Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Connected?
A: Connected is a forward-looking web magazine published by Christian Record for young adults.
Q: What is Christian Record?
A: Christian Record Services for the Blind is an organization that has been producing free Christian reading material for blind and visually impaired readers since 1899.
Q: Is Connected magazine only for the blind and visually impaired?
A: No. The magazine is created specifically with visually impaired readers in mind, but most of the stories, articles, columns, and devotionals will be valuable to many fully sighted readers.
Q: Why should I read Connected magazine?
A: The mission of Connected magazine is to strengthen readers’ bonds with God, family, friends, and community. You should read Connected magazine if you share those goals, and if you want to read a Christian magazine that keeps those goals in mind.
Q: What can I expect to read in Connected magazine?
A: Plan to read a lot about people and a lot about the Bible. There are stories about people confronting life challenges, articles exploring important life issues from a Christian viewpoint, Bible-based devotionals, and columns exploring current issues and events from a spiritual perspective. There are also news briefs about goods, services, and happenings that are of particular interest to the blind and visually impaired.
Q: What is the format of Connected magazine?
A: Connected magazine appears on the computer monitor in large print. Through specialized computer software, many blind readers are able to convert the print version to an audio signal or to braille.
Q: How often do new issues come out?
A: New content is frequently added to Connected magazine. Because it is a web magazine, a specific publication schedule is not necessary. Fresh devotionals appear twice a week. New columns appear at least twice a month, sometimes more frequently if the editor decides he has more to say. New stories and articles appear monthly.
Q: Is Connected magazine affiliated with a specific church?
A: Connected magazine is produced with an interdenominational Christian reading audience in mind. It is definitely Christian through-and-through, but it is not directly promoting a specific denomination. Christian Record Services for the Blind, the sponsoring organization of Connected, is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Q: How is Connected magazine funded?
A: Connected magazine is provided to all readers free of charge, but of course it does cost money to produce it. That cost is covered by the many donors who support Christian Record with regular donations.
Q: How can I make a donation?
A: Go online to www.christianrecord.org and click on “How can I help?”
Q: Is Connected magazine looking for new writers?
A: Absolutely! Connected is always on the lookout for fresh voices to write stories and articles for the magazine. We are particularly eager to receive contributions from writers who are blind and visually impaired, and we especially value writing that addresses life issues from a Christian perspective. For more information, email email@example.com.
Q: Does Connected pay for articles?
A: Connected does provide a modest honorarium to writers for all stories and articles accepted for publication. The amount isn’t enough to substantially alter anyone’s lifestyle, but it will fund an evening out at a pretty nice restaurant.
Q: What if I’ve never written before?
A: Some people are writers and just haven’t discovered it yet. What is most important is that you have something to say that other people will want to read. If writing a whole article seems a little too intimidating, you can log in on the website and write a comment about something you read in the magazine. If you submit a comment, it will probably be published so that others can read what you think. We want Connected magazine to become an ongoing conversation among thoughtful Christian readers. We would like you to become a part of that.