Manosphere Shrinkage

If you look around the manosphere, you will see a once burgeoning and growing world of blogs (at one point a new blog seemed to pop up every two days or so) waning. Now it seems every two days or so you’re seeing one disappear. It may worry some if they were starting to wonder, is this the death of the red pillers? What does this mean? Or somomething like that. There are a couple of factors for this, with every bubble, you will find a boon of new businesses crop up, in this case blogs, trying to get in on the excitment that a boon creates, of course, when the bubble bursts, only a few companies will remain, if any at all. There are some good writers that have left, and some I’ve never even heard of, yet all of them seem to be saying the same thing, and even contemplated here at the Shift – “What more is there for me to say on girls, game, or the red pill mantra.”.

The problem with creating self help for men is that when men learn something, they get it, and use it, and don’t need to hear the same thing anymore. There’s a reason why this kind of thing is popular and mainstream and profitable for women self help, because chicks seem to like to be reminded of how to approach things in life, because they need constant correction over their emotional lives – they basically need to keep coming back to the well in order to talk to the oracle on how they should be behaving – this is because their ego and ID is ruled by social acceptance, whearas men are much more independent of social acceptance and can thrive with or without it. Once men learn something, he basically learns it for good, lest he ignores something too long – even still though, once learned, he only needs a simple refresher for him to regain the confidence in what he has learned. Because of this, you have a great deal of men who come to the manosphere, learn, use game, get success and you never see them again, the readership is flunctuating, new people come in, and new people go and live their lives in reality.

There will still be a main core audience for any blogger out there that likes your blog, but the ones who stay for your style, humor, outlook on life, philosophy etc is in the 1-10 percentile, the rest are all guys having a hard time grasping… nay, using game… they hang out, still hoping to get it, maybe just maybe the next post will get them out of their beta ways, maybe they’ll get laid, take control of their relationship, etc if they just keep reading, rather than doing. Even this core will eventually tire of reading the same thing over and over again, and you see it with the criticism’s of older blog’s current lack of quality, whearas the posts are mostly the same, great for noobs, but just recyclyed idea’s told in a new way with new tricks; these core guys just can’t get excited for these anymore. So they add the new blogs to read, till they go away, and as more and more fall you will see the remaining blogs that want to succeed, alter it’s course. Of course the most glaring limiting facter in the readership of the manosphere is that it seems to just rotate through the blogroll’s of all of us – who can be sure of the over all reach of our blogs when it’s the same maybe 10,000 people reading all of our blogs? Are new people coming in? Once the red pill becomes the norm, what do we have to write about? What’s next?

The manosphere as we know it is dying, and that’s okay, for out of it’s ashes will rise a more powerful, more influential, more substantial entity – a different manifestation, and inspired by the elders, remixed by the young and possibly unidentifiable by the likes of us… it’s either change with the times or be left behind, and the times my friends, are changing.

27 thoughts on “Manosphere Shrinkage

  1. I used to write a blog until I hung it up but I am still around reading. Other guys are doing the work better than I could. I think the overarching themes and principles of the manosphere have almost hit mainstream though.

  2. I don’t know if the red pill will ever be the norm. Some of the ideas have hit a wider audience, and for that I’m glad, but I still think it’s a vast minority of men. Considering the growing use of the Internet in developing countries there will be millions of men coming online through the decade that still need what the sphere provides. It should be interesting to see how this mostly Western knowledge transfers to the likes of the BRIC countries and such.

  3. Not many blogs differentiate themselves. Its all a repeat. Only a few are really “value added” beyond the usual.

  4. So the answer is clear! The new role of the manosphere should be to tell women how to improve themselves. Andrew from The Rules Revisited does this admirably. I think you may be surprised how many women there are out there who are open to harsh criticism if it means ending up happier in the long run.

  5. Yeah, game bloggers have been dropping out like flies. I don’t think teaching guys game is going to cut it anymore, but the red pill will never be the norm. Jezebel alone has more readers then all the sphere blogs combined. My blog happens to be one of those “boom time” blogs, I made it on a whim right after The G Manifesto told me to. I think the only way for game bloggers to stay relevant today is having a very refined niche.

