I decided to bite the bullet and join the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge by Problogger, hosted by the SITS girls on Blog Frog. I'm a few days late in joining up, so I have some major catching up to do! I'll really have some catching up to do the week I'm off, at the beach... I'll figure that out later. Time to concentrate on now:
The first assignment is to "create an elevator pitch" for my blog - that is, a short intro or description of my blog that lures readers in to read more.
It's time to get my RHETORIC ON!
An elevator pitch sounds easy, right? NOT so much. I started jotting down ideas on post-it notes, which lead to lots of wordplay in sloppy handwriting on half a dozen sheets of typing paper. Eventually, i wrote one that I liked.
What is your short elevator pitch?
"One big free-write about what inspires, excites, and challenges an ordinary young woman who's married into the world of academia"
Did completing this task change your blog, or change the way you think about your blog?
The process of completing this task was a very long one - much more difficult than I anticipated! After an hour or more of working with key words, I kind of found my way back to the original idea behind my blog - which I think, I've stuck to. Lately, however, I've found myself drifting around in the blogosphere, wondering what to write about next. I'm hoping that sticking to this elevator pitch will help me to focus and come up with blogging ideas easier.
There. I did it. Whew!... step 1, complete!