Posts Tagged ‘Problogger’

Today is being a taxing day on my entire being. I feel overly exhausted for no real reason, I’m not motivated to do anything. I just want to go soak in a nice hot bath and read a book, turn my music up real loud and veg by myself.

I feel like a bit of a one-man-show right now, even though both my kids Dad’s are still in the picture and are here everyday to some extent or another. Carter tends to be a huge mama suck, that and I think that I’m officially starting to “dry up”, because I feel like every second he’s awake (unless The Boyfriend’s awake and can distract him), he’s breastfeeding.

I never really got the opportunity to breastfeed my other kids. With Kaeidyn, I had gotten an infection from the c-section so bad that it affected my breastmilk. She wouldn’t drink it at all. Kenzie got a short amount of time breastfeeding, but within 2 or 3 weeks, after he didn’t gain any significant weight, I dried up completely and had to switch to formula. Keirnan was in the hospital for the first month of his life, and for the first week or two, I was pumping as often as I could. He was being fed through a tube in his nose, so breastfeeding wasn’t possible. By the end of his hospital stay, they were adding so much nutritional supplements to my breastmilk that it seemed more logical to switch to formula.

Carter on the other hand, has had no problem with the breastfeeding whatsoever. He’s gained a really good amount of weight, he latched without much problem, I only had a day or two of sore nipples (as opposed to Kenzie, where the entire time I was breastfeeding was painful, and my nipples constantly cracked), so it’s been a rather pleasurable experience. Though these last two days, it seems incredibly overwhelming.

When I do get him off my boob, I generally want to “play” on the computer. By play, I mean blog and check out other blogs and look into whatever catches my interest for the day. Though what I should be doing is cleaning, but I’m getting so sick of that.

I’m what they call a “Slacker Mom”, I like that alot more than the alternative “Bad Mom”. My house isn’t immaculate, I don’t brush my kids teeth every night, I don’t include all of the four food groups in our meals. I think I do pretty good, but I wouldn’t put myself in the Great Mom category, because I have much higher standards than this.

I’ve been doing dishes every single day, which was one of my goals for this year. I’ve even been getting the kids to help. Kaeidyn washes all the silverware (and does a suprisingly good job), Keirnan likes to “wash” the dishes too (really he just pours water and in and out of things), and he likes to help cook dinner (which has resulted in burning his hand twice, neither time very badly. First it was the oven while making cupcakes and he touched the front of it. I kept telling him No, but he wouldn’t listen. The second time, I was boiling potatoes on the stove, again I told him it was hot and the he shouldn’t touch it, but I guess curiousity burns the monkey, so he touches the side of the pot, cried for 5 seconds, and then was okay the rest of the night). Kenzie isn’t much of a helper at all, he would rather play his games. But I’ve been calling him up before dinner, and his job is to wipe down the table (he doesn’t do such a good job at it, but at least he gets it all wet so that it’s easier for me to clean off ;)).

So then I try to make dinner in as short of a time as possible, because I really don’t like being in my kitchen. Firstly, there’s three kids running around that I’m constantly tripping over. Then I normally have to have Carter out there with me, either in the Snugli (which is more annoying than I can even explain, when you’re trying to wash dishes or cook a meal!) or in his bouncy chair, which he still hasn’t gotten to the point of really liking. Like I said, he’s a mama suck. He likes to be held and if he’s not being held, he’s normally not happy. I seriously don’t know how we have so many happy pictures of him, because I almost never feel like he’s being happy.

I keep forgetting how exhausting and overwhelming it is to do this job. And I was so naive, the first couple of weeks Carter was home, I kept going off to everyone about how it feels like it gets easier with each kid you add on.

I remember with Kaeidyn, being so overwhelmed, that I’d close her in our bedroom, and I’d sit outside the door bawling my eyes out, begging her to just stop crying. Then Kenzie came along, and things bothered me much less. Keirnan coming home was just about the easiest thing ever. The older two kids helped out so much, especially Kaeidyn. Even the first couple of weeks that Carter came home (back when The Boyfriend was on paternity leave), were really easy. Everyone was helping out. Now that The Boyfriend’s gone back to work, and Kaeidyn’s back in school, it just seems so intense.

