BY NELSON NG

Time flies. Who knew we’d still be making magazines after six years?

It all began with a naive and impulsive idea: to make a magazine where people could share their personal travel experiences. But do we need to do it in print? Would it really sell? Is there anything special about it? Does it feature any cool destinations?

No, no, no, and no.

If anything, LOST isn’t special or fancy or anything like that. It’s really just a simple and plain magazine that gathers stories from travellers to be shared and read. There isn’t really a super great idea here that cannot be replicated. There’s nothing so special here that’s going to explode on the inter webs. In fact, anyone can do it. Anyone can gather a bunch of travel stories and produce another travel magazine like LOST.

So why do we bother continue making the magazine after six years? What keeps us going?

It’s you.

You, who is reading our article at this very moment. Or you, who is looking for inspiration from travel. Or maybe you, who have collected all four issues of our magazine and you’re still missing Issue Two. Or you, who has followed our magazine for so many years, and you, who contributed your story to our printed issue or to our online journal. Each and everyone of you form this community of travellers and readers that has made this magazine possible. The magazine is actually just a platform for the voice of the community; it doesn’t specifically belong to anyone, nor is it the efforts of just one person.

And that’s why we’re still here. Doing the same thing every year, collecting stories, going to the printing press, and creating this wonderful object to be shared with everyone who loves and wants to read about travel experiences. That’s all that matters, really. And looking at the covers of all six issues, it’s really emotional to think about how we started and where we are now. Yes, we might have evolved slightly over the six issues, but at the very core, we’ve been doing the same thing all this while: which is to share inspiration from travel.

Thank you for being with us for the past six years.

We hope you’ll like our new issue

時間過得真快。誰能料到六年後我們仍然還在做雜誌?

一切都源於一個很天真和沖動的想法:創辦一本讓大家能分享個人旅行故事的雜誌。但我們真的需要做紙媒雜誌嗎?它到底能銷售嗎?這樣的雜誌到底有什麼特別?它內容裏有推薦什麼厲害的景點嗎?

No, no and no.

其實《LOST》什麼都沒有,也沒什麼特別。它只是一個普通簡單的雜誌,每一期收集了不同的旅行故事分享給大家閱讀而已。這裏沒有什麼很聰明的點子,也沒有什麼不可以被復制的,更沒有什麼網紅的內容。甚至,誰都可以做這件事。任何人都可以收集一些旅行故事去創辦一本像 LOST 的旅行雜誌。

所以我們為何還繼續做這本雜誌?是什麼讓我們繼續?

其實是你。

你,也就是正在讀這篇文章的人。或者你,想從旅行故事得到啟發的人。也或許是你,已經收集了四期的《LOST》但還差第二期。或者你,這麼多年來還關註我們雜誌的人,還有你,之前有投稿到我們雜誌或網站的旅行者。你們每一位都是形成這個群體的人,也因此雜誌才有可能發生。雜誌其實只是一個讓群體發聲的平臺而已,它並非屬於任何人,更不是一個人的功勞。

所以我們仍然還在這;每年重復做同樣的事情,收集故事,去印刷廠,創造出這個美妙的物件,分享給喜歡旅行故事的你們。其實這才是最重要的事情,也是讓我們努力的動力。看著六本雜誌的封面,就會想到我們如何開始演變到今天的狀況。是,我們在六期的過程中有了少許的變化,但我們一直沒有忘了雜誌的初心:也就是分享旅行中的靈感。

感謝大家這六年來一直陪伴著我們的成長。

希望你們會喜歡新一期的《LOST》!


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