It’s always been one of 34 O’s missions to foster a sense of community among its writers, and while we’ve spent the past two years/five issues focused mainly on our magazine and its content, we now have a little bit of time to start better aligning with that mission.
Aside from starting a monthly blog series, we’ve figured out the mechanics (mostly) of holding a Zoom cocktail hour as part of each issue’s launch. A magazine/journal isn’t just a team effort by its staff—its contributors are a large part of its success, and we wanted to find a way to acknowledge that.
We’ve tried this idea previously—our in-person “launch” party, which was intended for only our friends, became an all day, four-session Zoom event due to the fact that we were all on pandemic lockdown. We tried an online Zoom party for Issue 3 for just the writers of all three issues, and while it was very successful and a total blast, we felt the “event” aspect needed some fine-tuning into something a little less formal and overwhelming (it went on for five hours).
Last night, we tried again, with a one-hour cocktail toast limited to just the current issue’s contributors, and were thrilled that it was a really great time. Everyone was relaxed, and the writers got to not only share what they were working on as well as their goals and dreams, they were in touch with each other, which was what we were going for.
Based on its success, then, I’m thrilled to announce we’ll be doing this for each issue: on or near launch day, we’ll hold a one-hour cocktail (or other beverage) toast that evening with any of the issue’s writers who wish to attend.
There’s still one tweak we’d like to make—we may do it the closest weekend to launch, so that we can hold it earlier in the day here in the US and any of our international writers who are in the issue can also attend. We haven’t really figured this part out yet, but bear with us—we will!