Forget about midlife crisis. These days, college students and post-college graduates are suffering from a new type of anxiety called the quarter-life crisis. It’s the stress that originates from the uncertainty of becoming an adult and entering the “real world”. Does that sound like something you’re going through?
If so, you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t alone. For those of you who are in your twenties and feeling lost, check out these blogs. They’re all written for people like you and they may provide you with new perspectives and new ways to help you take control of the reins of life.
Blogs For Men
Primer Magazine has been one of my favorite blogs for a while now. We highlighted it as one of the best fashion blogs for men but you’ll find a lot more than just fashion here. Just take a look at the site’s tagline if you don’t believe me: “A Guy’s Post-College Guide to Growing Up.”
This blog covers topics ranging the entire spectrum of men’s issues: life and motivation, productivity, discipline and integrity, emotional development, romance, career development and advice, budgets and finances, life skills and hobbies, drinks and cocktails, and so much more.
If you’re a twenty-something guy and ignore this site, you have only yourself to blame.
The Art of Manliness isn’t targeted specifically for twenty-something males, but it provides a lot of insight and advice that’s applicable for men in all demographics. In fact, men in their twenties tend to gain the most from this site as we are still young enough in life that we can make significant, lasting changes.
What does it mean to be manly? Ask five different people and you’ll get ten different answers. That being said, the Art of Manliness is all about the classic definition of man: one who has class, integrity, and resolution. The blog may not be right all the time but it’s a strong resource nonetheless and definitely worth your attention.
Of the three men’s blogs listed here, the Bro Bible is certainly the shallowest in many ways. That’s not a bad thing if that’s what you want from a men-focused blog. If you want to kill a lot of time reading men-centric content, this blog is the one for you. If you want something deeper, check the two blogs listed above this one.
Don’t get me wrong though. Fantastic resources and information can be found on the Bro Bible — you’ll just find it buried beneath lots of sensational headlines and filler material. Bro Bible’s content spans various topics from life to girls, from sports to music, so all guys will at least find something of interest here.
Blogs For Women
HerCampus is the all-in-one resource for college girls and recent graduates. It proclaims to be the #1 online and offline community for college women, which is a tall claim to make but one that’s easy to believe considering the fact that HerCampus has over 4,000 contributors.
Despite being a college-focused organization, HerCampus provides a lot of advice for pre-college girls who need a bit of guidance. The rest of the blog covers various topics, like style and beauty tips, career tips, relationship tips, and more.
HerCampus is one of the largest — if not the largest — blogs for girls in college and girls in their twenties. Don’t skip out on this one!
College Candy is like a Cosmo magazine that has had its level of “crazy” dialed down by several notches. It offers a more realistic take on what you can expect from life during this period AND what others will expect from you as you live life as a twenty-something girl.
Topics covered include everything from schooling to dating, from fashion to makeup, from health to fitness, with a healthy dose of music, TV, and celebrity entertainment. Unlike Cosmo, the sex tips, career tips, and lifestyle tips are more down-to-earth and easier to digest.
Along similar lines, you may be interested in some of the best fashion blogs for women, many of which are pertinent to college.
Unlike the two blogs above, Gen Y Girl is a somewhat personal blog that’s written by sole contributor Kayla Cruz. It’s updated approximately once every two weeks — as opposed the multiple updates per day that you’d expect from HerCampus and College Candy — but each post is a good one.
Kayla Cruz is a twenty-something female who writes to share her experiences and the lessons she’s been learning. Though she isn’t a master at life, her blog comes off as deeply insightful and deeply relatable. She’ll help you find your way through your quarter-life crisis as she finds her own way through hers.
Blogs For Everyone
Despite the name, Study Hacks is NOT about study tactics for exams. It’s an informative site that focuses on evidence-based advice for living a fulfilling life during school and after graduation. Take one look at the blog and you’ll see that there are a lot of strong, thoughtful posts that may pertain to you.
The only downside is that Study Hacks only gets updated once every 1-2 weeks, but that’s to be expected when each post is as helpful as they are.
“The Voice of Generation Y.” That’s what Elite Daily claims to be, which is true for the most part if you consider that most — if not all — of their 600+ contributors are indeed Generation Y. As such, Elite Daily is the perfect place for twenty-somethings to come together and talk about various topics.
What sort of articles will you find here? Humor. Politics. Relationships. Entertainment. Sports updates. Financial advice. If you can think of it, it probably exists on Elite Daily in one form or another.
Perhaps the greatest difficulty for a twenty-something is determining a career path and pursuing the said path in the right way. If you have career-related concerns, Youtern is a wonderful resource that offers relevant tips to ease your anxiety and help you prepare for what lies ahead.
Who writes for Youtern? People from all walks of life, including college students, post-graduates, young professionals, and career experts. What kind of content will you find? Everything from networking to building a resume, from career selection to being a productive worker.
If Youtern isn’t enough, you may be interested in our very own guide to building your resume on LinkedIn, a fantastic social network for developing professional relationships.
Despite the groan-inducing name, this blog is a fantastic read. Written by humorist Paul Angone, All Groan Up’s purpose is to empower twenty-somethings and help them understand who they are as members of Generation Y.
Unlike many of the other blogs that have been mentioned, All Groan Up leans more towards the philosophical side of the spectrum. It’s more about finding your identity and discovering what it means to transition into an adult. If you want twenty-something entertainment, try those other blogs instead.
It’s not easy being a twenty-something (relatively speaking, anyway) but these aforementioned blogs will help you in many ways. Are there any other blogs out there aimed at this generation? Share them with us in the comments!
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