31DBBB – Day 1: The Elevator Pitch

This is Day 1 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 50+ other bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here.

Welcome fellow 31 Days to Build a Better Blog bloggers!

And if you’re not officially signed up & participating in this group blog project, welcome to you too.  Even though you won’t benefit as much as you would if you had signed up, bought the 31DBBB e-book, and fully committed to this project, everyone who reads & discusses any of the 31 posts in this series should be able to glean some insight to help them become a better blogger.

Day 1’s lesson and assignment is all about writing an “elevator pitch” for your blog.  It’s a great place to start this series because it forces each of us to give our blog an identity.

What is an Elevator Pitch?

“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

Find Your Focus

One of the most common reasons blogs fail is due to lack of focus.

General speaking, people read blogs for one of 3 reasons: to learn, to be inspired, or to be entertained.

This may sound harsh, but if you blog “about life” or “whatever’s on your mind,” unless you’re a celebrity nobody outside your family and close friends is going to read it.  The focus of your blog should not be on you, but on how you can help your readers.

Writing your elevator pitch forces you to answer some essential questions:

  • Why are you blogging?
  • Who are you blogging for?
  • What are you blogging about?

My Elevator Pitches

I am not only facilitating this project, but I’m actually going to do all 31 days both for this blog, Christian Web Trends and for my personal blog, LiveIntentionally.org.   So, here are my elevator pitches…

Christian Web Trends discusses news & trends in technology to help Christians communicate more effectively.

At LiveIntentionally.org we encourage, challenge, and discuss how to create the life we want for ourselves rather than allowing circumstances and other people to dictate who we are, how we feel, and what we do.  We do this by discussing books, inspirational stories, and life lessons.

What do you think?

Discussion

Since this is the first post in this series, go ahead and take a moment to introduce yourself in a comment.  Tell us

  1. your name
  2. the name of your blog
  3. the URL of your blog
  4. the elevator pitch for your blog
  5. any thoughts or questions about elevator pitches

The Extra Mile

A few other things you can do to take your blog, other bloggers, and this project even further.

  • Reply & give other bloggers feedback on their elevator pitches
  • Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.  (You could win a $25 gift card!)
  • Write about your elevator pitch and/or about elevator pitches on your blog.
  • Ask & answer questions about blogging but unrelated to elevator pitches in the forums.

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

288 Responses to “31DBBB – Day 1: The Elevator Pitch”

  1. As a techie who works at a church with a lot of non-techies who don't really get how tech can play a role in discipleship, I think this is a great idea. The elevator pitch works well, and I totally get it.

  2. Hi, all.

    My name is CaReese and I am a graduate student pursuing an MA in Biblical Literature. I'm almost done. :-) I'm a native of Chicago. It's a wonderful city (in the summer).

    I found out about this group through Twitter and I was so excited. Now that I'm here, I feel a little awkward because my blog isn't church related. My blog is geared toward women who enjoy being clean and looking good. I use my blog as an outlet for my obsession: bath an beauty products. I announce them. I try them. I rate them. I also talk about sales and specials. I suppose I want to educate, entertain, and save people money. Interesting that blogging has now become one of my passions.

    My theory is that everybody's gotta stay clean. Why not enjoy the process? (Most) Everyone wants to look good, so why not get objective information about a product BEFORE you buy?

    Based on the name of my blog, my tagline is: Everything You Need To Live The Glamourous Life.

    Thanks for listening.
    http://girlieglamourguide.typepad.com/the-girlie-

  3. sxc.hu has wonderful, searchable images that usually require a simple notice to the photographer that you're using the photo.

    • I second this but I've also recently written about where to get stock images (as well as whether or not we should use them) over at ChurchTechMatters.com – look for a post called 'to stock or not' (IIRC) and you'll find a few suggestions in there.

  4. In my opinion, "Between wrestling with questions and everyday struggles of my Christian walk" says nearly the same thing as "occasional observations on life." Perhaps the 2nd sentence is unneeded, and the first sentence says enough.

  5. I don't know what I read here, but it is truly disturbing! And I don't use the word "disturbing" in a good way!

    • IMO You need to expand on this one. Why disturbing?

      I can probably guess but maybe the original author doesn't?

