Snapshots from the Briar Report

Five months ago we got this magazine off the ground. It was no where near what we wanted, content-wise, but if we waited until we got it all together it would take forever.

We are going to be rolling out some new columns as the year progresses and if we can clear some technical hurdles, we have some great features planned.

One of the things we get asked is do we review products and tobacco ourselves. The short answer is no. You may know that we would be happy to publish anyone’s reviews in our Articles & Reviews section. All you have to do is submit it to the Editor (editor@briarreport.com) and we’ll get it published for you. We may ask for a photo or two, but other than that we got it.

We also have had a separate column in mind that is going to go through a three month testing phase, so keep a sharp eye out for it starting next month. The column is called Snapshot. What the heck is that? This is how it’s hopefully going to work. We want our readers to do the reviews since we already know what we think about stuff. Anyone interested in doing a review can contact us at the above mentioned email address. We will send out anyone interested a very short – general questioner. It will ask you questions like what kind of things you like, what you don’t like and things you might interest you. When we get a number of potential reviewers to choose from we will select a product to send out. Could be tobacco, or it might be something else. Don’t worry it won’t be a batch of Bill’s “famous” Tripe. We will then match someone up with that product.

The whole idea is we are not choosing a person, we are choosing a product then just going down the list to see who’s right for that item. We may want someone that has an experienced palate or we might want to see what a novice has to say.

If we get a lot of people signed up then obviously they all won’t be utilized. but we will keep them on the list for the future. If nobody, or very few people, sign up then we’ll just not continue after our three month test.

It won’t be a blind review and you can do the review in any format you want. You can give us a written review, you can make a video, what ever you’re most comfortable with. We will select a product during the last Staff Meeting of the month and will get it sent out to the reviewer directly following. They will then have the next month to do their thing. Spend some time and really get to know whatever it is we sent you. After that month is over they will then give us the results.

If you have a blog, website or a YouTube Channel it would be great, and your option, to put your review on that platform as well, but we just ask that you coordinate it with us so we can get it out to our readers first, or at least at the same time. I don’t want to be stumbling around YouTube and see a video someone put out two weeks ago with our review on it.

Keep in mind that this is also a great way to promote your content, as you will obviously be featured in the column.

We don’t care what your background is, if you think this is something you may be interested in, drop us a note and we’ll get you on the list. If this works out like we hope it will, the Snapshots could really be fun for not just the person doing the review but for the readers as well.

If you’re interested please contact us at editor@briarreport.com and we’ll put you on the list. We will email you sometime in the coming month with details.