I feel like I go all day, and never stop. I used to get to join The Boyfriend on naps during the day. Or taking a bath, I used to get to go for baths. This actually involves a short explanation. I try my hardest not to shower. I have an issue with my knees. The doctors are calling it Osgood-Shlatter Disease, though I personally disagree with the diagnoses altogether.

According to The Mayo Clinic, Osgood-Shlatter Diesease can affect children going through puberty. It is most commonly seen in those who particpate in sports that involve running, jumping, and swift changes in direction – such as soccer, basketball, figure skating and ballet. The disease typically occurs in boys age 13 to 14 and girl age 11-12.

I know, you’re probably laughing hysterically. I’m definitely not 11 or 12 (though I miss those days and sometimes wish I could have them back), I don’t participate in any sports. And the last time I participated in sports, was Grade 6 basketball. I haven’t done any running or soccer or basketball and definitely not figure skating! I don’t even walk very often!

Whatever it is, standing up in the shower, causes me serious pain. It doesn’t help that I still haven’t recovered from whatever it was that Carter did to my hip while I was pregnant with him. So I stand in the shower, and I get shooting pains going down from my hip and up from my toes, all headed in the direction of my knee. I’ve got a heating blanket, I’ve got knee braces (the tensor bandage kind) and I’ve Rub-A-535, all of which don’t do anything but provide moments of relief. Quick, short, almost not even worth it, relief. So I keep my showers to an absolute minimum and try to stick more to baths to save my knees. I can’t actually remember when the last time for sure was my last bath or shower, I know it’s been less than a week, more than two days. I hate that!

I don’t mean to complain, because I wouldn’t give any of this up for anything, but I just can’t believe I keep forgetting the depth of how overwhelming it really is. Does anyone else find being a stay-at-home Mom an incredibly hard job? Do you think it’s just as tough for Mom’s who work, or are they lucky because they get to leave for awhile and take a break (I personally agree with that, and that is exactly the reason why I can’t wait to get  back to work or school or something!)? Anyone have any bad experiences with breastfeeding, or was it a relatively easy job?

Just to let everyone know, I am working really hard on today’s tasks for Problogger, when I can. I’m having a really hard time keeping my focus on reading other people’s blogs when the kids are climbing all over the furniture and making messes left, right and center. I’m hoping I’ll get it done by the end of the night (especially being that 3 out of 4 kids are leaving in about 2 hours to go watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the theatre with their grandparents, and The  Boyfriend doesn’t work tonight), so I’m hoping in a couple hours I’ll get creatively productive.

Prior to that, I need to:

  • Do the dishes
  • Do some laundry
  • Get the floor in the living room clean for the umpteenth time this week
  • Change the garbage in the  bathroom
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So I’m not writing a super long post today, because I’m being too much of a perfectionist and it’s just being ridiculous. I’ve started my Marathon Day 4 post, and deleted it and edited it and then re-edited it, too many times today to want to look at it anymore.

My task is to Analyze a Successful Blog in my niche. Now I have a handful and a half, at least, of family or Mommy or parenting blogs in my Google Reader. Alot of these have only been added in the last month or two, so I’m still in decision making mode about which ones I truly like and which ones I don’t like. But just to see what the top family/Mommy/parenting blogs look like, I jumped over to Technorati and checked out the Top 100 Family Blogs. So now I’m in the state of going through all these new blogs, and picking out the good from the bad (in my opinion…).

So after deciding that 31 days to do all these things that require alot of time, effort and research, could definitely not be done everyday for 31 days by someone who doesn’t write a blog as their lifetime job, is a little advanced. I’m giving my brain a rest for one night. Unfortunately, it’s not working out for me so well.

After The Boyfriend left for work, I was channel surfing like I normally do on Monday nights, while I wait for The Big Bang Theory to come on. I stumbled across this show on PBS called This Emotional Life, and so here I’ve been for the last hour and a half watching it (and absolutely loving seeing Alanis Morissette!), and I’m really enjoying it.

Of course, I wanted to share with everyone my excitement over a cool show with Alanis Morissette on it, that’s about social relationships and neurological processes. It basically proves that love, compassion and attachment are a vital part of human development, as essential as food and shelter.

