Do you want to listen to me talk for an hour about the Offbeat Empire? Glenn Fleishman interviewed me last week for his podcast The New Disruptors, and you can listen above! I talk about everything from humbling failures to recent commentroversies to my revelations this last year about how I was doing Facebook all wrong. Oh and Metafilter. And putting all your eggs in the Google basket. And how the web keeps me young with its shiny new toys. It's a pretty dense interview, but for those of you who really want to get into the nuances of how I run the Offbeat Empire, feel free to listen in.
So you're a wedding photographer. Or a wedding planner. Or a florist. And you have something that you think your favorite wedding blog might love — a photo from a recent wedding! A new product you just released! A promotion you're getting the word out about! You turn to your favorite form of social media (Facebook! Twitter! Instagram!) and you get ready to make your pitch to your favorite publisher.
Now stop for a second.
A reader asked: "Why are there dates but no years on your site?" Not including the years on our posts is actually a very conscious design decision. Lemme take a few minutes to explain the logic behind my decision, and then share a tip for how you can still see the post's year of publication.
My editors work hard to ensure that we only use photos on the site that we have full permission and licensing to use. We've had solid attribution policies in place since 2011, and tend towards the obsessive when it comes to crediting photographs. Sometimes, however, despite our best efforts and intentions, things go wrong.
Ok, ok! I know it's been forever since we've done favorite comments, but I'm going to make it worth the wait by doing more video staff interpretations of our favorite comments. Also, it's my birthday, and all my editors gave me the gift of wearing lipstick for our staff meeting this morning (dudes, when you work from home, that is an AMAZING GIFT!) so you get to see everyone looking extra fancy.
As y'all know, with a readership as large as the Offbeat Empire's, we get a fair number of reader complaints.
Last week, we got a couple different reader complaints that were super valid, and I wanted to take a minute to share what I learned.
Offbeat Bride's Facebook page posts as many as 8 times a day (including these ridiculous SHOES AT 2 shoe posts I've started doing), but you only see all those posts if Facebook understands that you WANT to see all those posts. If you consistently ignore them? You see maybe only 1 post a day, or none. In other words: Facebook's algorithms are smarter than we could ever be.
…And they're getting smarter.
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!