Saturday, January 02, 2010

My Sources Part 1

I'm going to add some extra posts to the Really Blog this weekend to let you in on a few secrets of mine.

1st off, I normally post 2 times a day on this site that you are reading right now.

A year ago, I decided to promote my hometown, Fort Wayne with a Fort Wayne site of the day. I dabbled at this in 2008, then on January 1st 2009, made a commitment to doing it every single day, and I'll continue in 2010, with a mixture of new and repeats from last year.

Then in the afternoon, I post something fun, insightful, or personal.

(I also write and edit several other blogs that range from marketing/advertising/sales to political, to, well, all together there are over 40 updates a week. This is made possible by the schedule ahead feature that is built into

Anyway, on this blog, one of my favorite sources is the Art of Manliness Blog. Later today I'll add a couple of other sources. Here is their year end wrap-up:

Best of Art of Manliness 2009

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 11:26 PM PST

Whew. Am I ever glad 2009 is over. For Kate and I, 2009 was a mixed bag. At the beginning of the year we suffered a family tragedy that put us in a funk for much of 2009. But I think the experience brought us closer to our families and helped us understand that you can’t take anything for granted.

Despite that early setback, we had a lot of success personally and with the site. I graduated law school in May in the top ten of my class. Running the blog and doing law school at the same time nearly put me in an insane asylum, and I’m grateful to be able to now concentrate on AoM full-time.

Here’s a breakdown of some of what went on with the Art of Manliness this past year.

1. The biggest news of the year was the publication of our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for Men. Thanks to your support, we sold out of our entire first print run in just two months. The publisher hopes to have the next print run out in a couple of weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

2. In April we started the Art of Manliness Community where men from all over the world can come together to discuss manly topics-both the fun and the serious. In just 8 months, over 6,500 men have joined up. Thank you to the regulars who make the Community such a great place to hang out. Make sure to stop by if you haven’t already.

3. We teamed up with TankFarm Clothing to create 12 awesomely manly Art of Manliness T-shirts. Show off your Art of Manliness pride by picking one up today. Our thanks goes out to TankFarm Clothing for making the t-shirts possible.

4. In June, we ran a month long series called 30 Days to a Better Man. Every day we provided AoM readers with a different task to complete that would help them become a better, more well rounded man. If you’d like to do the program, you can download our easy to read 30 Days to a Better Man eBook for just $2.50. Or you can still go through all the Better Men posts online for absolutely free. They’re not going anywhere.

5. In September I started a weekly podcast. The podcast thing is still fairly new to me but hopefully I’ll keep getting better at it. I plan to continue bringing on guests to talk about topics of interest to men as well as our Man Stories series.

The Most Popular Posts of 2009

And now, without further ado, here are the most popular Art of Manliness posts of 2009:

1. 100 Must See Movies: The Essential Men’s Movie Library

2. The Ultimate Push-up Guide: 35+ Push-up Exercises

3. Best Guns for Home Defense

4. Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life: 5 Fitness Benchmarks

5. 5 Classic Cocktails Every Man Should Know

6. How to Tie a Tie

7. 7 Exercises to Make You Look and Feel Like a Man

8. The Essential Men’s Library: 50 Fictional Adventure Books Edition

9. Command a Room Like a Man

10. 15 Manly Smells

11. Motivational Posters: Theodore Roosevelt Edition

12. Motivational Posters: Winston Churchill Edition

13. The Mad Men Guide to a Manly Haircut

14. Choosing Man’s Best Friend: A Guide to Canine Companions

15. 13 More of the Worst Products for Men

16. How to Exit a Room Like a Man

17. How to Shave Like Your Great Grandpa: The Ultimate Straight Razor Shaving Guide

18. How to Look Like a Million Bucks for Under $200

19. 5 Gut Busting Football Conditioning Drills

20. How to Unclog a Toilet

A Thank You to Art of Manliness Readers

This year the site grew from 25,000 to 56,000 subscribers and from 400,00 to 900,000 visits a month. Kate and I are tremendously grateful for your support. Thank you for sharing AoM with your friends and family. Thank you to those who made the site an interesting and welcoming place to visit by sharing your respectful and insightful comments. I was always amazed at the great dialogue that would take place. Thank you to those who emailed us feedback and suggestions. Thank you to those who shared your appreciation for the site with us and helped keep us going. You all are a wonderful group of gentleman (and ladies), and it’s a privilege to associate with you and have you aboard. It’s truly inspiring to know that there other other men out there who are unwilling to settle for mediocrity and want to become the very best they can be.

Looking Forward to 2010

We’re very excited about 2010. We have so many subjects that we can’t wait to write about and start discussing with you. And we definitely feel there’s a manliness movement afoot that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. More and more men are putting away the kid stuff, are saying no to society’s low expectations and stereotypes of men, and are starting the journey to rediscovering the lost art of manliness. We’re happy we could be a part of it. Let us all push onward and upward in spreading the ideals of honorable manliness in our families, with our friends, in the workplace, and in our simple day to day interactions with others.

What are your favorite Art of Manliness articles from the past year? (Or of all time?) Your feedback is always welcome and helps us improve the site.

Let’s make 2010 the year of manliness!

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