Community Orange Magazine
Community Orange Magazine
The online monthly magazine that focuses on improving individuals, families, and communities is finally going to print!
The online monthly magazine that focuses on improving individuals, families, and communities is finally going to print! Read more
About this project
WHAT IS COMMUNITY ORANGE?
In a world where a tremendous amount of information is available at your fingertips, Community Orange magazine brings you the best, most accessible, memorable, entertaining, and informative articles without all the searching online. Community Orange believes in strengthening individuals and creating stronger relationships and families; ultimately creating stronger communities as a whole by being a consistent reliable resource.
Community Orange is a monthly magazine and multimedia website that strives to support Personal, Social, Family, Home and Business endeavors as we Explore and experience this amazing world of ours. We also strive to support the Civic Minded reader by passing along valuable information and insights into subjects that touch each of our lives, both as members of our local community and citizens of a great nation. You can find us at www.CommunityOrangeMagazine.com.
My name is Ryan Poduska, the Founder of Community Orange, and in the summer of 2006 I had received a small political voter packet in the mail that only contained the names and mailing addresses of all the candidates running in the entire state. I didn’t know who was in my voting precinct and there was no additional information on the candidates that wanted my vote (not even a listed website for each of the candidates). I also would watch Facebook fill up with posts asking who they should vote for or telling others who they need to vote for as if the candidates were contestants on American Idol. How many other life decisions are made for us or that we make with very little information or experience? This concept of making any important decision without enough viable information had to change and I wanted to do my part to help make that happen!
Community Orange released its first issue back in August 2014 and since then has published six more online issues, with more being created every month. We have had the pleasure of interviewing many amazing and inspiring people such as the musical genius Alex Boyé, Salt Lake Comic Con creator Dan Farr, ghost hunters at the Fear Factory, fantasy writer Brian Rathbone, the king of Christmas fiction Richard Paul Evans, Sundance Film Festival program director Trevor Goth, an award winning fitness model and trainer Nick Olsen (who is also our monthly fitness contributor), and a fantasy film production company Arrowstorm Entertainment...with more amazing stories to come. All of their stories have been highly entertaining and inspiring – fulfilling Community Orange’s mission of helping better ourselves, our relationships and families which in turn strengthens communities and eventually our beloved country.
How many of us make resolutions at the beginning of each year? And how many of us reach the end of that year not having accomplished those goals? In fact, most of us can honestly say that by the second or third month, we have already forgotten about our resolutions. We make resolutions because we all have a desire to be better than we were last month or last year. We find joy and fulfillment in making progress in our own lives or in seeing progress in others’ lives in whom we care about. With numerous magazines or websites already out there that focus on entertainment or celebrity gossip, there has become a need for a magazine that focuses on each core areas of our lives. We need balance in the information we digest, just as a healthy food diet will help you feel better and perform your daily tasks easier, so will a healthy informational diet provide a more fulfilling and productive lifestyle.
So here’s the idea behind Community Orange: What would your life look like in a year from now if you were making just one improvement in your personal life each month? What about one improvement each month in a relationship? In your family? In your home or business? In your civic responsibilities? Exploring new areas around you? Wouldn’t you be able to look back over that past year and see that you are truly progressing and are living a more fulfilling life than before? Now multiply that by others that are doing the same. Would you see a stronger neighborhood and community? What about numerous other communities that are united in this goal? What would our nation look like in a year or two or ten from now?
“Man is a special being, and if left to himself, in an isolated condition, would be one of the weakest creatures; but associated with his kind, he works wonders!” – Daniel Webster
Meet the team that makes this magazine so great!
Ryan Poduska eats, occasionally sleeps, and if he could, drinks all types of media creation. Having studied film and media arts at Brigham Young University, he later went on to work for many years with feature film and television companies both in Utah and Los Angeles, and has overseen numerous projects for both domestic and international markets. He has a passion for quality design and for finding more effective ways to accomplish various tasks in work and in life. Community Orange magazine is a result of this passion and is a dream come true for him every day he has the opportunity of working with the Community Orange family.
