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elevator buttonsSo today is it, it’s my big day… I hope I don’t fail… I hope I do this right… I hope that everyone “likes” me and enjoys hanging out with me for the next 31 days. I’m all set to “host” The Winter ProBlogger 31DBBB which stands for 31 Days to Build a Better Blog in case you don’t know what I’m talking about…

OK, here’s what you might have missed:

• I have been blogging since spring 2009 when I jumped in with both feet and did Darren’s 31DBBB *note Shelley does not do anything half-hearted… This is the special needs mom who didn’t have a place for her disabled daughter and her able bodied daughter to play together and in 3 years she raised a million dollars, designed and built the first fully inclusive playground in Maryland-not to toot my own horn, but yeah…

• I installed Google Analytics, apparently wrong, but when I reviewed them after a few weeks of correcting the original problem I realized my “bounce” rate sucked. Um, not good to Shelley, not good at all!

• While “cleaning” up some old files I stumbled upon notes from my 2009 Problogger 31DBBB challange and thought about how “things” have changed a bit in the past two years; perhaps it was time to reevaluate my blog. Being a “take the bull by the horns kinda gal” and knowing I can’t possibly be the only one out there who “sucked” according to Google thought I’d like to “help” while helping myself… hmm, there seems to be a theme going on here…

When I began my site I was writing as a way of chronicling our life as a special needs family and then last year I started a “wellness makeover”. So for the longest time this site was really all about me and my family and then recently I decided that in addition I would like to feature other special needs families and those who were on “wellness makeovers” as a way of supporting and reaching out to the bloggy community.

So there you have it, now that you are all caught up, we are ready to start this party! Our first task in this 31 day challenge was to come up with an “elevator speech.”

You might be wondering what exactly is an “elevator speech”. According to Wikipedia

“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).”

Day One: My elevator speech

“A few special stories… A few special inspirations… from a special needs mom”

Short Elevator speech: Sharing stories and inspirations on how we can all make it through adversity be it health or any facet of life.

Long Elevator Speech: I’m Still Standing is a site that I would like people to come to who want to be inspired, who are looking for everything from healthy recipes to stories about overcoming adversity, and realizing we are all “able”. A place you find comfort like “home”.

That’s it.. So, what do you think of my short and long elevator speech?

About shelley

Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on

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  1. I love the "place where we're all able" part! It's so true. I live with my boyfriend, who has Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. There are moments when you'r patience wears thin, & you're just so frustrated you want to scream. In those moments, it's nice to have a network of people to reach out to!

    My pitch is up too! So excited about the challenge!

  2. Shelley, it's amazing that you raised a million dollars. I'll come talk to you when I'm ready to raise funds for adoption!

    I think your pitch sounds great and really says what your blog is about (I assume, since I haven't read your blog yet).

    The long pitch almost doesn't quite sound "pitchy" enough to me. I think using "I" and "would like" threw me off, I was looking for more of a "this is" instead of "this will be" if that makes any sense. Maybe something like this instead: I’m Still Standing is a place to find comfort like home. Stop by to be inspired by stories about overcoming adversity, realizing that we’re all “able”, and to find healthy recipes.

    or something. I don't really know what I'm talking about 😉

    Thanks for hosting :)

  3. I like it. Good job.


  4. Shelley, you are an amazing woman – and you deserve to toot your horn about the wonderful things you've accomplished, for your community as well as your girls.

    You're a constant reminder for me of how handicapped little girls can become strong, independent women (with a few more wheels). *hugs*

  5. Greetings from one special needs mom to another! I'm going to be following along for the next month–have just started my own blog so this will be a big help!

  6. Great job on the elevator pitch. It's to the point and accurately tells people what they'll find here and why they should read your blog.

    BTW-You RAWK for all the great stuff your doing for the special needs community so keep tooting that horn!!! 😀

  7. I like it. Off to a great start. I can totally relate to the blog changing. Mine has definitely been changing course and it needed some serious re-evaluation. Thanks for starting this and getting us all to work.

  8. Shelley, you are an amazing woman and a mom. It's been only one day, but I am so glad I'm doing this challenge with your help.

    Both pitches are great.

    I am a special needs mom and an aunt so blogs like yours give me the little extra I need sometimes to get through the day.

  9. Thanks for being willing to do all this work! I'm looking forward to actually completing the whole thing this time. (I am a 31DBBB drop-out…due to grad school).

  10. Just stopping by. Great pitch, both short and long – Thanks for arranging the 31DBBB this winter. Believe it or not I have D2 in the works, because it is something I've already had in the works.

    Amy W

  11. you are such an inspiration! seriously a million bucks and you built a playground in MD? Where? I am in Delaware! :) I love the elevator speech and you have me thinking about mine…hmm..what would I write? I am going to look into the book tonight and will be sure to check in with you! I just may join!:)gina

  12. How awesome! I am so glad you are hosting the 31DBBB. I am really excited about this endeavor. I first started my blog as a journal when my fiance deployed to Iraq.

    Now I have that blog and started another with a focus on the arts. I have a lot to learn.

    Thank you for your sweet comment.

  13. Great job with your elevator pitch. It is so hard to take a whole blog and it it into a sentence!

  14. I love your elevator pitches. This exercise is not an easy thing to do! I actually am trying to put together two blogs – one for our ranch and one for my role as the ranch mom! I'm just doing the challenge with the ranch mom one to get my feet wet before I attempt anything with the "big one"! Ha-ha!

    I love your blog. You are quite a force of nature – I love it! I'm so glad I got to meet you through the 31DBBB challenge!


  15. Wow, Shelley, you are da bombe! A million dollars? Hosting this huge 31DBBB? Man, you take on challenges. Just doing this 31DBBB is big enough for me. Couldn't imagine hosting it as well. And visiting all those blogs. You deserve your success. You go, girl!