I personally, almost need the logic of a scientist to believe in anything, but I’m a romantic at heart. So while I believe in love at first sight and soulmates, it’s much more reassuring to me when there’s a psychologist or neurologist telling me it exists. That and it’s amazing to learn about what happens to the mind and which horomones are released and all the little things that a body does when a woman has a chance to bond with her baby, or a person falls in love for the first time, or when two people have sex.

So about 45 minutes ago now, I jumped on the computer with the intention of writing a great blog post about this show. Then I started writing, and I kept jumping all over the place. I’d be writing in a more essay type style, and then I’d be writing like I was telling The Boyfriend about this awesome show I just saw on TV, and I just couldn’t focus on it.

I restarted and then deleted a whole bunch, and about 20 minutes later after not being able to get anywhere further than “So…”, I just decided I would write a quick post and let you know that I did start my Problogger task, and I am planning on posting it tomorrow, along with Day 5’s focus on my current readers.

Oh by the way, I made myself these super cool, easy-to-use Blog Ideas lists. I haven’t started filling mine out yet, but after this post, I’ll be able to. Here’s a couple of pictures to make you smile:

What I Learnt:

Using ‘lists’ has always been a popular and effective technique among bloggers wanting to write content that gets spread from one person to the next. Just look at pages like the front page of Digg, TweetMeme and Delicious and you’ll see that many of the ‘hottest’ content on the web at any given time are written in this style.

8 Reasons Why List Posts are Powerful

  1. Lists are scannable
  2. Lists keep post succinct
  3. Lists look neat
  4. Lists can be comprehensive
  5. Lists are persuasive
  6. Lists can add to the ease of writing
  7. Lists go viral
  8. Lists break down the complicated

Problogger Warns:

don’t go over the top with ‘list posts’. They can be incredibly powerful but on many blogs readers can become frustrated with them if that is all you do.

Today’s Task

Today your task is to write a ‘list post’ on your blog.

My Best Of 2009 List

  1. Carter Was Born!
    Carter's Birth
    This year, we welcomed the sixth member of our family (and our fourth child), Carter Drayke. Even though, after having Keirnan, I said I wasn’t getting pregnant again until at least Kaeidyn was in school, back in January, I found out I was expecting again.The Boyfriend and I both knew before the test, but the confirmation seemed like a big slap in the face. The pregnancy was long, and even though in terms of health it was my best pregnancy yet, it was a hard pregnancy. Carter was my least complicated pregnancy, and I lasted until 4 days away from my original due date, which was October 28th (the doctors moved it further back to November 7th or 8th, because I was measuring small – which is the least abnormal thing for me!).

    So October 24th, we welcomed our handsome man, who at 2 months old now, seems like he’s not even a baby anymore. Weighing in at a solid 12 lbs 2.5 oz., he’s holding his head up with ease and already starting to crawl. Definetely one of the best things to happen this year!

  2. Kaeidyn’s Officially a Big Girl!
    Kaeidyn's First Day
    This year was a year of many milestones for my eldest. First, she started school. The day was epic for all of us. The first day, was an orientation that Alfie and I got to go to with her. For her, it was an amazing, exciting day. For me, it could’ve gone better.The day was a drop-in. When we went, we were the youngest parents there. The teacher had hardly acknowledged our existence. Looking back on it now, it was probably just because she was incredibly busy doing something else. At that time, I took it as she was ignoring us.

    The next day was Kaeidyn’s first day completely by herself. We got there, and Kaeidyn ran up to the teacher and started talking to her. Again, it was probably just the teacher was incredibly busy, but she turned away from Kaeidyn and I took it as the teacher ignoring my kid. I walked out of the school bawling my eyes out (even though I said I wouldn’t cry when Kaeidyn started school!).

    Of course, Alfie had to make it worse by telling me all the way home that “It’s okay”, secretly laughing to himself that I was being the irrational, mom-on-the-first-day-of-school cry baby, that I said I wouldn’t be. His own little “I told you so” dance.

    Even though I’ve cried alot over the stuff that’s gone on at school with Kaeidyn, from Christmas Concerts to speech therapy, it’s one of the best things that happened this year for alot of reasons. I love how much I’ve learnt about her since she’s started school and how much she’s learnt. I love watching her get older and wiser and smarter with each passing school day.