Lindsey Joy Smith, aka The Chipper Chef, is an author, teacher, a crazy-good professional cook, and deliciousness advocate. She graduated with merit from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School in Scotland, and holds a BA in Education from the University of Arizona. Lindsey Joy teaches hands on cooking classes, is a regular chef contributor on the TV show Studio 5. She is the mother of 5 silly children, wife to one handsome man, and believes in the healing power of the chocolate, peanut butter shake. www.thechipperchef.com
Matt Woolley, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department Psychiatry at the University of Utah. He completed his Doctoral and Masters degrees at Wichita State University in Clinical Psychology, an internship at the University of Kansas Medical School and a post-doctoral residency at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. In clinical practice Dr. Woolley conducts psychological assessments, sees patients for psychotherapy, and teaches doctoral students in psychology and residents in psychiatry. He is a regular guest on KUTV Channel 2’s Fresh Living discussing relationships and parenting. He has also been a long-standing weekly radio guest on local radio, podcast host and public speaker.
Katie Kazmierczak is a media professional, interviewer, writer, editor and entrepreneur with experience in journalism and corporate communications. She has contributed to national digital publications as well as local and national print publications. In 2010 she founded SocialJersey.com, the first alternative news, events and culture website of its kind in NJ. She blogs at KatieTheAuthor.com about pop culture, fitness, business, writing and life. You can connect with her on twitter @Oh_Katie or on Instagram @KatieTheAuthor.
Nick Olsen is a certified Life Coach, NASM personal trainer, professional fitness model, owner of X365 Fitness, and a Dad. He has recently opened a new gym located in Salt Lake City, UT where he is living the dream while helping others achieve theirs. He empowers people to embrace the “why” and to learn to love and take time for themselves. Learn more about Nick at: http://x365fitness.com/; https://www.facebook.com/nickolsenpt; https://www.youtube.com/user/nickolsenpt
Oliver DeMille is a New York Times bestselling author and popular keynote speaker at corporate, educational and leadership events. His newest book, The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom is a 21st-century primer for freedom around the globe, available at store.tjed.org. Connect with Oliver on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and at oliverdemille.com.
Bruce Van Horn is a Life Coach, writer, speaker, runner, and Dad. He is the host of the popular Life is a Marathon podcast and author of the best selling book You Can Go the Distance. His life’s motto is:“Life is a marathon, so let’s train for it!” His mission is “to reach, teach, and empower others to overcome challenges, think and act on purpose, experience true peace and joy, and live as the fullest expression of who they were created to be.” Learn more about Bruce atwww.BruceVanHorn.com/COMag.
Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW is a self-care evangelist, author of The Burnout Cure: An emotional survival guide for overwhelmed women, relationship expert, media contributor, blogger, speaker, songwriter, and licensed therapist with 20 year experience counseling women, couples and families. In addition to owning Wasatch Family Therapy, LLC and serving as executive director, Hanks is media personality and has appeared on TLC, Discovery Health, and FOX News Channel, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, CNN, Women’s Day, Women’s Health, Real Simple, Parenting, and others. Hanks was named the #1 online influencer for depression and #2 influencer for mental health by Dr. Oz’s Sharecare. Hanks most valuable experience has been “in the trenches” of family life as a wife to Jeff Hanks and mother of 4 children. In her “spare time” Hanks is earning her PhD in marriage and family therapy, taking long naps, and eating a lot of chocolate. Connect with Julie! Facebook Twitter Google+ Instagram JulieHanks.com
Although Bernard “Bud” Poduska was declared “functionally illiterate” in high school, he managed to go on to earn a BS and a MS in psychology and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy. He taught at colleges and universities for over thirty-five years, twenty-one of which were spent at Brigham Young University. He has also written a textbook on personality adjustment, a self-help book on managing stress, and two books on finances and relationships. His most recent book Hitchhikers is a true story that shares of his incredible and amazing personal journey from a homeless and hopeless childhood to a life of conversion and faith.
Brittany M. Plothow holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University. The daughter of a passionate journalist, she was raised to love newspapers especially the smell of ink and the smudges left of her fingertips. She loves mountains, hiking, John Mayer, Tolkien novels, Harry Potter movie marathons, naming her plants after British actors, and collecting things like coffee cups and vinyl records. She is currently living in the Salt Lake Valley, with her cat Ringo Starr, as a freelance writer for multiple publications. She also works in social activism, recently founding a non-profit organization.
Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she often sat alone in her granny’s garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, is a #1 Amazon bestseller in Greek & Roman literature. The first part of her romance trilogy, The Lady of the Pier - The Ebb, is an ABNA Quarter-Finalist. You can find out more about Effrosyni at her website/blog: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com
WHY A PRINT MAGAZINE?