  6. Thanks for the suggestions on the images. Will get on to it soon.

  7. Yes! Please do! I love my job and would be happy to share info re: freelance writing.

  8. I like the pitch and how it ties well with the title of the blog. I do have a question: Is the blog aimed only at Christians? Christians will understand what the short version of the pitch means…actually, now that I think about it, I'm not so certain of that. Two Sundays ago, the pastors at my church challenged everyone to read through all 4 gospels, and we were surprised to learn that we had some fairly involved people who didn't know what the Gospels are.

    I'm also not always a fan of reducing things to the lowest common denominator. Anyway, while most Christians will likely understand what the short version of the pitch means, non-Christians won't, and so if they are included in your target audience, how could you rephrase it so that it would make sense to them?

    • I think you've done a great job on describing your blog in a way that will catch the reader's eye. It's descriptive, yet succinct.
      I'm just wondering about the short version–not sure if it captures the essence of your blog. It might be a little awkward in the wording. But that could just be me.
      Good job!

  9. Hi all,

    My name is CaReese, and I am a graduate student. I am finishing up a Masters in Biblical Literature. I'm a Chicago native. It's a wonderful city (in the summer).

    I found out about this group on Twitter and I was really excited. Now that I'm here, I feel kind of awkward because my blog is not church related. My blog is geared toward women that enjoy being clean and looking good. I use my blog as an outlet for my passions: bath and beauty products. I announce them. I try them. I rate them.

    I suppose the goal of my blog is to educate, inform and save people money. My theory is that everybody has to get clean, so why not enjoy the process? (Most )everybody likes to look good so why not get real life info about the product BEFORE you buy?

    Based on its title, my blog's tag line is: Everything You Need To Live The Glamourous Life

    Anyway, thanks for listening!
    CaReese http://girlieglamourguide.typepad.com/the-girlie-

  10. LOVE it, Monica! I'll have to check out that blog! I wasn't aware that you were doing that one…

  11. Hi all,

    My name is CaReese, and I am a graduate student. I am finishing up a Masters in Biblical Literature. I'm a Chicago native. It's a wonderful city (in the summer).

    I found out about this group on Twitter and I was really excited. Now that I'm here, I feel kind of awkward because my blog is not church related. My blog is geared toward women that enjoy being clean and looking good. I use my blog as an outlet for my passions: bath and beauty products. I announce them. I try them. I rate them.

    I suppose the goal of my blog is to educate, inform and save people money. My theory is that everybody has to get clean, so why not enjoy the process? (Most )everybody likes to look good so why not get real life info about the product BEFORE you buy?

    Based on its title, my blog's tag line is: Everything You Need To Live The Glamourous Life

    Anyway, thanks for listening!
    CaReese http://girlieglamourguide.typepad.com/the-girlie-

    • CaReese, I visited your blog and left a comment. I think your focus on health and beauty is a great target, especially since I have a teenage girl. We need your help!

    • Hi CaReese … I wouldn't worry about your blog not being "church" based. Mine is only loosely based on church but is much more about the tech side. As and when I remember I try to adapt my posts to fit the niche I've picked more closely.

      That said, your tagline is great – just enough to make somebody think "I wonder what they have to say" but I personally think an ep should be longer. Just my 2p :)

  12. My name is Jennifer Janes. My blog was a gift from my brother several years ago. I am just now becoming an active blogger, so my blog is still evolving. The name of my blog is "Jennifer Janes." The URL ishttp://jenniferjanes.wordpress.com

    As far as the elevator pitch goes, my current tagline (this has changed several times and is also evolving) is "Learning to relax and enjoy the journey." This applies to many different areas of my life.

    I'm trying to reach out to and connect with others as I write about what God is doing in my life. I blog primarily about my faith, my family, books, and homeschooling.

    • Hi Jennifer – welcome to the world of blogging ;) I got into it purely to help keep my extended & remote family in touch with our happenings. Then I started a separate one on a more professional footing, though my problem has always been that I treat it in a non-professional manner. Hoping 31DBBB will fix that.

      Anyway, I think your ep needs a bit of extra to explain what journey. As a tagline it works though.

  13. Hi Paul,

    Remember to page down to the bottom on the web page link and then click on the "See more of '31DBBB'" link for more posts by different bloggers.

    I am not sure which feed reader you use, but I use Google Reader and I could keep on paging down to get more and more posts from different bloggers.

    The problem of course is that in the beginning you will see the posts of the last blogger I added to the feed first, and then the 2nd last, etc. As the bloggers add more posts to their blogs, you will start seeing the posts coming through in that order.

