Wow, 2 years; 2 years of blogging experience.
Two years since Manly Curls started. Lots of things have happened to me and to all of you during this time span, and I’m not talking just about this blog. Two years is enough time to measure actions, to gauge consequences, to close in future plans. I already covered the first year of existence of Manly Curls exactly one year ago. Then, my goal was to continue providing a positive place for men to learn about themselves while always abiding by my no-Mickey-Mouse principle (i.e. no-bull principle). In this last year, I think I’ve done a fairly good job at delivering such goal of mine and I could not be any happier with how things have gone and what the rewards have been.
In this last year I have managed to write not 1 but 2 books; and on the hair-care field, no less. Lots and lots of new subscribers, Facebook fans, followers, traffic, questions, comments, curiosity and all the good stuff that comes from providing something new that differs from the regurgitated rehashed crap that is pretty much the essence of the (men’s) hair care field and the fitness field. However, my goal has never been to just be a site that offers cold-served information on hairstyles or to be a site for divas in the search of divaliscious hair: my goal has always been to provide said positive place that, in between my jokes about Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, gives you, dear reader, both inspiration and motivation.
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You see, Manly Curls has garnered quite a lot of attention as of some time now and I have been interviewed by some decent publishing and media sources over the last year. In the interviews, the same question always crops up, “what motivates you to do this?” And I always say that my motivation comes from being able to help lay a small albeit-solid brick in my readers’ life foundations. Sure, hair, as it is, is a fairly-menial trait of oneself, but, if you can start improving your life by first addressing a perceived weakness that can be easily fixed if you have the right information, you can then enjoy an ultimate self-actualizing roll that will perpetuate throughout your lifetime. And yes, I always end up telling the story of how I came up with the name of my blog (you know, the one about that Japanese chick who touched my curls and said, “you so manly”). Everybody always asks about the name of my blog; it’s the expected question when I’m interviewed.
The above paragraph on self-actualization is based on my “awesome mane” concept: this is a part-inspirational/part-motivational message (aka word) that I have been trying to spread through Manly Curls and that I had previously spread in my offline life too. My book, The Curly Hair Book: or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils And Kinks, was the next step in my overall journey of spreading my word, a word that could be summarized as “seeing your hair as a unique part of you that is essential to fulfilling your ‘self-puzzle (i.e. core)'”. Or, as I have informally coined, “no man in this planet should be left with bad hair”. Based on this crazy idea of mine (who in the whole Earth would come up with such theories?), The Curly Hair Book soon went on to achieve bestselling status on Amazon books (and fast too), and I already know for sure that we are now doing the right thing together (you, the rest of my readers and I) and allowing dudes with waves, coils and kinks (for their hair) see a side of themselves that they never thought possible.
Following from the above, to spread the word, you need to cause a revolution, and that’s precisely what we are doing too. This revolution doesn’t have barber scissors and hair dryers as our de facto weapons of hair destruction; rather, this revolution is based upon the power of words, and, consequently, this revolution is engined by our spreading of this word. I think we’re doing pretty good thus far, don’t you think comrades? More and more people are talking about Manly Curls, luscious curls (what? you don’t know the story behind “luscious curls”? then read, comrade), see Adrian Grenier and Lenny Kravitz as male hair icons (in our manly ways), and more and more dudes are also starting to let their lustrous curly locks be the way they want their hair to be.
Sometime after writing The Curly Hair Book, I wrote a second book, The Men’s Hair Book: A Male’s Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney, which is more, let’s say, formal and theoretical (I even include case studies). In The Men’s Hair Book, I explain all my pioneering hair-care concepts and bring my unique system to achieving luscious locks without having to resort to knowing the names of the 4 old women of Sex in the City (I swear, I only know there are 4 of them and that one of them has the facial structure of a horse, but I swear I don’t know these ladies’ specific names…). For what is worth, The Curly Hair Book is also all about my cool hair-care system, grooming routines, methods, concepts etc, only that The Men’s Hair Book has less jokes in it and more fancy “big words” plastered throughout the book.
Each of my 2 books is about 250 pages long in their respective paperback-cover versions (about 350 pages each on Kindle). Altogether, I’ve published 500 pages of tested hair knowledge that had my wrist tendinitis mildly resurfacing as I typed and typed every day; I initially wrote altogether some 1200 pages that I had to cut down to 500, go figure. I remember back in the day when I used to get some wrist tendinitis from continuously lifting over 300lbs over my head for 2-hour-long training sessions, 4 days a week; now, I get my wrist tendinitis from writing stuff on hair care, talk about manly stuff, huh? The tendinitis is not bad at all, but, to me, it puts into context how much writing a (serious) book has you enduring.
Comments; I get a LOT of comments on a just-about daily basis. I’m looking at my comments section right now (and emails) and I have hundreds of comments in the last year of which 90% are questions. I’ve heard and read just about anything when it comes to male hair care, and, to me, it is an honor to have people come to me for answers and I always strive to help as much as I can (I have an offline life and equally-weird people who somehow enjoy my company too). To get a random dude, who visits your site for the first time, ask a question on hair care is difficult as it is, so, if someone is willing to not only ask a question but tell me his exact personal case, then that reassures me that I’m doing things in the right direction and as per my goal. Manly Curls is for you folks; a medium for you and I to connect, and, if it wasn’t because I already know my words are read by others and do in fact get to help others, I would not be doing this.
To celebrate our 2 years together, I want to give out some cool stuff, which I will be talking about in the next post so stay tuned as I’ll be telling y’all what ’em cookies goin’ be like.
That’s it for now cool cats and catettes. It’s my absolute pleasure to have you here, whether you are new here (subscribe, subscribe!), an old Manly-Curls timer or only check Manly Curls every once in a while, I want to thank you for being there and believing in my words.
Thank you all, folks; I shall see you around here, quite possibly!
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