Challenging Challenges and the Crazy People That Accept Them (Namely Me)

The Year of Badassery isn’t just about dancing in public or jumping out of a plane (more on that later). It’s also about pushing myself past my natural inclinations, moving outside of my cushy bubble. At the start of the year I vowed not to turn away from any new opportunities.

A lot of people talk about how they have difficulty saying “no”. They find themselves overwhelmed with commitments because they just can’t turn someone away. This has never been a problem for me. I am quite comfortable saying no. I am always ready with an easy excuse not to do something. To be completely honest, I am not even above bailing at the last minute. What has always been hard for me, is to say “yes.” The mere idea has me shaking. What if I agree to do something and it doesn’t go very well?

Thus, the Year of Badassery has also been about making myself say yes when I’d rather run to the linen closet and hide. Yes to agility fun matches in public parks, yes to guest posts on big important blogs, yes to judging a Halloween Dogs Photo Contest (which you should enter, by the way), yes to K9 “Boot” Kamp, yes to crazy challenges that make me wonder what the heck I am doing.

At the BlogPaws Community, Dawn Miklich of afFURmation has started a 31 Days to Building a Better Blog challenge based off a guide created by ProBlogger (Whew! That’s a lot of links!) I had set several goals for my blog this year. I wanted to switch to self-hosting, create my own domain, and customize my design. Amazingly, all of these goals have been achieved. Now it’s probably time to figure out what I am even doing with this thing. After struggling to write a simple bio, I realized I really have no idea what this space is even truly about. When I found out about the BlogPaws challenge, I decided I may as well give it a shot.

Of course, the first challenge is about the precise thing I have been struggling with. Participants have been told to write an “elevator pitch” for our blogs. I spent a great amount of time yesterday reading various examples and trying to understand exactly where my blog fits in the world. After several hours of research, I still have nothing. It seems to me these elevator pitches are designed more for real businesses trying to make money. I can’t really fit my personal pet blog into such a mold. Nor can I ever see myself in an elevator talking about it with a stranger.

What is it my blog is about?

Um… I write about my dog. Who is crazy. And a rescue. I write about myself. And my fears. And my relationship with my crazy rescue dog. I also write about my cat. Who doesn’t like me. I like to share videos and photos! They are pretty cute even if they are poorly edited. I probably ramble too much. I had a fun giveaway! Once.

*sigh* I never thought I would find a writing challenge so much harder than an athletic one. Can’t I just go run up some more hills?

38 thoughts on “Challenging Challenges and the Crazy People That Accept Them (Namely Me)

  1. I’m having the exactly same problem with the elevator speech assignment and I’m really bummed at having to start with something really tough. I even tried cheating by asking for reader input. After all, if I don’t know what I’m doing, maybe someone else out there does.

    I think we both suffering from over-thinkingit-itis. Your answer to the question in your post: What is it my blog is about? seemed like a perfect elevator pitch. I’d read your blog if you told me that.

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    • Me too! I thought the first challenge would be much easier. Aren’t we supposed to work are way up to that?

      LOL. You’re funny. Not that I am not touched, but perhaps because you already are kind enough to read my blog you might get my sense a humour more than an elevator stranger would.

      Do people really talk to strangers in elevators instead of just staring awkwardly at the ceiling? Huh.

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      • I agree with Pamela… I like that description! 🙂

        I hate when people talk to me in elevators before I’ve had my coffee. Awkward staring is fine with me before 9am.

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  2. Kristine, your elevator pitch was great. I struggled and struggled with mine and all the thoughts in my head just wouldn’t come out right, so I submitted a lame ass pitch.

    It seems you are having a year of badassery while I will call my year lameassery! LOL

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    • Seriously? You are too kind. I am going to have to be better at rambling nonsense next time! It’s so nice when blog friends compliment you for something that took no effort. Ugh. But perhaps that is the way to go – to follow what comes naturally, even if it doesn’t come off as polished. At least then it’s authentic right? Which is what I try to be all about, after all.

      Lameassery, hardly! Your blog is terrific! I am super impressed at how you are able to come up with content every single day. That’s a pretty badass skill in my books.

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    • You are obviously just too kind. Or illiterate. 😛 I am going to go with the first. Do you have such a pitch for your blog? Which is pretty awesome, by the way.

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    • Really?? People keep saying that but I am not getting it. You all have obviously just been indoctrinated into my self-deprecating sense of humour or you are just really really nice. But I am glad I can make you laugh!

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  3. you can also add to the reasons for your blog – to help other pet owners – to give people a compassionate ear when they are having issues – and a very personal and selfish reason for me to read your blog – it makes me feel that I am still involved in your life even though you and the PH are so very far away.

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    • That’s not selfish at all! I am so touched that you like it so much!

      I thought about including something like that because I really do hope I have helped people. But I thought it sounded a bit… Presumptive. Perhaps I am not the best judge of such things. No, I know I am not the best judge. When it comes to others I am all positive but when it comes to selling myself, it’s a very different matter.

