Bob Stewart E-mailed Me
When I started blogging here last year, I didn’t really knew where it was going to lead. I had hoped that by blogging I would get more business opportunities. That has been my experience here, those things are happening as a direct result of doing what I do. But there is more to this place than increased sales.
Participation Means Growth
It has been my experience that if I do what the active members are doing, I can learn some things that can useful to blogging and improve my business. Looking around the site I could find the point leaders, not all were as active as others. Those that were active were the ones that I saw posting regularly, leaving comments on other posts, and working on improving their posts, web sites, and business practices. Those were the ones to watch, and try to do what they were doing.
Learn by Doing
One thing became clear; I needed to do the things that others were doing in order to learn. Fear can be a factor in holding us back. The support here helps in overcoming the fear of trying something new.
Contests and Challenges taught me that I can post on a daily basis, post about local interests, and exercise my creativity in a welcoming environment.Getting started was scary; continuing to learn requires an open mind and willingness to continue to grow.
Yes I Do Blog, but I Am Human
Okay, so maybe I am the same guy but I have gotten better at being an active member. I blog regularly, leave comments, enter contests and challenges, help others when I can, and work on writing better posts. And I’m having fun doing it. I get to share my experience as an expert in dry rot and water damage repair, help others to better understand the construction trade, and even post about personal things that show that I’m human. If this were just business, it wouldn’t be as fun.
So I get an E-mail from Bob Stewart…
If you don’t know who Bob Stewart is, check him out, he’s not hard to find. I remember checking out his profile after seeing a picture of him and his beautiful wife (I told you this was fun). My impression of Bob was that he was a young and powerful guy here at ActiveRain. So you can imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail from him. The e-mail read in part
“We have an opportunity for a few members of ActiveRain to contribute content to realestate.com. You are the first person that pops to mind when someone comes to me and says 'do we have any contractors on ActiveRain that can write' so I wanted to extend the opportunity to you.”
If you had told me that I would have this opportunity when I started blogging last year, I would have told you that you were nuts. Because of all that I have done and learned here, I am comfortable in writing a post for RealEstate.com. It won’t be an award winning, epic contribution but it will be me expressing myself in the fashion that I now know. I’m looking forward to getting it done.