Favorite comments: altered jeans & duct-taped babies #Publishing#commenting March 7 | Ariel offbeatbride This photo has nothing to do with anything, except for that I love it. Thanks to Wild About You Photography for submitting it to the Offbeat Bride Flickr pool. Another week, another wave of hilarious, insightful, fabulous commenting across the Offbeat Empire blogs. In this morning's staff video conference, we discussed how one of the upsides of the shift toward people being too lazy to comment anywhere except Facebook is that the quality of blog comments on our posts has generally shifted upward. For the most part, folks who want to snark or leave a crappy drive-by comment are too lazy to click through to the post, type their names and email, and then type their comment. The snarkers seem be self-selecting to stay on Facebook, which is fine by us. The result is that the folks who ARE invested in the comment communities on the Offbeat Empire sites have a (generally) safe haven to have (generally) valuable conversations. It's honestly kind of amazing. So gather close, my little offbeatlings, as I run through a selection of the Empire staff's favorite comments this week. Offbeat Bride On our post sharing wedding ring shopping tips, Paja shared how her partner proposed, and needless to say there was no ring involved: My partner proposed by ducktaping a proposal sign to our baby. I think Blimunda summed up all of our reactions by simply replying, "DUCKTAPING A PROPOSAL SIGN TO OUR BABY." Because nothing says "I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you," like a duct taped infant! Offbeat Home & Life On my post about style rules, Trystan offered this amazing tid-bit: Take the jeans to a tailor (or even a dry cleaner who does alterations). For maybe $10-$20, depending where you live, you can get the waistband on jeans or any pair of pants taken in at the back. It's a super-common alteration & will be unnoticeable when it's finished. Custom-fit jeans, totally worth it. In discussing this tip, all Offbeat Empire editors confessed that none of us wear jeans ever. We had a 100% incidence of "working from home" relating to "elastic waistbands," although I did confess that I wear a jean skirt over my leggings, essentially as a butt-sized fanny pack. I mean, a bitch needs some pockets! Offbeat Empire Related Post Why publishers love negative Facebook comments Last week, Offbeat Home & Life's Facebook page shared a post from 2011 about Mormon mommy blogs. This post was originally written for Offbeat Families... Read more Ok, I know my tentacles post went up last week, but I still want to highlight a few of my favorite suggestions over there: Fucking basil Yay flag Loud shoe of some sort Hitachi magic wand Basket Tattoo Alternative bouquet Spatula/pervertable Cupcake These are all ideas that I may be integrating into a super-secret project I'm working on right now. Oh, and big props to Liz for this comment: Something like a shield or a superhero badge that's got the words "COMMENT MODERATION" hammered into steel! Because let's face it, that's what really keeps this site runnin'. Hats off to y'all for making it worth it. 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 SEO guest post inquiries: the best and the worst NEXT Offbeat Families traffic 6 months later: it's all about scandal, sex, and sadness Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] So apparently I'm the staffer who adores her jeans. I have a day job, though, so jeans are my casual option. 🙂 1 agrees …ARE THEY ALTERED JEANS? 1 agrees Ariel, your new* haircut is SO FAB! *is it new? I'm not sure Aww, thanks! The Bitch Bangs have been back for a couple months: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariel/11861948463/ 🙂 Can we please get the whole story on the duck-taped baby? 8 agree Dawww, I feel so honored 🙂 Admittedly, I work from home most days of the week, & when I go into the office, I CorpGoth it up, so I only wear jeans these days when I'm doing something hardcore. But yeah, a little alteration goes a long way — and I *hate* doing that myself, PITA, literally. Comments are closed.