About This Gen X Blog
Hello, my name is Jennifer, a.k.a. Jen X. I started this Gen X blog in 2007 or maybe it was 2008. I can’t really remember! Every year, traffic has grown, and today, about 119,000 people visit every month. Another 4,000 people subscribe to my monthly newsletter. I am grateful for every visit and every opportunity I have to make a difference in the lives of people.
Here is a recent picture of me so you know who you’re dealing with. Please take note of all the books — the kind with spines! — and the laundry basket in the background. Also, I’m wearing a dress from Old Navy that cost $12.99. Already, you’ve learned a lot about me. =)
This blog is devoted to understanding and explaining the journey of Generation X, the 13th generation of Americans born between 1961 and 1981. You can read a lot more about me here, but I’m sure you’re more interested in reading about Generation X.
What You Will Find Here
In contrast to obscene click-bait and paid posts that have invaded the Blogosphere, this blog remains an uncommon collection of commentaries and memoirs. Posts also cover news and current events; history and nostalgia and reflections on faith and motherhood.
There are also a lot of pretty pictures to see.
I collect old snapshots, faded photographs and 35 mm slides, which I love to share with readers. I have relatively few pictures from my youth and childhood, so I’m always looking to find myself — or at least my experiences — in other peoples’ photos. I cherish high-quality images of Generation X. For me, there will never be enough, for they exquisitely tell the story of our days and times. They contribute to this archive, which now represents about a decade of my life’s work.
“Who knows only his own generation remains always a child.” –Norlin
I primarily write about Generation X, but I also write about other generations, especially Generation Y (Millennials) and Generation Z. I have kids in both generations, so I like to learn about them.
More than 2,000 posts are “filed under” one or two categories and up to four tags. To find useful content, check out:
What Do Other People Say About This Blog?
Here are some tweets from people talking about my blog. This first one is from Howe. As you can imagine, it made my day. He’s one of the 10 people on my dream dinner party guest list.
@_jenniferjames I totally LOVE your website. Props to your Judy Bloom allusion. 5 syllables is a lot for a gen name. But omg u take me back.
— Neil Howe (@HoweGeneration) July 5, 2016
— CallTheMarketingGuy (@OurMarketingGuy) February 20, 2015
— Melissa Llarena (@CareerOutcomes) December 9, 2012
— Benny Jacobs (@BennyJacobs) October 4, 2010
@_jenniferjames LOVE your piece, your list, your perspective!
— Erin Mantz (@ErinMantz) October 26, 2016
— Kara Bachman (@80sMomKara) August 22, 2016
— Kelly Ballard (@MrsBulldogRev) October 7, 2016
— sarahp (@sarahs_p) April 4, 2016
@_jenniferjames Good to meet you! You live in OKC? I am a student in Bricktown! I just read a bit of your blog. I love it. Great writer.
— Amy Watkins (@awattykins) February 13, 2013
— I AM FRIDAY (@1FridayAtATime) May 17, 2012
Why I Write About Generation X
I started writing about Generation X as a way to bear witness to my own life experiences. My latchkey days. My teenage wasteland. I needed to write about the things I survived in my childhood and youth, so they would no longer have power over me. I wanted to shine a light on the dark shadows I pedaled through on my little banana seat bike on my way to the big rocket slide.
It was red, white and blue, but I couldn’t pedal fast enough. And, I was just one of millions in a generation full of under-protected children.
The celebrated writer and historian Neil Howe said that Generation X grew up during the most anti-child phase in modern history. Later, Tammy Erickson, author of What Next Gen X?, said Gen-Xers were the world’s most devoted parents. I feel I owe them both a debt of gratitude.
I hope my beloved children can forgive me for my devotion. For the latchkey years that produced these helicopter days. I’ve wanted only to preserve their innocence. That precious-glorious time in life known as childhood — when the damp forest floor of life is not lit by fear, but by fairies with gossamer wings.
So, I found my voice in writing about Generation X. Not as a celebrated historian (although I do – uh-um – have a degree in history), but as someone who lived through it.
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You…
Contributor – Chloe Koffas
Chloe Koffas, blogger at Light From A Pixel, contributes posts from time to time. Born in 1975, she’s a mid-to-late wave Xer. Check out Chloe’s profile. She’s a great writer and I’m so grateful for her contributions and perspective!
The Generation X Newsletter
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Thank you, again, for stopping by the Gen X blog!