was this one with Dave after the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship played at Bandon Dunes. Dave blogged about it back then here: http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/BehindTheScenes/2011/07/01/well-be-rooting-for-derek-ernst-at-the-u-s-amateur-public-links-championship/ and here: http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/BehindTheScenes/2011/07/04/mills-and-do-defeat-ernst-and-dodd/

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Faces in fire

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 3 Comments »

This time of year in Oregon, a lot of people burn off their slash and junk piles, which in my case includes left-over building debris and fallen tree branches I’ve retrieved from my own trees or the forest. Faces often appear out of my slash pile fires so I thought I’d share a few from my most recent fire. First is this face of a man facing left, second is a gorilla facing right, and third is a sitting dragon looking right. — Dave.

face looking left_web

gorilla looking right_web

sitting fragon looking right_web

A gun story with a happy ending

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

Snowbound

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

If you’ve seen the news today, you know New England was hit with a major snow storm that dumped as much as 38 inches of snow in some areas. Our webmaster lives in a Boston suburb and felt lucky to have awoken to a mere 18 official inches, although one drift in his yard topped five feet.

Most folks spent the day running snow blowers and wielding shovels. Below are two of his neighbors, who waited until late afternoon to begin shoveling, trying to figure out where to pile all the snow so it doesn’t collapse back onto their sidewalk or into their driveway.

 

And some folks, having spent too many hours moving snow, like the owner of the car, below, gave up and left their car buried until tomorrow.

Going back further in time — to age 19

Friday, February 8th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 3 Comments »

Butch (Richard Blunt) sent me more photos of him and me camping and fishing at Maine’s Unknown Lakes in 1963. We were both 19 years of age.

Butch in 1963_web

Dave in 1963_web

Tony Lamb and me in 1974

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 3 Comments »

This photo is from 1974, taken by Richard Blunt, who is now the Food Editor for BHM. Tony Lamb, then 69, is at left, and Dave Duffy, then 30, is at right. I was interviewing Tony to write a book called The Retirement Threat with him. It sold about 70,000 copies and had 7 different printings, including a hard back, soft cover, large print edition, special Penguin Books edition, etc. I couldn’t find it through a Google search. Now I am 68, nearly Tony’s age then. My daughter Annie, who was 9 years from being born when this photo was taken, is now age 30 and has been running the editorial side of Backwoods Home Magazine for 3 years. Where does the time go?

Here’s what the book looked like. These are, from left, hard back, soft cover, and G. K. Hall Large Print editions:

Ret Threat_web

Mas Ayoob survives helicopter crash

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

I’ve been lost in my own world and failed to notice until today that Massad Ayoob, my friend and one of BHM’s most important writers, was in a helicopter crash. He’s ok, thank goodness. Here’s the local story:

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/jan/28/internationally-known-firearms-expert-was-helicopt/

and here’s Mas’s blog account:

http://backwoodshome.com/blogs/MassadAyoob/

I’ve been absorbed in a lot of technical details affecting the magazine, but the most important things affecting it are writers like Mas. I’m really thankful he didn’t get killed or injured.

15 FREE Kindle eBook and back issue downloads for Jan 10-11 (Thursday and Friday)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 90 Comments »
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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