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HYA is on Pinterest, just like everyone else.

by Andy on February 18, 2012

hideyourarms pinterest

I joke in the title, but Pinterest is a really cool social & visual bookmarking system and I can see it being quite a lot of fun to use.

As you would expect, you can find Hide Your Arms at pinterest.com/hideyourarms, my boards are a bit sparse at the moment but they will be filled in time. I’m pinning more than just t-shirts and photo gear (yes, a lot of it is from Rigu), just generally interesting things that I see during my day on the internet.

Feel free to follow me and I’ll probably follow you back.

Of course, if you’re into the old school social media you can still connect with HYA on Twitter and Facebook.

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T-shirt news for January 24th

by Andy on January 24, 2012

cat skull t-shirt

Can you imagine if you walked into a house and there were this many cats… it would be terrifying. $10 at TeeFury today.

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I know what you’re thinking, this is just yet another t-shirt about imaginary Pinata companies, and when with this pinata meme die? Well, at least this one at Shirt.Woot is based on the 1986 film ‘Three Amigos’.

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The Muppets meet Futurama with this Hypnokermit t-shirt at RIPT today.
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Hide Your Arms is Six Years Old Today!

by Andy on January 21, 2012

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Funny how much in my life has changed because I semi-spontaneously decided to write about t-shirts and hoodies one day when I should have been studying for my exams.

Thank you very much to anyone that has ever blogged for HYA, visited the site, linked to an article, commented, advertised, followed on Twitter, liked on Facebook, anything. Anything that anyone does to help this site helps keep me behind these monitors doing something I love instead of some soul destroying job in a cubicle or outside in the cold, and I truly do appreciate it all.

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rigu competition

Sure, this is off-topic, but it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want.

My other website, a camera accessories site called Rigu is holding a little competition, and I would love it if you would enter. The competition runs from now until Friday at midnight and to enter all you have to do is follow @RiguPhoto on Twitter and send out the following tweet:

RT @RiguPhoto: Follow & RT this message before Dec. 16th to win a £10 camera accessories voucher. http://rigu.co.uk #competition

That’s all there is to it, the winner will be notified before the end of the weekend. Why are you still here? Go, tweet!

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HYA black friday 2011

In the past on HYA I have written individual posts for individual deals on Black Friday, and frankly that was a lot of work and made the blog very messy, even if it was probably better for traffic. This years I’m going to be creating a single post that I will continually edit and grow throughout the week. As I update the list I will post tweets to notify you all, and also put reminders into the daily news roundup.

Store owners, if you want to ensure that your deal is included please be sure to tweet me, leave a message on the HYA Facebook page, send an e-mail using the comment form, or use the news submission form, and it will be included, no matter how much your brand sucks, we’re going for quantity over quality this year!

I will also be duplicating the list over at ShirtDeck for companies that have released coupon codes for Black Friday, ensuring that it is as easy as possible to find t-shirt deals.

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dreamer camera strap

I’ve been talking about this new project quite openly on Twitter and Facebook over the past month or so, but things never really feel official until I’ve talked about them here on the main blog. Hide Your Arms is my passion, and it’s practically my job too, but when I say practically a job I mean that it doesn’t generate enough income to maintain my expensive lifestyle of eating one takeaway a week and swimming in cold lakes. Fortunately I like more than just t-shirts, so I thought it was time to do something else, and that’s where Rigu comes in.

Have you ever noticed that no matter what your camera looks like, the things that come with it tend to be grey or black or generally boring? I have, I have a white DSLR, clearly it’s a cry for attention, but looking at it made me wonder why there weren’t people out there selling colourful and interesting accessories for cameras. Why do we all accept that there are millions of t-shirts out there to suit your style but we have to stick with what Canon or Nikon put in the box as an afterthought?

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So instead of thinking about it I did something about it, and I’ve opened a shop selling cool and colourful camera straps and a few other accessories. The selection isn’t massive at the moment but will be steadily growing over the next few months. In time I hope that Rigu will be able to offer straps and camera bags that have been designed in collaboration with artists. That’s something that’s never been done before (as far a I know), and I am looking into making it happen, it sure is exciting to be a pioneer.

