I've Been Down the Rabbit Hole First Thing This Morning

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

When I first got my real estate license it came as a complete surprise that the profession of real estate is actually stepping from one rabbit hole into another and another and another.  I've gotten used to the rabbit holes and have even learned to appreciate them since they absolutely keep my way of making a living from becoming boring.  I'm glad though that my mother made sure we were literate children because it occurs to me that if I'd never read Watership Down, I'd have no clue what the meaning of the term "rabbit hole" even means!

 

Today's early morning rabbit hole has somewhat something to do with real estate but it has more to do with blogging intentional real estate content.  It gets a bit more complicated when you want to post something specific to real estate and trying to wrap it up in an attractive and worthwhile product.  There should be a certain number of words but not so many that people glance at your post and immediately ignore it and dismiss it as yawn worthy.  Hyperlinks, nicely balanced paragraph structure with an easily read font are also definite pluses.  Correctly spelled words and properly conjugated verbs as well as smartly executed use of grammar and punctuation almost assures the writer of a decent following of readers.

 

Almost...but not quite.  Pictures and artwork folks, readers like their eyes to get a thorough physical workout!  That's where the rabbit hole comes in this morning.  My thought was to write a post about referrals to various professional service people...and I'll still do that, maybe tomorrow.  I got caught up in hunting clip art for the article.  So many distractions!  There isn't much in the way of gender equality in the images, so right away I got sort of ... yeah, let's say it ... pissed off that all of the images of inspectors, surveyors, attorneys, etc. were male. 

 

Okay, setting that aside for a minute...while sifting through clip art I kept finding ideas for future interesting (hopefully) posts as well.  Before I knew it an hour and a half had flown by and I realized if I didn't climb out of the rabbit hole soon, I'd miss the vet appointment for Riddick (one of the lab brothers), I'd miss my appointment with another agent to pick up a copy of the survey the attorney needs me to bring to her, then there's the showing appointment, phone calls to return, a contract folder to put together, picking Riddick back up from the vet and meeting friends for dinner and a movie!

 

So, even though I'm sitting here in the comfort of the house and listening to bird song outside, looking at the mountain view and enjoying the 62 degree weather ... that rabbit hole this morning gave me quite a workout!

 

I'll be starting the rest of the day in a few minutes and am wishing the rest of you smooth tunneling as you navigate your own rabbit holes this morning.

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Tammy Lankford,
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it's been a while since I've been in that rabbit hole.  However, I've had my own bucket of rocks.

Jun 20, 2017 07:08 PM #12
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Sybil Campbell
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Mona Gersky, it is very easy to fall down the Active Rain rabbit hole and spend way more time than we should.  I have done that many times.

Jun 20, 2017 07:33 PM #13
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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It's so easy these days to just take some original photos as I go along with my day. Then, when I need something, there is always something that goes with my blog. Clip art by someone else? They all look alike and are not interesting to me. Maybe others will disagree.

Jun 20, 2017 07:52 PM #14
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Alan May
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Curiouser and curiouser.

Jun 20, 2017 08:32 PM #15
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Just like Kasey & John Boles - the graphics slows me down!  I have several in draft now - just waiting on me to add the right graphics!  The writing is easy-peasy...the graphics, not so much!

I feel your pain often, Mona!  ;-)

Jun 20, 2017 09:04 PM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Oh my, I find myself in rabbit holes as well. The other day I had a 9:30 call I had to make and I nearly missed it, as I was wrapped up in writing a blog and finding photos/etc. All of a sudden I realized I hadn't looked at the clock in a while and said, "OMG what TIME is it?" Luckily I had a few minutes left before I had to make that call. 

Jun 21, 2017 03:51 AM #17
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Debbie Gartner
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LOL I can relate to this.  I was looking at stock photos yesterday and actually came across a woman contractor and was so (pleasantly) surprised.  This am, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole looking at a competitor's site.  I just jotted down my future "to do" tasks and blog topic ideas.

I find some of the rabbit holes very helpful; others are a big distraction.

BTW, black text is much easier to read vs brown or brick colored.

Jun 21, 2017 04:10 AM #18
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Donna Quinlan
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I love your graphic! I find going down the rabbit hole easy to do, especiallly if I am looking for photos. Or doing most any research for that matter. 

I am so sensitive of  male dominance in many areas, including photos, on TV, news, books, politics, boardrooms and to my surprise, even in art. Baby steps, I guess. 

Nice post!

Jun 21, 2017 04:59 AM #19
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
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I love your graphic and you are so right easy to get lost and down the rabbit hole and not even notice the time slip away. I've been so busy lately my routine has changed..have to answer emails and watch my deadlines first..AR use to always be the first thing I did each day..have to be careful to handle the business I have through my blogging efforts!

Jun 21, 2017 06:35 AM #20
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Luke Acree
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With tech, it's never been easier to fall into a rabbit hole. We have to increase our focus and keep our eyes on the prize.

Jun 21, 2017 06:35 AM #21
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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So easy to get caught down the rabbit hole and sometimes hard to find your way out as well.

Jun 21, 2017 07:24 AM #22
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Tim Maitski
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I know Watership Down is about rabbits but I think "Down the Rabbit Hole" actually comes from Alice in Wonderland. I understand it to mean that you stumble upon something that opens your eyes to a whole new world you were never aware of.

Jun 21, 2017 08:06 AM #23
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Wayne L. Brown
Broadview Mortgage - Alpine, CA

Mona

Try  freedigitalphotos.net

It's Free for the most part.  All you have to do is set up a free account, and look for Free content based on your subject search.

You can download the photo or clip art

The only hitch, is if you use their free platform, you have to acknowledge the owner in the post.  I usually do this in my post at the bottom

Go to one of my posts to see an example here:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5034098/significant-changes-coming-to-credit-reporting-effective-in-july

 

Best of luck.

 

 

 

 

Jun 21, 2017 03:38 PM #24
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Dagny Eason
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 Thank you, Mona!   Fun post to read!!   Everyday I fall into that hole.   

Wayne L. Brown , thanks for the suggestion.   So easy when you know where to go.  

Jun 21, 2017 06:51 PM #25
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Those rabbit holes come in all depths don't they!  This was a nice diversion to read to day.

Jun 21, 2017 07:49 PM #26
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The rabbit hole you describe is one I fall into regularly! With all the photo editing I do I'm always in search of new photos to use. If you haven't already found Pixabay I recommend checking it out. Great free photo resource.

Jun 22, 2017 04:11 AM #27
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Being your own boss in an always changing environment makes it so easy to get distracted from the task at hand. Working through your task list ..... look, there's a butterfly, grab the camera.

Jun 22, 2017 05:16 AM #28
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Karen Sackett
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It is so easy to get lost in the rabbit hole! I have done that today quite a bit with a variety of items I am working on! Have a great day!

Jun 22, 2017 11:03 AM #29
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Mona,

I can so relate to this. Keeping focus is sometimes hard, especially after interruption #11 in the past hour.

Jun 22, 2017 08:59 PM #30
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
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Thanks for using the rabbit hole analogy to make your point.

There is a time and a place for everything. Our task is to not camp out at the wrong time and place.

Thanks

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