Inman RE Connect - I Left My Heart (and Blog) in San Francisco

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

  Do you remember when you were really young, and how you looked up to your favorite mentors?  I recall going to my first Rock Concert at the Oakland Coliseum, called the "Day on the Green".  I was just starting out on the guitar at age 12.  I will never forget Peter Frampton walking out on stage, the crowd going nuts, and Peter mastering that fret board right in front of me.  I went home, put my guitar in the box, and shoved it under my bed for months.  He was so good on that guitar, I wanted to quit! 

That's how I felt at the Inman Real Estate Connect held in San Francisco this week.  The Bloggers on that stage were just mind Blogging...I mean boggling!  These Bloggers are so good at what they do, and they're successful in their businesses too.  Made me want to just quit right there!  LOL!  There was so much great information and knowledge being shared at the Bloggers Connect, my head started to spin.  But, I came away with a much greater understanding of, and the purpose for why successful agents Blog.  The One Day Conference covered so much.  There were panels of Bloggers that discussed some of the following topics:


Bloggers Connect Panels

  • Finding your voice
  • Monetizing Your Blog (Making Money)
  • Keynote Address: Sitting in the eye of the Storm
  • Show Me The Leads
  • Blogs and Social Networking
  • Creating Virtual Communities
  • Widgets, Gizmos, and other Doo-Dads
  • 10 Tips from Top Bloggers
  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Using Photos or Not ...and so much more.

The one thing that really emanated through-out the conference, was Blogging for success and growing your business! 

As a highlight, Active Rain finally announced the Winner of "Project Blogger!"  Boy was that a long time coming heh?  If I were to share everything that happened at this event, I would have to do a 4 part post, so I decided to put all my photos into a "Bloggers Connect Real Estate Show".  I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

One of my favorite parts about this event, was getting to meet so many of the people I have been Blogging with this year.  I finally got to meet them in person.  They are actually ®eal people and are even nicer than their "Cyber Character" I have come to know and love.  Yes, I left my heart in San Francisco, but my Blog comes with me.  Now my quest is to apply what I have learned, and then go share it with others who were unable to attend.

Always "Pay It Forward!"


                                     

 

Here are some links to other shows I created for Inman Real Estate Connect in San Francisco, CA.

Announcing the Winner from PROJECT BLOGGER! 

Meet some of the other ACTIVE RAIN MEMBERS that were there.

What other BLOGGERS attended this event?

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Jeff Belonger
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Thanks....looking forward to it.  And yes, I want my cake so I can eat it, all steak, and even the key to the Playboy Mansion.  thanks....  
Aug 04, 2007 07:39 AM #48
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Calie Waterhouse
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Oh Brad - all of us who couldn't attend (but definitely will next year) are anxiously hearing for more details...  please?

Aug 04, 2007 10:13 AM #49
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Carol Smith
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Wow, Brad!  Looks like a great time was had by all.  Thanks for sharing and posting those videos.  The amount of expertise in that group is pretty awe-inspiring!
Aug 04, 2007 03:40 PM #50
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Hello Brad,
What a great opportunity and learning experience that must have been.  If you felt inadequate, it is a very good thing that I was not there, seriously.  Thank you for sharing with us, photos great.
Aug 04, 2007 09:55 PM #51
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Thanks for the inspiration!
Aug 05, 2007 08:58 AM #52
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Rick and Lynn Orze
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Looks like a great time. We would love the opportunity to go to something like that. Are they coming to Chicago anytime soon??? : )
Aug 05, 2007 02:39 PM #53
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Jeff - Content you shall have, for the key....I'll have to make some calls!!   LOL!  :-)

Calie - no begging!  hahaha  There will be more posts by many others who attended.  I don't want to steal all the thunder!!  I will be sharing more tid-bits in the future.  Thanks!! 

