Women! Lend me your ears! If you’re looking for a close-knit online forum community to complement your time with us here at the Offbeat Empire, our sponsor altdotlife might be your new best friend. We’re talking a fun and supportive online community, with topics ranging from Sherlock (mmmm) to sleep training (we know with Offbeat Families shutting down, some of you are on the hunt for a new place to talk parenting). There’s lively debate, thoughtful reflection, and pithy thread topics. You know… what we all like to read while we’re taking a coffee/internet breaks at work, ammiright?
Let’s see what they’re talking about over on altdotlife…
Here’s the scoop on the types of women with whom you could be making connections (people like you, who are looking for support, information, and are totally willing to reciprocate) straight from altdotlife founder, Reidy Brown:
Family: our community includes members of single-parent-by-choice families, poly families, lesbian families, child-free families, cis-gendered families, families with one, two, and many kids, and people who are child-free and un-coupled. We love the diversity and the different world views our members bring to the community.
Career: we’ve got teachers, lawyers, social workers, software engineers, academics, stay-at-home parents, writers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
Nationalities: our community is international. Many of us are in the U.S., but we’ve also got people from many other countries, such as New Zealand, Italy, Thailand, the U.K., and Mongolia.
Political viewpoints: our members are staunchly feminist, progressive, politically active, and engaged with the world.
Or check out some of these threads:
- Favorite Parenting Books
- “Natural” Remedies: What Really Works?
- How to be an effective citizen lobbyist?
- This is Not About Miley Cyrus
- Breastfeeding for Beginners
With all that awesome in one spot, altdotlife has some serious fangirls. And we’ve got some recommendations straight from them:
ADL has everything. Seriously. When I decided to buy a new mattress, I came straight to ADL and found recommendations and anti-recommendations. When I was taking the bar, there was a thread of people doing the same thing. There’s always the information I need. But, once I’ve got that information, I’m not surrounded by JUST the mattress stuff or JUST the bar stuff. I can go see what Portland ladies are up to, who’s read a good book, what’s interesting in the news, and make internet friends.
I love the cool, smart women. I love the supportive environment. I love the humor. Did I say I love the smart women? I am so impressed by the women who belong to this community.
I should mention that altdotlife is a totally free community, so there’s no risk in heading over and seeing if it’s a fit for you. Whether you’re at home with a baby, starting a new job, struggling with family issues, or just need some humor during the work day, check out altdotlife and find your own niche community of kick-ass chicks!