It began with the heartfelt desire to communicate to the world that beards should not only be accepted, they should be appreciated and encouraged. This also included the objective of providing would-be beard growers with useful beard-growing information, inspiration, and support.
Building strength through numbers, the idea was to get as many men as possible to grow their beards. The more beards there are, the more common a sight they become. Over time, this leads to greater acceptance of beards as “normal”. And the more acceptance beards gain, pervasive anti-beard bias begins to subside more and more.
It is deeply gratifying to know that all about beards has encouraged thousands of men all around the world to grow their beards. Even though not all have kept their beards, each one counts as a victory because at least they all got to experience what it is like to grow your beard and be a bearded man. It is also gratifying to hear from these newly-bearded men how proud they are of their beards and how great they feel about themselves with their beards.
Just as important as encouraging men to grow their beards has been providing them with the information needed to grow their beards properly and to avoid common beard-ruining mistakes. Whenever I see a man in the beginning phase of growing a beard who has already badly misshapen the nascent beard, I am reminded that the site’s information on how to properly grow a beard still needs to spread further.
All about beards launched on the worldwide web twenty years ago today on January 17, 1996. It started out on AOL member web space where it began to grow and thrive. The original URL, now-defunct, was http://members.aol.com/beardguy . All about beards moved to its new permanent home at beards.org on January 20, 2005. To this day, all about beards continues to use the original firstname.lastname@example.org email address for regular correspondence.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all of the site’s loyal friends, supporters, and contributors. Thanks for bearing with me as the site is going through some more growing pains. The plan is for all about beards to keep growing and get better and better.
If after twenty years of all about beards you have not yet grown your beard, what are you waiting for? all about beards guide to growing a beard! Maybe a great beard is just what you need this year.
This post is illustrated with sample photos from another beard growth progress photo shoot with Chris a few days ago. Chris’ amazing beard growth is just getting started and is making fast progress. Click on any photo to see a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.