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Art of Manliness: Best of 2010
Posted By Brett & Kate McKay On December 27, 2010 @ 12:15 am In Blog | 21 Comments
Man, oh, man. 2010 is coming to a close. What a year it has been. The biggest event in our life was the birth of our son Gus McKay back in October. He’s two months old and is all smiles. This is one happy baby. Kate and I love being parents and are excited to start this new season in our life.
We won’t be publishing anything on the site this week. Instead we’ll be finishing out the year by working on the manuscript of our second book that’s due out in the Fall of 2011 (more on that later).
We wanted to leave you all with some stuff to browse while we’re away so you can still get your AoM fix, so we’ve put together this recap of 2010 on the Art of Manliness. I think 2010 was a pretty dang awesome year for AoM, full of cool and inspiring posts, fun and helpful how-to’s, amazing series, and tons of manly goodness. Here’s a breakdown of some of what went on with the Art of Manliness this past year.
1. We launched a mobile version of AoM  so now you can read AoM on the go. It’s compatible for all touch smartphones. Just visit artofmanliness.com in your smartphone’s browser to see the mobile version.
3. In the early part of 2010 we ran a series of posts on becoming a more resilient and steadfast man. You can read each post here:
We compiled all the posts into a 72 page eBook. You can download it here for $5.  A must read to start off 2011 on the right foot.
4. Mid-year we did a series of posts on finding your calling in life. A lot of you found this information very helpful. We hope it gave those of you searching for what to do with your life some direction.
5. Antonio Centeno, our style writer extraordinaire, privileged us with an incredibly helpful series on building a proper wardrobe:
Part I  introduced the subject and gave wardrobe checklists for different kinds of men.
Part II  outlined 5 general wardrobe building guidelines and expanded on the clothing checklists.
Part III  covered hats and other accessories.
Part IV  taught us how to protect and take care of a wardrobe.
5. In May we introduced the Art of Manliness Library of Random Man Knowledge . Here you’ll find over 1,400 user submitted manly tips, inspiring manly quotes, and interesting manly trivia. Check it out and take the time to contribute to the Library of Random Man Knowledge while you’re there. 
6. In June we started the Art of Manliness Trunk . The AoM Trunk is a collection of cool stuff that we find while wandering the vast deserts of the world wide web. Like your grandpa’s old trunk, the AoM Trunk is full of manly photos, films, and accouterments (and announcements about the winners of our giveaways!). It’s your web edited with an eye for manliness.
7. Inspired by our articles on calling cards, we released a series of 9 AoM-themed calling cards  that you can customize with your personal info and purchase. A pack of 100 cards will only set you back $25 and can be purchased here . Our thanks to Eric Granata for designing the cards.
8. Finally, in December we launched a line of Art of Manliness themed posters . Take your pick between aRudyard Kipling “If” poster or Teddy Roosevelt  grinning with his immortal “Man in the Arena” quote inscribed in the background. Posters are $9.99 each and can be purchased in the AoM Shop . Special thanks to Mike Anderson at TankFarm Clothing  for designing the posters.
Alright. So let’s get to the best posts of 2010. Below we’ve included the most popular post of each month in 2010 based on traffic.
Jan: 45 Manly Hobbies 
Feb: The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle 
Mar: Manly Slang From the 19th Century 
Apr: How to Get a Drink at a Busy Bar 
May: Vintage Men’s Adventure Magazines 
Jun: 15 Great iPhone Apps for Men 
Jul: 14 Famous Man Caves 
Oct: Man’s Guide to the Trench Coat 
Dec: How to Make a Secret Book Safe 
High traffic isn’t the only measure of a good article, though. Sometimes quality pieces just don’t find as big of an audience as those that are more “linkable.” Here are some of Kate and I’s personal favorites from this year:
What is manliness? What’s with the vintage design theme of the blog? These two posts go a very long way in explaining what we’re about here at AoM. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend doing so:
This year the site grew from 56,000 to 82,000 subscribers and from 900,000 visits to over 1.5 million visits a month. We’ve also amassed nearly 50,000 fans on Facebook . Kate and I are tremendously grateful for your support. Thank you for sharing AoM with your friends and family. Thank you to those who made the site an interesting and welcoming place to visit by sharing your respectful and insightful comments. I am always amazed at the great dialogue that takes place in the comment section. Thank you to those who emailed us feedback and suggestions. Thank you to those who shared your appreciation for the site with us and helped keep us going with much needed encouragement. You all are a wonderful group of gentlemen (and ladies), and it’s a privilege to associate with you and have you aboard. It’s truly inspiring to know that there other other men out there who are unwilling to settle for mediocrity and want to become the very best they can be.
We’re very excited about 2011. Our biggest announcement for 2011 is that our second book, based on our Manvotional series, will be published in 2011. It’s going to be awesome. Kate and I are really excited about the project and we can’t wait to share more with you about it in the coming months.
We have some other projects in the works that we think you’ll find useful in becoming the man you want to be in 2011. Stay tuned for more details.
And as always, we’ll continue to publish totally free, top-quality content to help inform, inspire, and motivate you in your journey to become the best man you can be.
Let us all push onward and upward in spreading the ideals of honorable manliness in our families, with our friends, in the workplace, and in our simple day to day interactions with others.
See you in 2011!
What are your favorite Art of Manliness articles from the past year? (Or of all time?) Your feedback is always welcome and helps us improve the site.
