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Let’s role-play for a moment: It’s two in the afternoon on an average workday. You glance at your calendar and see that your afternoon is surprisingly low on meetings. Excited that you have a chance to work on some of your high-impact projects that have been looming, you pour yourself some water and turn on your favorite playlist. You open your to-do list and promptly… freeze.

Perhaps this task should be your first priority. Maybe that one should. Then again, if you did this other project, that could make it easier to do that one project.

And then Slack dings with a new notification. You’ve got eight new emails to read. You glance at your phone and see a new Facebook notification- that person you haven’t spoken to in a decade has tagged you in a promotional post for her pyramid scheme. …


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On the surface, nootropics- also called smart drugs- sound like something out of a science fiction movie. They are drugs designed to improve creativity, focus, energy, alertness, and problem-solving skills without any medical indication (meaning, without being prescribed for a specific medical condition). The concept is alluring: you take a pill and suddenly you’re able to think clearer and accomplish more. It sounds too good to be true, but is it?

In pop-culture, these drugs are often associated with tech entrepreneurs and students. It’s not uncommon, especially on college campuses, to hear about folks illegally abusing medications like Adderall during exam season, but that’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. Adderall is a prescription drug designed to treat ADHD, meaning that it’s created with an intended medical indication. Instead, let’s take a look at drugs like Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Lion’s Mane, and Huperzine A. …


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One of the most important lessons I’ve learned about myself throughout my time as a blogger and entrepreneur is that I am great at being busy… but not always great at being productive.

From the very beginning, I’ve made it a point to bootstrap everything. When I launched my website back in ye olden days of 2017 under the name BlakeWrites, I wrote and edited most of the content we published. What I didn’t write, I paid for (out of the $35,000 salary I had at the time, which was a big ouch). I’ve built nearly every page of my website from scratch, custom coding templates, assets, CSS files, and Javascript by hand. …


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It’s a question I’ve been thinking about a lot recently- how would I be spending my time if money wasn’t something I had to worry about?

In other words, if it wasn’t necessary for me to have my day job keeping me afloat, what vocation would I take on? How would my perceptions of my calling change?

Would I spend my time pursuing something altruistic and noble, or would I end up on my couch, rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer while playing Pokémon? Would I get all the writing done that I want to do or would I end up on my couch, rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer while playing Pokémon? …


Ah, the Internet. While it may give us access to virtually the entirety of known information, it also gives us plenty of opportunities to be misled. You can learn a lot and stay informed, but unfortunately it seems as though learning is becoming less and less common. In the age of fake news, if what I’ve personally witnessed on social media is any indication, it seems as though most people are less likely to seem out information and are more likely to seek out rhetoric that supports their personal biases.

While politics tend to be the biggest source of false information being spread across social media, it goes far beyond that. So Yummy, for example, is a company that makes “cooking” videos that tend to go viral on Facebook. Their attractively simple recipes seem to always come out as something fantastic or unexpected. They’re so alluring that at times the recipes seem too good to be true. As it turns out, they often are too good to be true; So Yummy is owned by First Media, the same parent company that owns other viral video companies like Blossom, Blusher, and Baby First. First Media and its children companies have a notorious reputation for not particularly caring whether or not the content they’re creating is actually factual. Instead, the priority is creating a video that is attractive and likely to be shared. Many of So Yummy’s recipes don’t even work the way that they’re described in the video, and what you’re seeing as the end result is not the product of the steps that have been outlined; it’s an end result that looks appealing and is likely to get clicks. …


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‘Short kings’ is a term that refers to short dudes who exude confidence. These are men of lower stature who don’t let their height dictate their self-esteem. They can express their genuine selves with pride, without worries about shortness getting in the way of healthy social interaction, relationships, education, or work. The comedian Jaboukie Young-White coined the term short kings last year, saying that, “Short kings are the enemy of body negativity, and I’ll be forever proud to defend them.”

According to conventional standards of male beauty, tallness is a defining feature of an attractive, dateable man. You see this on dating apps all the time, with women having height requirements (e.g. “no guys under 6' please) and guys routinely lying about their height on these apps to appear more attractive. If men fat shame, it’s widely considered to be reprehensible and chauvinistic. But sizeism or heightism — with women holding prejudices about shortness (a physical aspect which, unlike weight, can’t be changed) — seems perfectly acceptable. …


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At some point, most of us have been in a situation where we’ve needed (or at least wanted) a little extra money to get over a hump. If you haven’t been in that situation, then you should absolutely contact us about ways to sponsor BlakeWrites.

For those of us who have been in the position where some extra cash would be beneficial, it’s not uncommon to turn to our friend the Internet and do a quick search. …


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Go ahead and shake off the discomfort. So many guys are uncomfortable discussing prostates. All too often, it evokes uncomfortable thoughts of placing your elbows on the doctor’s table while someone who was once just your doctor becomes something very different in your mind. Perhaps you even had a John Mulaney kind of experience having your prostate checked that ultimately turned out to be comical, if not humiliating.

But the thing is, guys need to think more about prostate health. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. Approximately 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. And cancer isn’t the only thing that you need to be mindful of when it comes to your prostate. …


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I have no qualms talking about my experience with depression. I started seeing a therapist when I was sixteen and started taking anti-depressants at 24. At this point in my life, my depression is just something I live with and I’m at a point where it typically doesn’t get in my way too badly. Thanks to my medication, routine, diet, exercise regimen, and sleep schedule depression has become akin to something I write about rather than experience.

At least, that’s how it is most days. One of the really-truly-very-great things about depression is that you never really know when your depression is going to cause problems. …


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As soon as I started freelancing and social media’s algorithms picked up on it, I started seeing a very specific type of ad. You’ve probably seen these too.

They generally feature a young man in his mid to late twenties. He has a sharp jawline, he’s well-dressed, and either sitting in an exotic sports car or looking out the window of a high-rise loft. You’ve never heard of him, but he has thousands of followers online and (allegedly) makes tens of thousands of dollars each month from some online hustle. …

About

M. Blake Reichenbach

I’m the owner and managing editor for BlakeWrites, an inclusive men's magazine and community. Check us out at www.blakewrites.com

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