I don’t want to go on about it too much but if you have questions then you know how to get in touch with me (contact form, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, comments on this post). I of course would love to receive any and all comments about this new venture of mine, I want/need it to be big, and to do that I will be needing help and support from others. Take a look around and let me know what you think. Please note that in spite of opening this shop HYA should not be effected too much, I still intend to post just as much as usual, I believe that I can balance the two.

Check out the main shop at Rigu.
Find it on Twitter.
Like it on Facebook.
Rigu is also sharing cool photos and news on Tumblr.

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Let’s help the T-shirt Subreddit grow

by Andy on September 12, 2011

t-shirt reddit

Reddit is rapidly becoming my one of my favourite websites, if I’m bored I know exactly where to go to waste an hour, or to make sure I don’t get to sleep early, ever, and just lie in bed staring at articles and comment threads on my iPhone.

Reddit is a huge site, so I presumed that it would have an active subreddit (if you aren’t aware of Reddit, a subreddit is basically a sub-forum to the whole site) dedicated to t-shirts, yet the largest one I found had less that 100 people that had subscribed to it, and it wasn’t very active at all (there were posts on the frontpage that were over 6 months old). I think that’s a bit of a travesty as Reddit could be a great place for t-shirt lovers, sellers, and designers, so I’m trying to make a concerted effort to get the place a bit more active and hopefully boost the number of people that subscribe to it. It’s a fairly self-serving aim since if it becomes popular I will be able to get HYA content seen by more people, but I think that it’s okay to help myself if I’m helping other people too.

Please check out the Tshirt Subreddit and subscribe if you’re a member there, if you’ve never visited Reddit before, my apologies, you won’t be getting much else done today.

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new big cartel features

The HYA store is powered by the Big Cartel storefront platform, so I keep an eye on developments coming from the BC team, and this latest update is pretty nice. Previously, if you wanted to give a discount on goods you had a blanket discount of a coupon code that applied to a whole order and every item in the store. That changed last week when they introduced a few new, welcome, features:

The new discounts feature (in your admin under Promote > Discounts) gives you the ability to build a collection of unique, creative deals to reward loyal customers and entice new ones. To that end, we’ve packed this feature with a handful of highly requested goodies.
What’s new with Discounts?

Discounts now come in three flavors: percentage off, flat-rate off, and free shipping
Require customers spend a certain amount, or buy a certain number of products, before the discount can be applied
Have your discount apply to the full order, only to products in a certain category, or even just to one specific product
Give your discount a friendly name that is shown to your customers when they enter the code
Get a random code for your discount with the push of a button (or roll of the dice)
Specify a date when your discount can start being used, perfect for midnight sales or product releases
Discounts can now auto-expire after a certain number of uses, or on a certain date
You no longer need to delete discounts to expire them, and we keep a full history of your expired discounts
Quickly share discounts with your Facebook and Twitter communities

All mighty handy I’m sure you’ll agree. Now if they’d add a ‘Europe’ shipping option I’d be a happy man.

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mintees facebook page

Mintees (think of it as the Emptees replacement) are trying to get a bit more popular on Facebook, and they’re doing it the quickest way possible, with bribes!

When they hit 2,500 likes on their Facebook page they are going to give away a a month of advertising on the Mintees home page. To enter the contest for that ad space (I’m not sure of the actual value, but I imagine it couldn’t be cheap) all you have to do is send out a status update on Facebook (using the @mention function so they can track the people who entered) encouraging your friends and fans to check out the growing t-shirt community. The prize will be given out to a random person, no the person that brings in the most likes.

Here’s the Mintees post about the contest.

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hide your arms coupon code

I know that 3,000 isn’t a particularly poignant milestone, but I think that’s it’s pretty cool that there are so many people out there that are willing to click on a little box to say that they like this website I’ve been running (largely on my own) for the past five and a bit years. Thanks everyone, I truly do appreciate it.

To say thanks in a way that means something to you and not just me, I’ve set up the coupon code of AWWWYEAH that will get you 30% off in the HYA store. I’ve never publicly released a 30% off coupon code, and I can’t see myself ever releasing anything bigger than that, so now is a great opportunity to pick up Hide Your Arms goods at a their lowest prices ever. Clear me out, friends!

To keep things interesting, I’m letting you guys decide how long this coupon code will be active for. Go over to this Facebook post and give it a like, for every like that it gets I will keep the coupon alive for another day, so seven likes would give you a week to get your order in using the coupon code.

