Dialing Back A Bit

I love writing. It’s what I do for a living, after all.

I also love writing for this site. I hope I’m able to help other people as I get my own crap in line. It’s a sincere desire or mine, and I truly enjoy it.

However, I’m burning out.

I have my day job, which pays my bills, and I have this site which might make some money some day, but isn’t about to do it just now. Which writing has to be my priority is obvious.

Additionally, while I don’t have to write as much for this site (just one story compared to six elsewhere), I do have to come up with topics from the top of my head. 

Some days, that’s easy. Other days, not so much.

As a result, writing here can be a little stressful, which is fine. I don’t mind stress. 

But I do mind when the stress of trying to come up with stuff lures me into writing crap, into writing stuff you guys aren’t interested in reading, and that’s happening a fair bit lately.

So, I’m going to take a step back. I think I’ve been sacrificing quality for quantity, and that’s a bad way to go about things, so I’m going to reverse that.

Instead, I’ll be writing much less. There will be something posted on a regular basis, but not every day. I’m going to shoot for one great post per week, rather than a so-so one every day.

I hope you’ll all understand.

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Mental Exhaustion

This weekend has been kind of tiring. Some friends of my wife and I were getting married, with a ceremony on Friday night and a reception on Saturday, and we attended both. They mean a lot to us, so that wasn’t really an issue.

The downside is that I’m rather tired and haven’t really had any time to think of anything for today.

I could try and crank something out, but it would probably be something I’d be less than happy with and something you’d probably not particularly enjoy reading.

While I’ve probably put stuff like that out in the past, I didn’t start off thinking that’s what was happening. 

This time, I know what’s going to happen, so why not skip it for both of our sake?

I’ll have something in mind for tomorrow, I’m sure, so don’t worry. This isn’t a break. It’s just an attempt to try and put out the best content possible.

What I’m Thankful For

Today is Thanksgiving. As the name implies, it’s a time in which we all give thanks for the blessings in our lives.

For me, I’m thankful for Thanksgiving, because I had ancestors who were at the first one, so a case could be made that if not for that time, I wouldn’t be here.

Regardless, though, there are a lot of things I’m thankful for this year, and I want to spend a few moments talking about what I’m thankful for.

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Trying To Find One’s Way

In the time that this site has existed, it’s been both a masculinity blog built in part to support a book I wrote on the subject and it’s been a blog dedicated to all aspects of personal defense.

In each case, I’ve intentionally created what the goal is to be. I’ve decided I would write on X topic and only X topic here at the site. This is the standard operating procedure for blogs. It’s what I’d done in the past to varying degrees of success and it’s what all the advice posts on starting a blog tell you to do.

Yet, in the year since I refocused this site, I’ve noticed something. I’ve noticed that I’m not talking nearly as much about some stuff as I thought I would.

Which means that I’m not actually creating the site I intended.

The question is, is that good or is that bad?

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Review: Titan Landmine Rack Attachment

There are a lot of cool exercises out there that, for a long time, I thought were outside the domain of the home gym owner.

Then I was introduced to the landmine. From the first moment I saw it, I knew I had to have one in my home gym setup…though I didn’t have a home gym at the time.

When I started building my setup, though, I knew damn good and well that I needed a landmine.

Thanks to Titan Fitness, though, I was able to get one for nothing. I mean, literally nothing. You see, when you buy from Titan’s website, you build credits. You can then use these to discount gear. I had enough built up that I could get the landmine attachment for free, so I did.

Here’s what I think of it.

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Review Of Titan Axle Bar And Why You Should Get One

When it comes to building up a home gym, there’s a lot of crap you probably don’t need. I’m in a garage gym group and I’m amazed at the number of people who fill their limited space with things like Nautilus equipment and things of that sort. That said, it’s their money and space, so they can do whatever they want.

In the end, though, you don’t really need all that stuff. What you need is a barbell, some weights, a rack, and a bench. If you’ve got that, you can do some seriously heavy lifting and work pretty much every muscle group.

But that also gets boring after a while, so people will want to start adding to their gear list. I sure as hell did.

And that’s why I picked up the axle bar from Titan, and you might want to get one of these too.

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Review: Titan Mini Farmer’s Walk Handles

I’m a sucker for farmer’s walks as an exercise. Somewhere along the way, strength coach Dan John suckered me into embracing these things. Coach John refers to them as “game changers.” I’m not sure he’s right at this point in my training, but I do love them.

The reason is something I’ll go into later in more detail, but basically, when you talk about how strong someone is, there are usually a few ways we judge this. One is by carrying heavy things around.

Farmer’s walks are the epitome of that display, and if you want to carry heavy things, you need to carry heavy things.

With that in mind, I really wanted some farmer’s walk handles, but I wasn’t really in a position to purchase a really good set of handles. Or even a so-so set of handles.

But then Titan announced their strongman line of products a short time back and there they were. For $50, I could have something that would let me train farmer’s walks.

These are Titan’s version of the Fringe Sport’s mini farmer’s walk handles but at half the price.

When they arrived, I eagerly tore open the package, and here’s what I found: Continue reading “Review: Titan Mini Farmer’s Walk Handles”