Monday, July 19, 2010

There is no Challenge More Challenging Than the Challenge to Improve Yourself...or Your Blog

Recently, while clicking through the SITs Blog Frog Community, of which I have been a member since they decided to create one for their amazing website, I noticed a discussion regarding improving your blog in 31 days. This quickly caught my attention, and I knew immediately that I wanted to join in. Here's the plan:

Each day for 31 days, we’ll focus on one task that will help stretch and build those blogging muscles, transforming your blog into a lean, mean blogging machine.  Since you’ll be taking the challenge with other bloggers (current count is 50 and rising), you’ll benefit from the knowledge of other recruits as we share tips and experiences in daily forum discussions.
By the end of the challenge you’ll have:
  • Written a variety of different types and styles of posts
  • Learned techniques for coming up with new post ideas
  • Promoted your blog in a variety of ways
  • Built relationships with readers
  • Reached out to and developed working relationships with other bloggers
  • Developed an editorial calendar for your blog
  • Discovered ways to be more connected to your niche/topic
  • Designed a plan for your next month of blogging

Today's task is to create an elevator pitch for your blog. 
“An elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100–150 words).” —Wikipedia

This is a topic that I have been thinking about for a few months now, since I am planning on attending Austin Bloggy Boot Camp in October, and I want  to have a recognizable tagline (elevator pitch) by that time. Well, I have thought about this more and more the past day, and I as I reflect on my year and read back over my "About Me" page, I came up with this…
"The Sweet Life & Times That Follow a Wedding, a Baby, and a Heart Transplant."

That right there sums it up…straight to the point…I say the sweet life, although sometimes it is a little less than sugary-sweet, because of those three things I am now able to slow down, stay home, and enjoy things that I have never gotten to do. Although I don't recommend getting a heart transplant as a means of becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I must say that it is something I never even considered and now that it has been somewhat forced upon me, I would not have it any other way!

My post today was extremely brief because I am writing to you from my hotel room in New Orleans where I will have my monthly biopsy, echo, and heart cath tomorrow. If everything goes well, I will get to come down on the steroids again which keeps me right on schedule for coming off of them right at a year in October. July has been completely INSANE with an amazing family vacation  (which I haven't even written about - shame on me), two trips to the ER, one to the transplant unit for three days, and Finn's first birthday party yesterday that I threw together in three days. WHEW!


If you're interested in joining in, click the button in my sidebar. 

If you just found my blog VIA the challenge look around, checkout "About Me" to learn a little more about what the heck is going on around here, and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, I hope your little one's party went well! Sending prayers your way! Good luck on the challenge! :)

    xoxo <3

  2. I'm doing the 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge through the SITS Blog Frog Community too! I love your tagline. I've been working on mine, but I'm not ready for anything final just yet. I need one of those days where I can really let my creativity flow.

    On another note, I hope all goes well with your testing tomorrow. You're so young and's hard to believe that you had this condition so early in life...

    Yes, it's difficult to find time to write about everything (vacations included). I can empathize there. Best wishes on the challenge. It's great to get all this support!

  3. Wow! I actually am doing the 31DBBB challenge also, but found you through comments on Jessica (The Frilly Coconut's) blog. Random, but I'll take it! I can't wait to go read about your story, your elevator pitch made me want to know more! :)

  4. Your elevator pitch sucked me right in. Fantastic. I love the title of this post too. Very clever, very catchy. Nicely done!

    Hope all went well with the testing!