Getting started with

So, you’re new to the Offbeat Empire blog! This is awesome. I’m so stoked to have you here with us. I’m Ariel, and this blog is basically where I write about the behind-the-scenes business of running the Offbeat Empire, my network of lifestyle blogs. Here’s how to get started with this website…

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Ok, so before I link some of my most popular posts, you might want to read up on the history of the Offbeat Empire to get an idea of what we’re all about.

Now, here are some posts that give you a solid feel about what you’ll find here on the Offbeat Empire’s blog:

Business development:

* From Blog to Empire: An Interview with Ariel Meadow Stallings
* Clicks don’t lie: people gravitate toward drama (and who am I to deny them?)
* EPIC FAIL: You gotta know when to fold ’em

Community management and dealing with reader complaints:

* Liberal bullying: Privilege-checking and semantics-scolding as internet sport
* When is it cultural appropriation and when is it just kids playing dress-up?
* Online etymology: is “DERP” ableist?
* This website can’t be everything to everyone

Editorial strategy:

* Editorial diversity hacks: when is tokenism ok?
* Why the Offbeat Empire usually ignores current events
* Hate-reads and how for-profit sites work
* Contagious content: the challenges of memes you don’t want
* 5 ways we optimize old blog posts into super sticky landing pages


If you have any questions about, or the Offbeat Empire itself, feel free to contact me! A lot of my posts on have been inspired by reader questions, so I’d love to hear from you.