    Does that make sense to you?

  14. Hi Ronnie,

    See my reply to Paul below for the answer to your "complaint." :-)

    I checked, you are definitely added.

  15. Chris – if the elevator was in a high rise, this could work. The idea of the elevator speech is a short (1-2 floor), appealing value proposition. It doesn't detail, it promotes. I like something like "The Prayer Experiment – Seeing God's Hand In Daily Prayer Life." My 2 cents.

  16. I am adding this again for those bloggers who may or may not see my reply to Paul waaaayy up in the comment thread.

    I have taken (and will keep adding) all available blogs with RSS/atom feeds and added them all into one feed:http://feeds.feedburner.com/31dbbb so that all you have to do is use this feed to see what the other bloggers on 31DBBB are blogging about.

    This feed will provide all posts by our 31DBBB bloggers.

    There is also a web page available to read the posts of our 31DBBB bloggers athttp://bit.ly/31dbbb-cwt if you do not want to make use of a feed reader.

    Remember to page down to the bottom on the web page link <a href="http://(http://bit.ly/31dbbb-cwt)” target=”_blank”>(http://bit.ly/31dbbb-cwt) and then click on the "See more of '31DBBB'" link for more posts by different bloggers.

    I am not sure which feed reader you as a blogger may use, but I use Google Reader and I can keep on paging down to get more and more posts from different bloggers.

    The problem of course is that in the beginning you will see the posts of the last blogger I added to the feed first, and then the 2nd last, etc. As bloggers add more posts to their blogs, you will start seeing the posts coming through in that order.

    Does that make sense to you?

  17. I am adding this again for those bloggers who may or may not see my reply to Paul waaaayy up in the comment thread.

    I have taken (and will keep adding) all available blogs with RSS/atom feeds and added them all into one feed:http://feeds.feedburner.com/31dbbb so that all you have to do is use this feed to see what the other bloggers on 31DBBB are blogging about.

    This feed will provide all posts by our 31DBBB bloggers.

    There is also a web page available to read the posts of our 31DBBB bloggers athttp://bit.ly/31dbbb-cwt if you do not want to make use of a feed reader.

    Remember to page down to the bottom on the web page link (http://bit.ly/31dbbb-cwt) and then click on the "See more of '31DBBB'" link for more posts by different bloggers.

    I am not sure which feed reader you as a blogger may use, but I use Google Reader and I can keep on paging down to get more and more posts from different bloggers.

    The problem of course is that in the beginning you will see the posts of the last blogger I added to the feed first, and then the 2nd last, etc. As bloggers add more posts to their blogs, you will start seeing the posts coming through in that order.

    Does that make sense to you?

  18. Thanks, I'll see if I can change the layout to put the subscriptions higher.

  19. Hi, I'm Jon Reid and I blog at "blog one another"http://www.blogoneanother.com/

    This is actually my second time through 31DBBB. Though I've been blogging for 7 years, it helped me a lot. But I am feeling the need to go through the exercises again and had actually started on my own. So I am happy to have found this group. It's more fun that way, and keeps you accountable to your goals.

    When I worked on an elevator pitch last year, I came up with: "'blog one another' is the intersection of technology, culture, and Christ-centered spirituality, offering technological tips for a spiritual world / spiritual tips for a technological world." But I think this led me off-course. I blogged quite a bit about my new interest in Twitter and focused on that topic for 31DBBB. But that's not what my blog is about. While I succeeded in getting high Google ranking on certain posts (search for "good twitter name"), it did not connect with my regular readers.

    So I am refocusing on the heart of my blog. "blog one another" is my life of faith, lived openly. By sharing what I observe in this world through the eyes of faith, I want to help grow holistic faith in others. I especially want to rethink church and evangelism, and develop open conversations with people who are not interested in Christianity as a religious system.

    • Hi Jon – not quite sure if your last para was meant to be your new ep or not?

      However, I do like your original one though.