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New bloggers and new news

by Andy on August 8, 2011

exciting news at hide your arms

I’ve been quite busy since returning from my holiday in Cornwall. Aside from gaining a few new bloggers for HYA (that you will hear about in a minute), there have been a few changes to the way that Hide Your Arms looks and works.

    I installed the Disqus commenting system. This should make it easier for you to leave comments on HYA, using various profiles you already have around the web (such as with your Twitter account) or with your normal ‘name + e-mail’ input that has been used on HYA since day one. I like the style of Disqus and the way that replies to comments can be threaded. Let me know your thoughts about Disqus in the comments.
    Rewards for commenters! I really want there to be more interaction on Hide Your Arms, I get quite a lot of traffic but there doesn’t seem to be too much chatter considering how many of you there are. So, in the hopes of people sticking around and leaving more comments (and buying more stuff in the HYA store, to be honest), every time a new person leaves a comment on HYA they will be sent an e-mail giving them a coupon for 15% off in the Hide Your Arms shop. The e-mail will only be sent once, I don’t want to annoy anyone with spammy e-mails. I may think up other rewards in the future, but let’s just start with this and see how it goes.
    You’ve probably seen them already, but I have introduced some cool looking widgets in the right sidebar that help you see at a glance what has been getting people talking and what they’ve been looking at over the past week. The widgets display the most commented on posts of the last seven days (this widget only shows up if you’re looking at the front page of HYA) and the most viewed posts on HYA (this is always in the right sidebar and replaces the old popular posts widget). I think they look damn cool and hope you do too.

As mentioned earlier, I have gained a few new bloggers on HYA recently, as part of the continuing aim of helping the site grow by gaining new points of view from around the world to expose all of us to different brands and generally keep on top of new releases.

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Umang will be joining HYA in a general role, blogging about any shirts or brands that he thinks are cool. Umang has his own shirt company, which I think will help give him a good perspective on the industry and provide a fair and balanced view in his posts. Here’s a few words from the man himself:

I like to take long strolls to the liquor store and pick up a nice bottle of Irish whiskey. While indulging in a lowball glass filled to the brim, I have a tendency to think about t-shirts. As I spill some on my 4.5 oz ringspun cotton t-shirt. The stain incurred, inspires me by its expressive, Kandinsky quality and I jump on to Illustrator. I work out some designs for my tee company, Chor Bazaar. Eventually I realize the costs associated with production and the fact that t-shirt sales are down thanks to things like the recession and the debt ceiling and pour myself another glass. My other interests are too long to bore you folks but I do love graphic t-shirts and their ability to spark conversations and or controversy with strangers. Excited to be part of the HYA crew!

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Denise will also be joining HYA in a general role. Being from Singapore (and working for 9 Fountains) she will be researching emerging brands from Asia, which I think is a pretty exciting development for the site as I only know a handful of Asian brands and can’t wait to see that expand. Here’s a quick list of brands Denise is into at the moment (so that we all know she’s cool).

    9 Fountains (naturally)
    Truly Madly Deeply

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Remy is joining HYA as yep, you guessed it, a general blogger. The man is clearly a total shirt-nerd so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to be showing us. Here’s a few words from Remy:

My name is Remy Warren. I am an expat currently in South Korea. I started collecting t-shirts about four years ago as a game with my friend. Two hundred shirts and several thousand dollars later, t-shirts have become a passion. Art and design are two things that have recently become super influential in my life. Traveling around the world, having a vodka and tonic in every country, and collecting t-shirts are my top priorities for the next several years.

I have got a few more people lined up for blogging positions (all with the specific roles covering individual brands), but I’ll leave it at that for now as I haven’t sorted the bios yet. Please say hello to all the new bloggers and make them feel welcome!

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big cartel SEO

One of the compromises of using a hosted storefront like Big Cartel or Storenvy is that even though you do get some degrees of control, you’ll not be able to configure every aspect of the system the way that you would like. For a lot of people this is okay, they just want a simple storefront that they can use to sell their tees, but it does of course have a few drawbacks.

I am quite sure that Big Cartel are well set up for search engine optimisation within their system, but there are a few things you can do to further help yourself and hopefully move up the rankings in Google searches, hopefully getting you more sales in the process.

Tonka Park is a small Big Cartel Theme shop (the HYA shop actually uses one of their themes) has put together a short guide with four things that you can do to your store quite quickly and quite easily that should help your SEO almost immediately.

