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31DBBB: A request to my readers

Despite how it might look at first glance (and depending on where your mind goes!), “31DBBB” does not refer to some bizarre, unbalanced bra size (sorry if I disappointed you!)… rather, “31DBBB” is an acronym for a book by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger called 31 Days To Build A Better Blog.

I first heard about this book a couple of months ago when I took a four-week course through Blogelina called Profitable Blogging for Beginners. I bought the book shortly after taking the classes, and am now getting down to working through the exercises. I can already tell that it’s going to be incredibly valuable… and at the same time, as is the case for almost anything of value, fairly challenging.

My first task is to develop an “elevator pitch” for my blog. This is more difficult than you might think for a “nicheless” blog such as Alphabet Salad! One of the suggestions in 31DBBB to help you develop your “elevator pitch” is to ask others to describe your blog in a sentence… so, dear and valued readers – would you consider taking a minute to help me out?

Please describe my blog in a sentence.

(More than one sentence is fine too!)

Thank you so much for giving some time and thought to this – I really appreciate it, and greatly look forward to hearing your perspective!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Elise March 18, 2012

    This is a hard thing to do because I feel like I have only been reading your blog a short time and much of that time you have been experimenting with trying to become a profitable blog. I will say that I have enjoyed reading about your attic room and your move and the things about your life that make you as a person come more alive. What a great activity to have to do! And hard!!!
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    • Dawn
      March 18, 2012

      Thanks, Elise – I appreciate your perspective! I didn’t realize I’d been making such an emphasis on profitable blogging, so it’s great to hear an outside viewpoint. Time to focus on more “real” writing, I think!
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  • Leslie March 18, 2012

    Dawn, I think to make the blog profitable you might have to become a bit more specialized. I would be hard pressed to describe it in a sentence, or even two. This is something I am struggling with in my own blog as well. Although my “niche” is writing about writing and building a writing career, with wit and style (how’s that for an elevator pitch?) I find it difficult to come up with a steady flow of content in that niche, and notice that the blog is shifting to contain my peresonal growth work and just goofy, fun writing, so I understand the dilemma. I will keep reading and if I can write something about yours in one sentence, I’ll let you know. It does sound like an interesting and valuable exercise, if you actually want to monetize the blog at some point. Good luck — I’ll be watching how this goes, because I might want to do it myself at some point!
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    • Dawn
      March 18, 2012

      Thanks so much for your input, Leslie – I really appreciate it! I’ve been realizing more and more that for me, “profitable” (on this particular blog, anyway) isn’t so much about monetizing as it is about building a readership who enjoy hearing what I have to say. For me, that’s as valuable (if not more so) than any money I could make here.

      I don’t actually think this blog is monetizable (look, I just made up a word!) – hard to monetize a “nicheless” blog when you’re not hysterically funny like The Bloggess, talented and versatile like Pioneer Woman, and so on! I’m hoping, though, that working through these exercises will help me to clarify and focus on my goals, and determine how best to get there.
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  • Jenn March 19, 2012

    I too haven’t been reading that long– but I do like your writing style–maybe because it is straight forward. I don’t know that I can narrow it down to a sentence–I’d have to be reading you a longer time. However– I’d say that I like to follow you and I enjoy coming here–when I can get my rear in gear and spend time reading my favorite bloggers 😀 Cheers, Jenn.
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  • The M Half
    March 19, 2012

    I also enjoy your style, and fall into the nicheless niche like you do. However, I think the BIG bloggers like PW and Blogess are also nicheless, in a way. PW categorizes her stuff, but Blogess is just plain fun to read and the only common thread is her recently ended obsession with Nathan Fillion. 😉 Oh, and she lives in Austin too, though we haven’t met yet, I don’t think. I’ll start thinking for you … and if you have time, maybe you can start thinking for me, too? I’ll post a similar query to my readers soon.
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  • Kat March 19, 2012

    I do love reading your blog but I too find it hard to describe in a sentence. I guess I would say it is very well written and I find it informative, but yet entertaining.
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