      • Thanks for noticing, Stuart. The new one is still a muddle. Chad Estes (who has joined below) has given me good feedback that it needs work, and that the word "intersect" in my original pitch was potent. So now I'm playing with:

        "Where changing faith intersects changing culture"

      • Thanks for noticing, Stuart. The new one is still a muddle. Chad Estes (who has joined below) has given me good feedback that it needs work, and that the word "intersect" in my original pitch was potent. So now I'm playing with:

        "Where changing faith intersects changing culture"

  20. My name is Edy Sutherland. My blog is called livinginextremeways, which can be found at my websitehttp://www.livinginextremeways.com the direct URL ishttp://livinginextremeways.com/index.php?p=1_6_Bl

    Living in Extreme Ways is a ministry designed to disciple new believers by providing free on-line bible studies. The focus of the discipleship material is to use extreme sport object-lessons to help the reader reach a deeper understanding of God’s word. The blog is specifically intended to provide a type of weekly devotional for this audience.

    The audience this blog is intended for are current extreme sport athletes that follow Christ in addition to those athletes seeking answers about God. In addition, I intend for this blog to reach the subculture of extreme athletes that do not yet follow Christ.

    Each week the blog will address a current event or topic within an area of extreme sports. For example, this week I am blogging about an extreme rock climber that free solos and base jumps. She posted a video biography of herself on vimeo this past week. I am commenting on her pronouncement that she is ‘So in Control.’

    • Sounds good Edy. As someone who loves extreme sports though not indulging currently I can see this as something I could get involved in.

      Not sure which bit is your ep though?

  21. Hi Everyone,
    It's great to be together on this adventure of learning how to blog better.

    My name is Janis, and my blog is called, Open My Ears, Lord. You can visit it at:http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com.

    My blog is designed to encourage and inspire other Christian women with experiences from my personal life and Scripture verses that correlate to the post. I enjoy writing from my heart about the ways I have experienced the Lord's presence in my life, hoping to help others find Him right by their side as well. Sprinkled throughout my blog are anecdotes, family stories, amusing moments with our dog, Chip, and relational issues to name just a few. I also like to cap my posts with a photo that captures the heart of the post. Blogging helps me to network with other Christian women and share our experiences, our goals, our visions. As a writer, I hope to inspire other Christian women on this earthly journey with the Lord.

    That's the long elevator pitch. And the short one came to me as I was writing this:

    From My Heart to Your Heart

    Looking forward to your suggestions, insights, and guidance.

    • I like to do the picture thing as well Janis – I just got into to doing that about 6 to 8 months back and never do a post without an opening pic.

  22. I've typed this one once already and not sure where it's gone … argh!

    Anyway, I'm Stuart Dyckhoff and I write Churchtechy over athttp://churchtechy.com

    I already have a tagline that states "Where Tech meets Church"

    My use for this blog is to help clarify my thoughts on Church IT, AV & Media and support; to network; to develop relationships; to hopefully help myself and others as they read but also as a place to put forward ideas, thoughts and anything else that takes my fancy.

    That is taken straight from my about page and thought I'd submit it as is. As an elevator pitch it probably isn't perfect but we have to start somewhere.

  23. My name is Chad Estes and my blog is titled, Captain’s Bloghttp://www.captainestes.blogspot.com

    My elevator pitch is this: A journey from fear to love, from rules to relationship, and from religion to freedom.

    I receive a lot of feedback about this sentence. I find many want to know more about my journey after reading that line. My blog may not be informational in terms of steps and procedures, but some people are looking to be inspired, challenged, and connect relationally with others. I’m amazed at the depth of friendships I’ve made from blogging and social media.

    My tag line also is the starting point for many of the reviews that I write on the blog. Mostly I review Christian non-fiction.

    The one item I post that doesn’t truly fit my elevator pitch is a series of funny pictures titled, “Things that make you go, ‘hmm.’” Though it doesn’t fit my theme, it does seem to pull in some additional traffic and bring a sense of levity on the weekends.

    • Chad, I like your elevator pitch/tag line. It definitely raised my curiosity and got me to click over and read.

      And I love the idea of funny pictures. There are a ton of Christians writing Christian blogs and i think in order to not get lost in the crowd you have to have some personality. The pics add personality and make your blog stand out.

  24. I should mention, I have a second blog titled, “Jesus or Squirrel”http://jesusorsquirrel.blogspot.com

    The elevator pitch is written at the top of the page: “This blog is a *fun* attempt at figuring out what should truly be credited to Jesus, Religion, Hype, Tradition, Superstition, Satan, Oral Roberts and his Friends, or The Squirrel.”

    I wanted a site where I could write some social commentary while not muddling up my own blog. I don’t spend as much time on this secondary project, but I’m very glad I have this outlet. Often times I’ll get people sending me material to include on this site.

