I am not a newbie for active rain but a newbie for blogging

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residentail Brokerage

I joined ActiveRain a while ago, and I can never get to blog, there is something there that is always distracting me from it, should we call it procrastinating !!!! Oh well, I am a Realtor in Rancho Bernaardo California, tri-lingual and one of my goals this week is to start blogging !!! So here I am.

Comments (25)

Joyce Vignoles

Thank you all for the support !!!! I am going to give it a try.

I just came back from Caravaning here in Escondido, California. It is amazing what is going on. On properties in the 200.000/300.000 price range, they are having multiple offers, and the offers are going up the roof. Same buyer is putting offers in 4 or 5 properties at the same time. Crazy !!!!!! Help !!!

Feb 23, 2010 05:22 AM
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ

Joyce, congratulations, beginning is the battle half won.  Consistency is how you achieve success in blogging.  Once your blog runs cold, followers loose interest.  Enjoy what you are doing and things will happen. ~Karen

Feb 23, 2010 07:47 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evenen there Joyce

Welcome to the AR community, it sure is a whole lot of fun to blog. Back when I first joined the community, I had not even read a blog. Just jump right on in and write some blog posts, letten folks know about your area, things you like to do. Just be yourself and have alot of fun.

Baker Home Energy Audit and Commercial Properties Inspections

Feb 23, 2010 12:48 PM
Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Joyce, welcome to Active Rain.   If you are looking for tips on what to blog about, go to the search box and type in "what to blog about" and you will see that you are not the only one with this thought. There are a number of blogs there to give you suggestions.    Also, being in Active Rain means being Active.  Read my blog here. You will want to spice up your blog with pictures and links. Put  in key words to drive traffic to your blog. Repeat the title of your blog in the first sentence. Bold type some of your keywords.  It isn't as hard as we make it on ourselves.

Feb 24, 2010 06:45 AM
Ross Therrien
Prudential Verani Realty, Londonderry,New Hampshire - Londonderry, NH
Realtor, Broker Associate

Posted my first blog today. The hardest thing is your first. Then you hit publish and take a deep breath.

Remember your 1st listing appointment, and getting it.

Feb 24, 2010 10:57 AM
Pat Kady
Keller Williams Check Realty - Prescott, AZ

Hi Joyce, I am new to blogging and active rain too!  Welcome! I have now done a few posts and what I find interesting is when I check my website traffic around the days I have new posts my web traffic goes up. No new business from it yet..but I feel it will come.

Feb 24, 2010 02:18 PM
Bill Somerset
Re/Max Realty Group - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent

Good morning Joyce.  Welcome to Active Rain.  I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Feb 24, 2010 11:22 PM
Carolyn Vatuone
La Tierra Properties, NM LLC Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM

I'm with you Joyce!  I just became a Rainmaker, had my first training class today and my head is spinning.  But I guess it's just like learning how to ride a bike - practice makes perfect (or at least becomes comfortable) and becomes second nature.  I look forward to being an active member with all these wonderful members!

Feb 25, 2010 11:14 AM
Joyce Vignoles

Hi Carolyn, You mention you took a class on blogging

I think I need somebody to run me through the AR, because I have no idea where to go and how to respond to blog

i need help. !!!!!!

Feb 25, 2010 11:38 AM
Vienna Bello
Liberty Realty, LLC - Jersey City, NJ
Real Estate Sales, Rentals & Consulting, GRI, SFR

Hi Joyce!  Welcome to ActiveRain.  I just started blogging too.  Such a nervous feeling to post the first one!! LOL...  But it is VERY addicting.  Did you find out anything more about AR classes??  I would like to sign up too.  Good luck & God bless!  ~ Vienna

Feb 26, 2010 08:23 AM

no I haven't found any tutorial or class or webinar, hopefully somebody will come to our help.

Feb 26, 2010 08:33 AM
David Northup
David Northup - Aim RE Group Inc, Temecula Realtors® (AIM) - Murrieta, CA

Hi Joyce,

Great to "meet" you here.  I'm just north of you in Temecula and signed up yesterday.

I read a book by Gary Keller that had a story in it about an art class that was divided into two groups. One group was asked to make 1 perfect flower pot (or something) the other group was to make as many of them as they could. The result??? The group that made as many as they could wound up making a bunch and the quality ended up being better than the other "1" that was made by the other half of the class.

My distraction has always been over-thinking things because I want it to be perfect. Blogging (and responding to other's blogs) is helping me do more on the fly. I'll get better as I do it more - the important part is just committing to it and doing it.

Jump in w/ both feet and go for it!

I found a couple of things that may help with the training:

http://activerain.com/university has online training classes.

http://activerainguide.com/ has tons of information by AR users.  Do a search for how to blog or browse the categories on the right side.

Feb 27, 2010 05:25 AM
Eileen Campos
Choice Group - Iselin, NJ

Hi Joyce, I also just started getting my feet wet with blogging. It was hard in the begin, but after a few it get easyer, just keep writing.

Mar 01, 2010 07:47 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

You can learn a lot.  Enjoy and share..

Mar 04, 2010 07:16 AM
Kim Espinoza
Realtor, United Broker's Group, Arizona - Chandler, AZ
Connecting Arizona Buyers and Sellers

Good luck with your blogging Joyce.... you know what they say "you don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great!"

Mar 04, 2010 03:32 PM
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

I have the same problem too but trying to overcome it by reading others blogs and commenting on it. That will help to warm you up. Check out their online classes as well. Welcome!

Mar 05, 2010 01:07 PM
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

See, Joyce, how many friends you can make without even trying?!

Glad to see you here.

Mar 08, 2010 10:14 AM
Marcus Rice
Equity First Realty - Richmond, VA
Richmond, NOVA, Virginia Beach Area Realtor/Broker

I'm new to Joyce, but I will tell you, I have save a lot of money with the blogs from active rain with driving people to my website. Its the best deal in town.

Mar 08, 2010 05:55 PM
Eric Ristey
Erlandson Realty - West Salem, WI


 It is addicting once you get started, but there is alot of good advice out there. I will be waiting to hear more from you. As I always say there is no such thing as strangers, just friends we have not met yet.


Eric Ristey


Mar 09, 2010 11:04 PM
Laura Reynolds
Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors - Davenport, IA

I have been away for awhile...Distracted myself I guess. Good for you, I don't blog a lot, but am committed to doing much more of it. I wish you well.

Mar 11, 2010 06:58 AM