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Is StitchFix for Men Worth It? An Honest Review

StitchFix for Men sends out several handpicked outfits for you to try on in the comfort of your home. But how does the StitchFix experience compare with buying clothes in stores? Is it worth it?
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A Year In Review, and a Year Ahead (Podcast)

In this episode of the Finding Fulfillment podcast, host Blake Reichenbach takes a look at the personal development site Self-Himprovement, and what 2020 has brought to it, as well as what it looks...
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How to be Hopeful (Podcast)

An election. A pandemic. Natural disasters. 2020 has made it hard to be hopeful, but not impossible. Here's how you can find a bit more to be optimistic about.
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The Philosophy of Sweat (Podcast)

Exercise needs to be a part of your personal development journey. Period. Exercise's benefits are huge. But it's not always easy to get started. Here's how you can.
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What is the Cure for Limerence?

Limerence can be a tricky emotional experience to navigate. Luckily, you don't have to feel like you're trapped fawning over someone. Here's what you can do.
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The No-BS Guide to Journaling

Journaling is not about multi-colored pens and perfect handwriting. It's about developing insight and learning more about yourself.

2XIST Speed Dri Trunks Review

2XIST makes a variety of briefs, trunks, and boxer briefs. Their new Speed Dri line embraces their brand's sporty identity while still remaining sexy. Here's what we thought of them.
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Realistic Ways to Make More Money

There is no shortage of ways to make more money, but some are more profitable than others. Here are some ways you can start earning a few extra dollars.
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Are You Ready for Remote Work?

More and more companies are adopting remote work policies that allow employees to work outside of the office... but is it right for you?
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How to Overcome Boredom

Ah boredom. It plagues all of us. When it strikes, we can either succumb to it and passively kill time or we can be more productive in our approach to handling it.
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Are you an NPC or the Hero?

Non-player characters, or NPCs, are the scripted, static folks that populate video games. Surprisingly, they're also a pretty apt metaphor for how many of us live.
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Why Am I So Distracted All the Time?

How often do you feel like you're having a hard time focusing? If you're like most of us, there's a good chance you often find yourself feeling distracted pretty frequently. In this article, we break...
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Psychedelics, Masculinity, and Mental Health

Psychedelics, such as LSD and psilocybin, are showing great promise in the treatment of a range of psychological issues, including depression, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and post-traumatic...
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Mastering Modern Men's Fashion

Men's fashion is complex and nuanced. It's more than just tshirts and jeans and suits. To master it, you have to understand so much more- fit, color, silhouette, etc. Let's dive in.
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Our Philosophy on Fitness and Wellbeing

Building muscle, losing weight, and diet and nutrition are priorities for many men. BlakeWrites wants to make sure that guys have the information and resources needed to live well, and to perform at...
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5 Ways You Can Support Your Sober Friends

Drinking can be a fun activity when hanging out with your friends, but it's far from a necessary one. By supporting your sober friends, you can have a direct impact on their mental well-being and...
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Elder Scrolls VI Character Backstory Generator

Elder Scrolls VI is one of the most highly anticipated games of the decade. We don't know any plot details yet, but it's never too early to start thinking about your character's backstory, right?
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The Danger of Conflating Thinness With Health

All too often, when folks discuss fitness and wellness they're making the mistake of actually talking about losing weight or being thin, which is not at all the same thing as being well and healthy.
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What’s All This About Open Relationships?

Monogamy, polyamory, and open relationships-- the jargon can get confusing, and it often comes with some misconceptions. So what's up with open relationships and their popularity nowadays?
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Zodiac Signs as Rare and Underrated Vines

Vine may be a relic of the past, but the videos produced on that platform are still influential and present in daily life– just like the effects of your Zodiac sign!
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Calvin Klein Briefs Underwear Review

Calvin Klein men's underwear is quite popular and well-known for being sexy, stylish, and comfortable. But how does Calvin Klein's b-line compare to their higher-end undies?
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Saving Money: How to Keep More Cash on Hand

Saving money can be a challenge, but these strategies will help you keep more cash in the bank. Saving money can be the key to lower stress levels and a more fulfilling life.
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How to Write A Cover Letter

Cover letters are often-overlooked tools when job hunting. They give you the chance to briefly sell yourself and can help boost your chances of landing an interview.
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Underwear Review: Atelier Traditionnel

Atelier Traditionnel is the luxury men's underwear brand you haven't heard of yet but should have. Here are our thoughts on the most expensive underwear we've ever reviewed.
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How Men Can Confront Toxic Masculinity

Contrary to the way it's sometimes depicted in media, standing up to toxic masculinity doesn't require you to be the bra-burning feminist type. It just requires you to hold yourself and other men to...
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The Ideal Gay Man?

