Hey guys, just throwing in my two cents as a #menswear tag editor.
Originally Posted by joshuasaussey
I 100% agree with all of this. How are us small timers with under 500 followers able to share our outfits if when you type #menswear you see the same picture over and over again. Less pictures to share means you will see the same picture on your dashboard multiple times.
It's a rich get richer, poor get poorer scheme so to speak. Tumblr need to revert back to their old tag system.
For what it's worth, I don't find pursuing a bigger follower count to be a fulfilling enterprise, because it says nothing about how engaged or interested the followers are in your content. If you're one of hundreds of Tumblrs that someone else follows, it's a good bet they rarely see your posts, if ever. I'm subscribed to just over a hundred Tumblrs, and that's already overwhelming, so I only closely follow maybe two dozen or so.
A year or two ago, I posted a close-up of a model's scruffy neck. Inexplicably, that really resonated with the ladies on Tumblr--it's got thousands of notes, and I probably picked up a few hundred followers because of it. Do you think my site matters very much to them? Probably not. So I'm more interested in the dozen or so people who comment or email or send me tumblr messages or reblog my posts and call me out for saying dumb stuff.
And given Tumblr covers such a broad, indiscernible swath of people, if you want appreciation or feedback for your outfits, you're really probably better off posting in one of SF's WAYWT threads, the Ask the Tailors thread, or whnay's good taste thread.
All that said, if follower count really is important to you, in my experience the #menswear tag is next to useless in increasing follower count. I don't really track how many new followers a post generates, but I do track pageviews, and I think it's not a stretch to say that the posts that attract the most pageviews probably attract the most new followers. And by far the best way to increase traffic to your site is to get linked to by another blog that has more traffic than you do. I don't think I've ever solicited another blogger for traffic, but if follower count matters to you and you're willing to hustle, this is a highly recommended guide on how to do so in a non-sketchy manner:http://socialtriggers.com/persuasion-tips-help/
Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe
Interesting to check this out, I had no idea some of these guys were #menswear editors. And yeah very interesting to find out the likes of Ethan and Details magazine are editors, when like you said what they do goes exactly against the tumblr rules, but you can't fault them, if the tumblr staff let them do it then I'd milk it too. And you are right Ethan does do a great job with his content.
Anyway I had my own little victory today and passed 500 followers..
I'm uncomfortable with the insinuation that Ethan promotes his own content. For starters, #menswear editors can't tag their own posts. And since a #menswear tag gets assigned to the original poster, they can't game the system by tagging someone who's reblogged one of their posts.
Technical limitations aside, I doubt Ethan cares whether or not he or his business or associates get #menswear tags. I don't know him personally, but every indication shows him to be a man of humility and grace -- not the sort of guy who'd wallow into shameless self-promotion.
And lets be honest: Ethan doesn't even need to bother with that kind of self-promotion. The Armoury puts out fantastic content. They stock amazing menswear, take excellent photographs, and when they write, it's often pithy, thoughtful, and humorous. That kind of stuff lends itself to drawing the attention of tag editors. I've tagged The Armoury's posts before, and I've frequently found them already tagged by other editors when I was meaning to do so myself.
Finally, if anyone who's reading this thinks they have a blog that offers something compelling enough to share--whether you're on on Tumblr or on another platform--by all means let me know. Send me a PM or an email or a Tumblr message. This isn't a call for submissions to the #menswear tag--because I'm not allowed to do that--but rather a call for quality, original content about menswear, because there's a dearth of that right now. I've put this call out before on my site and have been introduced to some great sites as a result. I won't promise that I'll follow you, but I'll definitely check out your site.