Jul 102011

Tonia at Tonia’s Roots  has issued a challenge: “31 Weeks to Build a Better Blog.”  Each week she will post her reflections on Darren Rowse’s ebook (“31 Days to Build a Better Blog”).  The challenge will be one activity each week for geneabloggers.

My blog has sat quietly for a number of months.  I am joining Tonia and other geneabloggers in seeking to build a better genealogy blog.

The first week’s challenge is write an “elevator pitch” for my blog — that is, “a brief overview that can be delivered in the space of an elevator ride.”

I am actually getting started a few days later than I had hoped.  I found myself thinking about this all week long.  Unfortunately, my reflections all seemed to suffer from too many words.   I finally went back and reviewed my first three blogs (February 2010) and found that I had already developed an elevation pitch.  Unfortunately it was buried in the midst of other paragraphs.    I have reviewed what I wrote at the time and have been unable to improve it.  So, without further ado, my “elevator pitch:”

I hold myself accountable for my genealogical research by remembering my two grandchildren – Olivia (7) and Benjamin (4). To them I am just “PopPop,” not a genealogist or family historian. In 20 or 30 years, I hope they will entertain some fascination with our family’s history… and when they do, I want them to have the best records that I can leave. One of the ways I ensure such a legacy, is to use this blog as a means to record reflections on my genealogical work and the stories which I find that need to be told.

My “tag line” would be: recording reflections on my genealogical work and the stories which I find that need to be told.

I have added a new page to my blog — “About My Blog.”  That page includes my “elevator pitch,” as well as five themes I developed early on — namely, Research Roundup, Stardust Stories, Philosophical Posts, Legacy Logs, and Roots among the Rocks.

  One Response to “"31 Weeks to Build a Better Blog" (Week 1: Elevator Pitch)”

  1. Oh, I like it. You have a mission embodied in preserving stories for your grandchildren and it's expressed here.

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