20
Oct

Changes

Hey everyone, things have finally settled down a bit and I’ll finally be getting to the questions I’ve received in the ask box. Look for those today and thanks for waiting.

In regards to other news, I’ve recently taken a new job (details here) and will be leaving my state government job for a tech startup (social-media real-time advertising).

This blog was able to grow for a lot of reasons, one of which was that I had a lot of free time during the work day to put together posts, answer questions, hunt for deals and generally keep my mind occupied on the topic of #menswear.

But my new startup job won’t give me any of those luxuries and I’m fully dedicating my time to making my new career work and be successful. And because my time and attention is limited, I won’t have time to do the “good stuff” very often — and I’m not sure I’ll really have the time to answer a lot of questions, either.

On the flip side, I really enjoy the small community we’ve built up here and appreciate that (to me) a significant number of you think I’m worth you clicking “follow” in the upper right-hand corner. I’m shocked that more than 1,000 of you find this interesting enough to feed into your Dashboard and nearly as many of you visit the site outside of Tumblr’s interface. I’d hate to lose that, especially after all the time I’ve put in so far.

OK, so what’s this mean going forward?

First, I’m not shutting down. The site will stay up. The November of Dressing Nicely that Ernest is putting together is happening and I intend to participate (and you should get in on this, too, especially if you’re in the Windy City). So, WIWT pictures will continue to go up, probably in the morning.

Second, I’m going to go through my archives (sitting pretty at 93 pages) and tag every single post using a uniform taxonomy to make it easier to look up my posts and questions I’ve answered on a certain topic (ie: neckties or suits). I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but just haven’t sat down and done it. I’ll get this done by the end of the month.

Third, I’ll be compiling a list of my “best of” articles, guides and reviews. Again, this should help answer a lot of questions I might be getting otherwise and make it easier to find the things I put some thought into.

Fourth, I won’t be able to answer questions quickly — nor will I be able to get to all of them. My thinking now is to take any questions I get during the week and maybe knock them all out over the weekend — but no guarantees. I’m saying this just to manage expectations a bit.

Fifth, I’m going to have to give up posting about deals, sales roundups, eBay/Etsy roundups, etc. I’m not going to have the time. No fears though as thisfits, Put This On, dieworkwear and others tend to blog about this kind of stuff regularly. What I will be doing, however, is putting together an online retailer list of email lists that I subscribe to and use to learn about such deals. If you’re not subscribing to email lists, you should. You’ll get coupon codes and notices of sales. Just setup a Gmail filter to hide them in a label outside of your inbox — at least, that’s what I do.

Finally, the last thing I’d like to do involves the rest of you Tumblrs out there. I won’t have time to read your blogs as regularly as I’d like, so odds are pretty good I’m going to miss something well-thought out and fantastic you put together. If you do write something great, thoughtful, educational, informative, etc., then shoot me an email with the link. Every dozen or so I’ll put these into a link roundup when I have time.

That’s my plan for this blog going forward. And like all plans, it might not work. But I just wanted to give everyone a head’s up and say thanks for sticking it out with me here so far — and hopefully you’ll find it a place worth sticking around in the future.

17 Notes

  1. jiforce said: You’re awesome, you know that? Good luck with your new career!
  2. greyongray said: Treat yo’self.
  3. dieworkwear said: Huge congrats on the job man. Whatever ends up becoming of your Tumblr, I hope we keep in touch.
  4. thisfits said: Congratulations, Kiyoshi. All the best!
  5. girouxmcisaak said: Congrats on the new job!
  6. m0ym0y said: good luck man! hope you will still wear suits to your new job though
  7. stylepoints said: Congratulations on the new gig.
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About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

E-mail me, I'm fairly nice: thesilentist@gmail.com

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