Since Tuesday’s election, I’ve really been struggling to justify this blog. How can I write about things that seem so trivial like men’s style and grooming when there are much more serious issues at play in our world? Let’s face it, what I write about is rather superficial. I’ve spent the last few days wondering if it’s even worth the time. I’ve questioned whether I should write about more important things. I’ve debated whether what I’m doing has any bearing on this world. I’m not just talking about the election either. That was the catalyst, but the more global news I read, the more I want to be a part of that conversation.
I shared Grace’s post the other day on Twitter, but I wanted to point it out here too. She also seemed to be struggling with creating “cheerful content” during troubling times. I didn’t feel like posting about shaving cream or some new flannel trousers I had recently discovered. It just didn’t seem important. However, her post really helped me to figure out what I want to do going forward.
If this is election has taught me anything, it’s that there are a lot of angry people in this country. I won’t go into all the reasons for the anger, but it exists. If my posts can brighten someone’s day a bit. If I can help someone feel better about how their skin looks or how their body looks or how they look in any way, THAT is what I should do. If I can make some clothing recommendations, so a guy feels more confident going into a job interview helping him nail that interview, then I have helped. If I can recommend a face washing system that helps someone who has struggled with skin blemishes, then I can feel good decreasing that person’s pain.
If you’ve read a few of my “soapboxy” posts in the last few months, or if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you can probably guess that the election didn’t go the way I had hoped. I’m going to continue to be vocal on Twitter about my feelings. I’m going to continue to write periodic posts about issues other than men’s style and grooming. Maybe some sort of monthly letter from the editor? I haven’t figured that out yet. But I’m going to continue writing about wet shaving, clothing, outfit inspirations, and other men’s topics. I’m going to keep doing it because I think it actually is important. I think people do need to feel good about themselves, and I want to help.