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.


5 things I learned working for the Offbeat Empire

Not sure if you recognize my name — I’m Chris Wolfgang, the assistant editor/copy editor/Queen of Porn at Offbeat Bride. Or rather, I was. Until very recently.

While I’m sad to be moving on (how many other opportunities will I get to be called Queen of Porn? And keep my clothes on?), I’m ecstatic to say that I have learned an absolute shit ton working for the Offbeat Empire. No, sorry, I’m only going to tell you about five of them. Hold on to your tits.


Meet our new sysadmin, Travis Zajkowski!

Friends, for the first time ever, we have a gentleman on the staff. Some of you may remember Travis — he of the whiskey bucket? He worked for our longtime webhost for many many years. Over the years of working on our server (first in small capacities, and then staying all night to help us with epic downtimes) Travis basically made himself completely indispensable.