Last week, I was in Las Vegas at WeddingMBA, a huge wedding merchant conference. I gave a presentation with the guys from the Lovesick Expo — and announced our new joint venture!
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On September 18th 2014, I'll be sharing the stage with the two dudes from Lovesick Inc at the Wedding Merchants Business Association conference in Las Vegas. At the end of our presentation, we'll be debuting a new joint venture that's set to launch early next year. This is a full-on partnership between Lovesick and Offbeat Bride that is going to bring so many new opportunities to the wedding vendor community. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook on September 18th, around 1pm EST/10am PST to be the first to know what is in store for 2015 and beyond.
January and February 2014 were super exciting crazy times for the Offbeat Empire, with a year of schemes culminating in the six Lovesick Expos nationwide. There was a obscene amount of planning that went into the Offbeat Bride/Lovesick Expo partnership, and it was one of the most complex business partnerships I've ever launched. Making this leap was a very intentional choice I made both for business reasons and personal reasons…
I'll be speaking on a panel at an event in Seattle hosted by Two Bright Lights, the service we use to make it easy for wedding photographers to submit weddings to Offbeat Bride.
- Monday, May 19, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
- Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Cyprus Room (99 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101)
- Cost: FREE!
Whew. You know how Offbeat Bride is co-producing the Lovesick Expos this year? Well, they kicked off this past weekend and in two days, I talked to roughly 1000 people. For a lady like me whose life mostly revolves around sitting quietly in front of a screen working from a corner of my bedroom, it was pretty mind-boggling. (And amazing!)
Last fall, I spoke in Las Vegas at Wedding MBA, the largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding business. This fall, I attended XOXO Festival, a tiny conference in Portland, OR for people who make things online. The two experiences were vastly different, and clarified for much for me about the two worlds I divide my time between, and my role in each of them.
This post is long and rambly, but if you're in the mood, come along for the dawdle…
We're still recovering from our epic outage, which lasted from about 8pm PST September 4th until 4am PST September 6th. By several magnitudes, this was the longest downtime we've had in our 7 years of publishing. That shit was brutal. After troubleshooting on the old server for 20 hours, we decided to abandon ship and move to a brand new server. So far, it's sparkly and doing well.
I've been using the Offbeat Empire's Facebook page to keep everyone updated, but now that offbeatempire.com is back online (on an entirely new server, built from scratch) I'll update this post with updates as we have them.