Welcome to Offbeat Home: make yourself comfortable

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Original painting by Ursula X. Young
YAY, it’s finally happening! We are throwing wide the front door and launching Offbeat Home. Come on in! Welcome! Have a snack!

You’re looking at months of hard work from a whole team of folks, especially the Offbeat Empire’s long-suffering developer, J.M. Dodd and the site’s brand new editor, Cat Rocketship (yes, that’s her legal name). But there’s been a whole team of nerds making this happen (thanks, Mark and Travis!), and a lot of patience from all the Offbeat Empire editors who had to put up with me being a scattered mess for the last month.

Also, huge shout-out to our launch sponsors, who believed in the concept of Offbeat Home before the site even existed! (That’s some serious faith right there.) See the banner ads in the sidebar and the text ads at the top of post pages? Click ’em. You and these sponsors have something in common: you both think Offbeat Home might be something great. Go meet each other!

Oscar thanks aside, let’s roll up our dork sleeves and talk about some must-know tips about using the site…

Everything should feel pretty familiar — Offbeat Home is built from the same digital blueprints as the other sites, with the exact same navigation style. You’ll see tabs up top for different corners of the site:

  • The blog, where you’ll be getting 10 posts a week of decor porn, posts about doing cool shit, advice, and more. We’ve been posting behind the scenes for the last month, so you’ve got a fair amount of posts to give you some context for where we’re going with this thing.
  • Submissions, where you can learn more about submitting photos, guestposts, or a home tour
  • About, where you can meet the staff, read our FAQ (“where’s the forum?”), and contact us
  • Advertising info, because like the rest of the Offbeat Empire, this not a hobby. We’re an ad-sponsored site powered by full-time creative hustla types, and we looove teaming with up ‘n’ coming indie businesses. Placement starts at $5, so YES, you can afford it.

We’ll have new posts for you to nibble two times a day, five days a week. While we’d love you to swing by twice a day, we do realize that you’ve got a life to live, and so we make it easy to have Offbeat Home posts come to you:

  • Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get links to new posts (plus little links and stuff that’s not quite big enough to make it onto the blog)
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed (full posts! no excerpts! we love you long time!)
  • Sign up to get the latest Offbeat Home posts in your inbox every morning:

Anyway, enough of my jibber-jabber. Cat’s been working to get posts on the site for the last month, so you’ve got some catching up to do. And as always, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Most importantly, we’re soooo excited to have you here with us. Make yourself comfortable.

Comments on Welcome to Offbeat Home: make yourself comfortable

  1. Oh and PS: Here’s a commenting tip! If you want an avatar to show with your comments on Offbeat Home (AND Offbeat Bride, AND Offbeat Mama, AND lots of other sites on the web), go set up your global avatar at http://gravatar.com. It’s super quick ‘n’ easy. 🙂

    • Thankyou! I’ve been wondering how people did that for absolutely ages and somehow never gotten around to asking. I will be signing up for one ASAP.

  2. YAY! I can’t believe how hard you all work on these sites. Inspiring! I am so excited for everything on this site (How do you hide your sex toys? Eco-machismo? I’M SO IN!) but I have to say that one of my favorite parts will be seeing the name Cat Rocketship as the author of posts! Go, go Offbeat Empire!

  3. So exciting! 🙂 I was also so tempted by your “fine art painting” sponsor, but unfortunately it costs more to ship to New Zealand than to buy the painting! Might have to see what’s available locally. Looking forward to having a good look around 🙂

  4. I’m so happy offbeat home finally launched! If the other sites are any indication this is going to be GREAT!!! Thanks Ariel and crew!

      • I might =) I can be pretty handy!

        For the first time ever I’m now living in a house all by myself! I’ve got a sweet deal with my parents as they’ve recently inherited a house; I pay the taxes and insurance on the place and I can stay here as long as I want or until the housing market improves (I think I’ll be here a while). The place is still considered a rental, but I can do anything I want with the place. Having a whole house to myself creates exiting possibilities. At present, it’s closer to zen than merely sparse, but I’ve established a decorating plan, and taking it one slow step at a time. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

  5. *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE* I’ve been waiting so I can have a weeks full of content in one go. I’m so excited! 😀

  6. Contgratulations everybody! I’m so happy that this finally happened 🙂 I’m an offbeat bride, but I love hanging out on Offbeat Mama and now I’ve got Offbeat Home to get more of a fix on!

  7. nice job ariel! looks fantastic : ) i love that you’re making the empire such a fantastic reality! super smart and fun 🙂

  8. What perfect timing! Yesterday we got confirmation from our landlord that we can leave our flat early to move into an awesome tiny house, and now Offbeat Home appears to help!

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

    Also Cat Rocketship might be an even better name that Kit Stoner (my potential future boss). 😀

    • Yeah, the Empire’s server was wonky this morning, related to an optimization that took 8 hours instead of 15 minutes to resolve. All fixed now!

  9. So excited about this – it has made my day! Long-time fan of both OBB and OBM, and now there’s something else super-sweet I can ooh and ah over – yay!

  10. Woohoo! I’m just thrilled about this. I had to wean myself off of Offbeat Bride after our wedding in October, and now as we slowly deck out our home this site is just perfect! 🙂

  11. As an offbeat bride who lives in an offbeat home and can not wait to be an offbeat mama, I salute you and shake my fist in the air at you like grandpa simpson, for now I will never get any work done.

    No, seriously, keep up the awesome! Love it!!

  12. YAY I am such an addict. I paw through digsdigs.com for ages and now I get the lived in versions HERE! I am a happy happy woman.

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