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URLs in this post:
 mobile version of AoM: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/10/06/art-of-manliness-mobile-site-edition/
 added 3 more awesomely manly t-shirt designs: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/06/28/announcing-3-new-aom-t-shirt-designsgiving-away-3-aom-t-shirts/
 AoM t-shirt collection: http://store.artofmanliness.com/UI/Customer.aspx?p=Catalog&CatID=yDtdNonhaLe93tR1Jr-slHrqsParjWLUkIafi1rPO1aGj6cBYFCLtOg-e-e&CatInteropID=aom-apparel&CEI=49a1199d-7251-4802-b7e7-ac7ca01ab59e
 TankFarm Clothing: http://tankfarmco.com/
 Part I: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/01/19/building-your-resiliency-part-1-an-introduction/
 Part II: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/02/03/boosting-your-resiliency-part-2-avoiding-learned-helplessness-and-changing-your-explanatory-style/
 Part III: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/02/16/building-your-resiliency-part-iii-taking-control-of-your-life/
 Part IV: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/03/02/building-your-resiliency-part-iv-iceberg-ahead/
 Part V : http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/04/14/2010/03/16/building-your-resiliency-part-v-recognizing-and-utilizing-your-signature-strengths/
 Part VI: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/04/01/building-your-resilinecy-part-vi-quit-catastrophizing/
 Part VII: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/04/14/resiliency-part-vii-building-your-childrens-resiliency/
 download it here for $5.: http://store.artofmanliness.com/products/building-your-resiliency-ebook
 Parts I: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/05/24/finding-your-calling-part-i-what-is-a-vocation/
 II: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/05/31/finding-your-calling-part-ii-the-myths-and-realities-of-vocation/
 Part III : http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/06/06/finding-your-calling-part-iii-why-pursue-a-vocation/
 Part IV: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/06/13/finding-your-calling-part-iv-discovering-your-vocation/
 Part V,: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/06/21/finding-your-calling-part-v-obstacles-to-embracing-your-vocation/
 Part I: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/04/16/how-to-build-a-manly-wardrobe-1/
 Part II: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/05/13/how-to-build-your-wardrobe-2/
 Part III: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/05/28/how-to-build-your-wardrobe-3/
 Part IV: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/23/build-wardrobe-protect-clothing/
 Art of Manliness Library of Random Man Knowledge: http://www.artofmanliness.com/man-knowledge/
 contribute to the Library of Random Man Knowledge while you’re there. : http://www.artofmanliness.com/man-knowledge/submit-man-knowledge
 Art of Manliness Trunk: http://www.artofmanliness.com/trunk/
 9 AoM-themed calling cards: http://www.zazzle.com/artofmanliness*
 Art of Manliness themed posters: http://www.artofmanliness.com/shop#posters
 Rudyard Kipling “If” poster : https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&i=898465&cl=12721&ejc=2%22%20target=%22ej_ejc%22%20class=%22ec_ejc_thkbx
 Teddy Roosevelt: https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&i=891967&cl=12721&ejc=2%22%20target=%22ej_ejc%22%20class=%22ec_ejc_thkbx
 AoM Shop: http://www.artofmanliness.com/shop
 45 Manly Hobbies: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/01/06/45-manly-hobbies/
 The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/02/08/the-world-belongs-to-those-who-hustle/
 Manly Slang From the 19th Century: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/03/10/manly-slang-from-the-19th-century/
 How to Get a Drink at a Busy Bar: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/04/08/how-to-get-a-drink-at-a-busy-bar/
 Vintage Men’s Adventure Magazines: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/05/26/vintage-mens-adventure-magazines/
 15 Great iPhone Apps for Men: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/06/30/15-great-iphone-apps-for-men/
 14 Famous Man Caves: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/27/famous-man-caves/
 How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/08/10/how-to-make-introductions-like-a-gentleman/
 Never Let the Sun Catch You Sleeping: How to Become an Early Riser: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/09/07/never-let-the-sun-catch-you-sleeping-why-and-how-to-become-an-early-riser/
 Man’s Guide to the Trench Coat: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/10/20/man-guide-trench-coat/
 7 Lessons in Appearance from the Marine Corps: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/11/12/7-lessons-appearance-marine-corps/
 How to Make a Secret Book Safe: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/12/07/how-to-make-a-secret-book-safe/
 Developing the Heroic Imagination: The 5 Traits of Heroes: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/02/21/male-rites-of-passage-from-around-the-world/
 Dance Like Zorba the Greek: Getting in Touch with Your Wildman: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/12/dance-like-zorba-the-greek-getting-in-touch-with-your-wild-man/
 The Seasons of a Man’s Life: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/08/15/the-seasons-of-a-mans-life/
 Create More, Consume Less: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/04/06/modern-maturity-create-more-consume-less/
 The Bucket List Generation in the Age of Anomie: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/03/21/the-bucket-list-generation-in-the-age-of-anomie/
 The Pocket Notebooks of 20 Famous Men: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/09/13/the-pocket-notebooks-of-20-famous-men/
 Tarzan Skills: How to Swim, Dive, Climb, and Swing Like the Lord of the Apes: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/08/05/tarzan-skills-how-to-swim-dive-climb-and-swing-like-the-lord-of-the-apes/
 Our Disembodied Selves and the Decline of Empathy: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/25/our-disembodied-selves-and-the-decline-of-empathy/
 What is Manliness?: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/05/16/what-is-manliness/
 In Defense of Nostalgia: http://www.artofmanliness.com../2010/01/24/in-defense-of-nostaglia/
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