I have never considered myself a natural Writer. So you can imagine my angst when I was told that I needed to BLOG to increase my SEO. (What is SEO? is what I thought at the time.) Never one to back down from a challenge however, I joined Active Rain and began my journey.
My first posts were torturous, and I am so thankful all the comments were kind and not brutally honest! Something happened as I began to read the blogs of some fantastic, talented writers that happen to also be involved in the Real Estate Industry. I began to get ideas of how to improve my writing. "Maybe I should add paragraphs? " "It would look a lot better if I added a picture or two." "I should expound on my ideas, not just state them in one sentence." I also got very intimidated, and was scared to write because I knew it wasn't good! I eventually got over that, and slowly began to post again.
But I kept Reading and Commenting and Learning, most days going well beyond the 10 comments that I would receive points for. I also learned aboutReciprocal Commenting from TLW and soon the posts I did write were getting more comments. I also found that through Reciprocal Commenting, I found my favorite people here at Active Rain.
I have improved my writing, but have no false dreams of becoming a Great Writer, like Gary Woltal. I realized that I can still have success here at Active Rain, by commenting a lot. You can see by my stats below, that I am the #1 Featured Member in Meridian, Idaho (out of 46 members), #4 and closing fast in Ada County (out of 320 members), and #9 in Idaho (out of 672 members). You can also see that more than half of my points come from commenting, and that I have given more than DOUBLE the comments that I have received.
Am I telling you all this to look like a LOSER? No, I'm telling you this to give others out there like myself a little hope. If you don't get all your posts featured, and if you don't have a big following at first, just give it time! There is room for everyone here at Active Rain! In my humble (but accurate) opinion, if you are posting on Active Rain, but not commenting, you are missing the boat!
|Rank in Idaho:||9|
|Rank in Ada County:||4|
|Rank in Meridian:||1 (Featured Member)|
|Blog Comment Points:||16200|
So don't let yourself be intimidated by the Active Rain Royalty around here! They are just human like the rest of us! (Except for Jason Crouch who is immortal, but hey, that's only 1 out of 100K+)