Carol - the level of expertise at this event was almost over-whelming, an awesome time for all who attended.  Hopefully you can make it next time.  :-)

Cynthia - I don't think it was so much feeling inadequate, as it was overwhelmed.  There really is so many things to consider if you are going to be a successful blogger.  If I were a REALTOR®, or a Lender, it may be different.  As a title and escrow guy, I am still trying to help my clients with becoming successful with their blogging efforts.  It takes great a great commitment, and lot's of time.  You must have a mentor/coach if you're going to reach the top quickly.  I hope to be that mentor for the clients that support me.  This is just one of the ways I hope to support them in return.  So far, so good!  You are on your way to being the best in your area!  Don't give up!~  You are ahead of the curve and it's a new day in Real Estate with technology!  Persevere!!  Focus on the goal, and any dream can be yours!!  B-)

Ann - If you were truly inspired, I hope you'll join us next year!  There is no way my post can stimulate the TRUE inspiration that came from the Real Estate Connect Event!  In person is the best, honestly!!!

 

Aug 05, 2007 02:45 PM #54
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Brad - Thanks for sharing all of this. You are an Active Rain Star! Blogging has gone so mainstream since the old days just a few years ago. Keep up the good work.
Aug 05, 2007 03:12 PM #55
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Lisa Hill
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Wow. I'm SO jealous! Great photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Lisa Hill

Aug 05, 2007 07:37 PM #56
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Lisa - it's my pleasure.  I know you're in Florida, and that you will have similiar events there.  Please do the same in the event you make it to one of these in your beautiful state.  Thanks for your comment.  :-)
Aug 06, 2007 02:08 AM #57
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Wendy Ustach
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Brad nice job. I was at the Bloggers Connect and I am real excited about blogging. Plus, I was just reading all the blog responses and I saw my picture with Sharon. It is amazing how connected we all are! I ma paying it forward too. I am enlightening all my assocaites iof the benefits of blogging.
Aug 06, 2007 04:17 AM #58
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Donna Lueder
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Brad, Looks like a lot of fun and useful info... Maybe next year I will go, after all that is where I am from, it would be nice to get back to the Bay Area again. You brought back memories for me with the Day on the Green. My first was Boston, Eddie Money, Sammy Haggar all on the same ticket. Thanks for that.
Aug 06, 2007 04:52 AM #59
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Brad,  Great job on the videos!  It really captured the experience as I saw it also.  It was great meeting you and discussing all things blogging at the AR bloggers lounge. 

 

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Wendy - I am so sorry I didn't get to introduce myself to you.  Guess I was a little camera crazy that day.  Now I know what you look like and will make sure I look for you next time.  Thanks Wendy, glad you were there!!  :-)

Donna - we'd love to see you there next year!  Just for the record, those were all my favorite bands growing up during the 80's era.  I just recorded a song with the Bass Player from Boston just last Xmas.  Ironically, it is called the "Realtor Blues!"  Here's a link if you want to hear it.  Thought you might get a kick out of it! 
THE REALTOR BLUES

Jan - It was really nice meeting you as well.  You are one of the few that somehow slipped under my radar for getting photos.  I'll get ya next time. LOL!  I remember our conversation, and wish you all the best in your Blogging efforts!!  Thanks!  B-)

 

 

Aug 06, 2007 05:14 PM #61
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Joeann Fossland
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Brad

These were a great reminder of how much fun we had and I really like the one about the Blogger Project Contest!!!!

Aug 07, 2007 11:09 AM #62
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Thanks Joeann - we did have a ton of fun, and it was nice to see everyone come together for such a great event.  I really liked the Project Blogger Contest portion of the event too. Mainly because it was finally over!!  LOL!  So much time, effort and work went into it, was it any surprise that Mary Pope-Handy win?
Aug 07, 2007 11:34 AM #63
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Sharon Simms
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Thanks for sharing these memories with us. It was great to meet you!
Aug 07, 2007 01:32 PM #64
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Hi Sharon - the feeling is mutual.  Hope to see you again sometime soon.  Thanks for stopping by to say hi!  B-)
Aug 07, 2007 04:30 PM #65
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Brad- I never would've thought that blogging was actually an area of expertise for some people! I guess if you spend enough time practicing something... Great post; it makes me look at blogging in a different way.
Aug 11, 2007 12:47 AM #66
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Joshua - like golf, there is much to consider to be good at the game, some win big, some loose big.  Blogging is not for everyone, but neither is golf.  You'll only be as good at anything, as YOU want to be...
Look at Blogging everyway possible, you may see something that no one else can see, it's such a new thing, there is so much to be discovered, just imagine and dream, then make it a reality!!  :-)
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