Printed magazines still provides an experience that cannot be replicated through digital means. We more easily remember where an article is located in a magazine as opposed to an ever-changing website. As we read a magazine there are less distractions than a website that has flashing ads, email or chat notification pop-ups, or other links that easily distract us from what we are reading. Greater care is taken in what goes into a printed magazine as opposed to quickly posting something online that can be changed at anytime. And with the saturation of information and marketing online, it’s harder to maintain someone’s attention. In the past few years, more of the large print media companies that went digital are now returning back to print. With a printed magazine mailed to each home, it’s unobtrusive yet inviting. They read it on their own time, therefore creating a better learning environment.
WHY IS THIS SO COOL?
We want to build and strengthen homes throughout the country through our monthly Community Orange magazine...AND we want to someday have this magazine delivered for free to every home and business throughout America, but it all starts with you and then expanding a little bit every month to eventually achieving that goal. Just imagine what it would be like in 5 or 10 years from now with every home receiving the same quality information that is helping you, your relationships, your family, your business, your local governments and community! And to have that happening all across the country would be amazing with incalculable results. There is no limit to what we can accomplish together!
HOW DOES COMMUNITY ORANGE GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITIES? After the Kickstarter Campaign has ended successfully, starting May 2015, Community Orange will begin to donate 15% of its profits directly back to each of the communities the funds originated from – to help build parks, libraries, and other needful projects within your communities. In addition to that, Community Orange will donate 5% of its profits to organizations that help improve the lifestyles of children: such as children cancer or trauma institutes, community zoos and other activity/learning centers. By supporting Community Orange, you’re not only committing to a better you, but you will be leaving behind a legacy for generations to come!
THE PLAN (Stretch Goals)
We have two distribution models: subscriptions and direct-mail. Subscriptions are available to anyone throughout the world that does not live in an active zone. With less than 1,000 subscribers, 12 issues of the magazine will cost $80/yr to renew, but as soon as one zone becomes active, a one-year subscription outside of that zone will only cost $15/yr – with everyone’s subscription within active zones remaining free. An active zone is an area that contains an average of 10,000-50,000 addresses that has enough advertisers to support the magazine being mailed to every household and business within that area on a monthly basis.
Phase 1: The Kickstarter Campaign is the first phase in gaining subscribers. By reaching our target goal of $8,000, we will have at least 200 subscribers which qualifies us for bulk mailing rates – cutting the cost of postage by 60%.
Phase 2: Everyone will receive 1 additional issue added to their subscription, if we reach our target goal of $20,000. PLUS, we will start including videos in the magazine to compliment the articles. These videos will be embedded in the online digital magazine, and the printed version will have a scannable QR code that allows a smartphone to immediately start playing the video with one simple scan.
Phase 3: Everyone will receive a total of 3 additional issues added to their subscription, if we reach our target goal of $60,000. This would also be the beginning of our community outreach program where we will be able to start delivering Community Orange magazine FREE for 3 months to a community of 10,000 addresses.
HOW IS THE AREA SELECTED? The area (within 15 sq miles) that raises the most funds during this Kickstarter Campaign will be selected as the first area to start receiving the magazine for free. It’s important to get all of your family and friends to join Community Orange during this Kickstarter campaign to make your area the first area to receive Community Orange magazine for FREE! Local advertisements will allow the magazine to continue to be delivered to that community for FREE after the initial 3-6 months.
Phase 4: Everyone will receive a total of 6 additional issues added to their subscription, if we raise $100,000. The selected area of 10,000 addresses will receive the magazine FREE for 6 months!
Phase 5: If we raise $150,000, everyone will still receive their 6 additional issues added to their subscription, yet the selected area will be increased to a total of 20,000 addresses and will receive the magazine FREE for 6 months!
Phase 6: If we raise $200,000, everyone will still receive their 6 additional issues added to their subscription, yet the selected area will be increased to a total of 30,000 addresses and will receive the magazine FREE for 6 months!
The Future: As the magazine continues to gain subscribers and advertisers, we will continue to open up new areas to receive the magazine for free until every household and business in America is receiving Community Orange magazine every month!
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Risks and challenges
Publishing a monthly printed magazine is very rewarding, but it doesn't come without its challenges. However, we've been publishing Community Orange online for over 8 months and have been printing small quantities along the way to insure a quality print magazine and to work out any logistics.
First, we have numerous contributors lined-up which provides us with a great ongoing source of content. Second, everyone working on this magazine is very experienced which has made this magazine such a joy to create each month. Third, we already have two print presses that we work with and they have been very helpful in getting the magazine to where it is today. Plus, we've collected estimates for every printed piece and reward item. Last but not least, these print presses have their own fulfillment services ready to go and we've also calculated all the shipping costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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