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  4. Writing challenges can be harder because they challenge you to think in a way that you wouldn’t otherwise. I was the dork in writing classes in college who loved the different assignments, to work my brain. Though, I haven’t come up with my blog’s elevator pitch. I heard about it prior to this, reading bloggy things, but haven’t given it much thought just yet, other than the word “Doberman”! Maybe it’ll come to me in a vision.

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    • I loved assignments like that too back in school. They were fun! I loved putting the time and effort to research and figure things out. So much so that I tended to neglect other assignments, like the ones for math class. 😛

      The second challenge for the 31 Days has been posted and I still haven’t completed the first! I’d love to hear what you come up with for yours. In my opinion, you could just write Doberman with multiple exclamation points and I’d be sold. Such gorgeous dogs they are!

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      • Writing assignments I loved. Reading ones, too, if it was for English class. As an adult, it’s amazing to me to learn how boring they made history, for primary school and high school. It’s a crying shame. Math, we don’t talk about.

        I’ll have to have a look; I didn’t know about the 31 day challenge ’til you folks started posting about it! I feel like I”m behind 😉

        (And Elka says “thank you!”)

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    • Hahaha! I am glad everyone thinks so! I pulled it together in less than ten seconds! Maybe it is possible to think too much after all…

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    • Blogs are really just works in progress, aren’t they? I really need to take the time to revamp a lot of my content. That pesky need to sleep keeps getting in the way.

      Good luck with your own! I think it’s already pretty awesome, though.

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  5. here’s my effort: “the sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes insightful, always honest tale about the adventures of one crazy rescue dog and her thoughtful, determined companion.”

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    • Thank you. You are just too kind. I don’t even know what to say. This is why I struggle so much, I guess. Like most people, I really find it hard to sell myself and identify my positive characterisitcs. One more think to add to my conquering list…

      You should look into writing these things for a living! You’d make millions.

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  6. I usually read blogs through a feed on my phone, so I haven’t been to your site in awhile. OMG I LOVE THE DESIGN. No idea when it happened, but it’s lovely! The colors are awesome, the design is modern, and that little caricature? ADORABLE.

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    • Thank you! The new design was officially launched about two weeks ago. I am still very excited about it myself. I wish I could take the credit but it was all AJ from PupLove.ca. I am so glad you like it so much. That means a lot.

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  7. Oh Elevator Pitches. Sometimes I think both my blogs could benefit from that kind of summary on the ‘about’ page. My bike blog is so new as well, but it’s getting there slowly.

    Back in the day I had a personal mixed-topic blog. I believe they were the halycon days of blogging for me where my entire real life friend group interacted through my posts! Now blogs are more about interest based micro-niches, and I think that leads to a lot of them being short-lived as opposed to long-lived and following the passions of the author at the time.

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    • Ugh, my about page is a mess. Don’t even remind me. 😛

      That’s an interesting observation. Back in the day all my friends and I were on Livejournal – does anybody use that any more? We used to chat on there and write silly little things in code about how our days went. It was less a blog and more like Facebook is today. But FB didn’t exist back then. I am sure blogging has changed a lot over the years. It’s become a culture all on its own, really. I’m interested in seeing how the medium changes further over the years.

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  8. I think you summed it up perfectly! I love the fact that you are doing a year of badassery 😉 You go girl (I can’t pull that off, but you don’t know that about me!)

    I have no idea what my blog is about – I live with 3 cats and a dog . .and sometimes I write about it 🙂 I don’t think that is really going to cut it . . .back to the drawing board!

    I love reading your blog and I think you, Shiva and your PH are very entertaining (in a GOOD way!) I think your work for 31DBBB is done!

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    • I’m trying, anyway! There have been some successes. But with only four months left I need to get myself in gear!

      Heh, as far as I am concerned, that is good enough for me. Three cats? I am still not sure we are prepared enough for cat #2, every day I change my mind. Do you think two cats are like two dogs, double the work? Do they all get along?

      A little while ago I decided that if Shiva makes people laugh, I will consider our day a success. We live to entertain!

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      • I don’t notice much difference with 1 or 3 cats (except of course litter box cleaning!) We had 4 at one point!! They all seem to inhabit their own spaces in the house 🙂 They all get along . . for the most part!! We had 3 boys at once and they seemed to all live together nicely . .now we have two girls and a boy – and the girls fight (go figure!!)

        Oh geez, I just saw that there is a new assignment for 31DBBB and I haven’t even finished the first! Better get to work!!

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  9. You and Pamela sound like you’re in the same boat! I think I’m glad I’m not in this boat right now… 😛

    I really enjoy your blog, and I think you’ve really grown as you’ve gone along. I don’t know what I’d say about it in an elevator, but I’d probably be laughing about something you said!

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    • Thank you. I really hope I have. I’d been out of the habit of writing for a long time before I started this website. It felt really awkward and unnatural at first but I think I have it figured out now. If only I knew what exactly I am trying to accomplish… Oh well! It’s all about having fun, right?

      There are too many things one could say about your blog. I have no idea how you would keep your pitch to 200 words!

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    • Thank you so much! I love yours too. Your DIY skills are endlessly impressive! The things you can do with an end table boggle my brain.

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