When I first discovered the manosphere some 8 months ago, I hungrily devoured everything I could find. Articles on the evils of feminism, the decline of western society, interspersed with posts on self-improvement, lifting and game. A wide range of topics to cater to all facets of lifestyle and intellect. Nebulous concepts about the nature of socio-sexual relations crystallised, until I was able to form well-reasoned, rational arguments to articulate what has previously been a vaguely defined viewpoint. I can credit the literature I’ve consumed with a large part of helping me become who I am today.
As time has worn on however, and I’ve continued to read a wide range of blogs on a daily basis, I’m finding less and less of true value any more, barring a few select bloggers whose quality of output remains consistently high. I’m already doing everything physically in my power to learn more, look better, have more hobbies, lift more and earn more, whilst posts on actual, actionable game tactics seem fewer and father between. Topics relating to the evils of feminism, hypergamy and the general poisonous nature of women seem to feed on themselves in a negative feedback loop, creating waves of embittered men who are just ready to throw in the towel and declare the pointlessness of the whole thing. When I already agree with most of what is written, an echo chamber forms, and actually robs me of some of my natural positivity for life – I’m already extremely critical by nature, I don’t need any more ammunition than what I can come up with on my own!
I actually enjoy writing more than reading blogs these days. It is perhaps a symptom of learning any new field that there is an initial rapid learning process, followed by a slowing consolidation, finally followed by “coming out the other side” at a point where there isn’t much left for you to pick up any more. A journey that we all go through at various points.
I’m going to consciously try and cut down on the amount of manosphere output I read on a daily basis, but put my money where my mouth is (when decrying a lack of original, quality content) and keep creating output that people besides myself hopefully find interesting, and start to cut my teeth on classic literary masterpieces on subjects such as philosophy. I’m getting an office set back up that is separate from the living area when I move in a few weeks too, which will help me focus more of my spare time back on to my projects. Coming up next – a fitness and nutrition website in partnership with my housemate, who is a personal trainer.
As the old saying goes: “Everything in moderation”!