longwhitekid

Longwhitekid Becomes an E-Mag

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2016 at 10.46

longwhitekid issue 1 cover sml

Hi there,
Some of you may already know who I am, and some of you don’t know me except as the writer here. I’m Darian Zam (yes, it’s my real name, before you ask) and I’m the founder of the Longwhitekid blog, and the History Always Repeats page which is another creation of mine – now with over 8,500 members and growing rapidly by the week.

You’ll probably have noticed that posting stories at this site tapered off around last March, excepting occasional themed posts around special events. So although it is true I have been busier than ever, there was something else afoot as well, which brought about this change.

Since a few people have been really curious what happened, I’ll cover it briefly, but it’s really not that thrilling – well, it wasn’t for me. A reader alerted me to the fact that a business in the U.K. named Print Express was reproducing my stuff. I approached them to sort it out and by ‘sort it out’ I asked them to stop doing it – and requested the net profit they had accrued from illegally taking my work and on-selling it. They very professionally told me I could go >insert< myself. Those were their words. It was particularly enraging because being on the other side of the world with different territorial law there was little I could realistically do about it and thought it was never going to be resolved.

I filed the paperwork for copyright infringement and at the same time notified other businesses and licensees that it was being done to them as well (power in numbers, I reckoned). It took many months before they were finally put out of business – which was probably, in reality pretty quick, actually.

Sadly it’s not an uncommon problem that, when you put your stuff ‘out there’ for people to enjoy, someone is going to take advantage of it.  I’ll just say it was disappointing as well as very frustrating – and the final thing for me in a string of similar issues over a couple of years in which I’ve seen my work taken and used by TV shows and greeting card companies. Basically it’s made me reluctant to post any original material publicly because of the incident.

What was borne of that frustration was an idea. I decided I wanted control back – and that in order to have more control over distribution of my content, I had two choices. I could give up completely or – I could try a subscription based method. So instead of quitting, I kept researching and writing – and started laying out the first edition. Maybe it was an inevitable next step – I’ve always wanted to do a magazine!

So I made the decision that after five years here, it was high time for a change anyway – and I’d start publishing Longwhitekid as an e-journal, four times a year. In order to receive it you can get them individually, or take a year’s subscription at a discount.

Issue one (April-June) will be ready to roll in a couple of weeks. So I thought I’d sound out what kind of enthusiasm there is in yearly subscriptions to figure if there is enough interest to make it a worthwhile project. If you are interested in subscribing, please notify me below and I’ll contact you with more information (comments show an email address, but only to me as administrator).

So this is unfortunately end of an era, being my last post ever. But I really hope you’ll all join me in this exciting new stage.

Best regards,
Darian Zam
Social historian

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  1. Hi Darian
    I’m interested in supporting your e-mag. Wish we had something like it covering Australian stuff. How much is the annual subs? Let me know at cyberdogdesign@live.com.au (different to my login email for longwhitekid.) I presume you’ll be leaving your archive up on this site?

    • Thanks Glenn, I’ve contacted you via email and interested in knowing which other address you may be using, did you find yourself included in the general e-mailout? I had a lot of bum contacts especially blog subscribers but I don’t always have actual names. Cheers dz

  2. Hi Darian

    I’m SO glad to hear you’re still around! Last year I found and loved your page because I was looking for old memories I had as I was posting at the time on GUINZ – Growing Up In NZ Facebook page. I may have shared an image or two, sorry, hope that was ok? I think it showed with a link to your page with it. Not on there anymore, but your stuff brought me so much happy nostalgia.

    But so impressed that you didn’t let your work get misused. Good on you for fighting back, it’s annoying when you share a passion and someone makes money out of it. But worth the fight sometimes.

    I would like to get the emagazine or as a Facebook page Posts as well? I don’t think you had a FB page did you?

    Is there a cost to an e-magazine?? I think a lot of my NZ FB friends would enjoy knowing about it.

