Young Man/Old Man: I had played around with writing a blog for a while about balancing my two different personae (it actually started with my wife laughing at me for dressing like an old man and acting like a little kid). I even registered the name and fiddled a little, but didn’t start posting until Longwing prodded me to (I had pointed a link to one of his now defunct blogs on Heavy Tweed Jacket and he said I should start writing on mine). I figured if a guy like him said I should I darn well should.
YM/OM: Originally from Wellington, South Florida, but the last six blissful years have been in Clemson, South Carolina. I now get seasons, mountains, trails, and a pretty beautiful campus only minutes away.
YM/OM: Professionally I make pizzas. I’ve recently started volunteering at the Campus Fire department. Through the department I’ve started training and hope to get my certification within a year or so.
Hobbies include music (particularly Irish trad music on the flute and whistle), reading, running (very slowly), taking bad pictures, and spending time with the two sweetest girls (wife and baby daughter).
YM/OM: I’ve done uber trad and poor man’s workwear, but now I think I’m residing in a comfortable medium. I still love dressing up in a sack suit or tweed, but I’m not afraid to run out to the store in jeans and a t-shirt. I like being comfortable and functional. If I’m at church, a jacket and tie is functional. At the station, work pants and boots are functional. Around the apartment jeans and an undershirt are comfortable. I no longer feel like I need to dress up just for the sake of having a collared shirt on. I like that.
YM/OM: I haven’t thought about this a lot, but I’m doing a series of posts on it so it’s a good thing to think through!
My dad is an obvious one. I’ve really gravitated to his style lately. Nice when it’s needed, comfort when it’s wanted, and shoes that last a lifetime. He’s also big into quality. And he doesn’t think about it a whole lot. Lot’s of us bloggers strive to look like we don’t think about it too much, to make style effortless. But you can’t fake it. And you can tell when it’s real.
Steve McQueen is a lame answer but I really like his kind of “screw you” attitude. Or at least that’s what it seems like he was saying.
The South has become a big influence. There are lots of very different styles involved in that and I like little bits of each of them: super frat-prep, the southern take on trad, hunting, hillbilly (or Appalachia if you’d rather), and quality running throughout.
YM/OM: Don’t. You’ll waste lots of time writing things most people won’t read or taking pictures most people won’t like. You’ll obsess over stats and keeping things fresh. Who do you appeal to? The original readers who like what you did or potential readers who might like something else? You’ll be embarrassed when family or real-life friends find out, and you’ll look down on others who don’t align with your particular style aspirations.
Haha. No, if you’re serious about it, do it right. Don’t try and copy another blog. I’ve tried it and it sucks. You’ll suffer and so will your readers. If you like to write, write. If you like taking pictures, take pictures. It will be so much more enjoyable when you do stuff you like to do.
Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to the bloggers you like and who are established already. LAS at Sartorially Inc is a classic example. If you look back at his archives, he was just a regular guy writing. I remember getting emails from him. The Bean Boot thing was a genius move. He got almost every blogger to write a post for him, giving him lots of content, and giving his site lots of traffic (because when you do a post for someone, you definitely want your readers to know about it). So within a period of a few months, he absolutely blew up. Now he designs his own line, travels to shows, and gets paid to blog. Say what you will about his style or knowledge, he definitely knows how to work the blogging game.
YM/OM: Woah. Tough question. I’d like to say bow tie because I do love them and love to wear them. I’d probably even be happy if they were all I ever wore. But I think I’d have to go with neck tie. More refined or casual, depending on the tie and the way it’s tied. I think I’d miss knit long ties more than I would bow ties.