    Another really big milestone for Kaeidyn was losing her first tooth. She said one day her bottom front tooth hurt. Nothing seemed out of place. The next day, her tooth was loose. About three weeks later, after a short freak out about “it’ll hurt so bad!”, with the help of a paper towel, we pulled that loose tooth out.

    The next day, she woke up to a loonie under her pillow, a missing tooth and a second loose tooth, which she lost about two weeks later. Now her adult teeth are coming in and she’s incredibly excited. Can’t wait for her to lose her top front teeth!

  3. This Summer
    Picture of Summer
    This summer was by far my most favourite summer ever. I’m not normally one for the outdoors, preferring to be within the confines of my own home. For some reason, this summer, I never wanted to be in the house!This summer, not only did the kids and I all get tanned, but we did alot of fun stuff as a family. We went:

    • To Gull Lake
      At Gull Lake at Gull Lake Kenzie in a Hole
    • To Kin Canyon/Rotary Park
      At Kin Canyon Walking through Kin Canyon On the stairs Mommy and Kaeidyn Kenzie carrying wood Kaeidyn carrying Wood
    • Camping for a Day

      Kenzie, Keirnan, Riley, Kaeidyn, Kenzie and Hope Building the Tent Big Hill
    • To The Fountain

      Kaeidyn at the Fountain Kenzie at the Fountain Freezing Kaeidyn Valerie Rayne in the Water
    • To The Westerner Parade
      Eating Apples at the Westerner Parade
    • To The Exercise Park
      Exercising
    • To the “Club House”


      The Club House is really what the kids call Grandma’s House but I’m calling the field out behind her house the Club House.
    • To the new Bower Ponds Park

      At Bower Ponds At Bower ponds Bower Ponds
    • Paddle Boating

      On a Boat On a Boat
    • To the Blackfalds Water Park

      Trying to Convince the Boys to Go Play At the Water Park
    • For a nature walk at The Kerrywood Nature Center

      Fish At the Kerrywood Nature Center At The Kerrywood Nature Center Kerrywood Nature Center
    • To Discovery Canyon

      Discovery Canyon Discovery Canyon Discovery Canyon Eating Apples Eating Apples Discovery Canyon

    Needless to say, we can’t wait for this summer!!

  4. Tons of Great Pictures
    The Boyfriend and I got tons of great landscape pictures which we’ve been using as desktop backgrounds. Some of my favourite landscape pictures from this year include:

  5. Great Kids Movies
    This year was a year with many great kids movies. They’re have probably been alot of years with great kids movies. Thankfully, I’ve had a computer all the other years, so I was never forced to watch kids movies. This year, it was a goal of mine to spend more time doing things with the kids. So this year, I watched a few kids movies with the kids and I loved every one of them. Maybe more than the kids did.Kaeidyn and I absolutely loved Tinkerbell and The Lost Treasure. We did the whole family movie night for this one, and while it was hard to keep the boys extremely interested in it, Kaeidyn, The Boyfriend and I were having a hoot and it was a seriously funny movie.

    Bedtime Stories (the kids call it “Raining Gumballs”), is another one of our favourites for this year. The first couple of times, the kids watched it alone or with Alfie. I finally watched it, and seriously, one of the best Adam Sandler movies ever! It’s funny, it’s touching, it was exciting.

    Another one that we all enjoyed this year was Monsters vs. Aliens. My favourite part of the movie is when “The Missing Link” says that it felt warmer, “That would be a very convenient truth”. I laughed hysterically through most of this movie. The best part was, even though the kids didn’t understand any of the references, they laughed through most of the movie too.

    And even though it’s not a kids movie, one of our memorable movie moments was taking Kaeidyn and Kenzie to go see Transformers 2 at the big Galaxy Cinema. That was alot of fun and the movie was spectacular.

