Last week, a reader named Laura-Nicole suggested we start a donation fund to get the server techs at Liquid Web some whiskey. 16 of you contributed and so I went online to find an awesome booze gift basket to be delivered to our friends in Michigan.
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of Staff Gossip posts.
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…
It's mid-April which means it must be time for the Offbeat Empire staff retreat! Will we see you at our Seattle party this Wednesday, April 17th?
Every so often someone will ask me exactly how I became a work-from-home parent, and the truth is what you expect: there wasn't one crystal clear moment in which everything lined up and OMG WOW! all of a sudden I was a parent who worked from home. I had to take serious steps to get there, and I take even more serious steps every day to stay here. SO HERE WE GO: I'm gonna break down my particular path for you.
What if I just let the editors go crazy with their pitches? What if we specialized in shitstorm posts? This was the question I posited to the staff in an email recently, asking them to share the imaginary titles of the most terrible Offbeat Empire posts we would never, ever publish. Then I laughed and laughed and laughed at their responses.
And so, just for funsies, here's a short list of the horrific imaginary posts we'd never run…