After nearly three years Ferdinand is hanging it up. He has been an organizing force in the manosphere and the larger sphere which he describes as the “alternative blogosphere”. As with most bloggers in the sphere, I am grateful to Ferdinand for the crucial help he provided driving awareness of my blog in the early stages. Just as I was starting to hit my stride Ferdinand graciously began prominently linking to my best posts each week. Sundays were something I looked forward to, wondering which posts Ferdinand would link and how much traffic would follow. As my blog grew he continued to modify his rotation, doing the same for other promising bloggers who needed the awareness more than I did.
I have no idea how he managed to read all of the blogs on such diverse topics as he did. If you have ever reviewed his weekly link roundups, you know what I mean. Given the inherent contradictions, Ferdinand didn’t focus on blogs he agreed with, but on blogs which he thought were making interesting and valuable points.
Ferdinand was also willing to help upstarts such as myself when we asked for help. He has been in my eyes the unofficial godfather of the manosphere. Both times I asked for his help he provided the visibility that only he could deliver. The first time I asked was for help exposing Match.com’s sale of divorce to middle aged women. The second time I asked was for help exposing the Christian tendency to excuse wife initiated divorce.
Thank you Ferdinand, and good luck on your future ventures.