The Best of Art of Manliness 2013

by Brett & Kate McKay on December 23, 2013 · 23 comments

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Merry Christmas! The crew at the Art of Manliness will be taking the coming week off to spend time with family and reboot before the new year. So we won’t be publishing anything new on the site until January. But for those of you who still need an AoM fix while we’re away, we’ve put together this recap of 2013 on the Art of Manliness.

On the homefront, Kate and I welcomed our second child and first daughter: Olive Scout McKay. Scout has already brought a ton of joy into our lives.

Here on the blog, things have been hopping too. Let’s take a look at the big AoM happenings of the year.

Top Posts of 2013

These were our top posts from each month in 2013 based on traffic:

Jan: Testosterone Series

Feb: How to be Assertive

Mar: How to End a Conversation

Apr: Save Money and Shop Smart: Know the Style Pyramid

May: The Sometimes, Always, Never 3-Button Rule Illustrated

Jun: 37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Jul: How to Accept a Compliment With Class

Aug: Preventing Swamp Crotch: 10 Products “Scientifically” Tested

Sep: What Does It Mean to Be a Man? 80+ Quotes on Manliness & Manhood

Oct: How to Walk Like a Ninja

Nov: Three Elements of Charisma Series

Dec: How to Pull an All-Nighter: Tips from the Special Forces 

Editor’s Picks

Of course traffic isn’t the only measure of the worth of a post. Here are some of our personal favorites from this year:

Thumos and Jack London Series

Solvitur Ambulando: It Is Solved By Walking

Don’t Waste Your Twenties Series

What Is Character? Its 3 True Qualities and How to Develop It

Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog?

How a Man Handles a Miscarriage

5 Types of Friends Every Man Needs

How and Why to Become a Lifelong Learner

How Delaying Intimacy Can Benefit Your Relationship

You May Be Strong…But Are You Tough?

How to Make a Difficult Decisions: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York

Fathering With Intentionality: The Importance of Creating a Family Culture

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Applying the Ethos of the Craftsman in Our Daily Lives

Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: Becoming Antifragile

The AoM Archives

If the above posts aren’t enough to satiate your AoM appetite, I highly recommend browsing through our archives. We have nearly 2,000 articles in there waiting to be discovered.


(If you’re reading this in the email, click here to watch the video.)

This year we made it a goal to produce more videos. Thanks to the help of Jordan Crowder, we’ve done just that. You can find all our videos on YouTube. While you’re there, make sure to subscribe to our channel so you get updated as soon as we publish a new video.

Here are a few of my favorite videos we put out this year:

How to Tie a Bow Tie

How to Shave Like Your Grandpa

The Importance of Roughhousing

The Brad Pitt Rule

Summer Grilling Series

Turkey Week Series

The most popular video of the year was on that most essential subject…how to whistle with your fingers!


Another goal I had in 2013 was to bring back the AoM podcast. I publish a podcast about every two weeks. Each episode gets downloaded around 50,000 times within a week of publishing and the Art of Manliness podcast is often in the top 25 podcasts on iTunes.

If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend subscribing to the AoM Podcast. It’s a great way to get your AoM fix while commuting or working out.

Here are a few of my favorite episodes from this past year:

The Warrior Ethos with Steven Pressfield 

The Defining Decade With Dr. Meg Jay (about the importance of your 20s)

The Way of Men With Jack Donovan

Experimenting With Your Life With A.J. Jacobs

Other Art of Manliness Projects in 2013

Since hiring our very first employee, Jeremy Anderberg, as an editor, writer, and community manager back in February, we were able to take on a lot of projects for the site that we had put on the back burner for years. One of those was making videos. Here are a few of the other large projects we launched during the year:

New Art of Manliness Store. This year we partnered with ROBYN Promotions in Oklahoma City to create a new online store for our Art of Manliness gear. You can find AoM tees, stationery, and posters there.

The Art of Manliness Book Club. Jeremy heads up the AoM Book Club and does a heck of a job with it. Every month we alternate between a fiction and non-fiction books. This past year we covered The Great Gatsby, Gates of Fire, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and A Christmas Carol. We’ve got several great books lined up for 2014, so be sure to join today!

The Art of Manliness Sandwich Project. In March we asked readers to submit their favorite sandwich recipes. We received over 500 submissions. During April, Jeremy and I picked 20 of those submissions to highlight on the blog. After the month of sandwiches, we put together an ebook with all 500 recipe submissions. The ebook is free. Just Like us on Facebook or subscribe to our email newsletter to get it.

Art of Manliness en Espanol. Over the years we’ve had several requests from our readers living in Spanish-speaking countries to create a version of AoM in their native tongue. Back in April we launched The Art of Manliness en Español. So far we’ve been translating our articles from the English site. Eventually we’d like to create original content just for the Spanish version of AoM.

