Vancouver Island, that is. And Johanna Socha’s new magazine is full of positives. The best one to me is her starting this one-woman publication because it was a dream she wanted to realize.
I first heard of Island Gals at the Vancouver eWomen Network Conference for Writers last April when a friend of Johanna’s gave me a copy. Since my daughter loves to write articles and lives in Victoria, I took the magazine to her and she contacted Johanna. Next thing I knew Beth (Cougler Blom) was writing for Island Gals.
Just this morning Beth and I met with Johanna at Starbuck’s here in Victoria. I was impressed with Johanna’s down-to-earth yet interesting conversational style. Within two minutes of sitting down she had us discussing why the world is caught in a money-power mode instead of a live-life-well mode. Intriguing. These are the conversations that feed my soul. Is she a soul-mate, I wondered?
Johanna was fresh from picking up her newly printed third issue and she gave us copies of that as well as back issues. I have three magazines to fill my plane ride home to Ontario tomorrow. I did, however, take a look at all three issues and found a variety of intriguing articles and writers. From the Shea Market Story about women in nothern Ghana to the art of slow dancing, and the gift of learning, Island Gals’ topics just invite reading. There is even a pair of women on the far side of forty, determined not to ‘go gently into that dark night’, who keep trying new and exciting ways to jump the sides of their boxes.
The one down side to this marvelous project is the difficulty in finding advertisers. We talked about ways Johanna might keep this project going and I surely hope she does. Look for Johanna to develop a social media presence and, above all, if you’re on Vancouver Island, look for Island Gals.
Have you ever thought of starting a magazine? The kind you just love to read? Do you know anyone who lives on the island and needs to know about this project? Pass on the link and feel free to contact Johanna–she loves networking. Oh, and leave a comment with your own suggestions or observations.