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Happy 1st Birthday Iron & Tweed!

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This week marks the first anniversary of Iron & Tweed!

And I’ve got to say, the old cliche is true – when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing Iron & Tweed for a year now.

But for the first time in my life, I have a job that I love, that fulfills me, and that gives me more than it takes from me.  That’s something I truly didn’t think was possible.

So I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you, my readers, for being here with me through this journey and helping to build this community.

I literally couldn’t do this without you.

But enough of the mushy stuff…I’m sure you’ve had enough of that with My low-T Journey.

A Year in Retrospect

When I quit my job to start Iron & Tweed, I had a baby on the way (she’s 7 months old now), bills to pay, and a helluva lot of learning and work to be done.

I started Iron & Tweed with ZERO web design, photography, or writing experience.

Hell, I didn’t even know how to set up a Facebook page.

Before launching Iron & Tweed, I had a fairly adversarial relationship with technology – while in middle school I’d actually convinced myself that computers were just a fad. (Guess I’m not always right, haha).

All I had to start were my interests and experience, and an intense desire to teach other men all the things I’ve learned.

There’s been a lot to learn and many hurdles to jump, but this former wrench turner is getting things done with a new medium.

And for the first time, technology is my friend!

So in case you missed it, here’s what I’ve done in the last year through Iron & Tweed.

Published 65 posts

Most articles I publish have at least 40 to 50 revisions, not to mention the thought, planning, and research that goes into them before I even sit down to start writing.

Given those clues, it’s obvious that I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I let go of any aspirations of making daily posts early on.

Instead of aiming for volume, my goal is to build a community of guys looking to improve their lives while sharing my own with you.

I want to be an invaluable resource for building the body of your dreams and then dressing it in a way that makes you feel great and exude confidence.

Created my FREE 10 Timeless Wardrobe Essentials 

 

10 Timeless Wardrobe EssentialsA classic wardrobe should be built around key pieces – items that will see frequent use, never go out of style, and get better with age.

But given their intended longevity, they’re also the items you’re likely to drop the most cash on.

So I created this eBook to guide you through the selection and buying process – navigating different styles, materials, functions, and price points for items such as suits, raw denim, watches, and leather jackets.

Many of you have already downloaded my FREE 10 Timeless Wardrobe Essentials guide, but if not, there’s no better time to get your copy than now.

You’ll also get an email from yours truly once or twice a week when a new article is published.

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Launched Casual Style 101: The Affordable Wardrobe Guide

Casual Style 101

CS 101 is not for the advanced style student.

It’s not a detailed history of menswear and etiquette or a comprehensive guide on color/pattern matching.

What it is though, is a complete and actionable budget guide to building a kickass wardrobe and dressing better today!

I created this manual for guys just starting out on the road to dressing better, so if you’re completely (or mostly) clueless about what to buy and how to wear it, CS 101 is perfect for you.

In this eBook, I give you examples and detailed information on all major wardrobe pieces including shirts, pants, shoes, formal attire, and accessories.

You’ll also find a shopping checklist, price point recommendations, and outfit formulas for every occasion, all while sticking to an extremely reasonable budget!

Joined Forces with Superdrive Publishing

Before Iron & Tweed, I was completely miserable at my job.

After several years of working manual labor jobs, I went back to college, got my degree in hospitality and fitness management, and landed a “sweet” job as an auditor for Hyatt.

Although I was working in my area of study and making a decent living, I felt trapped and totally unfulfilled.

I was working the graveyard shift, preparing mountains of mind-numbing financial reports, all while dealing with drunk and rowdy guests having the time of their lives.

I’d been a reader of Bold & Determined throughout college, but never really felt as if the financial independence message applied to me.

Like most guys, I’d grown up believing that the only way to make a living was to work a soul-crushing job in exchange for a mediocre paycheck.

But at 3 am, alone in a windowless basement of a hotel while eating from a brown paper bag, it all started to make sense.

There had to be a better way, and Bold & Determined gave me the road map.

So I went through the archives, starting at the very first post and ending at the latest – I did this at least four times.

All the while, I pondered how these ideas applied to me and how I would make my escape from the 9-5 (or 10 pm – 7 am, as was my case).

Fast forward ten months and a LOT of hard work later, and I went from a mere reader of Bold & Determined to an actual member of the Superdrive Publishing family.

I’m now part of the very network that inspired me to take charge of my life and start Iron & Tweed!

Gained almost 900 Instagram followers

As a visually stimulated person, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform.

I’ve mentioned in another article that, as a kid, I used to pay more attention to aesthetic qualities of movies and shows than the actual plot line.

Not only do I enjoy posting my images, but I love seeing a visual catalog of other people’s lives.

No more looking at stock images or magazine photos to gain inspiration, those have just never seemed like realistic examples to me anyway (J.Crew models wearing seven layers?!).

