This past year has been a kind of crossroads year for me and Sharpologist. Let’s take a brief look back at the year that was and get your help with what will be in Sharpologist’s future.
The most popular Sharpologist posts of 2015 were:
- What Is The Best Shaving Brush? (#1 by a wide margin)
- Is OneBlade The Perfect Razor?
- Safety Razor Design And Construction
- Are Wet Shaving Subscription Boxes For You?
- Personna Blades Are Here To Stay
The most popular posts through the year, published at any time were:
- What Is The Best DE Razor? (most popular by far)
- What Is The Best Shaving Cream?
- Wax vs. Pomade vs. Gel – What’s the Difference?
- What Is The Best Shaving Soap?
- What Is The Best Fusion Proglide Alternative?
I think I see a trend here. 🙂 It looks like in-depth articles about a particular topic, with lots of background information followed by some of the best examples of the topic, fair well (or at least bring in new readers!).
What about the new year’s resolutions I made at this time last year? They were:
- Get really good at straight razor shaving.
- Make A shaving Video every other week.
- Make Sharpologist and shaving/grooming advocacy my full time job.
I’ve gotten reasonably good at straight razor shaving. I still get the odd nick or burn and I still haven’t tackled honing yet, but I think I’m competent enough at stropping and shaving to teach it. I had originally hoped to do a straight razor shaving class in September. However part of my idea was to provide personal coaching and feedback but I just haven’t had the time (family commitments) to do it that way. So I’m thinking of doing a series of stand-alone videos and then following up with something more personalized later.
Speaking of videos, I admit that hasn’t been entirely successful either. I was finally able to devote some time starting in July, so the second half the year was better than the first. But my video “work flow” is getting better and I think I will be able to stick to a schedule moving forward.
The last resolution was the scariest but turned out the best. I took early retirement from my very stressful 9-5 desk job starting in April to make shaving advocacy and Sharpologist my full time job. Personally, it’s worked out amazingly well for me: I’ve lost over 30 unwanted pounds and I am healthier and happier than I’ve been in years!
So what’s next? Here is where you come in. This is what I’m thinking of concentrating on for 2016:
- More tutorials and “best of” content related to shaving (and grooming, but to a lesser extent).
- More on straight razor shaving.
- More on how to buy, restore, and use vintage razors.
What do you think? Do you have any additional suggestions? Leave a comment below!