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Sneak peek at the relaunch of the Offbeat Bride Tribe

Oh lord, you guys. It's a race against time to get the Offbeat Bride Tribe relaunched this Tuesday. Parts of it look super slick, but lots of our longtime beloved tools were coded in 2011 and just don't work like they should. We're committed to getting the Tribe back online on December 30th because I feel very strongly about restoring the safe space that Tribe members have come to rely on… but oh man, we're going to be doing a lot of clean-up after things launch. I'm begging Tribe members to be gentle with us after relaunch.

THAT SAID. There are some things that look really fucking cool, and I wanted to share a few sneak peeks.

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Redesign Maintenance Release 1.1

Thanks to everyone for all your feedback on the redesigns last week. Rolling out the designs on Tuesday was intense on a lot of levels, and I wanted to circle back and let y'all know how things have shaken out.

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New templates launched on five of our sites!

After months of design and development work, this morning we launched a brand new blog template live across five of the six Offbeat Empire sites. I wanted to share a little bit of the thinking behind some of the aspects of the redesign, so that you understand what my goals were behind some of the changes.

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Bigger pixels: This week's awesome comments (with bonus reader email!)

The thing about the Empire that you've probably noticed is that we love to talk about, joke about, and post about sexy sex stuff… whether it's featuring a guide to buying bedroom toys, or ogling an Offbeat Bride's amazing rack.

This in mind, it shouldn't be shocking to you that our favorite comments of the week are all about boobs and embarrassing toy stories…

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7 totally free Photoshop alternatives for adventures in photo editing

Wearing a lot of hats is one of the major down-sides perks of running a small business. And if you're jumping into self-promotion and online advertising, "graphic designer" may end up being one of those hats. Here are some totally free editing tools for your banner-making, photo-cropping, and avatar-creating needs so you won't end up having to use MS Paint.