Someone who shall remain nameless told me last week that blogging is a waste of time. We got into a discussion about it. He has been in real estate three times as long as I have and has a more “old school” approach. Lots of direct mail and advertises in the newspaper. That’s no problem but, until you’ve tried to blog don’t knock it. I had to be convinced to blog myself, I love social media but, the thought of blogging was overwhelming to me. I have my coach to thank for giving me the encouragement to just write about what I know. Once I had my first post up it wasn’t so scary and since then it’s turned into something that I enjoy.
It wasn’t until this weekend that I had my first call from someone who has been following my blog and is relocating from Minneapolis. I was so thrilled that my efforts had finally turned into a lead. She liked that I had a mix of local posts, market stats and what made her call was my story of how I got into real estate. It was a great feeling to know that someone is reading what I write.
I saw the other agent yesterday and mentioned that I had gotten a call from my blog and it might be worth trying. His response was not what I was expecting – he came back with it’s you “young” agents that think the internet is the only way to get leads. Really? How so Mr. Experienced? I was trying to be helpful and give him a new idea for generating business. I didn’t say the internet was the only way but, it’s not just me that knows it’s a productive venue for leads. No, I haven’t been a Realtor longer than he has but, I am an experienced agent and if someone is offering me advice I’m going to listen. You never know what you might learn, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.