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Taint week

We've entered what I've come to think of as "editorial taint week," the publishing industry perineum between Christmas and New Year's Day. As mentioned before, we're doing lighter posting both this week and next week, and our blogging sausage factory has slowed to a sputtering hum instead of it's usual slamming thunderous hammering and splorting. We're working on some perhaps ill-advised dev projects behind the scenes (who's idea was it to upgrade the Tribe over New Year's Eve? Oh right: mine), but for the most part things are pretty quiet.

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XOXO Festival: reconciling my two industries

Last fall, I spoke in Las Vegas at Wedding MBA, the largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding business. This fall, I attended XOXO Festival, a tiny conference in Portland, OR for people who make things online. The two experiences were vastly different, and clarified for much for me about the two worlds I divide my time between, and my role in each of them.

This post is long and rambly, but if you're in the mood, come along for the dawdle…

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Why wedding photographers need to think like bloggers

I'm a wedding photographer. I'm also an editor and a blogger. Luckily for me, the two (three) combine together to make sweet internet magic for me on the regular: I looooove using my editor tricks when it comes to blogging weddings on my site!

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Teach me to be AWESOME: How to write a DIY tutorial

At the Empire, we love to see how you do all the amazing things you do. Reader DIY submissions show us so much! We can all learn to cook vegan bacon cheeseburgers, turn coffee tables into chalkboard canvases, and make our own wax seals from buttons. Our DIY archives have a big bright rainbow of how-to-DIY posts, but many of us are hungry, like some kind of craft-zombies, for MOAR BRAINS… err…. MOAR DIYs!

Here's the trick: sometimes we need just a bit of help teaching each other how to do the awesome things we do ourselves. Framing the steps into a process we can repeat with huge success is easy if we all put our teacher hats on. Here's a great outline for teaching us all how to be YOUR kind of awesome – how to write a DIY tutorial.

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Cross-posting and editorial overlap

One of the unexpected challenges of adding Offbeat Home to the roster of Empire sites was that it added another layer of cross-posting confusion and editorial overlap. Where the heck are we supposed to put some of these posts!?