Slow news day #Publishing#traffic#viral December 28 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel This is the real-time leaderboard showing the most read posts across the Empire, with the number showing how many people are reading the post simultaneously. Wow, what are the chances that Offbeat Home and Offbeat Bride both get linked by heavy-traffic sites within 15 minutes of each other? First ThinkGeek linked Caroline's post about jellyfish pendant lamps, and then a couple minutes later a mean-spirited Jezebel post went up about Amber & Matt's irreverent and elegantly gothy wedding. (And no, I'm not linking to the post because it's so stupid that even the commenters over there are like "What? This is a stupid post." Don't give them your eye-balls. Instead, go read about hate-reads and how for-profit websites work.) Clearly, it's a suuuuuper slow newsday here in the editorial taint between Christmas and New Years. It's amusing that in that quiet no-mans land when bloggers and social media managers are desperate for something (ANYTHING!) eye-catching/weird to post… they find their way to the Empire. Where it's always a slow news day! (This reminds me that I have a post to write one of these days about my editorial conundrums about what to post when "real news" happens that relates even slightly to one of my sites. We didn't do posts on Offbeat Bride about Washington State's marriage equality law even though I'm personally super excited about it, and we only did a post about the Newtown, CT shootings on Offbeat Families because readers emailed us begging us to write SOMETHING. I have things to say about this issue. I'll write that after the new year, promise.) Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Favorite comments: imposter syndrome, yoda, retirement goals, and sausage factories NEXT Why the Offbeat Empire usually ignores current events Toggle comments [ 11 ] Two words: Editorial. Taint. 14 agree Reply Bah. Jezebel, we have such a history, but I dislike her on the regular. 3 agree Reply Slow news day? I'LL TAKE IT. 0 agree Reply So I read this post yesterday. Then today my hubsters~to~be burst in the bathroom while I was taking a shower and exclaimed "Guess what was linked on one of my favorite gaming blogs, babe?!" And of course I knew: Offbeat Home. A geeky happy moment. 3 agree Reply Thank you for not linking to the Jezebel post. That was a disturbing thing to wake up and find yesterday (and we're on our honeymoon right now!). I want thank you for running the kind of site you do – positive, inclusive, enthusiastic, friendly, offbeat and UPbeat. I appreciate you even more now. 14 agree Reply Sadly, this kind of thing has happened so frequently that I actually have a post about it: How to deal when your wedding goes viral and people hate it. This is all to say, you're in very good company. 0 agree Reply I actually found and read that post earlier this morning, and it was very helpful (and made me feel less alone!). Thanks Ariel! 0 agree Reply Yeah, my proposal went viral, with help from OBB, and I got some seriously nasty hate mail and comments. Yick! 0 agree Reply Very excited to read your post about why y'all don't talk about news, as that's something I find myself missing/wanting in the indie bride blogosphere! 1 agrees Reply Look for that post on Wednesday! 1 agrees Reply I'd just like to add that I love reading your thoughts on the tiny little details (well, I suppose pageviews are one of your GIANT details) about the Empire. 0 agree Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.