Adulting Author Kelly Williams Brown

Interview with Kelly Williams Brown of ‘How to Become a Grown-Up in 387 Easy(ish) Steps’

Adulting Author Kelly Williams BrownAdulting is an awesome blog that will help you to become an adult in 387 easy(ish) steps!  The blog is written by Kelly Williams Brown, a self proclaimed irresponsible reporter living in Oregon, trying to become to an adult herself. Kelly dishes out great advice all with a healthy dose of humor ranging from how to take care of your basic human needs (you would be surprised how difficult it is for us pre-adults to stay alive) to more delicate topics, such as discussing politics with friends and how not to look like a slut at work.

Adulting is full of wonderful tips on how to “act like an adult even if you don’t feel like one” along with some helpful charts and illustrations. If you have any question as to why we picked Adulting to feature, go check out the Questions and Answers page on the Adulting site to experience a condensed dose of Kelly’s quirky goodness. Kelly’s explanations for what makes her qualified to blog about the scariness that is adulthood, why you should take her advice, and what will happen if you follow her steps will have you convinced in no time that you will want to read every last bit of what she has to say… and not only can you do so on her blog, but also when her book comes out!

The Daily Quirk: Please tell our readers a little about yourself…

Kelly Williams Brown: I’m Kelly Williams Brown. I am a writer who has red hair and those two facts, I feel like, inform a lot of my existence. I am trying to be a grown-up, and am writing a book where I interview lots of capable adults and ask them what their secrets are. I live in Oregon, I like my cat and my boyfriend and Haribo gummies of all types.

TDQ: Is there anything about you that you would deem “quirky”?

KWB: Oh my God, sometimes I feel like a collection of quirks that has been bonded and compressed into a human being. Let’s see. I collect horrible board games, like Codependency: The Game and The Ungame (sample question: Say something about earthquakes). I have a rare gift for naming pets (recent hits include Gen. Pershing, Marigny Treme Brown-Gervais and Miss Texas 1972). I was the first person to shop at the Salem, Ore. Trader Joe’s and I mention that every time I go in the store. I could go on, but ugh.

The Late-Night Worry Game by Kelly Williams Brown

The Late-Night Worry Game by Kelly Williams Brown

TDQ: When did you start your blog, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 387 Easy(ish) Steps and what inspired you to start?

KWB: I’ve be writing Adulting since mid-July 2011.  I’m a writer, and I first thought of Adulting as a book concept, but I thought it would be a great idea to see if anyone besides me was interested in the topic and also to make sure I was writing daily. I’ve been so, so lucky to have ended up with the greatest readers.

TDQ: How did you come up with the name for your blog?

KWB: I tend to make nouns into gerunds pretty often (bridesmaiding, desking, souping) and it struck me one day that yes, an adult is technically something you are, but I think more importantly it’s something you do, an active process. Hence, adulting.

TDQ: How would you describe the feel of your blog in ten words of less?

KWB: Self-conscious but with a heart of gold. Funny … sometimes.

TDQ: What do you look for when creating a post?

KWB: I have a little Post-It by my computer that says, “STOP! Is this:

• Smart?

• Helpful?

• Funny?

• True?

And that seems to be a pretty good guideline for what I want Adulting and my writing in general to be. Also, it should be said that I don’t mean “true” as in “not a fabrication.” I’m a journalist and would never make anything up. I mean it more in the, “is this resonant? Does this speak to what it means to be young? Am I putting up a façade that’s about ego instead of usefulness? Am I being as honest with the reader as I can be while still maintaining my boundaries?”

The Daily Quirk would like to thank Kelly for taking the time to share a little about herself and her blog with us! We cannot wait till her book comes out, but in the mean time go check out Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 387 Easy(ish) Steps for yourself to see what all the fuss is about!


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