  25. I should mention, I have a second blog titled, “Jesus or Squirrel”http://jesusorsquirrel.blogspot.com

    The elevator pitch is written at the top of the page: “This blog is a *fun* attempt at figuring out what should truly be credited to Jesus, Religion, Hype, Tradition, Superstition, Satan, Oral Roberts and his Friends, or The Squirrel.”

    I wanted a site where I could write some social commentary while not muddling up my own blog. I don’t spend as much time on this secondary project, but I’m very glad I have this outlet. Often times I’ll get people sending me material to include on this site.

  26. I should mention, I have a second blog titled, “Jesus or Squirrel”http://jesusorsquirrel.blogspot.com

    The elevator pitch is written at the top of the page: “This blog is a *fun* attempt at figuring out what should truly be credited to Jesus, Religion, Hype, Tradition, Superstition, Satan, Oral Roberts and his Friends, or The Squirrel.”

    I wanted a site where I could write some social commentary while not muddling up my own blog. I don’t spend as much time on this secondary project, but I’m very glad I have this outlet. Often times I’ll get people sending me material to include on this site.

  27. Stuart, I've got yours added. Of the 64 that are registered for 31DBBB, 62 have been added. The other two do not have blogs.

  28. I struggle with 'not fitting the theme' as well Chad.

    I fear I've narrowed my vision so much that it doesn't allow me to go outside of it so that when I do I feel that I'm not being true to my readership. It also means I try to restrict the number of times I post outside my 'tagline' but I do find that there are times I simply don't blog because it doesn't fit.

    Not sure how others have resolved this one but my gut feeling at the moment is to sort of re-launch the blog with a public statement to that effect and change the tagline to encompass it. But then equally, I want the major emphasis to remain.

    • Personally, I think your silly pictures adds a dimension of wholeness to you, Chad. Otherwise, there is a tendency (especially with religion) for people to be all serious. You're right, they don't "fit." But if we box ourselves in too tightly, I'm afraid our personalities won't show through as well.

      For a time, I stopped posting my strange out-of-context quotes, primarily of my wife: the "Kay sez" postings. I figured only people who knew us would care, and those people could see it on Facebook. But when I asked my readers, they said no! In fact, I just got a comment that a reader whom I don't know personally decided to do something similar on his own blog.

  29. Your probably right. I struggled to come up with something that would grab attention. For a long time my blog has been very unfocused so I need to decide what I want to accomplish in order to have an effective elevator pitch. I have another blog that will be very focused so I think this blog will continue to be musings about ”stuff I like”
    Thanks for the input!

    • Jack, I think you're on the right track in terms of trying figure out what you want to accomplish. I think we all need to think about our blogs from our reader's perspective. When I hear "Stuff I like" I get the impression that your blog is about you rather than an attempt to serve your readers.

      • "Stuff I Like" does kinda bring to mind "I Like Me" doesn't it? :-) I need to rename it to better reflect my intentions! Thanks for the feedback.

      • What do you think of the title "The God-Driven Blog" or "The God-Driven Life"? One of the things I want to blog about is technology for churches/Christians, but my main emphasis is Bible/holy living. Any suggestions?

  30. As I said I could probably guess and I was right.

    I understand your sentiment William and personally I am not into 'swearing' or vulgar words (that was something I was miraculously cured of the day I became a christian) but I've also chosen to overlook the vulgarity when it confronts me.

    If someone opts to cuss in their blog then that is their choice. Mine is to decide whether to read it or not. End of.

  31. I didn't participate yesterday becuase I ddn't get an email with a link telling me where to go and what to do. Today I received an email with Day 2 so here I am.

    My name is Elaine K Stephen. My blog is Inspirational Christian Stories, Poems, Gifts athttp://inspirationalgifts.blogspot.com

    Here is my elevator pitch for my blog:

    The Inspirational Christian Stories, Poems Gifts blog is written by a Christian work at home mom. Elaine K. Stephen shares her true stories and original poems in an effort to inspire us all to open our hearts, minds and eyes to see our Lord’s presence and blessings in our everyday lives. The blog also makes gift suggestions for Christians who are searching for affordable gifts that express God’s word, Christ’s sacrifice and inspire love, comfort and joy wherever they go. Elaine invites you to stop by and share your own true stories and original poems on the blog.

