Got a few minutes before my next appointment so I thought I would address RSS SNOBBERY. This is simply when a Blog is more than happy to Syndicate it's content, but altogether unwilling to accept an RSS feed from somewhere else. It's like finding out that you aren't Number 1 on someone's speed dial. These blogs all want to be the primary place where people post their content and everyone else can be secondary.
I am a huge believer in ONE POST BLOGGING. Where you post one time on one blog and that goes everywhere else in your social infrastructure. However, we have a few blog culprits that will give but won't receive. The theory of these blogs is that people will have to post on their site if they want the fresh content benefit. This only hurts those blogs because they are less likely to get fresh content and updates fed from an RSS source.
Many Large Brokerages provide Blogs for their Agents that have this problem. Even Active Rain is one such culprit. Active Rain is wonderful for so many reasons, but they should really open up to other RSS sources. If someone is paying hundreds a month for a Real Estate System Blog that doesn't accept RSS and paying for the relatively nominal fee for Active Rain then they may make the mistake of spending their time posting on the other blog because it costs more, and that is where they have chosen to make their Internet "Mark" so to speak. Then they are stuck in this "cut and paste" stupidity keeping track of every blog that doesn't update automatically including Active Rain and adding the content when the whole process should just be automatic. It's not easy for them.
This is one reason why I LOVE Hosted Wordpress Sites in connection with Active Rain. If you can run your IDX off WordPress which many themes allow, then you get the maintenance benefit of posting on Active Rain and having that easily filter through your entire Blogfrastructure. If you are buying any fancy-schmancy Real Estate System, you should see if the blog that they include will accept RSS feeds. If they won't then realize you will have to cut and paste to use multiple blog sites.
So listen up Internet people! We shouldn't really have to post more than once to actually post.
Just my two bits.