Slack is a productivity tool for remote workers. It's sorta like a chat room, but jacked up on steroids, coming up on of three hits of ecstasy, and wearing one of those hippie utility belts packed with swiss army knives, your favorite kind of gum, chapstick, a wrench, and two-sided tape. I started being like, "Wait, why am I not using this yet?"
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of Human Resources posts.
After five years of working from home, I am SO FUCKING SICK OF BEING STUCK IN MY HOUSE. That's why I'm so excited to be exporting my work brain to a place occupied by adults. Starting last week, I've got a full-time desk at the new coworking space upstairs/behind Ada's Technical Books.
I'm working with my developer Kellbot to code a base design that we like, but I want get enough of our existing design elements integrated into the new design that it feels familiar to longtime readers. It's going to be new, but I need a designer to help us soften the blow.
Have you noticed a new name on Offbeat Bride over this past month? Perhaps you thought to yourself, "Oh, that's interesting… who's this person producing the wedding porn posts I so enjoy basking in each morning"? Well, those posts have been written by none-other-than Offbeat Bride's newest Assistant Editor, Chris Wolfgang! Chris joins a staff full of people with names like Catherine, Caroline, and Kirsten, so to avoid my head collapsing, I just call her by her bad-ass last name: WOLFGANG.
I use a WordPress plugin called Edit Flow to help manage the Empire's editorial processes, and one of the many awesome things it does is emails me a notification when an editor creates a draft here on offbeatempire.com.
A few minutes ago, I got this email:
[Offbeat Empire] New Post Created: "How to"
How to WHAT, you might ask? HOW TO EVERYTHING.
I'm writing this post while in my pajamas, hung over, and having a little "hair of the dog" after the great time I had at my birthday dance party on a Sunday night. And that right there, is pretty much the best testamant to working at home.
Photographers, independent designers, freelancers… I know you feel me! Working from home is awesome. But can we talk about the challenges of being self-employed and working from home and what we can do to combate those issues?
With the staff retreat last week, we didn't have a chance to run through our favorite comments. (Oh and by the way: did you notice the reduced load of blog posts this week? My editors were too busy drinking wine out of honey bear jars to produce more than the minimum number of posts for this week. I'm happy to report that blog post counts will be back up to normal next week, now that everyone's back at their laptops in their respective cities.)
Anyway! The moral of the story here is that we're all back in action this week, working on posts, chugging away on code, scheming schemes, and enjoying your blog comments. Here are a few of our favorites for the week…