TROPICS HOLDINGS LTD. — TROPICS MAGAZINE, the trailblazer and award-winning magazine in the fashion, business and lifestyle media category, is celebrating its 8th anniversary with its 62nd issue, available online and on newsstands worldwide.
Being a part of something bigger than yourself can mean taking for granted the special elements of it that no one else gets to see but you and the other people involved. The behind-the-scenes, the editorial process and its challenges, etc.
To many, TROPICS MAGAZINE is the digital words they read, a neat little site with a Facebook page and Twitter account, an email address to send things to, a monthly collection of voices and words. And that’s great — that’s what we strive for, the successful presentation of all the hard work, of a streamlined creative process that produces results.
But to me, as one of the members of the TROPICS editorial team, this magazine and worldwide collaboration happen largely in the interstices, the in-between times before each finished edition — at all hours of the day when some of us are Facebooking, Tweeting or Whatsapping with co-editors Valerie Sosso Moukouelle and Karine Linord, emailing with Des Richards, Nurdan Duzgun, and all the other names that have gotten so comfortable in my contacts list over the past year.
There’s the serious questions, the jokes, the anxiety, the flurry of checklists on the eve of a publishing day. There’s the work coming in through the inbox that gets passed around for edits, back and forth with the contributors, the tips and suggestions through Twitter, Facebook, word-of-mouth, the real-life events, trading business cards and names, following up on leads of opportunities, of stories and interviews. In the past 7 years, we’ve been having so many conversations with each other on how best to make meaningful editorial pieces happen with everyone else.
With sixty-two issues under our belt, we’ve come a long way, but I’d like to think that we carry the seed of that initial idea in most of the things we do, in how we have created a space for other people’s voices, how we have created ways for other voices to respond, to harmonise, to dissent. Have we been open and honest? Have we kept away from being trite? We hope so. We keep trying.
So this editorial note, and even this milestone TROPICS, isn’t meant to be a retrospective. Instead maybe what we’re looking for is a little perspective.
We’ve met and spoken to so many new and interesting people, we’ve explored a lot of themes and different mediums of expression, thanks to our awesome contributors, supporters and team. New shifts and changes are occurring to our media brand, new goals and ideas and maybe better ways to work, for our writers and contributors, and for the editors as well. We’re taking into account the suggestions we’ve received from our readers and people we’ve worked with — regarding themes, regarding conversation & support for contributors, regarding site navigation. TROPICS MAGAZINE itself has grown much bigger compared to the little idea that could from back in March 2010. We want to go forward into the new age of the leading brand that we’ve become, and to do that, we’ve decided to take a break to regroup.
To mark our 8th year, we’ve put together the Voices of our leading Entrepreneurs classified online at www.tropicsmag.com under the “Tropics Voices”, so they can tell you what the magazine is to them. We hope in the next phase of this ever-growing project, more voices will be added, more ideas will be sparked, more conversations will happen, and more collaborations and work will be produced.
Our arms, ears and eyes remain open, we’d love to hear what you have to say. Until then, thanks for sticking around and we hope you enjoy TROPICS MAGAZINE #62 online and order your print copy as soon as possible.
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