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State of the Empire, 2019

IT'S BEEN 84 YEARS. Ok, it's actually only been 12 years since I launched the Offbeat Empire, but 12 in internet years might as well be 84, y'know? Here's what's up with the Empire this year…

Offbeat Bride's 3rd edition: why the book needed an update

My book Offbeat Bride was first published by Seal Press in January 2007 as Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides, with a second edition released in February 2010 under the title Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides.

In the eight years since the release of the second edition, wedding culture has shifted dramatically (the influence of marriage equality and social media have both been huge!) and offbeatbride.com has reached 50 million website visitors. Clearly, it’s time for an updated and revised version of the book… which Seal Press will be publishing fall of 2019!

Let's talk about the updates being made for the third edition…

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The Dark Day of September 5, 2013, and our brand new server

We're still recovering from our epic outage, which lasted from about 8pm PST September 4th until 4am PST September 6th. By several magnitudes, this was the longest downtime we've had in our 7 years of publishing. That shit was brutal. After troubleshooting on the old server for 20 hours, we decided to abandon ship and move to a brand new server. So far, it's sparkly and doing well.

I've been using the Offbeat Empire's Facebook page to keep everyone updated, but now that offbeatempire.com is back online (on an entirely new server, built from scratch) I'll update this post with updates as we have them.

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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…