Instagram makes it easy to find real life examples of guys doing exactly what you want to do with your life.

Feel free to “geek out” over any area of interest, from pocket knives to wristwatches to shell cordovan shoes and so much more.

Posts you may have missed

When I launched Iron & Tweed, I tried to come out of the gate with strong content.

But for a long time I didn’t actually have, you know, an audience to read that content.

So for you newer readers, unless you’ve patiently slogged through the archives, here are a few valuable posts that may have gone unnoticed.

8 Reasons to Squat (Frequently)

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Not only does this article sum up most of my thoughts on exercise, it also represents my philosophy on life in general.

Most guys, in any venture, try to get fancy from the get-go when they really should be hammering the basics.

If you haven’t read this article yet, learn how you can accelerate your progress and decrease (or even eliminate) leg soreness with this one routine modification.

The squat really is the king of all exercises!

Budget Bodybuilding: Meal and Supplement Plan for Less $$ than a Burger and Fries

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Most young men I know aren’t rolling in dough, and many of my readers are young men.

Combine those demographics with a strong interest in bodybuilding and it only makes sense to include a guide on how to eat to support muscle gain while staying within a budget.

In this guide, I show you how to feed yourself a high quality, whole foods diet for the cost of a fast food lunch.

100% Irritation-free Shave: Electric Razor

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Most readers recognize me as the guy with the beard, but up until a year ago, I was an every-other-day-shave kind of guy.

And as far as I can tell, most of my readers have frequent appointments with the blade and cream.

Like most men, ever since I started shaving in 7th grade, I had horrible razor burn on my neck.

I tried a number of blades, creams, and gels, as well as varying shaving techniques to find relief.

But none of them fixed my painful, bumpy neck.

Here’s a particularly effective and gentle shaving solution I came up with that will completely banish razor bumps and burn.

Backed by 10 years of successful use.

Basic Shoe Care: Bring Your Old Shoes Back to Life

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A very important component of building a timeless wardrobe is maintenance.

When you buy pieces that are built to last, chances are you’ll be investing a few bucks in those items. So it only makes sense to protect your investments.

Aside from the obvious benefits to the shoe itself, shoe maintenance is like meditation for me.

My mind is completely in the moment and everything else takes a back seat until I’m done.

And it’s incredibly simple to achieve professional results if you follow the shoe care routine I’ve laid out.

Here’s to the next year!

As great as this first year has been, I want to make the next year and every year after at Iron & Tweed even better!

I’ve got tons of ideas and plans brewing in the old noggin, but I also want to hear from you.

What do you want to see on Iron & Tweed?

I can’t promise that I’ll address every request, as I can only write about topics in which I’m genuinely interested in and qualified to write about.

You won’t read “25 surefire ways to take her home from the bar!” from this married man.

But I would love the chance to write posts that speak to my readers and directly enhance their lives.

So let me know what you hope to see going forward and let’s continue to build this community together.

Thanks so much for being along for the ride!

All the best,

Nate

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    efe
    September 25, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Hey Nate,

    Following your Instagram account. Great style.

    Is this blog your only income source? If it is, can you make a living with an e-book only?

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Iron & Tweed is my main income source. I do a few other things here and there, but I always try to stay focused on the long-term. And odd jobs that only pay once aren’t a good long term financial plan. There are plenty of people out there making a living selling eBooks. Anything is possible!

  • Reply
    mike
    September 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Hey Nate,
    I want to know your photography secrets… I want pics like that for myself

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      I really need to get on the photography article I’ve been planning, haha. I take all of my photos with my iPhone 5 and I’m not professionally trained in any way. I just follow a few simple guidelines and my photos have improved dramatically.

  • Reply
    Hash
    September 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Hey EFE, Nate also makes affiliate income from promoting the amazing products which is no cost to you but I’m sure his main source is his e-book which I WOULD LOVE to have a affiliate plan so I can promote it LOL. You know what I might just do it without even any kickbacks.

    Honestly Nate, I gotta say you definitely inspire me, as I write this I’m stuck at my 9-5 jive and its kills me inside everyday I have to walk into this office. I just got married too so I know how important income is but if you can quite your job with a wife and baby, I think I can do it. You give me hope to do it. I just want to know what was your plan, your blueprint before you set sail on your journey to write Iron & Tweed? No person just leaves without a plan I’m assuming especially a person in your position at that time. I would love to hear from you on this subject.

    Thanks Brother,

    Hash

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      I feel you, Hash. I was miserable at all but two jobs I’ve had since I was 13 years old, and those didn’t pay a real income. I did have a plan when I left my job. I had money in the bank and a clear idea of my business model (pretty much exactly as it turned out). I knew what I wanted, I just had to build it. Figure out what you have to offer the world and get started. That can be consulting services, information products, or a physical product. Work on your business during every spare moment. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Hash
    September 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks Nate, appreciate it bro.

