Blogging... What Should I Write About ?

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Real Estate Agent with New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Sure... some days we see an article or two about how to come up with ideas to write about.  Some folks really "strain" to come up with blog post ideas... really wracking their brains.

Just a little bit ago, I wrote a post about "Friending."  My first comment was from one of my blogging "friends"... Edward Bachman from down in Kingwood, Texas.  (It's a lovely area, by the way... just on the northern edge of Houston.)

 Although my post, again, was about "friending"... and what might be better... a mega-group of friends... or a smaller, more personal group.  Here was Edward's comment, and my response.

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Edward said:  There are a lot of different layers to an onion.  In other words, what works for some may not work for others.  But a "real friend" will always be a treasure compared to simply having a long list of names on a sheet of paper.

My response:  Edward, of course, what works for some will not work for others... but right here, in your comment... just you mentioning the idea of onion layers... makes me want to rush down to a nearby restaurant called Cheddars... and order their Chicken Dijon for lunch.  It comes smothered in dijon sauce, of course, but also with a huge layering of mushrooms... and when I request them... LOTS of "layers" of onions, too.  Mmmm... I love onions !

So... my friend... LOL... thanks for the great suggestion.  Bye, now.  I'm going over to Cheddars... for some ONIONS.  Yum !

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Ok... so what's the point here ?  The point is... that what you write about does NOT have to be something that the rest of the world, or even the rest of Active Rain considers to be "world-changing."  Active Rain is all about building relationships.

Sometimes just going with an idea that "bops" into your head... and writing about it on the spur of the moment... (like my sitting down right now and writing about it before I rush off to Cheddars... which I really am going to do)... can bring a certain "sharing" of yourself, or of myself, with those who either make it a point to read my blog posts... or with those who just happen to stumble upon that particular post... and read it.  And... in that "sharing"... a new friendship "bond" could be born.

We are all unique, and in these days there seems to be so many who just "blend in"... and disappear... just being "yourself" can be a great thing.

Bye, bye now.  Off to Cheddars !

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NOTE: There are so many wonderful comments that have been made here on THIS post.  One that especially attracted me was one made by Amy Hahn.  She was ready to LEAVE Active Rain because of a nasty comment that someone made to her... about not writing ONLY about real estate.  Please read all the comments... you'll like them. 

And... the comments about Amy's experience... that sub-thread is in comments #'s 6, 15, 25, 32 and 35.  When I read so many of these... my face smile so hard my cheeks started to hurt.  Thanks so much, everyone !

This post WAS a Members Only one, but I have made it public just in case someone wants to re-blog it.

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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Loreena:  I think that's one of the great things about Active Rain.  There is a group for just about everybody.  At first... most folks don't really know about what they should write about, or how... like what "style" they should be.  But then, as we go, we learn... hopefully... that the best style is to just be ourselves.  Loreena... you've got a great blog... and it IS uniquely YOU. 

I don't think my first posts are much like what I do now.  I'll have to go back and read some of them.  It has been a little over two years here for me.  It's been great therapy for me... and good for business, too.

Sep 29, 2009 05:39 PM #26
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Karen Anne Stone
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Heather:  I have met some very interesting people here on Active Rain... that I never could have met any other way.  And yes... it is usually from "stumbling" upon a post that has nothing to do with real estate.  But... that post... whatever it may be... usually has EVERYTHING to do with that person sharing something about who they are. 

When someone asks about just what blogging is... I usually compare it to writing in a journal or a diary.  Just as we write entries into our journal or diary, we write posts on our blog.  And one of the cool things is... that we get to share ourselves as much or as little as we want.  And... whatever we do... there is usually somebody, somewhere... who, if they happen to read it, just might be drawn to it... and maybe even end up as a friend.

As you said... surely, we are all the sum total of all of our parts.  Some folks keep all those parts to themselves, and only write about real estate.  That is great... if that's what works for them.  Others... share parts of themselves... sometimes some pretty inward parts of themselves... and... somehow, there's just about always someone else out there who will respond.

Sep 29, 2009 05:47 PM #27
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Patricia Kennedy
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So, Karen Anne, as I read this post from start to finish, all I could do is wonder if the Dijon sauce had any Cheddar cheese in it.  It sounds delicious and was a great way to make a point - it's the relationship, stupid!

Sep 30, 2009 01:38 AM #28
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Patricia:  It certainly IS the relationship.  Now... did either the chicken or the Dijon sauce have any Cheddar cheese on it ?  Ya know... I don't really remember seeing or tasting any.  So... I just might have to go back for lunch today and make sure.  Thanks so much for the suggestion.  You are always so full of good ideas.  Yum !

I'm glad you read the post and all the comments.  This has really been a fun post.  Lots of great comments, and the smiles to go with them.  Have a great Wednesday.

