Today, GenTwenty turns four. It seems crazy to even type that out. Four and a half years ago, GenTwenty was just an idea I had. It didn’t have a name yet, or website or any social media accounts. I didn’t have any long term plans or goals. I just knew I wanted to create something that would be useful, comforting, and fun for twenty-somethings.

By the way, if we haven’t met yet — hi, I’m Nicole, Editor-in-Chief here at G20:

(Enjoy this awkward Boomerang outtake. I was just trying to catch some natural lighting without wind or rain. #SeattleProblems. No such luck. ?)

On March 1st 2013, we (my fellow co-founder, Gina Kirby, and I) published our first two blog posts: Why You (Sometimes) Have To Accept a Job You’re Just Not That Into and Wedding Aisle Ready. Since then, we’ve grown quite a bit. Our team grew to five in the spring of 2013, and in mid-2013, Gina and I parted ways when she started a dream job in social media and I took over G20 full-time. GenTwenty went through a visual rebrand in 2015, started a book club (that has since turned into a series on the site – G20Reads), hosted our own Twitter chat (#G20Chat), launched our Resource Library, and have hit countless other milestones including:

  • 1,924 blog posts (481 posts on average every year)
  • More than 100 total contributors
  • Over 2 million page views & counting
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While I’m proud of everything we have achieved, I realized something incredibly significant:

None of this would matter without you.

GenTwenty has always been about being a practical resource for twenty-somethings. In our twenties, we are going through such a powerful transition between adolescence and adulthood. Our twenty-something decade has stark differences from previous generations. Life isn’t as simple as it used to be. Did you know that the word “teenager” wasn’t used and recognized until the 1940s? What we know now as our teen years didn’t even exist 100 years ago.

The times are changing, the milestones are shifting, and our political and economic climates are turbulent, making adulthood more confusing than ever before.

I could share the things I’ve learned about business and blogging so far, but mostly I just want to shed light on how important our community is. Community is the best and most worthwhile aspect of this space.

I’ve met some incredibly amazing people–bloggers, writers, and readers–through what we’ve made here.

Thank you for being part of the GenTwenty community. Thank you for making it a safe and productive space.

I am so grateful for every word written for our blog, every like, comment, and share, every email, every story. We are making a difference with every person who feels a little less alone, a little more decisive, and more confident.

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I want to say thank you to everyone who supports GenTwenty, our mission, and our work. To each one of you willing to make your twenties count.

Like I wrote in GenTwenty’s first birthday post,

GenTwenty is and always has been for our readers. We aim to give twenty-somethings a place to read and write about the things that matter to us. It’s no secret that today’s twenty-somethings are facing very different  political, social, economic, and cultural landscapes than previous generations. We are bombarded with mixed messages ranging from “you’re an adult, take care of yourself” to “you’re too young to understand.” At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else says because we are all trying our best and, most importantly, we are all in this together.

Four years has gone by in a flash. I am reaching my late twenties now, with not many of my twenty-something years left, I’m excited to see where this journey takes me. For the future, our content will continue to grow and reflect each personal journey that our team is on, ranging from starting college in their early twenties to turning thirty and embracing the next decade of life. Our twenties are such an exciting, special decade. And I, for one, am glad we can all be here for each other during these 10 years.

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Happy 4th Birthday, GenTwenty.