If you hadn’t noticed from the recent posts on my blog bearing the familiar red patch, I’ve found myself totally engaged in Yeah Write these past few days. The weekly challenges give me a community of writers to get feedback from and offer feedback to, and the challenges posed in 31 Days to a Better Blog have left me with a cleaner design, a more reader-centered approach and something called a sneeze page. But because I hopped on the bandwagon a little late I missed one of the most important challenges: Day One: Writing an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog.
Somehow it didn’t seem right for me to (belatedly) type out my elevator pitch in a Word document where it would sit for all of eternity unread and unloved. It only seemed fair that I share it with you and get some good ole fashioned feedback. So spare no feelings and tell me what you think!
The. Penniless. Traveler. Let’s work from back to front here. First things first, I’m a traveler. I write about the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen and the adventures that lie ahead of me. I make lists of my favorite sights and sounds from my destinations and record my journeys as they happen: real time. Second, I’m penniless. This adjective comes with me for a few reasons: (1) as a poor college student my money evaporates into thin air, (2) I’m cheap and can’t justify spending more than $50 on anything and (3) because most of the time the free nooks and crannies of the world are more of an adventure anyway. Which brings me to “the.” “The” is the writer in me, the storyteller. “The” precedes the greatest book titles of our time, it adds weight and significance, it gives the seemingly meaningless immediate importance (THE Hobbit, THE Count of Monte Cristo, THE Great Gatsby…need I go on?) “The” is a tribute to the importance of the little things–the seemingly ordinary, the quirky, the out-of-place. The Penniless Traveler is all of those things shoved into a suitcase and coerced shut as I balance precariously on top of it. It’s me as I muddle my way through the muck of my twenties and hopefully sometimes it’s you too.
And in the spirit of reevaluation, rebirth and all-around newness, I asked my sister to draw a cartoon for my blog. I admit, I’ve always been a little envious of Unbrave Girl‘s fabulous cape and Making It Anywhere‘s cartoon tea cup so when my sister turned out to be an incredible artist I had to ask. And here’s how it turned out. (I feel like a modern day Dorothy!)
If you’re interested in a cartoon of your own, feel free to shoot me an email at thepennilesstraveler(at)yahoo.com and I’ll pass it along to her. In the meantime, let me know what you think about all of the newness!