How to Support and Follow the Art of Manliness

by AoM Team on February 10, 2014 · 26 comments

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Are you someone who visits the Art of Manliness multiple times a day, checking to see if we’ve published anything new?

Do you appreciate the free, top-notch content the Art of Manliness offers and wonder what you can do to help support the site?

Well then, this post is for you!

We thought it would be a good idea to put together a post on the different ways you can follow and support AoM for those folks who may be new to the site, or who simply aren’t aware of the various options for keeping up with our content.

Below you’ll find a list of social media channels you can use to follow the Art of Manliness. The advantage of following us on one of these networks is that you’ll get regular updates when we publish new content, instead of having to continually refresh our home page throughout the day. Plus, besides sharing our own content on these channels, we share content that might be of interest to an AoM Man as well. We also use a few social networks to interact with readers as well as to host giveaways you won’t find on the main site.

Besides facilitating your cyber dose of manliness, following AoM is the best way to support the site! Anytime you see an AoM post pop-up in your feed that you think is interesting, please share it with your friends and family by liking, plus-ing, retweeting, or emailing it. The more the manlier. We are incredibly grateful to those readers who spread our content far and wide. These evangelists of manliness help keep the site going while sharing the good word of character, competence, and maturity to a world in need of these virtues.

Facebook 

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Keep up with our new content while discovering gems from the past you might have missed by following us on Facebook.

We update Facebook generally twice per day — once with a popular article from the archives, and once with new content we’ve published that day or the day before. We also sometimes offer exclusive content to our Facebook subscribers, like our sandwich cookbook from last April’s sandwich project. If you want to be sure you get all our updates in your news feed, be sure to use the “Get Notifications” option.

Google+

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We’re relatively new to the Google+ community, but we’re growing and share both archived AoM articles as well as new articles as they’re published. We also have added the Google +1 button in our mix of share buttons (you’ll see those off to the left side of articles). Please use it with gusto if you’re a fan of Google+. The more +1′s a post gets, the higher it will appear in Google’s search results — which is of course huge in helping people find AoM.

We’re also looking for ways to utilize Google+’s Hangout feature this year for webinars or Q&As with AoM writers and experts. Got any topics that you’d like to see covered?

Twitter

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Got a quick question or comment? I try to answer as many tweets as I can.

We tweet at least a few times per day, sharing links to both our own content as well as other interesting articles we read throughout the day and think our followers might want to check out. We also interact with our followers on this platform more than most others as well as hosting impromptu giveaways — so give us a follow on Twitter!

YouTube 

AoM YouTube

Our most popular video so far? How to Whistle With Your Fingers!

We’re really excited about what our YouTube channel has to offer our readers. Last year, we made it a goal to produce more videos, and we averaged right about one per week. We also had special week-long series such as The Art of Grilling and Turkey Week. We do a combination of turning popular old articles into videos (such as safety razor shaving and how to whistle) as well as all-new content just for YouTube. If you want to watch videos as soon as they’re posted, subscribe to our channel. And if you like one of our videos, we’d love for you to give it a thumbs up!

Instagram

AoM Instagram

Our Instragram account offers some images of what’s behind the scenes at AoM. From some of our favorite books and products (this feed is not sponsored — I just like to capture cool things that cross my desk), to scenes from our office and backyard, and even a weekly photo contest in which you snap a shot of your AoM gear in action for a chance to win a $20 credit to the AoM store.

Pinterest

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The AoM Manly Stuff Board: Bringing a dose of testosterone to Pinterest since 2013.

Yes, AoM is even on Pinterest. While predominantly lady-focused, Pinterest does have some manly residents. We have a single board, “Manly Stuff,” where we pin our own articles, but also a whole bunch of uber-manly stuff from cool vintage images, manly gear, and the most masculine foods and recipes you can imagine.

Tumblr

AoM Tumblr

For all you whipper-snappers.

We hear the young folk are all about Tumblr these days (do young folk still say “all about”?), so we’re on there, too. On our Tumblr account you’ll find links to newly published articles as well as popular articles from our archives. We also re-post cool manly stuff from the Tumblrs we follow. Speaking of which, what Tumblrs do you recommend we follow? And no, we don’t want to look at cat gifs or porn.

AoM in Your Inbox

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Get the full text of every AoM article straight to your email inbox the day after it’s published. Subscribe on the right side of the homepage, and join tens of thousands of others who get AoM in their email.

If you don’t want to receive a daily email, we also offer a weekly digest, which gets sent out once a week and gives you a rundown of all the articles published that week:

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The weekly digest is a handy, non-inbox-clogging way to quickly catch up on everything AoM for the week and check out the articles that interest you the most.

Thank you to everyone who follows and shares the Art of Manliness!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Loïs Boullu February 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

What about RSS guys ?
Most practical and pro-active way to follow you, IMO.

2 Ben Shideler February 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I consume my AoM content through feedly now that Google Reader has gone away.

3 Radoslav Bezprizvanniy February 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I Would recommend you to include an extra advice in the Facebook section:

Users can chose the “Get Notifications” option if they would like to be sure to notice every post you create.

