BRB: Currently at Offbeat Empire staff retreat in Maui #Publishing#staff gatherings November 3 | Ariel offbeatbride Look, you guys: I know that it seems like it would be all WHEE FUN working for the Offbeat Empire, but the truth is this: I'm a demanding boss who doesn't pay enough and basically leans on all my "part time" staff to be available full-time. I'm terrible at training and too chatty on Slack. My editorial standards are stupidly high (six revisions on a 400-word post about shower curtains, seriously?!), and I'm a total hypocrite ("So, you shouldn't start all these sentences with transitives. And you should also watch for fragments. But don't remind me that you totally learned your style from me."). This is all to say, while working for the Empire might seem it's all sunshine and rainbows and octopodes, trust me when I say that my staff really truly deserves the annual staff retreats I've been doing since 2011. And we're doing one this week. Related Post Lessons learned at the 2012 Offbeat Empire staff retreat Last weekend I invited everyone who does ongoing work for the Empire to fly to Seattle for a staff retreat. A third of my folks... Read more In years past, I've flown everyone to Seattle to yurt it up at my mom's hippie retreat space on Bainbridge Island. This year, I let Megan convince me to fly everyone to Maui so that we can stay at HER mom's glittery vacation home. Apparently, Offbeat Empire staff retreats are all about moms and islands. So for the next week (gah, there I go again with the transitive start!), most of us will be in Hawaii. I'm sure we'll still be working (because I'm a nerd and I like my job and I honestly find lots of my work almost, like, soothing? I start to feel weird if I'm not working), but we'll likely be drunk while we're doing it. Watch Offbeat Bride's instagram for pictures — or maybe try #offbeatretreat? Who's in charge of social media strategy around here?! Certainly not me — I'll just be the drunk one in a muumuu by the pool. 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 Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing, chances are good that she's dancing and happy-crying. PREVIOUS Comparing traffic from social media sources… wow, Twitter NEXT Retreat done, now entering serious heads-down mode Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Not at all jealous! (she said jealously 🙂 ) 4 agree Have fun you awesome peeps! Comments are closed.