For the past year and a half, my editor Catherine Clark (who I call Superman) has been doing sales for the Empire, while also still producing posts for Offbeat Bride. Catherine is shifting her focus back to editorial and project management work, and so I'm bringing on a new Vendor Relations Manager… meet Tiffany!
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of staff posts.
Have you noticed a new name on Offbeat Bride over this past month? Perhaps you thought to yourself, "Oh, that's interesting… who's this person producing the wedding porn posts I so enjoy basking in each morning"? Well, those posts have been written by none-other-than Offbeat Bride's newest Assistant Editor, Chris Wolfgang! Chris joins a staff full of people with names like Catherine, Caroline, and Kirsten, so to avoid my head collapsing, I just call her by her bad-ass last name: WOLFGANG.
I use a WordPress plugin called Edit Flow to help manage the Empire's editorial processes, and one of the many awesome things it does is emails me a notification when an editor creates a draft here on offbeatempire.com.
A few minutes ago, I got this email:
[Offbeat Empire] New Post Created: "How to"
How to WHAT, you might ask? HOW TO EVERYTHING.
Last week a colleague noted "When you start working with other people, you spend a lot more time thinking about their paychecks than your own."
AMEN TO THIS. Things were tight over at the Empire this month, and at a certain point I made the decision to pay my staff instead of myself this pay period. Oddly, it was WAY easier to do that than to even consider delaying everyone else's checks.
Remember back in January when I said that I was going to try my darndest to get remote staff together every six months? Well, I'm doing it! This weekend, the Empire's entire editorial staff (plus our long-suffering developer) will be gathering together for a staff retreat in the woods.
And I'm going to try to make them all fit in this van…
The Offbeat Empire is staffed by a shifting team of a half-dozen or so independent contractors. I don't have "employees" really — I have contracted staff members who work part-time on Empire projects.
And you know what that part-time thing means? It means when they're not working for me, they could be WORKING FOR YOU. Need a corporate photographer? Need a programmer? Need a web developer? These folks all do great part time work for the Empire, and heck: they could do great part time work for you, too.
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