    That could be location independent business, travel, cooking etc etc. I’m going to ramp up posting over the next few months and fill the “young guy coming up” game niche through journal style posts.

    One thing I’ve noted is that on blogs and the roosh forum people love to read the stories of their friends. Regular journal style posts on updates on both the new notches and epic nights as well as dry spells and crap nights, harem drama and so forth so that guys improving their game can learn along the side the blog and feel like they’re coming up with me, so to speak.

  6. I used to blog at Sofiastry which some of you may or may not remember, and had a pretty sizeable audience. I quit blogging because there’s only so many ways you can regurgitate the same seminal ideas under different manifestations. It got kind of circle jerky and disingenuous and it also consumed a lot of my time and energy. I also found most of the comments and commenters entirely unproductive so in the end I was ultimately writing for myself. I did find it other sad when other bloggers I had come to really enjoy reading also shut down their blogs, but a totally sympathetic and understandable loss.

  7. Never tought about it, but it is actually very true, i noticed on a pua forums, old timers leave and dissapear. Even myself i quit couple of pua forum.

  8. After the D.C. meet-up that many, including a few now-retirees, attended, the Private Man wrote that he was shocked at how young the manosphere was. The shrinkage seems more a function of age. That ties in with your thesis. As various writers age, their pursuits broaden to include more of the finer things in life, not just pussy. As a result, they change names, move to new venues, and broaden their writing. In many ways, it’s a new crowd-sourced incarnation of the old-school Playboy ethos. Women still matter, but the red pill has been swallowed and the route to continuous improvement lies in health, epicurean delights, art, and other esoteric topics.

    In short, it’s creative destruction.

  9. 1. helping women learn seems like a tough assignment
    2. instead, why don’t we encourage the grown of the manosophere by welcoming new male bloggers, and making it a point to comment on new blogs and link to them as well.

  10. [...] If you look around the manosphere, you will see a once burgeoning and growing world of blogs (at one point a new blog seemed to pop up every two days or so) waning. Now it seems every two days or so you’re seeing one disappear. It may worry some if they were starting to wonder, is this the death of the red pillers? What does this mean? Or somomething like that. There are a couple of factors for this, with every bubble, you will find a boon of new businesses crop up, in this case blogs, trying to get in Source: Paradigm Shift   [...]

  11. Niche blogging will be the key. Are you over 35, 45, 55, divorced and looking to get back into the game? Are you in high school and looking to bang that hottie? Are you in your late 20s and looking to travel and bang foreign girls?

    My blog caters to the latter crowd, but everyone’s situation and needs are a bit different.

  12. You may consider changing up your audience to include women. The Rules Revisited is a great blog for women looking for the male perspective on dating and improving their persona. I started following Andrew’s blog back when it had next to no followers and it’s been picking up some great steam now with eager followers.

  13. “Once men learn something, he basically learns it for good, lest he ignores something too long – even still though, once learned, he only needs a simple refresher for him to regain the confidence in what he has learned.”

    So, so true

  14. i used to blog under the name mucius scaevola… had a blog for a year, used to work as ferdinand’s moderator.. good for self development…. but only to a point. it got the inner game straight… not the outer game. there’s only 24 hours in a day. i spend my time working out like crazy, reading widely, making and saving money etc. i started a lair. i live with 5 other game aware guys… way better to do it than to talk about it ad infinitum. i’d rather try and educate people in person. fuck the manosphere if all of us never meet, never excel, never do anything with out lives. much better to start a blog after 5 years of self development than to start one with the hopes of self development. get out and do it!!! the dudes that internalize what they learn properly will no longer spend their time looking for validation online.

    ps hi sofia!

  15. Pissing contests are juvenile. If you have something worthwhile to say, say it. If not, don’t. Honesty, whether it is pretty or not, is worthwhile.

  16. I have always thought that ‘game’ will evolve into something else, and that the manosphere will eventually do so as well.

    I viewed the last few years as the equivalent of the early church where almost everything happened in a tight circle within the nation of Israel.

    Later, the core group split up and evangelized much of the known world.

    I’ve moved on from blogging about these principles to spreading them in person wherever I can.

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