Last week was a very exciting one for me. I was published for the first time ever in print. GRAM magazine is a Melbourne-based mag that features restaurant reviews and recipes from Melbourne food bloggers. GRAM launched their first Brisbane issue at the start of April and I was lucky enough to be featured. When they contacted me asking if I wanted to be involved it took all my control to act cool. I was almost bursting with excitement. Of course I jumped at the chance.
The articles are taken straight from the bloggers’ sites (with our permission of course) and published in the full-colour, free magazine. What’s really cool about it is that each article has a scan tag connected to it. Now I’m not very technical so I’ll do my best to explain. A scan tag is like a little black and white box and you ‘scan’ it with your smart phone, after downloading the app and it connects you straight to the original blog post.
As far as I know it’s the first interactive magazine of it’s kind around here. It means that someone can read my article at a cafe and then while they’re still sitting there, visit my blog and leave a comment. If baffles me how the technology actually works but I think it’s pretty nifty.
I was so excited to see the article I nearly forgot to say hello to Will when he walked in from work with the magazine under his arm. I know that I see my own work on my blog every day but seeing it in print gave me such a kick.
The scariest part was writing the little bio and choosing a photo to go with it. I didn’t want to choose a really nice photo because I thought people might think I was trying too hard and I didn’t want to choose anything too daggy. In the end I went with the photo I use on my twitter account and profile on the blog. It shows me doing what I do best – eating!
Did I mention I was excited to see it? I was so excited that it took me until the third look to realise I had a second page. Would it be really uncool of me to frame it?
What about you? Have you seen these scan tags around? What do you think of them?