I love your website and it is very important for me to follow all of your new publications. That is why I have chosen this option for myself.

4 Peter K February 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

What about RSS? It’s specifically designed for this purpose, after all. Link AoM’s RSS address to your RSS reader (I used Google News Reader until it died, then moved to Feedly), and monitor the headlines until something catches your eye. Not to mention, many other news sites and services have RSS offerings.

5 Glenn February 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

RSS! RSS! RSS! It’s the manliest!

6 Brett McKay February 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

@Radoslav-

Great point! I added that tip in there.

As far as RSS goes, I agree it’s very handy but there just aren’t a lot of people who use it. I know a lot of my friends and family wouldn’t even have heard of RSS if you mentioned it. The people who would use RSS are likely already using it, and those who are not probably wouldn’t start using it from a brief mention in this kind of post, which is geared towards those who aren’t as well versed in the different channels and platforms out there.

7 John Corcoran February 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

@Glenn: You remind me of a line in an early episode of 30 Rock where Liz Lemon’s boyfriend, the “Beeper King” says Beepers are “coming back… technology is cyclical.” : )

Brett & Kate – for your Instagram channel, you may take some inspiration from this awesome Instagram page: http://instagram.com/juniperridge

They publish some awesome photos.

8 jimmm February 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Loïs Boullu-”What about RSS guys ?
Most practical and pro-active way to follow you, IMO”

Ben Shideler-”I consume my AoM content through feedly now that Google Reader has gone away.”

Ditto and ditto.

RSS is for those of us who want to bring efficiency to their time spent on the web. I think more people should look into it.

9 Andrew February 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

I also use RSS for AoM and other sites that I follow. I can sort of see why it wasn’t included though: As Brett said, not everyone knows how to use it, and I would also add that it doesn’t do anything to help out AoM on social media platforms—but of course, that doesn’t stop us RSS subscribers from sharing links to articles!

10 Peter Koontz February 11, 2014 at 1:26 am

Seriously, this site was a turning point in my journey of manhood and continues to impact my life. I share it with other guys in my life regularly.

Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us; I appreciate the sacrifice, effort, and heart that everyone at AoM pour out.

11 Tone February 11, 2014 at 3:27 am

+1 RSS feed

It’s the double-edged safety razor to Facebook’s disposable Mach 3. There is nothing more manly than using feedly and clicking a link that’s just text; no graphics, no ‘like’ buttons … that’s all just unnecessary garnish.

Even if the RSS feed isn’t doable, I’ll find another way to get my regular AoM fix, and I am eternally grateful for your fine work.

12 Carlos McDuck February 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

Gots to be the RSS. More characters than Twitter & arranged website by website.

13 Ethan Glover February 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

I’m definitely a fan of RSS, I don’t really like social networks anymore, they’re generally way to spammy.

14 Matthew February 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

Brett,

Publish AoM to Kindle Blogs!! It’s free, and it will allow all of us to read new AoM posts on our Kindles (for $.99 – $1.99 per month). Plus you guys make some money off of the subscriptions.

https://kindlepublishing.amazon.com/

15 Jeremy Anderberg February 11, 2014 at 10:19 am

Matthew – thanks for adding that! We’re actually already available on Amazon for subscription.

16 Matthew February 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

Jeremy – Nice to know. It didn’t come up when I searched. I’d suggest you guys upload an image to display on the Amazon product page. It would look a lot better.

17 Goldy February 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I don’t know if this counts as social media, but I’ve been using Pocket for a lot of your stuff. Mostly I’ll just skim the site for stuff I want to read, then hit the Pocket button built into my Google Chrome browser, and read it when I get a chance later. A couple times a month Pocket will send out and email sharing some things they find “pocket worthy” and a couple of times there’s been some AoM articles in there. Also, while in Pocket you can share anything you have saved through whatever social medias you have.

18 Cody February 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Looks like you forgot about the iOS app I read this article on this morning. It has a couple bugs, but it’s very convenient.

19 Luke F February 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I use RSS through Feedly as well…Seems to be a more popular channel than you think for your audience, good sir.

20 Charlie February 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

Just started following you on Facebook and Youtube. Love the site.

21 Tom Macko February 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hey Brett I remember seeing that badass picture of you on instagram with the axe. What was that ever for?

22 Brett McKay February 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

@Tom-

A photographer had moved here from the West Coast and was trying to build a portfolio of local personalities. He wondered if he could shoot me and so I ended up in the woods wearing a suit and carrying an axe. He got some shots for his portfolio and I got some cool photos for media inquiries and such. It was great.

23 Steve G February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

RSS is the way to go. I have it setup at work so at lunch or when I want to take a quick break, I see what’s new.

24 FastFreddy35 February 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I may have missed it, but lets don’t forget flip board,

25 Matheus March 6, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I would like to hear AoM’s podcasts on Soundcloud

26 Philipp April 23, 2014 at 3:47 am

Superb blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about
here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I
can get responses from other knowledgeable individuals that
share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Thanks a lot!

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