Making the Big Time on Problogger

This weekend my first guest post went live on Problogger.

It was not only my first guest post on Problogger, but my first guest post anywhere. The first I submitted even! The joyous flailing and squealing that went on in my living room over the weekend as the posts went live was not fit for human consumption.

Weekend Project Get Focused With Your Multi-Topic Blog

The first post was an introduction to my weekend blogging project two-part series, written by the big man himself, Darren Rowse. In it, he gives Problogger readers a rundown of multi-topic blogs and tells us how, despite defying most common wisdom about niche-specific blogs being the best model to monetize, multi-topic can and does work.

Problogger: Weekend Project: Get Focused With Your Multi-topic Blog

Problogger: Weekend Project: Get Focused With Your Multi-topic Blog

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Friday Features Roundup

I like a lot of things. All of the features in the Make and Grow sections are topics that are near and dear to my heart. So as you might imagine, I spend a lot of time finding the best of the interwebs, all for you guys.

Gourds a-plenty

To close out the week, here is a roundup of the my current faves and obsessions.

This week I’m loving…

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31 Days to Build a Better Blog

I’m very excited about today.

You see, I’m hoping to make this whole blogging thing a regular thing. As in, a serious endeavor, for which I make schedules and do really fun stuff in Google Analytics. I will be geeking right out.

For the past few days I have been working on some of the behind the scenes activities, such as getting my RSS feed working, and undertaking a challenge from ProBlogger.net. It is the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge, and while I absolutely will not be completing it in 31 days, I am going to go step by step to make this blog more focused, more organized and more useful to all of you guys.

Day 1 of the challenge involves Writing an Elevator Pitch. Yeah, I didn’t know what that was either:

“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

Essentially, it is something I need to have prepared when someone asks me what my blog is about. I know what it is about, but not having specific wording ready usually left me mumbling something like “um…crafts and food and…projects and stuff…” There are these times when I can be clever and witty and funny and ON, but more often than not I’m an awkward nervous mess when I have to come up with something off the top of my head.

This is why I want to be a writer, not a public speaker.

Pinned ImageRandom person, perhaps even someone who makes me all giggly and tongue-tied like this: “So, what’s you blog all about?”

Me, all cool and confident-like:

It’s all about what happens when an offbeat little hermit of a tomboy finds herself entering into the uncharted realm of family, kids and domesticity. 
Luckily, I have a pathological knack for information and inspiration gathering, which I love to funnel into all kinds of DIY and artistic endeavors. It is also quite useful for making all of the things I needto get done in life a little cheaper, prettier, easier and more fun. 
This is the place to find offbeat inspiration, tips, tricks and tutorials for living well and making order out of the chaos in your head,your home, your life and your world.
And now that we’re clear on that, I’m working on a much better title image and am ready and waiting with my new tagline. I’m hoping to have those completed if not today, this week.
Things are going to get real.