The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Twitter Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay on April 4, 2009 · 17 comments

in Blog, Roundup

If you haven’t been living in a cave these past few months, you’ve probably have heard of Twitter. It’s an internet service that let’s you post short messages that are 140 characters long. You can follow your friends or famous people and see their Twitter updates. Twitter is what you make of it. Some people just use it to tell the world what they’re eating for lunch.  I’ve found it extremely useful. Whenever I have a question, I just tweet it and in a few minutes I can get dozens of useful answers from people that follow my twitter updates.

Well, I’ve decided to start a Twitter account for The Art of Manliness. Just click @artofmanliness to start following the site. I know many people out there are using Twitter as a tool to know when their favorite website has been updated. So, you’ll get a tweet whenever we post something new. Also, we’ll be doing some exclusive contests for AoM Twitter followers and will be posting short manly tips that can be written in under 140 characters. So, if you use Twitter, make sure to follow @artofmanliness.

Also, I need to give my friend Eric Granata some big time props for getting this started and for the design of the @artofmanliness Twitter landing page. It looks fantastic and very, very manly. You can follow Eric on Twitter @granata

I have my own personal twitter account @brettmckay. I use it to share interesting links I find around the interwebs and to interact with my friends and contacts. Follow me if you want. I’ll follow you back. Pinky promise.

Let’s take a look at some links.

Manly Crafts (@ instrunctables) Crafts aren’t just for little old ladies. It’s manly to work with your hands and create something useful. Over at Instructables, they have a series of manly crafts. Most of them are silly. I mean seriously. A knit condom? But it did get me thinking about some manly crafts I could get started on. Perhaps we could explore some on the site. Ideas? Contact me. (Hat tip Jordan)

Phillip Toledano – Days with My Father This site is amazing. Probably the most touching thing I’ve seen done on the internet. It’s a photo journal about a man and his relationship with his 98 year old father that has no short term memory. The photos are incredible. I’m not going to ruin it by trying to describe it. Just go check it out. (Hat tip Chris Hunter)

Theodore Roosevelt on Careers and Financial Success (@ the simple dollar) We’re big fans of Theodore Roosevelt here, so I was happy to see The Simple Dollar highlight TR’s insight on career and financial success. If you’re looking for a book that will inspire you to be a better man, you have to check out The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. It’s full the sort of insights like The Simple Dollar found.

iAmhusband Book Giveaway iAmhusband is a blog dedicated to helping men be better husbands. It recently turned one year old which is a milestone for blogs, seeing how most of them end in just a matter of months. In honor of the site’s birthday, they’re hosting a book giveaway of two books called For Couples Only. One of them is for men and one is for women. Each book provides insights on the opposite sex and how to interact with them in a relationship. Go to iAmhusband to enter the giveaway.

Simple Marriage Survey Simple Marriage is a fanstasic blog on improving a marital relationship. If you haven’t been to it, check it out. Right now, Dr. Corey Allen is doing a short 5 question survey about marriage over there.  It seriously takes less than 3 minutes to fill out. If you’re married, I know Corey will really appreciate it if you could fill it out so he can better serve his readers on his site.

And finally, I’d like to share a poem sent into me by AoM reader Ian McPhee. It’s a fantastic ode to the glorious mustache:

Words to a Mustache

A word to you, mustache!
From the corners o’ lips,
Across the upper, crash!
In your forms, glory zips;
To you no snips.
For none’s better’n you!
Fearful society rips
A hatred of you
Who is true.
But fear not dismissal!
For in such issue
Our lips will bristle!

On this final note, enjoy,
Masculinity: employ!

Got some links you think Art of Manliness readers would enjoy? Email us. Better yet, tweet it to us.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joel April 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

I never thought the mustache could sound so poetic! Well done Ian!

2 Tyler - Building Camelot April 4, 2009 at 10:39 am

Love the Twitter background Brett – very classy and fits with the look of AOM.

3 Dee April 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

I’m not a guy but I’m following you on twitter so that I can keep abreast and on top of things for the benefit of my husband and son. .

4 Mark Hazard April 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I signed up for Twitter and quit using it. Seems to be a waste of time, you can’t keep track of a hundred followers. My final straw was asking a serious question (two different times) and getting no response. It’s good for a small circle of friends or for a business to advertise itself but for real communication it’s a joke.

5 Mark Hazard April 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

PS–John Wayne usually didn’t sport a mustache.

6 Ian McPhee April 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm

To Joel, thanks for the compliments! And to Mark Hazard, I hadn’t actually thought of that! I think he only wore a mustache in The Shootist and one other movie. At least that’s all that I remember, though I’ve heard he had some scruffiness in some of his earlier work. There can be no doubt some very manly men have never worn mustaches. I’m just disappointed that our society generally has a dislike (disrespect?) for the mustachioed and/or bearded gentleman. Though naturally I see things through a biased lens. Facial hair is masculine, I say sport it! But to each his own. As to AoM on Twitter, I just finally got myself on Facebook, another social website and I might lose myself on the internet!

7 Brett McKay April 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Tyler- It’s all Eric man. If you ever need some design work, I highly recommend him.

8 Ian McPhee April 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I just realized that I’ve been a total jerk, I’d like to publicly thank Mr. McKay for posting my little poem, I’m glad that some of you have enjoyed it. Thanks Brett!

9 David April 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

Real men don’t waste their time with things like Twitter. They are too busy doing real work or out enjoying what the whole world has to offer. Sorry to see this wonderful site take such a silly turn to the adolescent.

10 Brett April 5, 2009 at 10:55 am


This site isn’t making a turn towards anything-for those who don’t use the Twitter feature, it doesn’t affect the site whatsoever. I’ve already been personally using Twitter for quite some time-when running a website it’s quite helpful in making connections and getting the word out about your site-and I’m now simply making it available to those who want to keep up with what is happening on the Art of Manliness. If real men don’t use Twitter because they’re too busy doing other things, then they probably don’t have time to read websites or make blog comments either. I personally like to think men are capable of using technology that keeps them connected to the things they like while also having non-internet related interests.

11 Scott April 6, 2009 at 3:43 am

i’ve been trying to stay away from twitter… it gets on my nerves

12 Faron Davis April 6, 2009 at 7:47 am

Thanks for making this excellent site twitter friendly. I thoroughly enjoy this site and twitter, so its a great match up for me. AoM has become my favorite daily read, and now with twtter updates it is even more convenient.

13 Stormbringer April 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I hope the Twitter thing works out for you, although I join the ranks of those who are not to fond of the thing, as I’ve written about here. And I do not think it “joins the ranks of the adolescent”. Sure, kids use Twitter. So do business professionals. Good luck to you.

14 Stormbringer April 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

And I see that HTML looks crummy when the comment gets e-mailed. Won’t do that again.

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