We came, we saw, we kicked ass, but sadly it’s time for Standard Issue to go offline. We will still be around for your ears though. Please read on.
There’s no easy way to do this, so let’s cut to the chase. Sadly, the decision has been made to close Standard Issue as an online magazine. From April 30, 2017, Standard Issue will no longer upload any new copy.
It’s sad and we’re gutted. But. We – Sarah, the editorial team, our amazing roster of writers and illustrators – created something absolutely excellent. And vital. A women’s magazine that didn’t pander to society’s narrow definition of what women are interested in, because, in fact, women are interested in everything: Standard Issue came, we saw, we kicked ass. And we made thousands upon thousands of you excellent people feel great enough that you got in touch and told us so.
What we didn’t make was anywhere near enough money. Standard Issue operates at an enormous loss and has done so for two and a half years. Turns out it’s not possible to make enough money to cover our costs while sticking to our guns and staying true to what Standard Issue is and set out to be. It is no longer tenable for us to be an online magazine, and so it’s time to cut our cloth accordingly.
THE GOOD NEWS: as of June 2017, Standard Issue will become a weekly podcast magazine: same great, women-championing content, different platform. If you’re not sure about podcasts and how to download them, don’t worry: we’ll be providing instructions on how to listen. We’ll also still be running our regular events, so you can catch us live.
The website will become an archive of all of our brilliant articles, which will exist pretty much forever, so you can dive into an astonishing back catalogue whenever you wish.
Thank you for your support, your love, your tweets and Facebook messages. There’s no doubt in our minds we have the best readers out there. We’re confident you’re good listeners, too – there are great plans for the podcast and we hope that you choose to continue to stick with us.
Sarah, Mickey and all at Standard Issue
Aged five, Mickey Noonan shoved an apple pip up her nose to see what happened. Older, wiser but sadly without a nose-tree, Standard Issue's editor remains curious about the world. Likes running, jumping and static trapeze.