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?