  6. The Delicious Food We Ate
    My Delicious Nutritious Shepard’s Pie

    Preheat Oven to 425 degrees farenheit.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
    • 6-8 Medium Potatoes
    • 1 can of Corn
    • Approx. 1/2 cup of frozen carrots, finely diced
    • Approx. 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflour, finely diced
    • Approx. 1 cup of Original Tomato Sauce
    • Butter
    • Cheez Whiz
    • Milk
    • Seasoning Salt
    • Onion Salt
    • Garlic Powder
    • Salt and Pepper

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Peel potatoes and cut into chunks.
    2. Place in a larger pot, fill with enough water to cover. Turn on high heat and bring to a boil.
    3. Place frozen cauliflour in a medium pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
    4. Begin browning meat in a medium pot on medium heat, adding salt, pepper, onion salt, garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste.
    5. Once meat is browned, carrots and cook for approx. 5 minutes or untl carrots are soft.
    6. Add tomato sauce to meat/carrot mixture and reduce heat. Simmer until everything else is prepared.
    7. Open can of corn, save the liquid from the can, and cook in a small pot on medium-low heat.
    8. Once the potatoes are soft enough that you can no longer pick them up with a fork, they are ready to be drained. After draining, return to the pot, add half of corn liquid, a small amount of milk, about a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of Cheez Whiz and the boiled cauliflour. Mash to desired consistency.
    9. Add remaining corn liquid to meat and sauce and let simmer
    10. Place a small layer of mashed potatoes into cupcake tins (I used a 12 cupcake one) and cook in the oven for about 7 or 8 minutes.
    11. Remove from oven and add a layer of the corn, then a layer of the meat and lastly another layer of the potatoes. Place in oven and cook for about 15 minutes.
    12. Add some grated cheese to the top of each Shephard’s Pie Cupcake and cook in the oven until the cheese is browned.
    13. Remove from oven. Eat and enjoy your nutritious, delicious Shephard’s Pie. Careful: It’s really hot!

    Tomorrow I’ll put up Cheesy Pork and Potatoes (mmm!),
    a meal good enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    So there you have it, my list post and the best things about 2009!

What I Learnt:

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

RANTS
This is either going to be really easy or really hard. At least it’s 150 words as opposed to 150 characters – the approximate length of a Twitter update (a tweet?!?). I tend to have a pretty difficult time keeping it under that on one or two day-to-day things, let alone a blog full of information over a span of time consisting of more than 48 hours!!!!

On the other hand, if you think about it in the length of an elevator ride, I think that I talk fast enough that I could relay all the information that I needed to about the blog to get someone to read it. Like I said, it’s going to either be really easy or really hard. If only it really were as simple as “A blog about a 23-year-old, stay-at-home Mom of four”.

QUESTIONS: (Please leave me your comments!!)

  1. Have you ever tried to write an elevator pitch?
  2. Do you Twitter (or whatever they call it)?
  3. What do you think of my simple “about this blog” sentence?
  4. Do you like my Elevator Pitch?

Why it’s smart for a Blogger to use:

  • One of the most important reasons to do this exercise is that to develop an elevator pitch YOU as a blogger have thought through and crystallised in your mind what your blog is about.

If you’re fuzzy on what your blog is about it’s unlikely that anyone else will have much of an idea either.

RANTS
This one is a little bit difficult. I mean, I know my blog is about my life as a 23-year-old, stay-at-home Mom of four. I know my blog covers the boring and yet vast categories of my life. From the four kids and the happenings in their life, to the lack of money, to my hopes and dreams for the future and some of the stuff I like to do creatively. The blog is alot like a website, in the sense that it’s a one-stop-shop for everything that is a part of my life.

It’s a little hard to narrow it down into 150 words, though it would be even harder with the Twitter issue. At least I know what it’s about. Hopefully I can pinpoint it in 150 words for other people to know what it’s about 😉

Quotes Are From

31DBBBProblogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge

  • Once you’ve got one it is brilliant for communicating what your blog is about to readers (both the ones you already have and potential ones), other bloggers, potential partners, media/journalists, advertisers and even to friends and family members who might not get what you’re doing.

RANTS
Did anyone else just get totally excited reading this last quote? I’ve always loved when people wanted to read my journals. One of my favourite memories is my Mom and I sitting there reading my journals from when I was 14 when I first moved into my house. We laughed, we cried, we got into an arguement. It was great fun!

So to think that with the internet, there’s a potential audience of millions to laugh, cry and get into an argument with me, I couldn’t be more excited. It excites me to think about having readers. I’m excited and nervous and jittery. Connecting with other bloggers, nervous about that.

Today’s Task

Take some time out today to develop an elevator pitch for your blog. If you’ve already got one take a few minutes to review and refine it.

Questions and Answers Rant:

Q: Does your blog solve a problem or need?

