FamilyFans E-Magazine

FamilyFans.com is a non-commercial publication of:

 Nappaland Communications Inc.
est. 1995

see also: nappaland.com

About Family Fans E-Magazine

WHAT IS FAMILYFANS.COM?

FamilyFans.com is a free, quarterly e-magazine for parents!

Our goal with each issue is to help parents to enjoy and better relate to their kids in modern American society. To that end, FamilyFans takes seriously its role in entertainment journalism, covering pop culture from a parent's perspective (interviews, movies, books, comics, and so on). And this e-magazine continues to devote coverage to religious inspiration and personal devotion, as well as creative ideas, insights, and activities to help strengthen family relationships. Why do we do this?

We firmly believe that "Happy memories make happy families," and so FamilyFans staff work hard to provide ideas, advice, insight, wisdom, and a healthy dose of fun for parents to share with their children in normal, everyday, media-saturated lives. Unlike some, we are fans of both the family and of pop culture (hence the name "FamilyFans") so we look for ways that parents can use kids' natural attraction to movies, music, books, and such as a bridge for relating to, and strengthening friendships with, their kids. Yeah, it's pretty fun.

From a corporate perspective, FamilyFans.com is a non-commercial publication of Nappaland Communications Inc. As such, this e-magazine operates under an ongoing grant from Nappaland. That allows us to deliver this e-magazine, and ancillary content and materials, free of charge to our readers.

ABOUT OUR HISTORY AND READERSHIP

FamilyFans.com has its roots in late 1999, when Nappaland Communications Inc. founder and president Mike Nappa first jumped onto the Internet bandwagon to begin planning the creation and publication of Nappaland.com "The Free E-Magazine for Families." Nearly 10 years later, in 2009, Nappaland.com grew and expanded, and changed its name to the current one: FamilyFans.com - The Free E-Magazine for Parents.

After months of creative work and planning, the original Nappaland.com launched its first issue in spring of 2000. (For those of you who remember it, we had an, um, interesting orange theme running through the pages in those days! Don't ask us why. We were young, and we liked orange at the time. Hey, we all make mistakes.) Nappaland.com debuted strongly and has since attracted millions of unique readers who come fromliterallyall over the world..

"We wanted to do something for readers," Mike Nappa says, "something that would encourage them and that wouldn't cost them anything. We felt like God had freely given us unique talents and resources, and we wanted freely give of those resources in response. 

"We are professional authors, and so we have to earn our living from our writing. But we realized one day that while we had to write to earn money, not everything we wrote had to earn money. So we started brainstorming what we could give away in terms of our time and talent, and Nappaland.com was the result."

For the next decade, Nappaland.com focused on providing parents with practical ideas and pop culture insight and information. Uniquely, Nappaland authors wrote from the perspective of being both fans of pop culture and parents of faith. Over the years, other talented, likeminded authors and editors joined the staff of Nappaland.com, donating their creative work as well. And unexpectedlywith no advertising budget, no marketing budget, and no paid staff membersthis little e-magazine exploded into a full-fledged, internationally seen web site. Kinda cool, huh?

By 2009, Nappaland.com noticed that a global economic crisis had caused many of our cousins in commercial publication to cut back on contentand on occasion, they'd even had to cease publication completely. Since this e-magazine is a non-commercial publication, it was less affected by economic downturns, and so the Nappaland.com editorial team decided it was  time to step up and do more while everyone else was doing less.

As Nappaland.com publisher, Mike Nappa, and associate publisher, Amy Nappa, discussed it more, they decided that it was time to do more than just expand coverage and focus. It was time to reinvent the e-magazine, keeping the best of Nappaland.com and transforming it into something even better.

ABOUT OUR FOCUS

The result was a new nameFamilyFans.comand a revived purpose. Beginning June 2009, Nappaland.com officially re-branded itself as FamilyFans.com, and expanded its offerings to help parents recapture the joy of childhood.