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Off to Cornwall, back in 2 weeks

by Andy on July 16, 2011

Andy & liz at Land's End

I know I was away last weekend too, but I’m off again and this time it is for two weeks of fun Cornwall. We are camping in our massive tent (well, massive for 2 people, it would be a bit cramped for a dozen), so obviously I won’t be lugging around a laptop (times like these I wish I had an iPad and a big solar panel) and therefore you should not expect replies to your e-mails unless they are extremely urgent as I don’t intend to be spending much time working on the blog.

I have set up a load of posts to go live throughout the next couple of weeks so that you don’t miss out on your daily HYA updates, and of course the new bloggers will be posting regularly too, so there will be plenty of new clothes for you to be lusting after as well as quite a lot of old stuff that I’m posting from my bookmarks. My tweeting will probably be at a minimu, but if you’d like to hear random updates about how nice/rainy it is on a beach feel free to follow me.

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Off to Belfast, back Monday

by Andy on July 7, 2011

and wih his awesome white camera

Quick note to let you know that I’m going to Northern Ireland for the weekend so please have even less expectation than usual for me to reply to e-mails. I’m going to have posts written up for the weekend as usual, and the new bloggers will be giving their posts as well so you should have plenty to keep you entertained.

No new site updates to tell you about (I did add some quick tags to make formatting and adding links to comments easier, but it’s barely worth mentioning), but HYAs growth is not slowing, and I will have even more bloggers to tell you about next week, hopefully.

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ZOMG IT'S NOOOOZ

Over the past few months HYA has been growing, and this is a good thing, but I am just one man, and I can’t expand the amount of hours in the day that I can sit in front of my screen typing about t-shirts and handling the surprising amount of admin that comes with running a t-shirt blog.

It hasn’t been long since HYA stepped up from having a VPS to having it’s own dedicated server in a datacenter in Los Angeles, but now we have stepped up again to a content delivery network (CDN). CDNs are essentially clusters of servers all over the world that have copies of Hide Your Arms stored on them, so if you’re in Korea and trying to access HYA you’ll get be downloading the pages from a server located in Asia, but if I try and access pages they will be downloaded from a server in Europe (London in my case). This means that when you access HYA pages will be downloaded quicker, more people will be able to visit the site at a time (which has been an issue recently, darn this popularity), and overall everyone should be happy.

As well as expanding the amount of servers powering HYA, I am also expanding the amount of people that will be writing for Hide Your Arms on a regular basis. I am and always will be the main blogger, I’m not bringing in anyone expecting them to put out the same 6+ daily posts that I do, that would be too much. The new bloggers will be adding a post or two per week, providing a different viewpoint to mine, uncovering coll brands that I have missed, and providing more in-depth analysis of brands like Threadless and Design By Humans that I write about frequently, but want to cover a lot more comprehensively. Over the past couple of years I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time as I’d like to providing photo reviews of shirts that have been sent to me, with these new bloggers coming along that have a lot of experience with t-shirts (as both producers and consumers) companies can now have their samples sent to the new bloggers for a review by someone who knows what they’re talking about, which will hopefully help HYA become the go to place for finding out how good the quality of t-shirt brands.

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Dee has been covering Threadless news on HYA for the past 3 weeks now, so you should be getting used to her posts on a Monday and Thursday providing news of all Threadless’ releases.

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Matt is a 26 year old lover of life from Philadelphia, PA. He is the Art Director for the Ropeadope Design Collective, a limited edition t-shirt line put out by Ropeadope Records. Matt is also very involved in the Philadelphia music scene. He previously booked and promoted live music at the legendary North Star Bar and currently manages a up-and-coming rock band called Carousel. Other than t-shirts and music, Matt enjoys eating out at new restaurants, trying new beers (especially those of the wheat variety), collecting dunnys, and hanging out with his 4 year old pug, Oliver.

Matt will be posting every week covering releases from Design By Humans. I’m a big Design By Humans fan but haven’t been giving them the attention they deserve, so Matt will be plugging that gap, and providing some general posts here and there too. Also, he’s from Philly, so we know that this dude’s legit.