Toxic masculinity is often seen as an issue between men and women. However, even within the gay community, it can be an issue. The pressure to conform to a set of ideas about masculinity often gives...
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How To Build Muscle At Home

Gym memberships are expensive. Save money and get toned up by working out at home. These are bodyweight and isometric exercises you can do wherever you are, and they'll help you well on your way with...
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FAQs of Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Let's break it down and dispel some myths that may be keeping guys from living their best lives.
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The Underwear Tarot

The Tarot is an ancient form of divination meant to provide insights into your life and your path. But what if you could get a reading just by picking out a few pairs of underwear.
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Wish: Underwear Review

Underwear is one of the many things you can get for cheap on the Wish app. But, are their free briefs worth wearing?
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Joe Rogan Explains How to Workout Smarter

Joe Rogan is as known for being in great shape as he is for being a podcast host and UFC commentator. His trick to staying ripped? Working out smarter, not just harder.

The Hunt for Plus-Sized Men's Underwear Models

Guys of all shapes, sizes, and colors wear underwear. Yet male underwear models tend to look like they've been created by a muscular, hairless cookie cutter. This begs the question: where are the...
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On Dating and Social Rejection

Dating can be incredibly demoralizing. Rejection, judgment, and self-doubt seem to always be one swipe on an app or one-word text message away from breaking into your love life. Here's how you can...
CheapUndies Review

Underwear Review: CheapUndies

CheapUndies markets itself by saying that they cover your butt for less without sacrificing quality. But is this all hype? Do they have a shot at becoming your next favorite source for men's...

Writer Spotlight: Necko Fanning

Contributing writers are the driving force behind BlakeWrites. Get to know Necko, BlakeWrites' podcast co-host, contributor, and generally wonderful human being.
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5 Bodybuilders Who Are Thriving on a Vegan Diet

For guys who want to get into bodybuilding, there can be as much of an emphasis on meat-based protein as there is on actually working out. But, what if meat wasn't necessary to be a successful body...
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Why We Need More Men’s Support Groups

Support groups play such an important role in helping people break through their struggles and live better lives. This is why men need to be more involved in these types of groups.
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Love, Lust, and... Limerence?

Relationships are deeply personal, and many of us believe that our relationships are based on love. But what if we're actually just mistaking strong emotions for love? What if we're experiencing a...
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Why Aren’t More Men Going Vegan?

Plant-based diets are growing in popularity, but women and nonbinary folks are still more likely to be vegan than men, in spite of its potential health benefits.
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6 Underrated Video Games of 2018

Just because a game doesn't have a multi-million dollar marketing campaign behind it doesn't mean it's not worth your time. These six video games are definitely must-plays.
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5 Black Authors You Need to Be Reading

Don't come at us with that all authors matter stuff. We know. But for now, we're focusing on some authors who likely aren't on your English 101 syllabi but totally should be.
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What Underwear Should You Wear (Quiz)

Picking the best pair of underwear can be a challenge, but BlakeWrites is here to help. Keep your goodies happy, whether that requires a brief, trunk, or boxer brief.
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The Male Experience of Self-Harm

Heads up: this article contains a discussion of self-harm. In it, we take a look at mental health and the male experience of self-harm.
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Test Your Fitness Knowledge!

Working out and exercise are topics surrounded with a lot of myths and misconceptions. How does your knowledge stack up?
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What We're Currently Listening To

Songs for the summer deserve more thought and attention than a generic Top 40 playlist. That's why we're bringing you Perta, Beth Ditto, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Cautious Clay, Gussy, Florence + The...
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Skincare for Men: Our Current Favorites

Skincare for men doesn't get enough attention, so we want to help you out. These are the products that will clear your skin, harvest your crops, forgive your sins, and... oh, wait, no. Just the skin...
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Tackling Sexual Insecurity Myths

When it comes to sexual health, some people get all in a tizzy because of the myths and beliefs that surround sex and sexual performance. But, there's no need to get your panties in a bunch.

What You Should Know About Prostate Health

For some, the prostate is uncharted territory. For others, it's a best friend. Either way, you should give it some consideration and attention. It may just save your life.
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How to Be a Better Coworker

For many of us, we spend at least 40 hours each week with our coworkers. Are they enjoying that time spent with you?
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Who's My Battle Buddy?

Your battle buddy is the person next to you and is any of your fellow soldiers at any time. The concept is obvious enough: always have each other's backs and never travel anywhere alone.

Are You Man Enough for Leggings?

As it turns out… leggings for men, or meggings, may just be the greatest thing to have happened in men’s fashion for quite a while. Here’s why.
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The Mask of Masc Gay Culture

For a community that prides itself on diversity, gay men have had a longstanding issue with placing those conventional masculinity on a pedestal.