A Little Bit of This, A little Bit of That

23 07 2010

Today’s post is as ADD as I am. If you bear with me, I’ll reward you with an awesome photo at the end. Pinky swear.

Point the first: I guest posted at Erin’s blog yesterday. Even though you’ve read my courtship story, you should head over there and read my story with bonus wisdom tossed in at the end!

Point the second: Sorry there wasn’t a brand-spanking new post waiting for you this morning. I know y’all felt the gaping hole in your lives. I worked an almost full day yesterday and between that and dealing with the kids (with Car still off on his little man adventure), I was plumb tuckered out last night. My mother was convinced I was dead because I didn’t answer the phone last night (at 10:30) and then there was no blog this morning.

Point the third: Hey, single moms? I worship you. You are incredible, and deserve to be sainted or something.

Point the fourth: For one of my tasks in 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, I’m supposed to e-mail a new reader/commenter personally. I plan on doing that (sorry, old-timers), but it got me thinking–what do my loyal readers think of my blog? Obviously you’re somewhat fond because you keep coming back for more abuse, but are there things you’d change? Is there something lacking that you really want to see? Tell me! I’m not fishing for compliments here (although I certainly won’t delete them). You can post a comment here, or you can e-mail me: likeswimming@gmail.com. Inquiring minds want to know (I want to know!) *Bonus points if you remember that commercial, because if you remember it you’re probably at least as old as I am.

Point the fifth: Kave is a stupid thing to name your son. Seriously. It is not, however, as stupid as naming your daughter Chevy (insert dirty joke here). What is wrong with people?

And now your payoff! Don’t you want to buy one of these for your daughter/son/niece/nephew?

*The WordPress Proofreader agrees that Kave is stupid (or at least nonexistent). However, any bonus points it earned for that are negated by this:


You shouldn’t use a comparison with an absolute word. An absolute is or isn’t.

Actually, WordPress Proofreader, it really was an “almost full day.” It was 7 hours. I refuse to say “partial day” when it was only short by one hour, so stop judging me. Jerk.


The Elevator Pitch

19 07 2010

31 Days to Build a Better Blog – Day 1

No, I’m not trying to get an elevator company to sponsor me (although if Otis is interested, I have significant elevator-riding experience). For those of you who don’t know what an Elevator Pitch is, let’s turn to our good friend, Wikipedia:

An elevator pitch or elevator speech is an overview of a product, service, person, group or organization, or project and is often a part of a fundraising, marketing communications, brand, or public relations program. The name “elevator pitch” reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver an elevator pitch in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes.

There are two forms of the elevator pitch: the short pitch and the long pitch. Today I’m simply going to share my short pitch, because that took me long enough (an entire day to decide where I’m going and why I’m doing it) and I’d like to, you know, spend time with my family.

During the next week I’ll work on my long pitch and share that with you, since I’m sure you’re dying to hear what I have to say. It’ll probably have a bit in common with my “All About Me” page, so if you haven’t read that recently, go check it out. I updated it last night. I’m crazy like that.

I’m curious to hear any thoughts or impressions on my short pitch. It’s certainly not set in stone, so my delicate feelings won’t be hurt (much) if you don’t like it. Now that I’ve built it up, here’s the pitch:

“I help people embrace their flaws by constantly displaying my own.”

Do I enjoy writing? Of course. But ultimately, the real payoff in this is when readers tell me I struck a chord, I made them think, or I helped them laugh. That’s why I do this. Whether or not I succeed…well, you’ll have to let me know.

*Today, I have succeeded in making the WordPress Proofreader feel good. My work here is done.