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Abigail is from Birmingham and has a general blogging role, something of a free-reign to help expand our horizons beyond what I usually post. She is part of the Treacle Clothing team, which I think will provide a lot of good experience and knowledge for this position. I still don’t know a lot about inks and the nitty-gritty of t-shirt production, so hopefully Abigail will provide us with another perspective on the quality of a t-shirt in reviews. She is also passionate about street art and streetwear, so I’m really looking forward to what she will be blogging in the future.

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The final addition to the team (for the moment, at least) is Jeremiah, and he put together a quick bio:

Hello, my name is Jeremiah Johnson, I love t-shirts and have a large beard! ( Yes, I am painfully aware that the is a movie titled Jeremiah Johnson about a mountain man with a big beard. )
I have a Bachelors of Art – but thats a piece of paper, and nothing teaches like experience and actually trying. I am a fan of all Art in general, but t-shirts are my main love because it is Art that I can carry with me. I have worked at a local t-shirt shop for 5 plus years and have recently started to branch out on my own with ShirtCult.com All things lead back to t-shirts for me. Glad to be on board.

I was unaware of the movie, but that is pretty awesome, not as awesome as that beard, but still pretty cool. Jeremiah will also be in a general blogging role, hunting down cool shirts & sites.

Please give a hearty hello to all the new bloggers and make them welcome. If you are interested in being a blogger on HYA please leave a comment on this post (and mention a few of your favourite brands too) and I will get back to you when I get the chance.

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t-shirt blogger advice

Print-on-demand service Fibers have put together a really good guide telling their t-shirt designers (though the advice applies to anyone) about the best practises that they can use when contacting t-shirt bloggers to get their designs written about by guys like me.

The main takeaways are very sensible; have a good promo picture, write clearly and plainly making things simple for the blogger, offer them an incentive like a coupon code or maybe a free t-shirt, and don’t expect them to respond immediately, or perhaps even at all.

I should have something comprehensive like this myself and I’ll think about putting something together because I think it would be very useful. Of course, it needs to be read for it to be useful and in my experience with the submissions I receive most people just do what they want anyway and don’t necessarily follow any of the instructions on a site (my number one request is that people address me by name and it often isn’t met, so I know people are just sending out a form e-mail, and if they don’t give me that shred of respect why should I bother with their pitch?), but hopefully this information will get through to a few people.

Guide to Submitting Designs to t-shirt blogs

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andy in a wetsuit, sexyyyyy!

I don’t know how interested in my life you guys are, but as I mentioned it on Sunday I thought I would follow up with the results from my Great North Swim (which is unusual for me!).

I was pretty nervous before the swim because I don’t really compete in anything, and especially not if it’s a sport. Over the course of the weekend one man died and another remains in a serious condition in hospital after attempting the swim so it is clearly a serious undertaking (there was a lot of safety precautions taken, kayaks everywhere, helicopters, but sometimes bad things happen) but I knew I was well prepared as I had been in the lake since early April doing well over a mile, but all those times I was either on my own (with a supervisor on shore) or with my girlfriend, so it was never competitive. When I entered the water with the 200 other people in my race I honestly thought I’d be sick, adrenaline does strange things to a person! I think I went off too quickly and my arms felt a bit tired by the quarter mile mark which meant I was having to focus on them and manage them from a lot earlier than I had hoped. Despite that I did seem to still be overtaking and passing quite a lot of people and was able to get some space and swim my own race rather than be stuck in the scrum of people kicking each other (that said, I did elbow a woman in the face near the end, sorry pink goggled lady!).

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I managed to have a bit of energy left in the tank for the last couple of hundred metres when I was in front of the crowds, though I did lose a bit of time when I reached the exit ramp which was made of plastic that didn’t like my swimming socks, I had to haul myself out on my (now bruised knees). Finishing time was 40:53, slightly outside of my target of 40 minutes but still a good attempt for a first timer, which placed me 3168th our of 12579 swimmers. I had excellent support from family & friends, and I was one of two people with a banner (the announcer even gave HYA a shout out, “what’s Hide Your Arms?”), and also one of two people I saw that was crazy enough to wear a short sleeved wetsuit.

I’ll be back next year for sure, I know I can do better and I look forward to trying. Any HYA readers like getting out in the open water for a swim?

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Gone swimming, taking the day off.

by Andy on June 19, 2011

andy swimming in grasmere

I don’t know how much most of you follow my tweets (and therefore my life), but over the past few months I’ve been swimming quite a lot in training for the Great North Swim, a 1-mile open water swimming event that takes place on the longest Lake in England, Lake Windermere (which is actually a mere and not a lake, but that’s a mere technicality).

