I’ve been afraid of writing this blog for weeks, but I can’t put it off any longer. Allow me to dive right in.

After publishing only six issues, I’ve decided to transition Compassionate Man from a digital magazine to a blog. I’ve churned through my savings, and then some, to get the business off the ground, and I simply cannot continue losing money month after month. While there was a beautiful outpouring of support when I launched the publication late last year, that excitement never translated into a sustainable number of magazine subscriptions.

For those of you who purchased a six month or one year subscription, I will prorate and refund your order.

Almost eight months ago I wrote about the fear I overcame to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. I pondered then about the possibility that the venture might flop, yet despite that fear I knew I had to try, and I’m glad I did.

Why?

Well, even though I struggled to sell magazine subscriptions, I discovered there’s tremendous energy behind the concept of supporting and celebrating compassionate men. Turns out I’m not the only person who thinks the dominant media has a warped sense of masculinity! There remains a great opportunity to cultivate this burgeoning movement of people who are willing to challenge archaic ideas about masculinity and support men who pursue more compassionate lives.

I’ve also had the opportunity to meet people I would have otherwise never met, and some of those relationships are blossoming into rich friendships. Hard to put a price on that. Indeed, relationships are the real currency in life.

When you publish a magazine about compassion, it’s hard to go too long without taking an honest look at yourself. I’ve gained a heightened sense of the way I interact with others, and frankly, have realized that I have much to learn about being a compassionate person. I’d say that's an ongoing and worthwhile lesson.

Can Failure Lead to Better Things?

While the magazine transitions to a blog, Compassionate Man will remain a resource that celebrates men who reject the simplified caricature of masculinity that our culture glorifies. I will do what I can to forge a movement of men and women who understand that today's masculinity is defined by men who embrace kindness, empathy, and compassion, especially for those at our mercy. No matter the format, I hope to inspire and support men as they cultivate a deeper sense of compassion for all beings, and live in closer alignment with their values.

I want these ideas to spread far and wide, and free, timely articles have a better chance of making the rounds than articles that are locked up behind a monthly subscription-based magazine, as visually appealing as they might have been.

In the coming weeks I’ll develop editorial guidelines and personally invite others to contribute original content that supports these ideas.

Touched

I’ve been overwhelmed by the notes of encouragement and kind words that have flowed in over the past several months. While I’d love to share them all, one note I received a few weeks ago exemplifies the general sentiment:

Hello!

I recently came across your magazine.  I subscribed & love it.  A very well-written, well-presented, and aesthetically pleasing magazine!  I'm interested in contributing further, financially, because I believe a publication like this is much needed in today's society & I would love to see it grow.  As a fellow Minnesotan, I'd especially love to support CM for being a Minnesota-owned business.

Thank you for your work!

A week later I received the most lovely handwritten note from the same individual along with a generous donation for my work. She insisted I keep it, and while the money certainly helped with my publishing expenses, it showed me that there are people out there who passionately agree with the greater goal of celebrating compassionate masculinity.

I have hope.

Many thanks

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to a handful of people, in no particular order, for their encouragement and willingness to support me on this venture; Gene Baur, Wayne Pacelle, Bob Barker, Marco Regil, Nathan Runkle, Toube Benedetto, Linda Fabiano, Michael Howie, Alex Lockwood, Melissa Schwartz, Amber Rhodes, Samantha Shorkey, Melissa Huggins, Marsha Vernoga, Cameron O’Steen, Nathaniel Grills, Jo Stepaniak, Karen Dawn, Dakota Gale, Mike Coughlin, Kathy Coughlin, Paul Shapiro, Sara Bosely, Jason Wrobel, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Tess Challis, Patricia McEachern, Ceci Tijerina, Alexandra Paul, Laura VanZandt, Brittany Porter, Aubry Walch, and Kale Walch.

If you would like to get a hold of me for any reason, please email me at nick@compassionateman.com

While subscriptions are no longer available for purchase on iTunes or Google Play, you can buy individual PDF issues right here for $2.99.

Nick Coughlin

Nick Coughlin is the founder and publisher of Compassionate Man. He lives in South Minneapolis with his two dogs, Onyx and Boli. You can reach him by emailing nick@compassionateman.com

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