  • Reply
    Seb
    September 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Happy 1st Birthday! It’s definitely paid off – your blog is one of the most unique I’ve seen. It’s a pleasure to read. Keep up the great work.

  • Reply
    Dave
    September 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Solid work Nate! Loving the blog, keep it up!

  • Reply
    Bob
    September 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations! I myself want to escape the average life so i’ve got my own blog up and running right now, although I’m still learning. I’m 19 so I sort of feel like I might not be taken serious, but I want to provide the best quality content that I can. I love to write and I love having my own website, it seems so liberating. I also feel like I might come off as a copycat of B&D, but I’m not trying to at all… I just like motivating people and sharing my perspectives. My blog will mainly be about Motivation, Spiritual stuff, and Success/oriented. Any advice or tips Nate?

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Don’t worry much about your age, you’ll be treated as seriously as you present yourself. And take comfort in the fact that you’ve got a 10 year head start on me! Only write about things you’ve done or have experience with. Always show proof and people will recognize your accomplishments. Best of luck!

      • Reply
        Damian Pros
        September 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

        Hey Bob,

        Having a blog for more than 6 months now, I couldn’t agree more with what Nate said. I would also add to start reading lots of books. This will give you plenty of new ideas to write about.

        Nate, congrats for your efforts buddy. I knew from the first time I found your blog that you have a big future ahead – and told you so many times – even before you partnered with Superdrive Publishing, which proved true what I believed for you.

        Keep it up!
        Damian

        • Reply
          Nate
          September 25, 2015 at 6:15 pm

          Thanks, Damian! You’ve been in my corner since day one and I can’t thank you enough for that. I’m seriously impressed with your September challenge. 30 articles in 30 days is no joke!

    • Reply
      Will
      September 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      If you are genuine and provide value your age won’t matter. Your age may be a benefit because it might target people in your age who are realizing that getting ahead in life at a younger age is a great thing. Which it sounds like you are doing and preaching.

  • Reply
    Will
    September 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I resonate a lot with this site. It’s well done and simple, right up my alley.

    I may not agree with everything (that would be boring if we all did right?) I think it’s sites like this that actually help men. It’s based on real life experiences and not just some fad BS magazine garbage.

    Excited for your next year and what’s to come.

  • Reply
    Mahomed
    September 25, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading more of your work (and applying your advice in my own life)!

  • Reply
    John Tyndall
    September 26, 2015 at 3:24 am

    I think it shows in your work that you are a genuine guy. It’s inspirational to see you’ve had this kind of success in a year, especially starting with zero web design, photography, and writing experience as you said. I’m a fan of Bold&Determined as well, and used their BADNET service to set up my blog a few months ago. I’m in the stage you described when you were giving your all to write quality posts, but didn’t exactly have an audience at that time. Another commenter, Bob, mentioned that being too young at 19 might be a drawback for him as a blogger. With the opposite concern, I just turned 40. Seeing what you’ve achieved in a year makes it clear to me that it’s certainly not too late! I haven’t quit my job yet, so I can only hope I can find the time to build the skills to do as well as you have. I don’t hate my job. I get to help people in my work, but I’d rather be financially free through helping people through a genuine blog like yours. I haven’t always been a regular follower, but now that I’m getting my hands dirty in this business myself, I won’t miss another post. I’ll look forward to learning from your articles, and from what I can glean from your practices and business model.
    I wish you the best of luck on another successful year!

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Thanks, John! It’s definitely not too late for you. I’ve read some of your articles and you have tons of valuable experience to share and a great voice. I’d like to read a weightlifting article from you. Good luck!

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    Timothy Gagnon
    September 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations. I found your website a few months ago and I eagerly await new articles. I think it’s awesome how you share so much about your life and try to motive other people to make a positive change in their lives (and how to look good doing it too). I would like to read more articles about online business, like, case studies on how you got more subscribers, or something a long those lines or what changes you made to your website that increased revenue, etc. Can’t wait for your new articles.

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 27, 2015 at 10:08 am

      I’m open to the idea of writing some online business articles in the future. Just as soon as I get some more style and bodybuilding stuff out of my head, haha. Thanks, Tim!

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    David
    September 27, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Congrats on the first year, Nate! As a new reader of the site, I’ve found HUGE benefit from many of your articles. Keep up the hard work and look forward to seeing where your site goes from here.

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    Bence
    September 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hey Nate,
    I know others have said it but I’m gonna go ahead as well and congratulate you.I only discovered your site after your guest post at B&D. I really enjoyed your articles on testosterone and that french press coffee article( I just love coffee).
    Anyhow,I would enjoy articles about succeeding in life in your opinion.I would also love to hear your opinion about college because almost all the cool kids(such as Victor or Mike) in this self improvment community claim its a waste of time.

