Manliness Must Reads: Metrosexual Edition
I subscribe to Google Alerts and receive maybe 100 emails a day on keywords appearing in blogs, news stories, etc. This past week, the keyword “metrosexual” showed up A LOT.
Plenty of of it has to do with news concerning the Beckham and Ronaldo battle for the king of metrosexuals crown. That doesn’t tell the whole story, though.
When Mark Simpson coined this term in 1994 and followed it up in 2002 with a story in Salon.com introducing “Becks” as the undisputed metrosexual, he solidified the word’s place in today’s lexicon. Beckham is one of those international sport stars that transcends the sport he plays. People know who he is – regardless if you know soccer or not.
Branding a star of this caliber with the term gives it a legitimacy it never had prior. There have been self-proclaimed metrosexuals along the way, but it is now mainstream. Being a metrosexual has moved from the fringes to many guy’s way of life.
Plan on seeing many more articles and discussions around this idea. I get the feeling men want to know if this is something they should pursue, and, more importantly, what women feel about the concept.
Manliness Must Reads
Lessons In Manliness: Private Ross A McGinnis and Petty Office Michael Monsoor (@Art Of Manliness) Every news wire and blog should pick this article up. People hear these stories in the abstract, but when a real person and a story get applied, it changes everything. Great post!!!
Cristiano Ronaldo Is An Oompa Loompa (@The Urban Backpacker) This blogger loves his sports. He found an interesting photo of Ronaldo that helped spur the whole “metrosexual” conversation. Short post, but very good.
Blog Pimping, or: Who Do You Want To Delight? (@43 Folders) Merlin writes one of the best blog posts I’ve ever read on a post from Jack Shedd’s blog. Try to answer the questions “Why start a blog? What is my voice? Why will people read me? How do I stand out or sell out?” Incredible post and got me thinking about what I want to accomplish with Return To Manliness.
Online College Degree Programs Offer Maximum Flexibility (@Frugal Dad) Good analysis of online degrees – pro’s and con’s. I like the interaction of live people, but others love the flexibility. The biggest bang for my buck has always been in person (and that goes for just about anything in my life of great importance).
On a side note, Merlin’s post on blog pimping really has me reflecting on what bloggers are trying to accomplish. The #1 rule you hear is write about something you love. I found it is not that easy. Any measure of success in blogging includes readership and pushing the discussion forward.
I blog for fun and eventually money. I watch my readership every day, but don’t obsess. Am I looking at this incorrectly? Do the purists have a point?