    All the best Brenda Ieriko Auckland

    • Thanks Brenda, I’ve had some really nice compliments to the blog here over the last few days which were not related to the change to the magazine or anything. I’ve contacted you via email. Cheers dz

  3. I would be happy to pay a subscription for an emag. I’m a retro-fan and love your stories….what amazing research you do! I’m also keen to preserve NZ social history. Cheers Mary

    • Hi Mary, thanks for the lovely compliment. I’ve noted your contact info, and around mid-week I will do a group mail-out with details. Cheers dz

  4. I’m definitely keen to pay a yearly subscription for your eMag. I love reading your thoroughly researched work and your images bring back fond memories.

  5. Hi Darian, count me in – I admire your meticulous work immensely. Best of luck!

  6. Count me in too. Good luck!

  7. Thanks Dr. Dave! Noted. Thanks for your support.

  8. Double ditto! I love reading your stuff and I’m thrilled to hear about the e-mag.

  9. Hi Darian
    I have been trying to find a email/phone contact for you as you are my last resort at finding Bob Godfrey, the artist you mention you couldn’t find (Peter Pan/Denne family). My very elderly mother (and deceased father) were good friends of Bob & Maureen’s in Rotorua but my mum moved to Auckland and only lost contact a year or so ago. I have their last phone number (now gives no number signal) and address but she does wonder what has happened to them. I believe they had a married daughter but no son, which makes looking up ‘Godfrey’ a bit useless. Could you please let me know if you had any luck?
    Emmeline

  10. So glad you fought back. Could you please email me with more details of your subscription e-mag?

  11. Hi Darian – I have enjoyed reading through your website here off and on these past couple years as a casual fan of retro and vintage packaging. I am keen to hear more about your new subscription offer. I don’t think I am already signed up here for email digest but glad for any help on your new e-magazine service. Thank You!

    • Thanks Stella, I’ve recorded your interest. I’m sending out to the remainder of my mailing list shortly, therein will be more information.

  12. What a dastedly crime befell you having your interlectual property ripped off. Touche’ your not taking it lying down or worse still giving up on your projects. I for one am interested in subscribing to your new format.
    Keep me in the loop.
    All the best champ,
    Ariel

  13. Yes I’m a curious kiwi that loves to stroll down the memory lane of home, so please include me in your subscription info email 😊 And good luck with your own strolling of memory lane 😊

  14. Hi Darian
    Can you please contact me about subscribing?
    Many thanks
    Kind regards
    Sarah

  15. Hi Darian, I have just come across your blogs, and I have found them useful for finding information about old kitchen items/packaging, as I belong to the West Auckland Historical Society and we are running a kitchenalia display for the Heritage Festival in September. I am a collector of many old items and love researching them and sharing that information with others. WAHS has a Facebook page so happy to advertise your EMag on there, and interested in subscribing. Thanks Fiona Drummond

    • Hi Fiona, thanks. Longwhitekid will have a focus on west Auckland stories as that’s my home area. Starting with issue 1, which has a story on Spaceman Drinks which were made in Henderson. I will check out the page!

  16. Hi, I’d be interested in subscribing. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
    Glen

  17. Hello Darian, I would like to subscribe to your e-mag. I enjoyed your piece on Peter Pan ice-cream. Lionel Swain was a friend of the family. He stayed with my grandparents on the family farm between 1934-1936 when he was recovering from a set-back in the business marketing an instant cocoa. My grandfather said he painted an artistic masterpiece in the form of the backdrop curtain for the Ongaonga hall. The scene was copied from the lid of a biscuit tin. Last I heard, the backdrop curtain is still in use, hanging on stage in the Ongaonga hall!

  18. Hi Darian, I’m keen to subscribe too. I’ll wait to hear back from you, cheers, Glen

  19. hello i would be keen to subscribe thank you

  20. Hi, Love the info here, so many memories. Please add me to the subscription list.

  21. Please count me in too — a worker is worthy of his hire! Am keen to subscribe — Rosi
    Cheers
    rosicrane@gmail.com

  22. I would also love to subscribe – Please contact me – just added a comment to your old post re Apex Ice Cream

  23. Hi Darian – I just stumbled upon this blog. What a great archive. I’m interested in the magazine subscription. Thanks James

  24. Very keen to see what you have been up to. Thanks!

  25. Hi.
    Wonderful site.
    Could you please let me know details of how to subscribe to your E-mag.

    All the best

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