Delicious Monday morning stats: year over year

I know some of you out there are analytics nerds like I am, so I thought I'd take a minute to share a few metrics, from across the Empire. I'm mostly focusing on year-over-year analytics here… I look at these numbers once a month or so to get a feel for how each site is aging, and assess whether there are any strategic shifts I need to make.

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Noteworthy comments: dads eating their young, zombie inevitability, and why no one advertised on Offbeat Families

Hiya! Whew, what a week for us… I've been dealing with jetlag and a sick kid, the editors are still working on getting their new post-Families sausage-making processes smoothed out, and Kellbot the developer almost lost her mind over the number of bugs crawling out from under the skirts of the Offbeat Bride Tribe.

As always, however, it was a week of insight and awesomeness from Offbeat Empire commenters… so let's do another week of rounding up some of our favorite comments from across our three active blogs.

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The decision to allow reader contributions and what percentage of readers become supporters

I wanted to take a minute to talk a bit more about my decision to explore using Tugboat Yards to allow Offbeat Home & Life readers to support the site financially. How does accepting money from readers change the dynamic of a site? How does it change reader expectations? Does it come off as a "gift grab"? And perhaps most importantly, how many readers are ACTUALLY willing to support the site?