Creating Your OWN Blogging Experience on ActiveRain

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

About two and a half years ago I wrote a post Stewardship: The Way to a PLEASANT Blogging Experience.   I got the idea to write the post from a comment thread in which our own Bob Stewart - ActiveRain talked about holding ourselves to a higher standard. 

He said, ""If you have a following on ActiveRain, you need to HOLD YOURSELF TO A HIGHER STANDARD. Having a big following (and there are a ton of you commenting on this that do) means that you take stewardship over the community as a whole. ..........Your actions reflect positively and negatively on ALL OF US."

Hang around the barber shop long enough and you end up getting a haircut.  In other words, if we read a lot of negative posts about the community we won't move there, right?  We on ActiveRain ARE a community and it is the people behind all the words that make this a great community.  Once in awhile there will be disparaging posts or comments and we can choose to ignore, jump in and fight or look on the positive side of the story.

There are always two sides to everything.

 In my own mind and stepping into another's shoes.

Your success in business is not dependent on others giving it to you. YOU MAKE IT.  Same goes for blogging. We have to work hard at creating a good post full of information that shows some transparency to who is writing it as well as making it interesting so the consumer and our peers that will read it.

We engage the reader with:

  • Quality Content:  Yeah, you can cram a load full of creative content t into one post or very little with thought provoking tidbits to make you think further.  That's the beauty of MAKE your own blogging experience turn into business and connecting with your peers by putting interesting information into your writing.
  • Transparency in Content:  When you are talking to someone about real estate (or staging, loans etc.) are you just reciting and talking AT them instead of WITH them? Same goes for your writing.... FEEL the reader walking beside you and write as if you're talking with them. Reciting does not go a long way...being real does.
  • Variety in Content:  Whoever said local area, food joints, the best pedicurist in town, history and points of interest in your neighborhood has nothing to do with real estate is OUT OF THEIR MINDS!  Everything around us is Real Estate Related. If a client asks where a great dining place is you have answers. If they ask about the neighborhood history or entertainment you have answers. This could make the difference in their believing YOU ARE THE AREA EXPERT......or NOT.

ActiveRain is my best source for getting myself and my information out to the public. It is my best source for referrals and without a doubt the only place that I have truly bonded with my peers and turned many a connection into long lasting friendships.

You CAN and WILL create your own blogging experience on ActiveRain with dedication, consistency and a whole lot of effort. Just like any other marketing takes time for it to implement into your business long as you are creating content worth reading. It take a heck of a lot of focus....on your own self instead of worrying about everyone else. It is when you understand all when you ARE ....Creating Your OWN Blogging Experience on ActiveRain.

It takes a positive attitude to work smoothly alongside your peers in any community.

Are you holding yourself to a higher standard within our ActiveRain community?


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Great post. I'll make sure to do what I can to keep high standards.

Jun 28, 2010 01:48 PM #59
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Sally, it does take a little while to learn about blogging, at least to me.  Reading other's blogs and comments is the best way to learn how to get around on AR. It has been a great experience for me!

Jun 28, 2010 02:35 PM #60
Rob Lang
At Home Kansas - Shawnee, KS
Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home

You have a good combination of uniqueness and common professionalism.  Interesting thoughts... thank you for sharing this post.

Jun 28, 2010 03:04 PM #61
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sally, I so agree with you about what you write about to keep it on a positive note. We don't need more downers in our day...

Jun 28, 2010 03:09 PM #62
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH, awesome post, my dear, simply AWESOME!  You know that I share your stewardship beliefs and have really nothing BUT positive to say--okay, 99% of the time!  LOL

This community is so much better with you in it, Sally--you truly have been a welcoming force for many of the 180K+ members here.

Congrats on that little gold star too!

Jun 28, 2010 04:37 PM #63
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I like the idea of stewardship.  I have learned much here and am too busy learning and writing posts to consider much negativity.

Jun 28, 2010 06:26 PM #64
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Love this post! We all gain so much from the incredible number of instructive and positive posts on ActiveRain.

Jun 28, 2010 10:57 PM #65
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I have never heard the turn of phrase about the barbershop and the haircut. Clever analogy. Everyone needs a trim now and again.

Jun 29, 2010 02:06 AM #66
James Chai
agentlabs - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Websites

This is a good post and should also consider the Branding that goes along with the message itself.  

Check out our post  

Thanks for sharing!

Jun 29, 2010 03:39 AM #67
Brent Wells
The LivingWell Team - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Broker serving all of North DFW

I needed that! Details are not important, but this is a lesson you can apply to transactions, blogging, open houses, you name it! Thanks, great stuff!

Jun 29, 2010 04:31 AM #68
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

I really need to work on the variety of content on my blog.

Jun 29, 2010 06:01 AM #69
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Damon: We all's not a done deal ...ever :)

Brent: NOT important?  I would love to see your details

James: Links in comments are against our guidelines....

Melissa: Believe's used in the context that if you hang around a certain type of people that it will rub off on you....i.e. negativity breeds negativity, positivitity....and so on.

Jun 29, 2010 09:11 AM #70
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Tammy: There's opinionated...and opinionated with out an open mind. Agreeing to disagree comes to mind :)

Jun 29, 2010 09:13 AM #71
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Love the post, Sally.  Since variety is the spice of life, you should post a variety of things to your blog.  You never know which "spice" will catch someone's tastebuds.  Also, I think there are actually 3 sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth.  Your perception of the story and my perception of the story may be totally different.  That doesn't make both sides wrong.  It's just a matter of perception.  Great job on the post!

Jun 29, 2010 01:26 PM #72
Akil Walker
Bennett Realty Solutions - Bowie, MD

Sally, i guess this is the topic of the day. i try to provide a variety of blog post from food, sports and of course ..real estate, but like everything it is a work in progress. great post! 

Jun 29, 2010 03:28 PM #73
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Heather: And what is truth?  My truth may not be the same as...and so on :) :)

Akil: I guess I should check out your blog then :)

Jun 29, 2010 06:16 PM #74
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

I seem to spend most of my time reading blogs and not blogging.  I must get back to doing some localism.

Jun 30, 2010 02:07 PM #75
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Sally - You've been such a positive influence on AR while remaining real and letting your personality come through.  Lot's of people can be "fake cheery," but you don't just stay on the surface.  Sometimes your posts dive really deep, but you maintain that sense of stewardship with the community and you always choose the high road.  I admire and respect you greatly for that.

Jul 13, 2010 03:50 PM #76
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Sally - Great post.  I get so much valuable information from AR.  I have a personal motto "just use the search and learn" and I use it often.  My next step is to become more local with my posting.  Thanks again. ~ Doug

Jul 17, 2010 02:45 AM #77
Marie Haydock
Evergreen Global Homes & Land | RSVP Real Estate - Redmond, WA
Simplifying Real Estate

Great reminder for everyone!  The quality information, and effort that individuals put into ActiveRain really shines through when you starting reading through everything.  If that weren't the case, it wouldn't be as popular as it is with agents/brokers/stagers/loan officers/inspectors/etc.  So easy for open forums to be dominated by some negative personalities, as you can see on other sites or most of the reality TV that's on the air nowadays!  This space and the experiences here are quite refreshing.

Jul 17, 2010 09:11 AM #78
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