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Online civility, recency vs relevancy, and the most amazing Offbeat Home comment thread of all time?!

At 9pm last night, I was doing ill-advised Tokyo-karaoke with an astrology columnist and an event planner, and Megan sent me an email: "Is your shoe post for tomorrow morning done?!" My response was, "Fuuuuuuuu ck. Drink at karaoke. It will be done!" Then I finished up my rendition of Pearl Jam's Black, giggled through a completely failed attempt at "Just Give Me A Reason," and stumbled home to write this post, which is not about shoes at all. Welcome to the Offbeat Empire. Let's talk about our favorite comments this week!

Let's talk about Offbeat Home & Life

I'm launching another quicky survey!

This one's a bit longer, about the tangled web that is Offbeat Home & Life. Since it's longer, I'm just going to link it here, rather than trying to embed it.

As always, if you have longer-form feedback, you can leave 'em here on ye olde Empire blorge.

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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?

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Fucking basil: blowing your goddamn mind

I recently compared the traffic for Offbeat Home & Life with Offbeat Families, and was amazed to see that Offbeat Home & Life has not only caught up to Offbeat Families — but surpassed its traffic pretty significantly with over double the visits.

And you know what's responsible for most of those visits? FUCKING BASIL.