Honest measuring, or how I just lost 1/4"
At some point, measuring the morning wood struck me as a sensible way to keep track of progress (or lack thereof). Unable to think of any credible explanation to my wife for a ruler at my bedside (other than the truth, and let’s not go there), I discreetly marked the binding of a paperback book at 7-1/2”, which I was getting pretty close to by the ruler (and am now past, by the ruler).
Lo and behold, the “book” measurement was significantly shorter! (At least I was still over 7 ;-)
Finally I did some comparisons, and realized that the only way I could get the same “honest” measurement with a ruler involved holding it halfway between vertical and horizontal - in other words, not flat on the top, where it sinks under the pubic bone (but is still bone-pressed), and not on the side, where I couldn’t read it.
My thought is to change my site to advise “two-step” measurement - mark a book (or 2x4 ;-), measure the book; mark a string, measure the string. You can’t really jigger “book” measurements by pressing harder, but you can get aggressive with the ruler and add a few millimeters. And with the book you don’t have the numbers staring back at you while measuring.
(Yeah, I know this puts my measurements at odds with everyone else using rulers, but doesn’t this make sense? I mean, is your goal to compare yourself that precisely with everyone else — or rather establish a reliable way to see your own gains?)