A Thank You to Art of Manliness Readers

We’re coming up on our sixth birthday this January! The Art of Manliness had another great year of growth in 2013. Our continued success wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing Art of Manliness readers. Thank you for visiting the site and sharing it with your friends. Thank you to everyone who sent an encouraging letter or comment our way this year. It really means a lot to us.

We’ll be working hard in 2014 to keep bringing you top quality, totally free content that informs, entertains, and inspires. See you then!

Semper Virilis!

What are your favorite Art of Manliness articles from the past year? (Or of all time?)

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Félix December 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Have a great holiday Brett, Kate and all the AoM team! I love your website and your articles are awesome!

2 Mark M December 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hey Brett,
Just wanted to take a moment to wish you, Kate and family a safe and merry Christmas and happy New Year. Also, congrats regarding your newest McKay.

Sincere thanks for all your efforts all year long for bring us AoM.


Mark M

3 Douglas Burdett December 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Congrats and thanks for mentioning the podcast – I wasn’t aware of it until I saw it on this post. Am listening to the Steven Pressfield interview now. Keep up the “manly” work!

4 Mike December 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Thanks so much for posting this best-of! Much appreciated!

5 Ron S. December 24, 2013 at 4:24 am

Wishing the Mckay Family the happiest of Holidays!
Thank you AOM for making my new years brighter (year after year). You make the most enjoyable home page I’ve ever had.

6 Jerome Gonzales December 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

Thanks “AoM”. I just knew about you from a friend. I hope for a lot more useful stuffs next year.

7 Korey December 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

Brett, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for all the hard work each year.

8 David UK December 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

To the small but important AoM team… Thank you for some amazing articles that have really got me thinking this year. Good luck for 2014. This is becoming a potentially life changing resource site for men and boys of any age. This is what the internet should be about… not cat photos or YouTube comment wars. Long live AoM and may you have a lovely Christmas over there.

9 Chris December 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

Brett and Kate,

Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays and 2014. Keep up all the great work, the site is awesome.

10 Nate December 25, 2013 at 1:52 am

Merry Christmas guys!

11 Philip December 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to what this site brings forth for 2014, and love the year-in-review post.

12 Wayne December 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Merry Christmas from our family to yours Brett & Kate. The AOM is a great resource for those seeking to better their lives.

13 James December 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Twas a great year, AoM. I’d have to say the testosterone series was the best of the year. Keep it up Brett and Kate!

14 Brian December 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I thought the series on integrity was the best personally.

Happy new year.

15 Jesse M December 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

AoM team,

Thank you all for the fine articles and pieces of wisdom which you have shared. This is my favorite website and I love how it is family-oriented and based on morals from back in the day.

God Bless

16 Adam December 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

Wow … this is going to keep me occupied for hours. I love your site; keep up the good work!

17 Shawn December 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for a great year of reading, Brett! You have a terrific product and I’m honored to have had a small chance to be a part of it.

18 Clay Roberts December 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I just started reading aom’s post and all I can say is thank you for your wonderful and helpful posts. It is really useful! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and good luck with your new year. I will continue reading your posts!

19 Alan B December 31, 2013 at 11:02 am

Having read some really negative articles about men in the media, I needed a relief from the insanity. More than a panacea, your site actually delves into how to be a great man, without being dismissive or disrespectful to women. I have no problem sharing the articles with my wife and several have actually led to productive and enjoyable conversations. I think we understand and appreciate each other more because of it.

I was also motivated by the site to get involved with Movember. I raised $365 in contributions about $150 was matched by my company.

Great work team, this is really what a men’s magazine or blog should be. Looking forward to what you’ll take on in 2014.

20 Simon January 1, 2014 at 6:28 am

Dear Brett and Kate,

I’d like to ask you whether you’d be OK with me translating your article “Bosom Buddies: A Photo History of Male Affection” into Czech and post it on a student sociology blog (nonprofit). Please let me know.

Thank you,

21 AS January 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

Happy New Year Brett & Kate all the way from the U.K, you have inspired me over the last 12 months, I thank you for that. My favourite read was of course the Jack London series that was amazing. It challenged me to improve certain aspects of my character. I know it`s not easy but I would be ever so grateful if you could continue your good work you are making a difference in my life. Thank you

22 Laszlo January 2, 2014 at 1:09 am

My favorite articole was “What Does It Mean to Be a Man? 80+ Quotes on Manliness & Manhood”

23 Jason Priluck January 3, 2014 at 12:46 am

Hey there –
I discovered your website through Flipboard. I’ve been loving it ever since I started reading! Really great articles. I’m stealing your Youtube video on “Rough Housing” and using it on my site. I’m about to get blamed for my son’s “aggressive” behavior at daycare and this will be a great way to combat their argument! Keep up the good writing!

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