Maybe you heard the news today that Psych Central, brainchild of Dr. John Grohol, will now be in the hands of Healthline. Dr. Grohol has been devoted to this site for the past quarter century and has built it into something wonderful.
In October of 2011, Dr. Grohol invited me to write this Single at Heart blog for Psych Central. It was such a thrill and an honor to be asked. I’ve written two blog posts a week, occasionally more than that, ever since. That’s close to 2,000 blog posts.
As is true of all of my writings about single life, I talk about every aspect of single life except dating or other attempts to escape being single. I like to celebrate single people who live their single lives fully, joyfully, and unapologetically. I’m a social scientist, so I also like to back my claims with evidence.
A great perk of writing the Single at Heart blog is that I have had the opportunity to publish guest posts from a wide variety of other people. We single people are quite diverse, and my own experience is limited. I’ve loved amplifying other voices.
I don’t know for sure what the future of this Single at Heart blog will be with Healthline. I sure hope it continues, and in much the same way as it always has! You may have seen a lot of posts from me today. I had them saved up for the rest of the month, but I just published them all now in case things are in flux for the next few weeks.
I also don’t know when the transition will take place or what Psych Central will look like in the interim. But you can still find lots to read about single life, from an affirming and often research-based perspective. I have been organizing my writings from this blog and elsewhere into a collection of topics about single life. The link to the entire collection is here. Below are all the different topics you will find at that page.
Thank you to everyone who has been reading the Single at Heart blog for the past nine years. I have greatly appreciated your interest and your thoughtful and gracious comments. I hope this is the start of the next chapter of this blog and not the end of anything.
Myth-Busting about Single Life
PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL HEALTH Getting married and (not) getting healthy
RELATIONSHIPS, ATTACHMENT, CAREGIVING, VOLUNTEERING Single people are caring, connected, attached, and unselfish
SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES Single parents and their children: Don’t believe the prophesies of doom
SEX Getting married and (not) getting sex (and other sex-relevant topics)
MONEY Getting married and getting more money (and other articles about the economics of single life)
COLLECTION OF CRITIQUES What’s wrong with studies and claims about the supposed benefits of marriage?
How we live now
The best of single life
Some basics about single life
Demographics (number of singles, age when people marry, rates of divorce and remarriage, etc., and what it all means)
Gender differences (in living single, marrying, divorcing, remarrying, bereavement, living alone, and living apart together)
Single men (separate category because so much writing about singles is about single women)
Singlism and matrimania, and why we need advocacy for single people
Singles in different domains and different places
Housing (buying homes, housing discrimination, living arrangements)
Popular culture and beyond (TV, movies, magazines, literature, the arts, opera, etc.)
We need to rethink these matters
Holidays (including single people’s celebrations of the milestones in their lives)