Let's talk about the business goals and content strategy of offbeatempire.com

While offbeatbride.com and offbeathome.com are monetized to the heavens, the blog at offbeatempire.com has never been heavily monetized. We experimented for a while a couple years ago with B2B content, but the Empire blog has settled into being more of communications/public relations behind-the-scenes situation. Blog posts on offbeatempire.com are a luxury item — since they don't make money, they're not a huge business priority when other stuff needs my attention.

This in mind, I've shifted the structure of the offbeatempire.com homepage. Let's talk about it!

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How to handle affiliate post disclaimers… when EVERY post is an affiliate post thanks to Skimlinks

I love Offbeat Bride and have for ages, and one of the reasons why I've always respected this site and the Empire overall is due to good business ethics and practices. Which is why I got super sad when I didn't see an affiliate disclosure on this post. I'm curious if it was just an oversight or if it's a change in the way the site is approaching affiliate-based content. -Christen
Christen, this is an awesome question, and I'm so glad you brought it up. I love having readers that watch out for this stuff. Let's talk about it…

100,000+ comments on Offbeat Bride

Today I noticed that Offbeat Bride has officially crested 100k comments. The site is two weeks away from it's 9th launch anniversary (!?!), so I guess that averages to about 11k comments a year.

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RIP Offbeat Bride Tribe: 2007 – 2015 (+ bonus musings on running leaner)

Fall of 2007, after dozens of requests from blog readers, I decided to set up an Offbeat Bride community on Ning.com.

"It's an experiment!" I said.

"We'll see how it goes!" I said.

"If it doesn't feel like a good fit, I'll shut it down!" I said.

That was eight years, two platforms, two community managers, dozens of volunteer moderators, and over 45,000 members ago. Friday, the Offbeat Bride Tribe quietly shut down.