    Blessings

  32. Hello all! I'm really excited about this project we've embarked on together!

    My name is Deana Kistner. My blog is The Organized Artist. http://www.theorganizedartist.blogspot.com.

    Elevator pitch: I am a systems and spreadsheets kind of girl working in, living in and loving a world of church artists. I am the translator who speaks both languages: the process and details needed to get it all done and the beauty with which we long to do it. My hope is to be able to help and encourage other leaders of arts in the church by sharing my experiences, knowledge, in some cases scar tissue.

    I love how the concept of an elevator pitch mirrors the concept of a mission statement and how it can help to not only define the goal of the blog but also provide intentionality and guide it's future efforts.

  33. Hello all! I'm really excited about this project we've embarked on together!

    My name is Deana Kistner. My blog is The Organized Artist. http://www.theorganizedartist.blogspot.com.

    Elevator pitch: I am a systems and spreadsheets kind of girl working in, living in and loving a world of church artists. I am the translator who speaks both languages: the process and details needed to get it all done and the beauty with which we long to do it. My hope is to be able to help and encourage other leaders of arts in the church by sharing my experiences, knowledge, in some cases scar tissue.

    I love how the concept of an elevator pitch mirrors the concept of a mission statement and how it can help to not only define the goal of the blog but also provide intentionality and guide it's future efforts.

    • Hi Deana,

      I liked your elevator pitch, but I think I would like to read it more then hear it. I got caught up on "church artists", and that's because you were talking techie talk and then went into church and artists. My mind was going in one direction and then you abruptly talked about something else that is not something that you hear about often. I would have enjoyed reading this on your About page and then would have craved for you to share more about what you meant about being "systems and spreadsheets kind of girl working in, living in and loving a world of church artists" and "scar tissue".

      For me, your last line flowed easier for me to listen to. I would have been caught of guard to hear the end of the line "scar tissue" and if we didn't have time to discuss what you meant, that's all I would have remembered about your pitch.

      BTW, I took a lot of art history classes and am very curious now about what you do! Will be checking you out over at your blog!

  34. The subject matter is completely vulgar. It goes against everything that I as a Christian stand for.

  35. my blog at this time has no name,I use it to incourage strengthen and build up the Body of Christ,

    Prayer is the most important part of my life,and I intersead for the Church of our Lord Jesus,

    I love gardening because the Lord teaches me of His ways in the Garden, I love reading other blogs for this same reason as I read them I see the Lord has so many Beautful flowers in each one, and no two are alike,yet we all belong to the Family of God,and the Lord through each one incourages me and makes my life more Christ like,and for this I thank the Lord for all of you,my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.

    Littleeagle.

  36. Hello, I'm Nathan Ciurzynski. My blog is Sensory Escape Images.
    URL:http://www.SensoryEscapeImages.com

    Here's the elevator pitch that I came up with:
    Viewing our world through the lense! Subscribe to Sensory Escape Images for fun and relevant articles with vivid photos that I've taken worldwide, tips and tutorials, as well as discounts on leading photographic products.

  37. My name is Jessica Benzakein, and I live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with my amazing family. I had been blogging only for a few short months prior to the birth of our daughter and am now trying to saddle back up (albeit with far less sleep than before).

    The name of my blog is Deliberate Legacies and you can find it on the web athttp://www.deliberatelegacies.com

    In a nutshell, I decided that the legacy I had to pass on didn't have to be the one passed on to me. I could create a deliberate legacy… one of joy, one of laughter and hugs, and one where memories were worth saving.

  38. My name is Jessica Benzakein, and I live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with my amazing family. I had been blogging only for a few short months prior to the birth of our daughter and am now trying to saddle back up (albeit with far less sleep than before).

    The name of my blog is Deliberate Legacies and you can find it on the web athttp://www.deliberatelegacies.com

    In a nutshell, I decided that the legacy I had to pass on didn't have to be the one passed on to me. I could create a deliberate legacy… one of joy, one of laughter and hugs, and one where memories were worth saving.

    • Wow Jessica! Your elevator pitch got me to click and I'm glad I did. Your personal story is very inspiring, and I can see your blog resonating with a lot of people who may have come out of or currently be in difficult circumstances.

  39. Hello, i'm Lois Ridley and my blog is called
    http://parentingtwinsandmore.com/

    Parenting Twins and More is a parenting blog from a homeschooling family with 6 kids.
    We discuss everyday life and how God can impact us moms as we go about life.

