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June 4, 2013
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I’ve written 800 posts on this here blog. Well, technically I’ve written 799 and am currently writing the 800th.

I’m sure there are other things I’ve done 800 times in my life (bought a coffee? pretended to understand baseball? tried to make orange-red lipstick work?), but this feels like it might be the most significant. Maybe it’s because I have a visual account of it all? Or maybe it’s because very soon – two months from Friday, to be exact – I’m not going to be a 20-Nothing anymore. This blog won’t get to 900 posts (unless I get super aggressive between now and August 7th, which isn’t going to happen because I have to spend 50% of my day looking at wedding blogs).

I’ve written about the fact that this little blogger page changed my life ad nauseam. It has completely and entirely (sorry, one last time), but that wasn’t the point going in, and it’s the last thing I want to focus on going out. The point was always to talk about surviving our 20s – or, rather, for me to talk about us surviving our 20s and for that to somehow/maybe/hopefully help you.

And so at post #800 I can’t stop wondering what I missed – not in a “woe is me I’ll never get to everything” but in a “how should I be spending the last eight weeks of twice-weekly writing?” Are there topics I didn’t cover that are too endemic to 20-something life to miss? Are there stories to tell that would be helpful to people still in the thick of it? What would be more interesting than ramblings about being engaged?

So here’s what I’ve decided to do. Between now and my 30th birthday I’m going to write one extra post per week on a topic I feel like I must cover before I cross over to the dark side. If you’d like to help pick those topics, AWESOME. E-mail your ideas as 20Nothings@gmail.com. Otherwise I’ll just continue on in the vein pursuit of writing what I think matters most.

And with this one extra post a week we’ll get to exactly 830 posts by the time I turn 30. Feels just right.

Now please excuse me while I read through all 800 to figure out what’s missing.

And, as always, thank you for reading, no matter how many of the 800 you’ve read.

7 comments

  1. Just wanted to say thank you. In case things get busy and somehow all the time between now and your last post slips by…

    I first started following here nearly four years ago, when I was signed off work for a month, living at my parents’ house, and desperate to get better! At the time it was as much as I could do to lie in bed and read your posts. They were hopeful and energetic, and that was helpful.

    So somehow, now – when being unwell is almost a distant memory, when my days are active and jam-packed, and the limits of each day is far broader – your posts have been a reminder to me of how far I have come. And the hope and energy is still there in your writing.

    Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your engagement and on your flourishing career! And best of luck for your 30-Nothing stretch… and beyond!

    Sophie

  2. I’ve loved reading your blog over the years. For your final posts, I’d be interested in reflections on making it to 30 and accomplishing all that you have. How does where you are now compare to where you thought you’d be when you started writing? Are there things you wanted to do or thought you’d do by 30 that you haven’t?

    1. Ditto to @alextalks! Your chatty posts have been incredibly comforting as I think about where I am in my (writing) career (and dating life) and I would be one of the first to subscribe to the next adventure!

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