I write a beginners mens style blog that recently turned up in SF's worst style blog post. Help me improve? - Page 3
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I didn't know this thread existed either, but here it is:
Specifically, it begins at this post:
I'm not going to lie, I had a grand ol time reading that thread.
They grew out of helping people get into med school, which later became a small side-project/microbusiness, and then the books came along. As you can tell from the humble Sales Ranks, they're never going to keep me in suits! Still, one of the them does sometimes bounce around in the top 1000 during peak months, which is nice. I'll suggest the Auto Repair one to the Ed next; it's more or less like cardiology, right?
Guarantee you get exponentially more traffic than the last manuscript I wrote
OP: I look at what you are doing as disseminating information. In my line of work, I cannot just think of an idea, voice my opinion, and expect full reception. I first need to review the literature, decide if what I bring up has some clinical relevance and efficacy, and present my findings effectively to my target audience. I think you have an idea with your blog but more thought might be put into the entries.
I do understand that one of the goals of your blog is to keep clothing costs to a minimum so that will provide a challenge to the keen eyes of SF. However, when you use yourself as a test subject, you are walking across the firing range. Maybe include pictures of how clothing should fit right from stock pics and just have other pics of articles of clothing that you think is applicable. It may be less painful when it is not a picture of you that is being talked about.
Anyway, good luck!
Edited by DpprDr - 2/7/13 at 9:01am
My apologies for being so late in replying. I honestly didn't believe it would garner any more responses and I've been in the field for the past few weeks.
I have put a hold on any further blog posts until I've redefined exactly what it is I hope to write and contribute and have taken most of the advice rendered here into consideration (minus the few of you who just chose to be dicks).
As for dispensing advice without being an expert myself, I can certainly see why that would be of concern. But my audience isn't men who are already dressing well, but almost entirely men who own nothing but jeans and cargo pants and think dressing up means putting on a polo. I obviously have much room to progress my self (and trust me, that tuxedo was gotten rid of. I hung onto it because I couldn't bear buying a new one, but it really was comically oversized- picked up a shawl collar tuxedo from J Crew in my size and had it tailored to fit me [sleeves]) but what I'm trying to convey is the absolute bare minimums of going from sloppy to smart.
That being said, I am going to work to reduce the amount of advice, stick with more pictures (with better fits) and offer suggestions as opposed to definitive rules or advice.
I certainly wasn't asking for StyleForums permission to continue blogging, nor was I shocked someone disagreed with/didn't like my blog. It was more that since the criticism came from here, I wanted to here from the horses mouth what they thought I could improve. To those of you who replied with suggestions, I really do appreciate it.
I'll try to put it in a different context, being a fly fisherman, and that being a fairly technical past time tht requires a lot of learning & tuition.
When I was a beginner and seeking advice from a guide, or even a magazine, youtube etc on learning how to cast, fly selection etc etc I certainly wasn't looking to other beginners for that advice. I looked at experts, professional guides and the like. Why wouldn't you? I do like the suggestion of the personal progress blog and that's something to think about. One thing I've always learned, is you learn more by fishing with better fisherman, and the same analogy can be used across most sports, careers and lives fairly generally.
All the best in any case.
The concern with advising beginners is that the latter are more easily misled (can't tell good advice from bad), can be more discouraged easily (impractical advice makes them feel they're trapped), and tend to have less disposable income, so that there arguably is more of a duty to do well when advising beginners.
Might I suggest your next series of posts? Perhaps something like "Finding a Fit." I would say go to a thrift shop, pick up 3-4 suits or jackets of different silhouettes, and of slightly different sizes, at and around your own size. Find a good alterations tailor in your area, and post before, after, and, if the tailor will oblige, during alteration photos. I might start with that tuxedo.