I first “met” Nate when he wrote to me about advice on buying bras for gynecomastia, and he has been wonderful at reporting feedback on bras and products he has tested, which in turn helps me give quality advice to other men. When I heard he wanted to start a blog addressing bra buying from the male perspective, specifically for men suffering from this increasingly common medical condition, I was excited. The female bra blogging world has become increasingly diverse with bloggers of all shapes and sizes weighing on what bras work for them and why, but the male blogosphere is pretty barren. Outside of the fabulous Braberliner who has also written extensively, I am hard-pressed to think of others, and I think it’s wonderful to see more perspectives available to men and women alike who are interested in learning more about bras. A few weeks ago, he interviewed me for his blog, and I thought turnabout was fair play. So, let’s learn a little more about The Bra Guy, aka Nate!
Name of your Blog: The Bra Guy
A brief introduction from Nate: Hello There, I’m Nate and the creator of the blog, “The Bra Guy”. I write about Bra’s from a Male Perspective. I started this blog after developing Gynecomastia. For anyone who does not know, Gynecomastia, is a medical condition that causes the male breasts to enlarge.
What made you decide to write The Bra Guy? What did you hope to accomplish? Do you feel like you are making progress?
I started “The Bra Guy” because I wanted to give a voice to the men who chooses to wear a Bra, in the lingerie industry, and also as a way to cope with my Gynecomastia. I hoping to share my experiences and allow others to learn my mistakes/trail and errors. My blog is still a baby, so it’s too soon to tell if its making progress.
What mistakes, if any, have you made in the past?
My biggest mistake, is probably not accepting my Gynecomastia and the wearing of a Bra for support sooner. I struggle with the discomfort and pain for too long, and it did not do anything good for my health.
What are you plans for the future? How do you hope to achieve them?
I’m hoping to expand the blog by doing reviews of books related to Bra’s and Lingerie. I also plan on doing reviews on Bra’s themselves. I’m currently working on a review of the Coobie Bra which I recently purchased. I hope I can do more collaborations and interviews with other bloggers.
In what ways does your blog stand out from the crowd?
It’s unique, as every blog is. However, I’m offering a fresh and male-centric perspective on Bra’s, which is a rarity in it’s own right.
What advice would you offer someone considering entering blogging?
Write about what you know, if you’re passionate about something, write about it. A good blog will have a writer who is knowledgeable and passionate about their writings. If you have that, everything else will fall into place.
Have you ever received criticism from readers? If so, what did they say, and how did you address it? Did you feel it was legitimate?
Since my blog is so new, I have not received any criticism yet from my readers, which I’m sure will come in the not too distant future. I will respect other people’s opinion, I might not agree with them , but I’ll respect their opinion. What I feel and believe will not always work for you.
What do you think is the hardest part of blogging? How have you coped with it?
Keeping the blog fresh, like with any blog, stale content will kill it. I don’t try to overwork myself with the blog, I try to post at least a little something, once a week. Even it’s just sharing a funny youtube video, at the very least, it keeps your content fresh.
What are your favorite posts that you have written? Why?
My favorite posts are interviews. A interview of another blogger, or anybody related to the industry brings a fresh and dynamic perspective on things. It gives your readers another opinion or viewpoint that they may not see otherwise.
What’s something you hope to change or wish you could change about the industry or your blog?
I want to start a fresh conversation on Men who wear Bra’s, the industry continues seeing this only as a fetish, which is not always the case. Men are choosing to wear bra’s for the same reason as Women, comfort and support. I would like to see industry cater more towards this market, it’s happening in some aspects, but it’s not really what we need.
What has had the biggest impact (positive and/or negative) on your blog?
Your Blog has been the biggest impact on my blog. Since your posts to social media about my interview on you. My twitter followers have increased along with blog comments, and visitors. Thank You for your help!
And now for something totally different . . .
Please share your favorite recipe.
My mother has all my favorite recipe’s and she is not the sharing type!
What’s one of your secret talents?
I love building my own computers.
What have you bought recently that you absolutely loved?
The newly redesigned Fabulous Push Up Bra from Victoria’s Secret. It has become my favorite bra. Without giving to much away, because I’m going to do a review on my blog, for me it has great comfort and support.
How do you like to unwind after a tough day?
Playing Simcity 4, it’s an oldie but a goodie.
Favorite Youtube video of all time?
I love inspirational videos, especially the one I shared on my blog from Tyrese Gibson speaking to his daughter. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch it.
Guilty entertainment pleasure?
Huge Netflix fan, love to stream their original series like “House of Cards” and their new one “Daredevil”.
Would you consider yourself more of an extrovert or an introvert?
I can sometimes be both. There are times when I love spending time with other people especially family and friends. However, sometimes it’s good to get away and be by yourself.
Do you prefer movies or TV series (and books do not count as an answer!)?
I love and enjoy both movies and TV series. However, I do enjoy and prefer a good TV series. I just love the ever changing and evolution of the story and characters, you simply cant get in a 2 hour movie.
The secret to happiness is . . .
Being and loving yourself, don’t change who you are as a person for other people’s sake. Don’t let others dictate how you feel about your body or you.
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