First, thank you for reading GY20R.
Not just because it makes me feel popular, but because it reminds me that there are twentysomethings in the world who reject the cultural pressure to continue being a child. It reminds me that there are twentysomethings pushing against our culture’s dialog that you and I are supposed to spend our days online shopping, sleeping around, and never taking a risk for a cause bigger than ourselves. Just by clicking on this article, it reminds me that there are twentysomethings who want more than an inward-focused pursuit of short-lived pleasure for the rest of their life.
So—above all—thanks for seeking to get your twenties right.
Second, thanks for your willingness (hopefully) to do one or two random acts of internet kindness for this blog.
Like most things in life, there are some easy things that you can do that will have a little bit of impact and there are some hard things that you can do that will have a little bit more impact. Both are important. And you are at a very specific place on the boredom vs. busyness spectrum right now. I don’t expect many to do hard things. It would be cool enough if a few people did the easy things.
5 Easy Things
Bookmark GY20R (Ctrl+D)
Literally the easiest thing that you can do to help this blog thrive is to keep reading it. If this is a blog that you like, please come back. You can remind yourself to come back by typing Ctrl+D (Command+D for Mac) right now. Right right now. It’ll bookmark the site on your browser and be a lovely reminder to come back.
Sign Up For The Newsletter
Because coming back and reading more articles is so important for the site (what bloggers call “traffic”), GY20R has an email newsletter. Its purpose isn’t to sell you things or bug you incessantly. It’s meant to be a reminder to come back.
And because you’re an adult and not a six-year-old who has forgotten to brush his teeth, I don’t think that you need to be reminded every 10 minutes. I think that you deserve to get a quality email every few weeks that you enjoy reading every single time.
So scroll to the very bottom of the page (or click here) and sign up. I promise that it will be good every time.
Like The Facebook Page
Facebook has done a lot of great things to help people find and sustain community, even though it’s usually a huge waste of time that makes me feel super insecure.
But you know what’s not a huge waste of time and will never make you feel insecure? Our Facebook page.
Why join the Facebook page? It’s all about street cred. If there are 5,000 people that like GY20R on Facebook, it becomes socially acceptable to like it, as well. If my mom is the only person that likes the Facebook page, the street cred value is much lower.
Follow On The Twitter
You may not have noticed, but GY20R does not enable comments. Without going into detail why, I think that Twitter and Facebook are far better ways to engage with the content and with other readers.
So if you feel the urge to engage in discussion over something on the site, Facebook and Twitter are the place to be.
Engage On Your Favorite Social Media Platform
How does sharing articles on Facebook, Twitter, & Co. help the blog?
It’s a snowball effect thing. Social media engagement breeds more social media engagement. By sharing ideas, writing comments, using hashtags, giving shoutouts, and asking questions, you bring more people into the conversation.
The goal of GY20R is not to build a huge email list. The goal is to change our culture’s dialogue about the twentysomething decade. And that cannot happen if we do not bring people into this conversation.
So be a little counter-cultural and use social media for something bigger than Buzzfeed and cat videos.
5 Not-So-Easy Things
Email the link of an article to one friend. And then talk about it.
Social media platforms are great. But as we learned from the last Presidential election, they are a poor at shaping a positive dialogue around a complicated issue. The stories that rise to the top of the social media dung heap are stories that create fear, division, and the hero worship of self-centered celebrities.
Getting your twenties right is a conversation that cannot thrive in the realm of social media. Its only hope is to enter the world of real conversation.
So the next time you read an article that challenges you to get your twenties right, email the link to a friend/acquaintance and talk to them about it. They will appreciate an opportunity to have an adult conversation.
Stumble Upon can be an incredible way to attract new visitors. The trick is getting enough “likes” to get your content in front of the right people.
So if you’ve got two free minutes, here’s something that you can do.
- Go to Stumbleupon.com
- Create an account
- Go to GY20R’s profile page. Follow the list. You will see all of GY20R’s articles in a grid of cards.
- At the bottom of each article’s card, there is a bookmark icon. Click that. A menu will drop down that says “Choose A List.” Then, add the article to your “Likes” list. (Don’t forget to click save.)
- Do this for a few articles (that you actually like!). Don’t do it for all of them because that is spam. Please just up-vote the articles you have already read.
Side-note: An up-vote from an active user on Stumble Upon is more valuable than someone who rarely uses the site. So it helps to re-visit every so often.
Medium is a social media site for articles. It’s a pretty cool idea. Just like Stumble Upon, the more “hearts” you receive, the more your article is recommended to potential readers.
So if you’ve got another 2 minutes:
– Go to Medium.com
– Create an account
– Go to my author page. You will see my articles in reverse chronological order.
– Click the heart icon (bottom-left corner) of the articles that you have read and enjoyed.
Side-note: Like Stumble Upon, a “heart” from an active user is more valuable than one from a friend-less, profile-pic-less account. And since Medium is a great site, it’s worth spending some time there.
If you are an active Redditor (like, you have at least 150 Karma), then I would love it if you occasionally (say, once a month) posted a relevant article on a subreddit that you already frequent.
If you are not an active Redditor, don’t start an account just to post my articles. Reddit doesn’t work that way. Reddit is about trust. You need to be a consistent presence in a subreddit community before you can even attempt to promote stuff. Otherwise, Redditors will down-vote you into oblivion.
So if you’re already on Reddit, I would appreciate some love. If not, don’t worry about it.
Talk to me
My email address is matt [at] getyour20sright.com. And I want to know how you’re getting your twenties right. I want other twentysomethings to know your stories. (I’d like to have a section sharing the stories of twentysomethings striving to get their twenties right.)
I want to know what articles have helped. I want to know what topics you hope to read. I want to know what is working and what isn’t working. Because—remember—this is all about the conversation.
And I wouldn’t mind a bit of fan mail.
The Hardest Thing
Get Your 20’s Right
The hardest thing of all is the only thing that really matters: getting your twenties right.
In the grand scheme of things, this blog doesn’t matter. What matters is you. What matters is you giving yourself to work that matters. What matters is you sacrificing your life for those that don’t feel like they matter. What matters is taking responsibility for your twenties.
If there’s only one thing that you do to support this blog, make it the only thing that matters: Get Your 20’s Right.
(But seriously, it couldn’t hurt to sign up for the newsletter.)
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