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I committed Facebook social suicide last year, and now I've decided to officially make the switch from Instagram back to Flickr. I have very strong feels about Flickr, and have a sense of needing to give it one last chance. And if I'm going to abandon it, it's NOT going to be for Instagram. I'm also embarrassed at how shitty my photography has gotten over the six months I've been using Instagram. I'm also trying to recognize and remove the "rat levers" in my digital life…

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So we all agree: Charting is a super, insanely useful way to get really amazingly in touch with your body and your cycles. But if you're not careful, charting can drive you super insane. When you put a lot of time into something if it doesn't immediately pay off, it can be emotionally and intellectually devastating. Based on what I learned during my 44 months of charting (…I KNOW), here's a little guidance on how to chart without going super insane.

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Offbeat Home & Life has undergone a lot of changes in 2013, so it felt important to do a little mini-reader survey specific to this site. This post is going to be long, but for those of you who are into data and/or invested in the future of Offbeat Home & Life, it's going to be fun. We've got stuff about Facebook, family-related content, and the kinds of posts y'all hate. Come along!

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A funny thing has happened over the past few years: suddenly, I totally look forward to doing holiday cards. It should be noted that I'm not especially into holidays — I spent my 20s mostly ignoring them, and then once I switched to being self-employed in my 30s, I find that I can't even keep track of when most holidays are happening. I'm not a big seasonal decorator, nor do I get especially into the holiday spirit each winter.

But, oddly, the past couple years have found me becoming an increasingly huge fan of holiday cards.