 

At FamilyFans.com we believe that "Happy memories make happy childhoods," so this revamped, expanded e-magazine began offering lots of ideas, resources, pop culture insights, and information to help parents create happy memories for their kids! As part of FamilyFans.com regular coverage, readers:

 

...continue to see "pop culture for parents" reviews, interviews, and practical information as it relates to parents and kids today.

...discover helpful feature articles and cover stories on a variety of family-oriented topics.

...are treated to "fun ideas" for families in the The Playful Parent™ and FunFaith™ columns.

...are encouraged by the warm wisdom of columnist, Dr. Norm Wakefield, as he shares about the power of becoming a Joyful Dad.

 

PLUS...FamilyFans.com subscribers are eligible for random giveaways (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) And, as always, FamilyFans subscriptions are free.

 

In 2013, FamilyFans began syndicating some of its unique "pop culture for parents" content each month on Beliefnet.com—one of the largest inspirational websites in the world, with 7 million readers. And in 2014, FamilyFans expanded that relationship with Beliefnet to introduce the popular weekly column, "For Bible Study Nerds, with Mike Nappa." The world, it seems, is ready for all this—and more.

 

And that, dear reader, is how we got to where we are today.

ABOUT REPRINTING MATERIAL FROM FAMILYFANS.COM IN YOUR OWN PUBLICATION

If you represent a non-profit organization (such as a community newsletter, a church, a school, a library, a mission organization, a free web site, etc.), then we want to support you. Check out the Reprint Guidelines for details.

If you represent a for-profit venture (such as a book publisher, or a subscription-based magazine, or an e-commerce web site), we likely will still grant you reprint permission. But we're probably gonna charge you for it, unless it's some kind of a promotional reprint. Use the Contact Us page to submit your formal reprint request. Hey, you never know. We might feel generous that day.

For ALL reprint requests, please include the following information:

  • Your name.
  • Your organization's name, and whether or not your publication is a profit or non-profit endeavor.
  • Your contact information (be sure to include your email address).
  • The title of the material you wish to reprint from FamilyFans.com.
  • Let us know whether or not this will be a one-time reprint (such as an article in a newsletter) or an ongoing reprint (such as a movie reviews column that reprints a new review on your web site every month).
  • Let us know how many readers you expect to see the reprint.
  • Let us know if there is a time deadline on your request (for instance, if your newsletter goes to the printer within the next two weeks or something).
  • Let us know any other information that you feel is relevant and important (for instance, if you want to translate an article into another language, or read an article over the radio, or shorten the word count of an article, etc.).

We will do our best to respond to all requests in a timely way.

ABOUT GETTING PRESS COVERAGE ON FAMILYFANS.COM

If you are interested in getting media coverage in our magazine, please check out our Press Guidelines.

ABOUT ADVERTISING ON FAMILYFANS.COM

At present we do not accept outside advertising. (Sorry!) Our philosophy has been to reward our content contributors and our publishing partners (such as companies who donate products for giveaways, whose products we review in the magazine, or companies who publish products by FamilyFans.com authors) with free ads, as appropriate, on the site. Other than that, we do not accept offers to buy ad space or swap links or things such as that. (Again, sorry!)

ABOUT WRITING FOR FAMILYFANS.COM

If you are interested in writing for our magazine, please check out our Submission Guidelines.

And that's it! We hope you will enjoy your time browsing the pages of the FamilyFans.com E-Magazineand that you'll tell all your friends and family members about us as well.. We're glad you stopped by today. J

Best!

The Editors at FamilyFans.com

Mike Nappa

Mike Nappa, founding publisher of FamilyFans.com

Family Fans Editorial Staff

Mike Nappa, Publisher

Amy Nappa, Associate Publisher

Jill Wuellner, Senior Editor

Tony Nappa, Associate Editor

Dr. Norm Wakefield, Columnist

Contributing Editors (past and present)

Allison Turner

Amber Van Schooneveld

Michael Van Schooneveld

Rebbekka Messenger

 

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