Celebrating 7 Years of UNB, Thanks Guys!
This month marks the 7th Anniversary for Underwear News Briefs. It’s been an amazing journey over this time. If you would have told me in 2008 that I would still be doing the site in 2015. I would have said you were crazy. I started it when I got laid off to occupy my time and share my move of underwear. After the start I figured I would score some free undies and kill some time. Well, I did score free undies but a lot more happened.
Well isn’t life funny. I did get jobs but I never forgot about UNB. Well in fact I got laid off 3 times in 5 years. UNB was always there to keep me occupied and busy. If I had to sit at home and do nothing I would have gone crazy. UNB is something I built and has become successful. It makes me smile to realize so many guys share my passion and love the blog!
There have been good times and bad times at UNB. However, I tend to focus on and remember the good times. So what have been some of the best things to happen creating UNB?
Solidified My Love of undies – I have always loved undies and this has made my love stronger. I can’t wait to see new lines and talk about them. UNB has exposed me to more brands than I would have ever found on my own. On the same page it allowed me to try many more brands than I ever could on my own.
Made Some Amazing Friends – I honestly at times forget people read the blog. Its like I”m doing it for myself at times. I guess it’s because I’m so focused on trying to write things you guys will like and show whats cool in underwear. Out of this I have made really good friends of people in the industry and out of it. There are a few readers I talk to on a regular basis via text, DM or email. Guys who love underwear are rare breed. We are friendly and share one big thing in our lives. They are easier to talk to as well, at least for me. The same goes for in the industry. The men’s underwear industry is an amazing and friendly place. There are very few people I don’t like working with in the industry.
Taught me the Difference between Personal and Business – This is something that the blog taught me and is an important life lesson. I don’t get upset if someone makes a decision purely on business. If they don’t want to do it and it’s not in the best interest of their business, I don’t get upset. Its the price of working with people. You can’t take some things personally.
All Guys Love Undies – We are a group of guys who shares something special. Many out there keep it hidden from family and friends. Its super personal to a lot of guys. After writing the blog for a few years I started to get straight guys writing me about the blog. My goal was to show all guys how underwear is amazing. This has paid off and we have gained more straight readers every year. These guys are some of the biggest underwear lovers around. Many far surpass the gay guys. It makes me smile every time I get a new email from a reader gay or straight.
I can write… sorta – Some of you have pointed out that grammar and spelling can get jacked up at times. The main reason is I am dyslexic. I have never liked writing and always tried not to do much of it. Things in the past have gotten mixed up in my head and would come out all wonky. I know I still have work to do but I have improved since the start of the blog. I CAN write. This may sound stupid to some but when you had no confidence in your writing skills its hard to start a blog. Now I am starting to know what it look for in my writing and improve.
UNB Readers are Awesome – I have mentioned that I have made friends and getting all guys to love undies. You guys never cease to amaze me and make me smile. There are days when I have things getting me down (site wise or in life). I will get this great email telling me how much someone loves the blog and I am smiles. You guys make the site worth doing. I ask you guys things and you guys always follow through.
These are just a few of the things that have I am thankful for the last few years. The first 7 years have been amazing. We have grown our reader base, do our own shoots and bring guys together. The last is my favorite thing! So whats in the future for UNB?
That is always a work in progress. We try new things all the time, sometimes they work and other times they don’t. But, it’s about trying new things. I have a few ideas in the works that revolve around video and some features. I also love feed back an ideas form you guys. So you guys can always feel free to reach out on Twitter or email!
Here’s to 7 more years of UNB and hopefully a lot more! Again I want to thank all our readers for reading and participating over the last few years. I Love you guys!