I’m way behind on these, but here’s the winners from the two contests I’ve had here “recently”:
- Johnston & Murphy 1850 contest: The winner is Matt Langreder (@withoutclass).
- Hucklebury shirts contest: The winner is Jordan Navarrette (Hucklebury should be in contact with you to get you a shirt).
Congrats to both!
We want to give a warm “welcome back” to Kiyoshi Martinez, who will now be contributing to our blog on a regular basis. Kiyoshi wrote our “Ramen Noodle Budget” series earlier this year, which focused on how men can dress better without spending a fortune. He’ll be writing posts here again in the same spirit, including a more regular coverage of notable menswear sales. This will be in addition to pumping up the sales roundup we do every week for The Inside Track. So, welcome back, Kiyoshi – we look forward to your posts.
A big “thank you” to Jesse, who sent me a very nice message last week asking if I’d like to contribute on a more regular basis to Put This On. Originally, I thought I wouldn’t have the time, however, the next day I was let go from my job*. Not an elegant solution, but I’m really stoked about the opportunity.
As the post says, I’ll be focusing on doing sales roundups for PTO and also writing some various other things, too. One of which will be a (hopefully) weekly roundup of links of the best men’s style articles I’ve seen on the web. If you write something great, then email me.
And today or tomorrow I’ll be starting the first part in a series on black tie. Should be fun!
(* If anyone out there is looking for someone to do content marketing on contract, email me. Or, if you know of any copywriting, communications or writing-related gigs, let me know, too. And, yes, I’m also giving thought about pursuing a career in menswear now since now seems like an ideal time to switch stuff up — I’m all ears at this point!)
A lot of people use the new year to change things up, blogs included. Nothing wrong with that and change can be good if done correctly.
But I’m not going to change anything here.
I may tinker on the edges — perhaps a cleaner layout and adding some sidebar elements so people can look up tagged posts easily — but the content’s largely going to stay the same.
The way I see it, if it’s not broke, then don’t try to fix it. And the past year and a half has been modestly successful in terms of building a pleasant audience — that would be you folks! — and a fun endeavor.
So, thanks for sticking around and if you like the way things have been done here, then you’ll probably continue to enjoy it.
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.
First, thank you for checking out the blog. Hopefully you’ll think I’m worth keeping in your Dashboard/RSS reader.
Second, feel free to ask a question/leave a comment (also, you can email me). I try to respond to everyone. Also, I should note that I’m open to constructive criticism, but just don’t be a jerk about it. Too many of those around the Internet.
Finally, please check out my list of other menswear-related Tumblrs. These are people I follow and think post interesting stuff on this topic.
That’s it, thanks!