It’s definitely a real pleasure to introduce to you, Mara, the thoughtful author of Welcome to Adulthood: the complete guide to being a grown up. Adulthood is a blog dedicated to “celebrating and commiserating adulthood”, and what isn’t to love about that? Here, you can “reclaim adulthood as a movement and an exploration”.
How your blog was born?
Adulthood is sometimes a challenge. In a very dark moment in 2009, I searched the Internet for ruminations on adulthood. I was hoping for a word, a voice, a shared experience — something tangible I could use as a tool to help me process what I was going through at the time. While I found some interesting sites, what I didn’t find was a community of thinkers, of writers, of bloggers, who explore the complexities (and joys!) of, specifically, adulthood. So, that very day, I started Welcome to Adulthood as a space for meaningful discourse to celebrate and commiserate adulthood. Two years later it has grown into quite a special little community!
What can readers expect when they visit your blog?
I think it is safe to say readers can expect thoughtful posts (also from many guest bloggers) on a variety of topics about adulthood –anything from relationships, to home ownership, to career changes, to death and dying. Welcome to Adulthood is a community dedicated to exploring and archiving adulthood. How has our life changed us? What is important to us? What do we cherish? What defines us? What do we like to do for fun? What have been our great adventures and our great trials? How do we deal with our life’s transitions and rites of passage? How do we celebrate? How do we mourn? How do we love? We all learn from each other! I think readers will find the content both thoughtful and fun.
I love the “we’s” in your navigation bar. Tell us about them.
I think of those “we’s” as kind of the hallmarks of adulthood: We Live, We Love, We Lose, We Work, We Play, We Learn. These are the universal themes that propel us forward as adults — they give us purpose and perspective, fill our hearts with gratitude and love, and provide a silver lining during the hardest hours. Within each category, readers can dig a little deeper into “sub-themes.” I tried to organize every aspect of the blog, down to the very navigation bar, to be really true to the mission of exploring this crazy thing called “Adulthood” in a meaningful way. I hope I have succeeded!
What won’t you blog about?
I went to Bloggy Boot Camp in Phoenix in 2010 and a speaker at the conference said something that I’ll never forget: “There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and that you will post something online that you regret.” Part of adulthood is having the power to recognize the impact that our words and actions have on ourselves and others. I recently went through a traumatic break-up, but I didn’t say very much about the person specifically on my blog. Now that I am single, sometimes I blog about dating, but even if I have a terrible date (or a reaaaallly good one, if you know what I mean), I don’t write about the specifics. Instead, I focus on all the small lessons that I learn from each new experience and each new person I meet.
How have you benefited from blogging?
Blogging is one of the great joys of adulthood for me thus far! It certainly hasn’t been easy balancing graduate school and full time work with blogging, but I try my best, and I am proud of myself and proud of the little collective-blogging-brain that Welcome to Adulthood has become! It also goes without saying that blogging has introduced me to so many other great blogs. Blogging is an awesome community, and I have had the opportunity to talk to and learn from so many really amazing, smart, and talented people (like the SITStahs!) Thank you all so much for visiting my little-blog-that-could!
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