Sep 30, 2009 02:01 AM #29
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Well Said Karen... sometimes I forget what the whole blogging thing is for... I started this for business and then got more involved with trying to be part of the community... and I know I just need to find a good blend of both and be natural about the process.... thanks

Sep 30, 2009 04:32 AM #30
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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Hi Karen Anne, it's so funny hearing you describe dinner -- I'm craving something with onions now, it sounded delicious.  I think sometimes it's hard to think of something to write about,  there are a million things, but honestly some of my thoughts just aren't that interesting! LOL

Sep 30, 2009 04:00 PM #31
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Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
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Karen Anne---YOU'RE THE BOMB!  Thank you for the kind words.  I am lovin' the "Nobody puts baby in the corner" quote.  I feel so special! :-)

Oct 01, 2009 04:28 AM #32
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Karen Anne Stone
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Debra:  You are very welcome.  Most of the time... when we do something "naturally"... it seems to work out best.  When we "press"... the more we press, the less whatever we say is really "us."  The word "pressure" begins with the word "press."

I think your blog is great.  Good posts... and yes, the "you" that you are is surely one that folks will enjoy meeting.  And, if they don't... well... "poop" on them... LOL.

Oct 01, 2009 05:32 AM #33
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Karen Anne Stone
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Mary:  Yes, some days, everything can lead to onions.  I bet if you zipped down I-25 for a few hundred miles, you could find a good onion place in Trinidad.  That is a pretty cool little town... right out of an old timey western movie.

Wouldn't it be cool to just find out that stuff about you that you thought was "simply you" and that nobody else would be interested... really ended up getting a great response ?  That has happened to me a few times.  Ummm... like this post that I wrote about "onions" recently.  LOL.

Ya see... sometimes when the writer puts together an "onions" post... the commentors themselves end up peeling away the layers of their own inner "onions"... and sharing them with all who comment.  Look at all the cool responses on this post.  It is most important to remember that the comments are very important, too.  Six-word comments for some folks... are great... if all they've got to work with is a six-word brain... LOL.

Oct 01, 2009 05:39 AM #34
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Amy:  Ahhh... the word "special."  It brings back childhood memories.  I remember coming home from school... crying to my mom.  "Mom... the kids called me 'weird' again."  And she said to me... "Don't worry honey, don't you know that 'weird' is just another word for 'special' ?"

Amy... thanks so much for your kind words.  They feel good on my Thursday ears.  And of course, you ARE special.  EVERYONE who comments on MY posts... are special.  LOL.  And yes... I just love that "Nobody puts Baby in a Corner" quote, too.  But, then again, if ya get enough folks into that same corner you find yourself in... the corner ends up filling up the whole room.  And what do you end up with ?  A room full of very special people.  Cool Beans !

Oct 01, 2009 05:45 AM #35
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Joanne O'Donnell
Chic Home Interiors - Oakland, CA

Karen Anne, very wise advice and very well said... you've made me think, laugh and get hungry all at once...  nothing wrong with that!

Oct 01, 2009 12:25 PM #36
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Karen Anne Stone
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Joanne:  That's just the former teacher in me.  There's only one of me, but all by myself... I've got you surrounded... LOL.  By the way... I like your new picture.  Very nice :)

Oct 01, 2009 05:17 PM #37
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Hi Karen - edward was  right on with his onion analogy ... People do fit into the layers in our lives ... no matter how you slice or dice them.

Oct 02, 2009 12:56 AM #38
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Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Say there, Karen Anne, don't you think you have been to Cheddar's long enough ~ I know their food is really good (: I love the potato soup...yum, yum

Oct 02, 2009 05:26 AM #39
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
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Hi Karen:

That's the beauty about blogging...especially here.

We can write about anything.

It's all about Friending!

Oct 03, 2009 12:02 AM #40
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Karen - I don't know anything about "Cheddars" but it sound good what ever it is. I love food!

VB ;o)

Oct 03, 2009 11:49 AM #41
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Karen Anne, I very much like you idea on uniqueness, and I certainly don't have a problem myself in that space, but this onion and Cheddar's thing. Your influence is driving me out to the restaurant as well...Never read Karen on an empty stomach!!

Oct 15, 2009 06:34 AM #43
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

NOTE: There are so many wonderful comments that have been made here on THIS post.  One that especially attracted me was one made by Amy Hahn.  She was ready to LEAVE Active Rain because of a nasty comment that someone made to her... about not writing ONLY about real estate.  Please read all the comments... you'll like them. 

And... the comments about Amy's experience... that sub-thread is in comments #'s 6, 15, 25, 32 and 35.  When I read so many of these... my face smile so hard my cheeks started to hurt.  Thanks so much, everyone !

Aug 01, 2010 05:52 PM #44
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Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
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Karen Anne, Thanks for your comment and for pointing me in the direction of this post. I completely agree...sometimes something unexpected will give you a seed from which you can grow a post. I will keep an eye on your posts because I like your style. Happy New Year!  Holly

Dec 29, 2010 09:34 AM #45
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Karen Anne Stone
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Holly:  Thank you for your kind words.  This was a fun post to write, and lots of folks found it not only fun to read, but it gave them some great ideas as far as what to write about.  I am glad you liked it.     December 29, 2010

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