Monday, April 06, 2009

31DBBB Day 1: Elevator Pitch

I recently signed up at ProBlogger.net for the "31 Days to Build a Better Blog" challenge. I am using this challenge in a couple of different ways. One is to follow the challenge, do the assignments, and hopefully come out of it a better blogger with a better blog. The other way I am using the challenge is to blog each assignment to get me back in the habit of posting daily. I have really neglected this blog in the past few months. No excuses other than being busy. So, I guess it is time to jump into today's assignment.

The first day's challenge, Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog [Day 1 -31DBBB], is to create an elevator pitch for this site. So, I am in the process of doing just that. First thing, what is an elevator pitch?

“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

Darren goes on to say:

"On of the most important reasons to do this exercise is that to develop an elevator pitch YOU as a blogger to have thought through and crystallised in your mind what your blog is about." - ProBlogger
So, my assignment for the day is to create this elevator pitch for Grand Gravey. Much easier said than done. I will walk you through the process as I go through it. My first thoughts were "entertainment, inspiration, and information or entertain, inspire, inform" which is what I try to do with this blog. That's very broad and not really very descriptive. How then do I come up with something to work from? Well, what exactly do I intend to do with this blog, what do I use it for? This is my personal blog, I post thoughts, ideas, and works I have created.

Well, who am I? I have tended to hide my identity in the past on this blog. Not real sure why I just thought it was fun to write with anonymity. I am finding I do not care either way anymore so let me introduce myself. I am Tommy Reynolds, a mid 30's artist from East Texas. My interests are art, family, technology, video games, table top games, card games, and blogging. In the past I have written about video games, wallpapers I have created, technology, politics, blogging and other miscellaneous topics.

From that information this blog is about technology, gaming, blogging, and art or wallpapers. So my elevator pitch should encompass these things.
  • Grand Gravey is a look into the life of an east Texas gamer, artist, technophile, and dad. Not really accurate, I do not post many personal things so "a look into the life" doesn't really work.
  • Grand Gravey, insights into technology, gaming, art and family. Well that is better but I do not think it captures totally what I think this blog is about.
  • Grand Gravey: The journey of an artist through technology, gaming, and beyond. That is better, I can work with that.
That sounds like a good tagline for the blog. Now to flesh it out for the elevator pitch.
Grand Gravey: The journey of an artist through technology, gaming, and beyond. Join me as I discuss new technologies, video games, art as I create it, and blogging while attempting to use new ideas and technology to further my understanding and mastery of all these things.
So, there you have it the tagline and elevator pitch for Grand Gravey. If you have any ideas or input for this post for the tagline or elevator pitch or both please leave a comment. Nothing is set in stone. I know this blog is so much more, at least to me it is but describing it in brief has turned out to be more difficult than I thought it would. I have spent the day thinking about it and working on it and have now shared my thoughts and process with you. Just know there were other steps I went through, I have a pad of paper full of failed ideas. What you see in this post are what I worked out while writing this post. I have always worked better under pressure, it is why I work from home with deadlines. Thanks for reading and I will try to post day two tomorrow so long as i have time.

Here are more articles about my participation in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge.

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