While emailing someone back about a trade today, I realized that I tend to write longer zines, but I publish them anywhere from 2 months to a year apart. I let all my writing pile up until it somehow "feels" complete and then I print it. My zines tend to be 30-50 pages long. I know a lot of zinesters write much shorter zines, but they publish them quite frequently. I was just wondering if there is a preference toward one or the other. I think both probably have the potential for the same quality of writing; one just has a larger quantity of it than the other. Would you rather read your favorite zine writing in short bursts, but more often, or patiently wait for a nice lengthy zine you'll enjoy just as much, but can spend more time reading?
Another thing I was curious about is the idea of "equivalent" trades. When you're trading zines, do you prefer a zine fairly close in size and page count or doesn't it matter? Does it depend on who you're trading with (i.e. someone whose writing you've read and know you'll enjoy vs. someone new to zines or someone you've never heard of)? I used to be picky about trades, especially when it came to page count, but after a year's hiatus, I find it thrilling just to be trading again, and I'm happy to get cool zines, no matter what length they are.