Why All The Weight Loss Posts?

I’ve been writing a lot about diet and weight loss lately, and I thought it would be a good time to talk a little bit about why a site ostensibly about embracing one’s warrior essence is talking about low-calorie diets.

Because, apparently, not everyone gets it.

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An Apology

OK, folks, let me be blunt here. I’ve dropped the ball.


I can give you a lot of reasons for this, but mostly it’s been a case of I spend so much time writing about stuff that I’m kind of burned out when it comes to writing stuff for me. For better or worse, this site constitutes just that. It’s for me.

Well, it’s for me and it’s for you. However, I know what my readership is like, but I also know that I don’t really get paid for this at this moment. While I do like to help people, paying the bills comes first.

Regardless, however, I promised to write more and I failed.

For that, I’m sorry. I truly am.

So, with that in mind, what has gone on since last I wrote here? Well, a lot. For one thing, I kept injuring myself with my lifting until I pretty much just stopped.

Then I started back. (More on that tomorrow)

I’ve been educating myself, of course, and I hope to share more of what I’ve learned here, of course. Provided it can be a benefit.

However, I’ve also been doing some thinking on things like balancing one’s inner warrior with the requirements of the real world. Like it or not, we can’t spend all our time being badasses, much less working to be badasses. We have to have lives.

Again, all that is for further discussions in the future.

For now, just let me say that I’m sorry. I hope to continue writing here at the site and use it as a repository for stuff that I can’t write at Bearing Arms or PJ Media for whatever reason.

What I won’t say is that I will post on any particular schedule just yet. I’m going to try to hit something once per week, but I’m not about to make a promise I’m not sure I can keep.

In the meantime, I appreciate your patience.

Yes, It’s Quiet Over Here

I’m well aware that it’s been very, very quiet here for the last couple of months. I apologize for that, as per usual.

My professional life is taking a lot of time, but I’m getting to some very interesting things. For one, I’m now writing at Bearing Arms, a pro-Second Amendment site. I’m also contributing from time to time at Townhall. This is in addition to my work at PJ Media.

All of this piles up on a guy.

Not only that but over the last month or so, I’ve been thinking what I want to do here. As you see, I now have the domain name purchased, which was needed, but that has as much to do with a change in direction as anything else.

You see, while I stand by what I’ve said previously about masculinity and being a man, I don’t really have much to add to it. Assaults on masculinity from the left are subjects I tend to pick up for pay at PJ Media and, occasionally, Townhall.

That means there’s little use for this blog, and that’s kind of a shame. Especially since I have a kickass name and a killer header made by the talented Jack Wylder.

It would be a shame to let that go to waste.

So what goes forward? That’s a good question. What I plan and what will actually happen aren’t exactly going to be similar.

That said, here is my vision.

Due to my work at Bearing Arms, I feel like I’m way behind on the curve on firearms handling. Add in the fact that I’m still a fat ass (and dealing with a shoulder injury from over a month ago), and all of that tells me that I’m going to be doing a serious lifestyle overhaul…

…and I kind of see By Spear and Axe being that kind of blog. I picture it being about my lifestyle, my challenges as I embrace a more martial life, but try to do so while also maintaining my other interests like reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

I’d even like to get back into hunting and fishing in the near future.

Yes, there’s a definite overlap with how I presented By Spear and Axe previously, but here’s the thing: None of this is unique to men. Women concealed carry. Women want to get stronger and leaner. Women hunt.

And, frankly, I want them to feel welcome too. Especially since I hope my wife and daughter will embrace this lifestyle and internalize it as well.

Is it likely? Meh, probably not. A lot of women just aren’t down with this kind of thing. That’s fine.

So, rather than worrying about masculinity so much–that book has been written and won’t be coming down–this site is going to focus on becoming what I consider to be the perfect embodiment of masculinity, the warrior.

The fact that warrior women are hot is just a bonus, I assure you.

Seriously, this site won’t be for everyone. Mostly, it’s just for me and anyone else who wants to travel down this path.

No, not everything will go here. Based on what I’m seeing as the likely content, some of it may go on Bearing Arms. What doesn’t go there, what won’t work there, will go here.

Check out both, add them to your feed, and so on.

Feedback is always welcome. It doesn’t mean I’ll do what you want, but I will at least think about what you have to say.

New Name and Site Redesign

As you might have noticed, there’s been a little bit of a change here at the site.

The name, 21st Century Masculinity, was a freaking mouthful.  It didn’t have any punch, pizzaz, or much of anything.  It was descriptive, but that was all it had going for it.  It didn’t even differentiate it from a site that could be run by FIMs seeking to tell men they should be more like women.

So, we’re now known as By Spear and Axe.

Yes, it sounds like I’m all about the weapons, which I might be.  However, there’s something interesting about both the spear and the axe.  Both were used in war, but both were also used to put food on the table in times of peace.  They were tools that turned toward war when necessary.

That’s the way I think men should be.  They put food on the table in times of peace, but unleash hell on Earth when that peace is threatened.

Over the next little while, I’ll be updating much of the site to reflect this new look.

What will this mean for the content here at the site?

Honestly, not all that much.  In fact, the name change is more about reflecting the content more than the other way around.  If you like what you’ve seen here, you’ll see plenty more of it.