Culturegloss is a mashed up magazine and writing portfolio, written by and for the most hated generation on the planet: Millennials.
Culturegloss started life as a blog and writing portfolio for Jane McConnell, a writer and editor from Manchester. Credits include: NBC, The Guardian, BBC, Disorder Magazine, Chimp Mag, and Manchester Gossip, among a whole bunch of others which, if listed, would make her sound like a smug overachiever who works too much. Jane would prefer you didn’t know this about her, but it’s the conclusion many do come to.
Culturegloss is a magazine. It constitutes posted-up articles and bits of blogs from both paid work and unpaid work, that needed a place to crash.
(Remember when interns didn’t get paid – and that was expected in the media industry? Lol). Then, it grew tentacles as pieces were written on a whim, or by stealing away late at night based on an infatuation with music / glossy shit / short films / pop / pop-culture / millennial ideas, topics and issues, from 2008 – 2015.
After hitting a high with a readership reaching 125,000 from 2013 – 2016, the mag took a hiatus here and a siesta there, before popping up again in the worst year ever, 2020.
Culturegloss is a magazine website once more, only this time, it will include contributions from other writers, and completely random scheduling that isn’t tied to editorial goals. New pieces are either by Jane, or, are quietly posted under pseudonymous initials by other journalists who lean a certain way in their day job, and so require a non-judgemental outlet with an audience. Or, other writers will go ahead and simply be credited openly in their contributing piece.
Jane no longer fops about in editorial, news, zines or features, having consciously sold out for some time, to become a corporate PR, SEO and marketing manager who writes in the third person, and now needs to pay the bills with money, and not funny stories.
Blog launches in a haze of wine and is named “Speech Marks,” further helping to establish a Twitter addiction problem. Jane becomes a news editor at her university newspaper.
A mix of long form pieces and syndicated content from paid gigs helps catapult the blog into 25,000+ readers.
Blog builds a readership in the thousands, even though it is completely random and really, just an intern’s blog that is embroiled in its own naiveté.
After a long pause from 2016, Culturegloss quietly re-launches for ad-hoc publishing only – partly out of boredom, partly out of the renewed challenge posed in re-building an audience almost from scratch.
Let’s write something together.