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
Of course traffic isn’t the only measure of the worth of a post. Here are some of our personal favorites from this year:
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.
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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:
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 Defining Decade With Dr. Meg Jay (about the importance of your 20s)
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!
What are your favorite Art of Manliness articles from the past year? (Or of all time?)