Ariel Meadow Stallings
Ariel Meadow Stallings

Hi, I'm Ariel! After decades as an independent publisher, I joined Medium in 2023. I'm currently a product manager, working with Medium's product team and advocating for my fellow indie publishers to create tools that help editors do great work.

While I'm here in a professional capacity to work with folks running publications on Medium, I'm also a whole-ass person who doesn't believe in compartmentalization... so keep reading if you want the backstory.

I started blogging in 2000, and have worked full-time as a publisher since 2007 -- but I'm also the author of several books, including From Shitshow To Afterglow, PROS BEFORE BROS, and three editions of Offbeat Bride.

My writing likes to poke at the soft places of overlap between culture, identity, relationships, and personal development.

I got my start in the mid-’90s editing a rave magazine, graduated the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism in 2001, and then spent most of the ’00s in marketing, working for corporations like Microsoft, Amazon, and The Seattle Times.

In 2009, I went full-time with my bootstrapped digital media company, Offbeat Empire LLC. In the years since, my publications have reached about 60 million people via web and social media properties like, formerly known as Offbeat Bride.

...So yeah, that's the career stuff. (If you want more, that's what Linkedin is for!)

However, like you, I contain multitudes...

I'm a 49-year-old middle-aged, middle-class white woman. I live in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood with my 14-year-old son.

I'm an independent researcher obsessed with business fields like digital publishing and the passion economy, psychological topics like shadow work and secular mindfulness, and spiritual stuff like non-duality and panpsychism.

I'm a dancer with a daily devotional practice, a regular meditator, and weekly weightlifter. I'm bisexual and partnered. I'm an Enneagram 4w3 or 3w4... either way, I'm a hard-working high-functioning eccentric. I'm simultaneously my own trophy wife and femme daddy. I'm a spiritual adolescent and a chameleon and a projection screen for your own internalized battles with aspects of yourself.

This is all to say, I'm just one more finger of the same divine hand as you. (Hello, my fellow fingers! 👋)

If you have questions about Medium products, the best way to reach me is to leave a comment on one of my stories on the Medium Blog. Transparency is one of my guiding principles, so I do my best to respond to as many questions as I can.

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I'm a product manager at Medium, but I'm also a whole-ass person living my life: author, publisher, dancer, Seattleite, mom, and just a human humanning.