Editors Note: Reflecting on 2016
by Angie Ripple
Soon we will be hanging a new calendar in the office and looking forward to a new year, but before we get too far into 2017 planning, resolution making and goal setting let’s reflect on what 2016 has allowed Bozeman Magazine to share with you.
2016 allowed us to share twelve local artists with you, one on each cover. We feature the work of a local artist on our cover each month and an artist bio or statement with additional images within the magazine. The Bozeman art community is important to us and this is a great way for us to share artists with you. [Share your artwork or photography with us by sending us a link to your website to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Featured Artist].
Music is another important part of the Bozeman culture, not only do we feature as many Bozeman music events as possible on our events calendar, we had the chance to interview some cool musicians in 2016 including Bozeman Symphony Maestro Matthew Savery, Gregory Alan Isakov, John Mayer, Muzzy Braun, Dave Schools, Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes, Kyle Gass and more. We feature events before they happen so that you can read about them and then go and be a part of them! [add your events for free to our calendar(s) at http://bozemanmagazine.com/events/submit].
In 2016 we brought you opinions from our contributing writers on local issues like affordable housing, Bozeman’s Strategic Plan, medical marijuana, Montana politics, water conservation, the Forest Plan for The Custer Gallatin National Forest and more. In 2017 we will dig deeper and cover more local topics that impact all of us. [Want to contribute? send us a line http://bozemanmagazine.com/pages/contribute].
For the publishers of Bozeman Magazine, Angie and Brian Ripple, 2016 brought the tenth birthday of our oldest child, born the summer before we started publishing. Science fairs, ski days, the death of our 18 year old cat, concerts, hot spring soaks, roadtrips, two fortieth birthdays, camping trips, kid camps, and way more. We made it to 115 issues published, grew our readership and distribution and held it all together with three rambunctious kids in tow. 2016 went by so fast I can’t believe it’s nearly over!
In 2017 we intend to grow the magazine and bring it to new heights. We are starting by printing more copies, 9,000 copies will go out to our 200 locations this month, 10,000 of the January Bozeman’s Choice issue will go out in early January. As we grow the magazine we will also grow our team, as we grow our team we will grow and improve our content, as we grow our content we will add more pages, all in an effort to bring interesting art and culture to people hungry for something new.
Growth would not be possible without the local business community seeing the value Bozeman Magazine brings to Bozeman and their businesses. Through the power of print and online advertising they are able to reach more customers, clients and GET SEEN by our readers. Thank you to each advertiser who has invested in their business by advertising with Bozeman Magazine this year and in years past, we truly are grateful for your business.
If you have been contemplating a new marketing plan for your business in 2017 we would love for you to consider advertising with us, we’ll take the time to learn more about you and your business and give you a personalized advertising proposal.
Whether or not you contribute to Bozeman Magazine in 2017 or just continue picking it up and reading we want to say thank you! Have a fantastic December, a Merry Christmas and a great 2017!