Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So - Darren Rowse @ ProBlogger is running this little free online study group of sorts about tips on improving your blog. Each day has a specific topic with his tips and links to helpful information. I've come across other similar postings but they involved me remembering to go read the posts each week which never happened. Darren's project promised to send us daily e-mails which I figured would be difficult to avoid so I signed us up.
Well, the first day of class was yesterday so I was all excited to learn when I opened our first Darren e-mail. But I didn't realize he was going to dole out homework assignments every freakin' day! Ugh. I suppose learning is most effective when it is applied in your life so I have decided to humor Darren and play along.
Unfortunately for me, his first assignment is one of my least favorite things in the world. Mission Statements. Oh sure - he cleverly tried to disguise this by calling it an "Elevator Pitch" - but he's not fooling me.
When I graduated from college and went looking for a teaching job I was told that as part of the interview process I would need to create my Mission Statement. This seemed pretty obvious to me - my mission was to get a job that paid me money to educate children. Apparently that is not exactly what they meant by a Mission Statement. And since I wasn't very good at coming up with one it probably explains why I never got hired. Yet here I am, 20 years later, being asked by Darren to provide a Mission Statement for our blog. Well Darren, here's our stinkin' Mission Statement - I mean "Elevator Pitch." I hope it's worth it.
"CLUMSY THOUGHTS FROM CLUMSY PEOPLE" ~ This is our tagline and the short version of our Elevator Pitch. Here is what we are trying to convey, in more detail:
Our blog is here as an extension of our home. It was created to allow us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you, share the things about our life that we enjoy, and learn new things from you. It is a place for you to come by when you need a laugh, want to participate in something fun and challenging, and explore our part of the world. We aim to offer a little of a lot of things to whomever may stop by, rather than focusing on one item of interest since we welcome all walks of life and encourage as many visitors as possible.
Not all blogs are professional, but all have a purpose. It is OK to bumble your way through life sometimes until you figure out what that purpose is. We like to share our world with you so that you will in turn teach us a little something about yours. Molly may not have gotten that teaching job, but she is always interested in education - sharing information and learning from others. So in our own way, we are bumbling along with this blog to try and do just that. Welcome - and share something new with us each time you stop by. And don't worry - we won't ask you for a Mission Statement.