A blog about blogging! Everyone's talking about it, but few accept the challenge!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

 

Starrs Mill in Fayette County GAI was at an open house yesterday held by an agent in our office, and she was kind enough to provide us with a delicious lunch. As I dressed my homemade chili with scallions, cheese and sour cream, I made eye contact with a man that I had not met.

I instinctively held out my hand and introduced myself. He shook my hand, and said: “you look familiar…”

“Oh, you’re the BLOG guy!”

I admitted that I was and he stated that he frequently read my blog. Immediately, a conversation started among the agents in the room about the value of blogging. Most alluded to the fact that they are aware of blogging but that they had not tried it because they didn’t know if it worked.

Interestingly enough, the fact that the gentleman recognized me was the best testament to the effectiveness and power of the blog. It creates awareness and a public persona that otherwise would cost a fortune to create in print, radio, or television.

Yes, it does take a lot of work, dedication and perseverance. But it is a way of generating a genuine connection to the general public unlike any other.

And I’ll keep doing it as long as the ideas flow and I am able to do so. After all, I like being a celebrity!

 

Comments (43)

Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

The Blog Guy Huh?  This is great Richard.  Enjoy your celebrity my friend

Jan 21, 2010 12:35 AM
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Richard, I continue to be amazed at my own experience being similar. Even when I talk directly to agents about blogging and how it helps my business, they just look at me. I can't even get them to engage. There are four bloggers that work at it in all of Shasta County CA. I think we are at about 800 agents right now. I hope your fellow agents read this post....perhaps one will start blogging. It is daunting when I think about starting over, however. The train has rather left the station. Anyone with determination can be effective quickly, however. AR now has staff to help train and get people ranked in that number one or two spot. We never had that....we did it the hard way. So for new folks, just sign up for some training from AR!

Jan 21, 2010 01:34 AM
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

I was contacted yesterday by a title company that apparently has been reading my blog and wants to meet to talk about the local market...they said "you have your finger on the pulse of what's going on".  I don't think that I know any more about our area than anyone else, I just take the time to write about it and share that knowledge.  Blogging has been a boon to my business and I can't figure out why more local agents aren't doing it.

Jan 21, 2010 01:56 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Blogging seems to be as much of an art as it is a science. Congratulations...you seem to have both of those down. I feel like an armature by comparison but we all have to start somewhere.

Jan 21, 2010 02:14 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

It does take a lot of work, and you're one of the most dedicated bloggers I've known. Your reach is global. I would hope your AR fans realize what a great gift your labor produces. You share a lot of good ideas and thoughts very eloquently and generously. And as a bonus, for those of us who stop by to read and comment, we also get to share in the 'Google Juice'. "May your ideas always flow."

Jan 21, 2010 02:40 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Richard.  You certainly are the blog guy...

Perhaps we all are.

Ken

Jan 21, 2010 04:05 AM
Frank Kliewer
Woodinville, WA

Hi Richard, you've inspired me from my beginning here just a few months ago. Thanks for keeping it up!

Jan 21, 2010 04:07 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Richard sounds like you stole the show.  Really did you put sour cream on chili?

Jan 21, 2010 05:44 AM
Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

I have had that experience a couple of times. It is interesting that after you see each other's pictures and read their ideas you do develop a type of relationship.

Your picture today is nice enough to frame and hang over the fireplace. What a beautiful setting.

Jan 21, 2010 08:10 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  I get that from agents I meet too.  And yet, so few really take the challenge of blogging seriously.  But for those who do, there is so much to be gained.  Not just business.

Jan 21, 2010 09:50 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  I get that from agents I meet too.  And yet, so few really take the challenge of blogging seriously.  But for those who do, there is so much to be gained.  Not just business.

Jan 21, 2010 09:50 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard..2 new calls because of my position on teh internet, caused by my blogging!  it has taken a while, but I am finally there!

Jan 21, 2010 10:11 AM
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Home-made chil with scallions sounds pretty good!!  I am always amazed at how many people actually read these blogs.  Keep up the good work, blog guy!

Jan 21, 2010 10:15 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That is a great testament to the power of blogging when someone from the bricks and mortar world actually recognizes you. 

Jan 21, 2010 11:25 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Don...

It's a lot of bang for the buck. THX

Lottie...

It's fun when it happens! Thanks for the comment.

Laura...

OMG, is video next for me too? Thanks my friend.

Jan 21, 2010 12:42 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

THE BLOG GUY!!  Love it!  I love when discussions turn to "is blogging effective?"  Seems to me if you got tagged by somebody you'd never met before as THE BLOG GUY, that would be a definite YES.  Thanks for being such a great BLOG GUY, Richard.  I always enjoy your posts. :)

Jan 21, 2010 02:25 PM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Richard,

of course blogging works, as this person just admitted. Great way of illustrating it in your post. Thanks. :)

Steve

Jan 22, 2010 12:39 AM
June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Let me help you with the next phase of your life!

Richard ~ All you hard work does pay off.  You are THE BLOG GUY in my book.  You are so passionate about it and it shows.  I used to be know as the Tip of the Week girl here in town when I ran an Auto Repair shop.  Each week I put a tip in the free local paper with my picture and soon everyone would say hey your that tip of the week girl and we look forward to it every week.  NOW you got my wheels spinning.  I may just get back to what worked so well in the past.  Thanks BLOG GUY!

Jan 23, 2010 02:13 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Richard, it is to your credit that you were recognized as, "The Blog Guy." My hat is off to you with your dedication in this area.

Jan 23, 2010 04:53 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Always nice to be recognized in the real world, and your consistent high-quality posts make that easy for you. We could have used some of that chili with all the rain we had this week!

Jan 23, 2010 05:40 AM