I’m not the kind of guy to enter into a race without being pushed into it, but this is something I chose to do myself just to see if I could do it (I’m not doing it for charity either, so this isn’t a plea for donations), when I first got in the pool back in September last year I was really pushing myself to finish a kilometre and if I did I felt it the next day, now I can do a mile no trouble and the only reason I stop swimming is because I have somewhere else to be, so I’m quite proud of my progress in the water. Today will kind of be the culmination of that effort (I’ll have to set myself another target for next year), so I hope you’ll forgive me for taking the day off from posting about the latest goings on in the t-shirt world.

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advertising on Hide Your Arms

As I mentioned last week the advertising here on HYA is now being handled by BuySellAds. I haven’t moved over every advertising space yet, but there are a couple of zones that have been moved over to the new platform and are now available for new advertisers to take the space.

There are 3 spaces available at $30 each for the RSS advertising. These ads go directly into the RSS feed and are seen by the 5000+ people who subscribe to Hide Your Arms by RSS every time that they view a HYA post in their feed reader.

There is 1 space available on the sidebar skyscraper position which is priced at $70 per month, which will receive an estimated 65,000 . It’s a good sized position that is well shaped for showing off your designs.

Check out HYA’s listing on BuySellAds if you’re interested in purchasing some space (but ignore the impressions statistics, with the spaces being new they aren’t right yet, HYA gets around 130,000 pageviews a month). If you have any questions drop me an e-mail or tweet and I’ll try and help out.

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hideyourarms t-shirt

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One of the things that I really get a kick out of is seeing people happy with the stuff from the HYA store that they have received, so I thought I’d show off the two latest images sent my way from happy customers. The headless lady at the top of this post is my buddy Meghan that was an intern at the same company as me when I was in Philly. See that thumbs up? It means she likes it! There are still a few ladies HYA tees available in various sizes, whereas the fellas only have the option of large left, and even then in very low numbers. I wish I could have another print run of them done but I just don’t think that there is the demand. Hopefully I’ll be able to share pictures of the new HYA shirt soon!

The lower photo is of one of the logo poster prints that I launched about a month ago. The photo comes in from Mercedes, or as you may know her, Yema Yema. It’s cool because it’s the first time I’ve seen one of them actually framed and on a wall (my set is framed, but the cheap frames I got off eBay aren’t suitable for hanging, always check eBay descriptions!). If you’re wondering, the other print comes from Sock Monkee and appears to only be available in this bundle.

I think I’m going to make this my last post until Tuesday (Britain is on holiday for the long Easter weekend, so why shouldn’t I be?). Here’s a few bits for me to nag you about before you go and enjoy the weekend too:

If you haven’t done it yet, check out ShirtDeck and post your t-shirt coupon codes (all submissions are instantly placed on the site and tweeted by @shirtdeck), it’s going along quite nicely, the database is slowly growing with coupon codes for all your favourite shops and probably some you’ve never heard of too.

Join more than 2,500 other and follow me on Twitter, this weekend I mostly expect to be complaining about traffic on Britain’s roads, how awesome my homemade ginger beer is, and maybe something about t-shirts (on a non-holiday weekend it’s mostly tees though). I’m not exactly a member of #teamfollowback but if your tweets look interesting (and English, I have nothing against foreigners, but there’s not much point me following what I can’t read) then I’ll probably follow you back.

Help inflate my ego by liking Hide Your Arms on Facebook. I post less than once a day pointing out cool HYA posts and other people’s work, so I’m not spamming you, because I hate it when brand’s over-post too.

Hide Your Arms advertising will be switching over to BuySellAds over the next couple of weeks. This will mean nothing to most of you looking at the site, the ad blocks and sizes won’t be changing, but maybe there will be new people filling them as BSA provides a much simpler platform for buying ad space than the current model that was quite time and labour intensive for me as I did it all myself. The upshot as a reader is that the site should be snappier as it will no longer be serving 25,000 ads per day, and that I should have more time to write blog posts because I will be spending less time on the advertising side of things. When it’s all setup and ready I’ll let you know so that clothing companies can check out the rates and maybe take some of the ad space or put their name on the waiting list.

Have a great weekend!

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