Hey! Blogging is Not A Leisure Activity!!!

Real Estate Agent with WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group CT RES.0785956

busy bloggerYes, this is a rant! And it is a rant with a purpose, not just to get something off of my chest! While rants like those are certainly cathartic, they don't do much for anyone else but the ranter - unless, of course, someone else is having or had similar experiences that the ranter is ranting about...did I just use the word rant over five times in that last sentence?

Anyway....I woke up this morning to go to work and my wife got up and after explaining to her why I had went to the office last night, and my sister's boyfriend's penchant for playing video games all day, she snarkily remarked, "Well, you say you're on the computer doing work and then I turn around and you're not doing work..."

What do you mean by that, I'm not doing work? Yes I am!

"You be blogging when you're supposed to be doing work..."

I could not believe what I was hearing. The absolute nerve! According to her, I was blogging for my health...at the gym not at all, as far as I'm concerned. I quickly retorted back, blogging is a part of my work.

Indeed, thanks to my being on ActiveRain, blogging is just one more thing that I do to generate business. But not only has this been a way for me to attract buyers and sellers, it has also been the first stop for many of the new tools that I have put in place to guarantee myself the #1 realtor position in my area. Ambitious, yes; and it will take time, but I am fully persuaded that my blogging here will not be in vain.

All of us here have learned something to increase our business, or have contributed some information that made others' business grow and thrive. Of course, I can't speak for everyone here in the Rain, but I am sure that all of us have developed a nefty new bag of tricks to employ as we assist buyers and sellers in this market.

Here's just a sampling of the tricks I've come across as a result of my blogging on Active Rain:

  • the first thing I did when I read Neal Bloom's Successful Listing Agents Farm Their Areas Consistently was I prepared and organized market report mailers and established areas which I would farm. I mailed those out in February, and I'm due to send out the next batch for my areas at the beginning of May;
  • reading and commenting on Margaret Woda's Write For Buyers, And Sellers Will Come gave me the tools to focus my informational blogs (not too many yet, but I am working on them) for my consumer audience;
  • Rita Burke's Creating Killer Market Reports - Laying the Foundation series has been the cornerstone of my monthly on-line market reports (which I would not have done had it not been for her suggestion - thanks, Rita) and has given me new tools to use in my market report mailers;
  • I found out about VistaPrint while reading Elaine Cook's blog about it - and I've been busy getting free postcards and other marketing materials for marketing both to expireds and
  • marketing to FSBO's to get their listings, which Tim White provided an excellent example of. He also gave me, through that post, the nerve to
  • sign up for a variety of social media sites, which Todd Dubner wrote a post with a link on how to effectively do it;
  • While I was perusing Todd's blog, I stumbled across the Virtual Tour guru, Andrew Olsen. As a result of that, I now have virtual tours on my residential listings (I just need to know how practical it would be to do so with my multis);
  • Laraine Shape gave every Realtor the weapon to use against those sellers who wants to haggle over our commission in You Want Me To Do What?!? - a weapon that I fully intend to use, should I have to;
  • It was a late read for sure, but Neal Bloom's blog post on having a business plan definitely changed how I focused my energies this year, and has been the major catalyst for picking up many of the tricks I've come across here in the Rain;
  • and of course, having a reminder for why I do what I do in real estate is always necessary, not to mention getting a good kick in the pants to get up and do something different. Colleen Fischesser and Matthew Dollinger have very nicely performed that service for me with their posts about things that realtors should do when business seems to be lagging.

Of course, I could not do anyone justice by trying to list every single blog I've read, or mention every blog I've written. There's just too many good posts with lots of relevant information - and I have a very health set of bookmarks, for a newbie.

So, as I blog late into the eveningLate night blogging, reading and writing in the Rain, I just want to encourage all of you who are being made to feel as if your blogging is pointless, like standing still in a park on an otherwise wonderful day, that while blogging may indeed be fun, Leisure time

We are not blogging for leisure!

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Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

William, This is a terrific post! Yes, sometimes I get the hairy eyeball from my husband and feel like I need to explain how this is going to pay off. I'm going to be up late reading the blogs you pointed out that I missed. Thanks! Keep blogging, my friend.

Apr 21, 2009 01:07 PM #1
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

Linda and William I think we all get it from our spouses.  My wife says my computer is my girlfriend because I spend more time with the computer

Apr 21, 2009 01:24 PM #2
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

My husband rolls his eyes every time he comes up to bed and I'm on the computer, too, William.  But, I have learned so much here in the Rain that I just can't give it up.  Great post.

Apr 21, 2009 01:25 PM #3
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Russ -  We have to go out and get a drink together. You must have a tap somewhere in my house - a perfect echo of what my wife says - lol.

Heather and Linda - forgive me for thinking that this was a husbands' thing only. You indeed have my empathy, sympathy, and undying support for all of your blogging efforts here. Together, we are unstoppable! Our spouses will see the benefits in the long run. Now, if I can only stifle the string of bitter retorts when my success becomes all too apparent...

Apr 21, 2009 01:37 PM #4
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Great comments here.  I agree with Heather, as well.  I get the eye rolls when I approach my blogging religiously.  It's fun, but it's really a business plan.  BTW...I flagged this...it needs to be featured.

Apr 21, 2009 01:52 PM #5
Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team

Not only was your post on point but the resulting comments were hysterical to me!  Thanks for giving us someone to rant with!


Apr 21, 2009 01:54 PM #6
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

WILLIAM, I personally loved your rant as I loved the link to all the post you shared.  My spouse does not understand my addiction either but I have learned so much and made so many friends on the rain. 

Apr 21, 2009 02:12 PM #7
Matt Listro
National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro - Vernon, CT
Your Credit Repair Expert

Hi William: I don't know if I agree with you.  I think blogging for me is about 40% work and 60% fun (or at least some combination of the two).


Apr 21, 2009 05:26 PM #8
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Seems to be the consensus that the spouse doesn't understand how addicting blogging can become. My husband will come up behind me and check the screen. I am not sure if he thinks I am shopping on-line, or playing games. This is an excellent post, with some great links.  Thanks.

Apr 21, 2009 10:35 PM #9
Todd Dubner
Network Communications - Manhattan, NY

Thanks for the link and I am glad you found the posts helpful!


May 05, 2009 08:04 AM #10
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Larry - Maybe I should have responded to this sooner. Someone else just wrote a blog along similar lines - spouse not getting that blogging is a part of our work - and it got featured!!!! Can we say HEATED?!?!?!?

Kathy - They sure were! I was ROTFLMBO when I read them. I'm glad that this isn't a single person issue - note my comment to Larry above.

Marchel - Thanks! I am glad that I've made so many friends here in the Rain as well.

Matt - Yes, it is fun to do, which is why I spend so much time at it.

Judy - I've never had to worry about my wife sneaking up on me - most of the time, she's either busy with the kids, or in bed, trying to sleep, complaining that my typing is keeping her up. Unless, of course, she actually is asleep.

Todd - I sure did! Thanks!

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