    It also contains facts and tips for parenting along the way as well as a reviews and product & website warnings.

  40. Hello, i'm Lois Ridley and my blog is called
    http://parentingtwinsandmore.com/

    Parenting Twins and More is a parenting blog from a homeschooling family with 6 kids.
    We discuss everyday life and how God can impact us moms as we go about life.

    It also contains facts and tips for parenting along the way as well as a reviews and product & website warnings.

  41. Hello, i'm Lois Ridley and my blog is called
    http://parentingtwinsandmore.com/

    Parenting Twins and More is a parenting blog from a homeschooling family with 6 kids.
    We discuss everyday life and how God can impact us moms as we go about life.

    It also contains facts and tips for parenting along the way as well as a reviews and product & website warnings.

  42. Thank you for your feedback, Stuart.

    I didn't make it very clear, but the tagline is my "short short" EP. The little paragraph underneath is my "in a nutshell" EP for my blog, as I understand its purpose right now. Not very "sparkly" I know, but I'm still figuring things out.

    "I'm trying to reach out to and connect with others as I write about what God is doing in my life. I blog primarily about my faith, my family, books, and homeschooling."

    That (quote above) was what I was "pitching." Is that clear enough as an EP to explain the "journey," or do you think it still needs work? What would you suggest?

    Thanks again!
    Jennifer

    • Ah right – got you.

      I think that is crystal clear and even though I haven't (yet) visited your blog it makes perfect sense to me.

      • Thanks, Stuart! I appreciate your suggestions and response! I'm sorry I didn't make it more clear to begin with. It's a little crazy around here this week! :)

        ~Jennifer

  43. That is how I feel about it too. I simply will not read such blogs, no matter the justification for it.

  44. Sweet. Thanks Stuart. Oopps. I thought I was just supposed to answer the three questions. Okay, let me try again … BTW, I'm one of those beginner bloggers and writers for that matter.

    Dude. You should totally tune in to my blog to check out what God's word says about dropping in to the steep and deep. And for that matter you'll probably want to check it out each week because who knows which extreme sport God wants use to speak to you.

    It probably won't be BMX or kayaking because I can't relate but rock climbing, dirt biking, surfing, kiteboarding, back country snowboarding, telemark skiing, skateboarding all of these are fair game. And if you consider golf extreme, there might be a few blog entries on that too.

  45. Sweet. Thanks Stuart. Oopps. I thought I was just supposed to answer the three questions. Okay, let me try again … BTW, I'm one of those beginner bloggers and writers for that matter.

    Dude. You should totally tune in to my blog to check out what God's word says about dropping in to the steep and deep. And for that matter you'll probably want to check it out each week because who knows which extreme sport God wants use to speak to you.

    It probably won't be BMX or kayaking because I can't relate but rock climbing, dirt biking, surfing, kiteboarding, back country snowboarding, telemark skiing, skateboarding all of these are fair game. And if you consider golf extreme, there might be a few blog entries on that too.

    • Now that looks good. I like that.

      Don't do BMX but have indulged in: parachuting, pot holing, bungee jumping, mountain biking and currently (though some might argue it isn't extreme but it is for where I'm at) Tang Soo Do.

  46. I didn't participate yesterday becuase I ddn't get an email with a link telling me where to go and what to do. Today I received an email with Day 2 so here I am.

    My name is Elaine K Stephen. My blog is Inspirational Christian Stories, Poems, Gifts athttp://inspirationalgifts.blogspot.com

    Here is my elevator pitch for my blog:

    The Inspirational Christian Stories, Poems Gifts blog is written by a Christian work at home mom. Elaine K. Stephen shares her true stories and original poems in an effort to inspire us all to open our hearts, minds and eyes to see our Lord’s presence and blessings in our everyday lives. The blog also makes gift suggestions for Christians who are searching for affordable gifts that express God’s word, Christ’s sacrifice and inspire love, comfort and joy wherever they go. Elaine invites you to stop by and share your own true stories and original poems on the blog.

    Blessings

  47. Hello, I'm Nathan Ciurzynski. My blog is Sensory Escape Images.
    URL:http://www.SensoryEscapeImages.com

    Here's the elevator pitch that I came up with:
    Viewing our world through the lense! Subscribe to Sensory Escape Images for fun and relevant articles with vivid photos that I've taken worldwide, tips and tutorials, as well as discounts on leading photographic products.

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