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Truth Time: I won’t go so far as to say that I love blogging.  Because obviously, if I did, you’d be reading updates much more often.  But if you’ve been with me since the beginning (or accidentally read the About page, at least), you know that I started this blog as I was about to make a career shift from graphics design to fashion, and writing down my thoughts about it was part of the process.

And for something that was (sort of) half-heartedly started, I feel quite proud of it.  It afforded me a lot of opportunities that I never would have gotten if not for this blog, and I can never thank you my friend Alvin enough for pushing me to get started.  And I do love it.  But apparently there are a lot of things, despite being its author, that I don’t know about it.  Because until recently, I was largely unaware of the best thing about it–its actual readers.

A blog is similar to a journal but it’s not a journal–because a blog involves public readership and interaction, and it’s about as good as its audience.  Since taking a peek at my Google analytics, statistics and comment history, I was quite surprised to learn a few things about who reads this blog (apart from my supportive circle of family and friends of course).

#1: 54% of my reported readers are male.

This, I just cannot explain.  And trust me, I’ve gone through all possible reasons.  I do have a lot of guy friends, but they can’t possibly make the bulk of my audience.  Fashionable gay guys?  I honestly don’t think I discuss enough topics they will want to read about daily.  Pervy straight men checking out chicks?  I may dress a certain way in real life but I hardly share enough OOTDs here and certainly none that are risque (I think).

I can tell this for a fact, though: men (straight and non) ask me for style advice more often than women.  Sure you don’t see them commenting here, but I receive emails and PMs asking for fashion advice and even photos of wardrobe choices from them (“Alex, which blazer should I buy?”).  I held a giveaway a while back and there were men who entered it to win something for their wives.  In fact, a guy friend of mine a few years back told me excitedly that he and his wife tried the DIY exfoliating scrub that I posted about.

So yeah.  That’s something to think about.  Personally, I think it’s great that more men are taking a healthy interest on grooming. read more…

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