Another day, another year, another step in the right direction. Hard to believe that I’ve been blogging here now for over four years. And out of those four years, 2011 possibly saw the greatest amount of evolution of this site and its overall purpose. We also grew statistically more than any other year, with traffic more than doubling since around this time last year, and my income reaching the point to where I could hire some help behind the scenes.
Every year, I like to recap some of the better articles that we’ve run on the site, both for newcomers, and for people who want to go back and re-read some favorites. New Year’s is usually a time for reflection, and so here’s a chance to look back and reflect on where we’ve come from recently:
Before PostMasculine was launched, this site existed as Practical Pick Up, and focused exclusively on men’s dating advice. Therefore, the majority of the site’s content still reflects men’s dating advice. Here are some of the highlights from last year’s dating articles.
Butchering the Alpha Male – A long-needed take down of “alpha” culture in men’s dating advice, and the flawed logic behind it.
The 80/20 Rule of Chasing Women – An overview of what pick up theory is worth the trouble, and what’s just a distraction.
The Fake Alpha Males – Exploring how a lot of what passes as dominance and “alpha” behavior is really just insecurity and over-compensation.
Pick Up Placebos – Solutions in dating that work, but not because of the solution.
Women Lovers and Women Haters – A psychological look at men who obsess about their love lives.
A New Masculinity – My overly long searching for the meaning of masculinity and what it means for us.
The Pain Period – Discussing the discomfort of opening oneself up to experience more emotions and communicating authentically.
The Cheerleader – The only report from this past year, an account of my experiences with a cheerleader, both good and bad.
Possibly the biggest sea change with the site and business was the release of my book Models this past summer. It redefined everything for me, to the point where I re-started my entire business in order to be congruent with the book’s message. The book focuses on attracting women from the perspective of personal and emotional development, not tactics or techniques or over-compensation. A few articles were incorporated into the book. And there are a few excerpts on the site as well.
Every now and then, the dark side of my sense of humor can’t help itself.
The 10-Step Guide to Getting HB10’s EVERY TIME! making fun of how the pick up industry perceives beautiful women. Serious follow up post about hot women here.
The Player’s Guide to Farting in Night Clubs — Don’t ask.
One aspect of the site which is expanding is content dedicated to lifestyle and general life development. A few choices from the past year in that category:
In late October, I introduced a group of talented new writers to the site. Over the past couple months, they’ve provided some great work and I look forward to seeing what they contribute in the coming year.
Ambition vs. Availability – Frank takes a look at the life balance an ambitious man must struggle with, what he must give up and what he must work to preserve.
The Necessary Order – Samer’s argument and realization that improving oneself must start from within and move out, not the other way around.
7 Fashion Tips to Improve Your Look – Gill’s contributed a lot of amazing fashion articles over the past few months. This one’s a good place to start.
Exposing the Nightclub Industry: Part One, Two and Three – Xander’s acclaimed three-part series on how to successfully traverse the night club scene without looking like an idiot or losing your mind.
The Proper Allocation – Samer’s reflections on 2011 and how he’s learned to focus on balancing his priorities.
As always, thanks to all of you for the continued support. We’ve got some major plans for 2012, so stay tuned.