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Four years is a good run: why Offbeat Families is ceasing publication (and how it will live on)

Over the years, I've made no secret of the fact that Offbeat Families (formerly known as Offbeat Mama) has been a challenge. The site launched in September of 2009, and I invested four years and about $40,000 toward growing the site into a sustainable, financially viable business. Ultimately, these efforts have failed. Offbeat Families will no longer be producing new posts.

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The steps I took to become a work-from-home parent

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.

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Offbeat Mama is becoming Offbeat Families

This weekend we're flipping the switch: Offbeat Mama will become Offbeat Families. The title of the site will change, the URL will be switch to offbeatfamilies.com (although all the old offbeatmama.com links will still work), and one of the header characters has undergone a transition from "blonde soccer mom" to "blonde soccer butch/transdad/pretty SAHD/fey uncle/gender-queer auntie/whatever ze wants to be."

This re-brand has been under consideration for a long-ass time, and we're super excited about what it means for the site…

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Offbeat Home vs Offbeat Mama: traffic & ads

This month makes it official: Offbeat Home now has more traffic than Offbeat Mama! In the last 30 days, Offbeat Mama had 117,807 unique visitors, while Offbeat Home got 126,282. This is awesome, and finally matches what I'd always hoped for Offbeat Home: since it's genderless and ageless, it's potentially got a potential for a larger readership than Offbeat Mama.

If Offbeat Home having more readers than Offbeat Mama makes perfect sense to me, here's the mystery that I still can't figure out…

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20 year goals

So, today's my 37th birthday. I celebrated last night by doing a reading at the Salon of Shame from my 1993 diary, about losing my virginity in a turqouise lace bra & panty set from Fredrick's of Hollywood. (Keepin' it classy!) As I was flipping through the diary, I stumbled across this little cartoon that I drew almost 20 years ago…