Most men like tend to fancy themselves as reliable, able to be trusted, and able to get the job done. In order to reassure himself that he can actually get said job done, he will usually cite his frequency of being at a certain place when others expect him to be.
A man’s attendance record is often more important to him than his actual performance record. A man may fail at doing just about everything else, but about half of all men value showing up so much that they will tolerate any ineptitude in themselves so long as they know that, at the very least, they had perfect attendance. These men will often try to make up for lack of consistent talent, strength, or other measure of manhood by being consistent in the only thing they really can do, and that is arriving.
This can be misleading, because this only covers half of all men. The other half like to consider their abilities so effective and so reliable that they don’t even need to be present in order to succeed. When these men show up for something, they would like for it to be an occasion. The lower these men’s attendance while still accomplishing their goals, the more satisfied they are at their success. This is not to mention the time they save by not showing up can be spent on other priorities, like working on their jump shot, or naps.
Whatever the case, any man that you run into almost certainly thinks he is reliable and will reference his attendance somehow to prove it. If you let him know that he is unreliable because of his attendance rate, he will almost always argue that he is reliable because of the exact same attendance rate, so the best bet is to just tell him that he is doing a good job at the kind he is failing at. If you’re lucky, he will get confused and try to excel at both, which, when done right, is what you probably want anyway.
When it comes to expressing their personalities, men like to go for the biggest bang for the buck, and there isn’t a place that he can get a bigger bang than Facebook. While he could use his Facebook status message or notes to express himself, it generally won’t convey that man’s sense of who thinks he is very well, unless he feels he is exceptionally good at writing. For everyone else, the profile picture is their best bet.
There are several ways that a man will use his profile picture to express himself. The first will be to show that he owns something. This is used most frequently with women. If a man feels his relationship with a woman is strong enough and that she is pretty enough, he will include her in his profile picture to show his fellow men that he has a girlfriend, and is thus better than those who don’t have women in their profile pictures. If a woman is not an option, he can use a picture with something he owns that he particularly likes, such as a car or alcohol.
The level of silliness is also an important part of the profile picture. The more silly a man acts in his profile picture, the more secure he wants you to think that he is. This picture, however, is almost always taken posed, and then chosen specifically by the man as the defining picture that you will see when you enter his Facebook page, or when he writes on your Funwall. By choosing a silly picture, he can communicate that he doesn’t really care what you think of him, which is exactly what every guy wants everyone around him to think. This is because real men don’t care what others think, unless it’s that he has a pretty girlfriend or that he doesn’t need anyone’s approval to be secure.
Men take pride in getting comments. Especially about their blogs. Getting commented on his blog lets a man tell himself that he had something interesting to say, and that others agree that it was pretty interesting. He will then go on to be assured that, since others think that what he has to say is interesting, he is himself, in fact, interesting.
Usually, however, men are not content with just one or two comments. A post with so few comments usually means that only a few people find him interesting, and those one or two people are probably the wrong kinds of people, the kind who think that well near everything is interesting. The man receiving these comments will usually wait a couple of days after getting them to blog again, hoping that the ticker will go up a couple notches before he moves on.
A man receiving zero comments on his blog will have his pride hurt fairly deeply, and might stop blogging entirely. Or he might start a new blog, hoping to attract others with a facade of newness, when really he is saying the same things he was saying in his last blog.
If you’re looking for a magic number of comments a man will be content with, the correct answer is two more than he currently has. Then he will temporarily be pretty satisfied with his writing.