    Furthermore,what I’m about to ask you is off topic but I would sincerely appreciate if you could share your opinion about college briefly.I’m just gonna sum up my story real quick.So here it goes:
    I’m a 19 year old white male born and living in Hungary.I live with my parents and I think that I live among pretty good conditions because I don’t have to pay for food,utilities and my mom gives me money to buy my gym membership so I guess I’m lucky.I have just started attending a healthcare college(in September) and I’m majoring in nursing.(I know that education here in Hungary is somewhat different than in the US.When I graduate in 2019,I will be a Registered Nurse in US terms).
    The thing is that this college education is state funded which means that I don’t have to pay a fee per semester except for textbooks.The problem is that I had to sign a contract in which I promised that I would work for double the time I attended college or repay the tuition( so for four years of college I’ll have to work for 8 years in Hungary). One of my oldest dreams has been to move to the States and my plan was/is to get there via employment and I know that nurses are in demand.So this whole situation of being tied to this conutry for so many years upsets me.
    I believe that I should graduate as a RN on the one hand because if I do so I’ll have a tangible skill.On the other hand we have guys like Victor who say that you should not bother attending college and just set up an Internet based business.
    Also the idea of working 12 hour shifts as a nurse sounds tough but the pay is not that bad at all and it is a profession that is sought after.(Fun story:I actually met Mike Cernovich in August when he arrived in Budapest and we had a few beers :) and I also talked about this issue with him and he told me that nursing is a good profession because they usually work for 4 days and get 3 days off per week).
    So what do you think? Do you think I will succeed as a male registered nurse(provided that I graduate of course)especially in a foreign environment? What was your college experience like?

    • Reply
      Nate
      September 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

      At 19 years old, I would be hesitant to sign a contract to work for 8 years, especially if your plans are to move out of the country. But, if being a nurse is what you really want to do (and it is a good choice) then school is a must. I see two main options for you. One, you can move to the U.S. now, have tons of living expenses, work an entry level job while in school, and take out a bunch of loans to cover the rest of your education. Or two, you can stay home, have your education paid for, gain 8 years of work experience and hopefully save money, then move to the U.S. and have a fairly easy time landing a good paying job. The real questions how long do you want to be dependent on others and how long can you wait to move out of your country? Answer those and I think the decision will be easier. Either way I think you’ll do great as long as you’re going after what you truly want. Best of luck!

      • Reply
        Bence
        November 8, 2015 at 11:59 am

        Hey Nate,
        thanks for the reply.It occured to me only a few days ago that you might have replied(perhaps I didn’t receive an email of the follow-up comment? I don’t know).I’ve been away for a while because I’m following Mike and Victor too.
        Anyways,I’m actually enjoying my time at this college because certain subjects,especially anatomy,is really interesting.I also enjoy the female company since the vast majority of students are chicks,haha. They are really nice to me,probably because I work out and dress stylish and they think I’m smart,too.And during pe class,they are always checking me out even though the majority of them have boyfriends,haha.

        • Reply
          Nate
          November 10, 2015 at 1:24 am

          It sounds like you’re having a great time! If nursing is really what you want to do, you can have a blast getting an education, and it’ll be paid for you might want to consider taking that path. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Indomitable Audacity
    September 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I’m a little late to the party but I want to tell you a big congratulations nonetheless.

    I can’t remember when exactly I started following your blog, but I do know it was a good decision.

    You went above and beyond the call of duty when I reached out to you in the very beginning stages of my blog and gave me solid advice that I’ve been using till this day.

    Thanks a lot and keep working towards your dreams, I know you’ll transform Iron&Tweed into the powerhouse it deserves to be

    Cheers,

    Daniel Ndukwu

  • Reply
    Traut
    October 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Nate,

    Congrats on the one year anniversary! I&T has definitely become my favorite blog over the past 6 months or so. After discovering it, I read through your all of your past posts in about a week. Keep up the great work and I hope to see much more of it!

  • Reply
    Evan Teague
    October 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Hey Nate!

    First time posting here, but just wanted to say congratulations on joining Superdrive with Vic! That is SO awesome you started reading B & D and you guys were able to collab. My life was extremely different before I found B & D also, and it wasn’t windowless basement 3 a.m. brown paper bag bad, but I was in college aimlessly following ‘the script’.

    I was 20 reading “18 things every 18 year old should know” and now I’m 21 just starting at a huge advantage knowing what I know now. If I hadn’t read that article, I have NO idea where I would be now.

    It definitely wouldn’t be multiple successful online businesses and ventures later after 1 short year, living location independent and getting the privilege to travel through Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and more on my own dollar.

    Life = saved.

    By the way, your photos are legit and your clothing style is SHARP. Crazy to see the enormous transformation from that kid on the beach with a cigarette hanging out his mouth….

    Keep up the good work.

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