A: Yes and No. If you’re need is to sit around listen to me rant about my life, then yes it solves a need. If you have a problem with the fact that you simply don’t have enough people already ranting at you, then yes my blog solves a problem. Otherwise, no…

Q: Define your audience

  • Who is your blog for?
  • Who are you attempting to attract?
  • Are you trying to target a specific demographic?

A: My blog is mostly for me. I created it so that I would have a venue to do what it is that I’m best at, and that’s rant. And by ranting, I don’t mean bickering and nagging and getting all up in your grill. I just mean that I tend to carry on, I tend to rant. In writing this, I’m hoping to attract anyone who feels like listening to me.

I don’t really have a target demographic. I want teenagers who are having sex to read this, teenagers who have never considered having kids reading this. I want Moms and Dads of all ages, shapes and sizes reading about the struggles and the triumphs of parenting. I want Grandparents and felines and single people and all people, to read my blog.

My Elevator Pitch

It’s a work-in-progress. Comments are more than welcome!

Problogger suggests making a short version and a long version of your elevator pitch.

Short Version:

The Rantings of a Tortured Mind – The trials and tribulations of a 23-year-old, stay-at-home Mom of four.

RANTS
While I managed to do it with only 21 words!!! And I’d like to let everyone know that I was able to write it as a Twitter update (a tweet?!?), with 33 characters to spare. Woo hoo!!

I feel like I’m leaving myself open to alot of stereotyping and negativity from the short version of my elevator pitch. And I can’t decide for the life of me if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I also feel like it hardly describes what The Rantings are about. If anything, it’s almost a misrepresentation of what The Rantings are. Or maybe it’s not, I can’t decide. Maybe this will help us:

Long Version:

The Rantings of a Tortured Mind is a blog/website that is maintained and written by me, Valerie Rayne, a 23-year-old, stay-at-home Mom of four whose passions are her kids, her music and her sexuality. The Rantings cover many aspects of my life, from my 5-year-old, 3-year-old, 2-year-old and 2-month-old to songs and stories that I have written to my wants and desires for my life (which will hopefully make me feel accountable to start putting my life into order – the way I want it!).

RANTS
I guess in a way it gets my point across, but are you still left a little confused? Does it make you want to read the blog more or less? Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

Even though, in seven minutes, it will be January 1st, it’s “Not The 1st Yet”. And even when the clock strikes twelve and it is officially the 1st, I will be in denial and it won’t become the 1st until tomorrow morning, after I wake up. Why is this relevant, you ask. Why does it matter?

I’ve come across two different online 31-day blogging challenges. One of My Goals for 2010 (a sort of New Years’ Resolution, if you will) is to participate in both of these challenges at the same time beginning January 1st, 2010 (even though it is technically now today, I’m not starting until tomorrow ;))

The first challenge I happened upon was

NaBloPoMo
NaBloPoMo
(National Blog Posting Month)

NaBloPoMo is for “People who want to set the habit of blogging by doing it everyday for a month, including weekends, can come here for moral support, inspiration, and the camaraderie that only marathon blogging can provide.”

Not only is NaBloPoMo a great reason to blog everyday (it makes me want to be accountable to my goal, great motivation!), but it’s also great for finding a variety of blogs and letting other people discover your blog.

Tomorrow is my official start day, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the 31-day stretch. It’s been a couple of years since I wrote something everyday. Wish me luck!!

Then I happened across Probloggers

31DBBB
31-Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge

As some of you may know, though alot of you may not, I’m coming back from a few years hiatus on blogging. It seems brand new to me. You can do alot more in the blogging world now, than you could back when I had The Old Rantings. I figured this would be a wonderful opportunity to learn.

Another reason I decided to go for this particular challenge is because I have some goals when it comes to blogging, such as how many readers I’d like to have and how many people I’d like subscribing to the mailing list (learn more). I’m betting that I’ll learn a whole heck of alot.

I’ve already begun receiving my daily tasks, and have a basic idea of how the next week or so will go in terms of “absolute daily posts”. So hopefully I’ll learn lots, and post everyday.

Has anyone else participated in either of these challenges? What other challenges do you know of like this? Leave me a comment, or send me an e-mail and let me know.

Look forward to tomorrow for my first 31DBBB/NaBloPoMo post! It’s all about Writing an Elevator Pitch.