I eat Challenges for breakfast! My 30 original for 30 days is COMPLETE! Look, Ma! I did it!

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Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Back on August 11th I was scrolling through the blog dashboard and came across a post by Karen BernettiMy Journey to Becoming a Better Blogger -- Day 5.  Karen had decided to challenge herself and other ActiveRain members to make blogging a habit and in the process to become better bloggers.

I read her post and thought, "Good idea.  But I just started blogging in June of this year, I'm not ready to try doing it for 30 days straight."  But I was intrigued, and it only took me a few minutes before I said, "I'm in!  I'm in!"  And in I was!

Since the challenge was to blog for 30 days straight, I was able to count my posts from August 8th on, making my challenge end date September 6. 

With my post from this morning BATTLESHIP ALIVE!,  I have done what I set out to do.  I have blogged original posts for 30 days straight. Crossing the finish line

I can't say they were all great posts, but I do think they have improved with time.  I've improved on my localism posts, I'm even hearing from potential buyers as a result of a couple of them.  And I picked up a listing from my post about selling vacant lots.  I think that's a pretty good return on investment!

I've met some really great professionals along the way as well.  Some of the tips they have been gracious enough to share have helped me with my business.  I fervently hope the readers of my posts were able to glean some helpful information as well. 

There is no way for me to thank each one of them, we'd be here for days!  So I am only going to "call out" a few of them.  If I miss you, I promise I'll get to you -- I plan to be here for quite awhile so there will be time to mention all the great bloggers I've come across.

Karen Bernetti.  Karen started this whole thing, so if you have signed-on and are working on your own challenge, be sure to thank her.  Her post Why the "Home Team"? is a great peek into the kind of genuine person Karen is.

Lisa Orme.  Lisa is probably one of my favorite people here in The Rain.  Her posts are thoughtful, thought-provoking, often funny and always leave me feeling better about my profession.  (Pay particular attention to her company name.)  Her post Solving the Foreclosure Crisis--One Person at a Time is inspirational.

Mary Kay Hopkins.  Mary Kay is from the great State of Louisiana.  And her love of Lake Charles, LA is inspiring!  Her post An Evening with Danny O'Flaherty or "How to get offered a free i-pad!" is a joy and makes me a little sorry I don't live in Lake Charles.  She sounds like the kind of neighbor we would all like to have, and should try to be.

I was already following Liz & Bill Spear around the 'blog-o-sphere' when I started the challenge.  But they deserve mention here because it was their post Are you a Pop-Tart REALTOR? that led me to my one and only Feature; Yes, I am a Pop-Tart REALTOR. Now before you say "Newbie", let me tell you why.  They are funny, Gold Starkind and great cheerleaders!  Their wry observations of the Real Estate world are always spot on! And they seem to have some lady named Miss Bad Manners hanging out with them, she's a character you don't want to miss!

Steve Baklaich.  Karen Bernetti mentioned Steve in one of her blogs and I went over to check him out.  Steve is doing his own challenge, 100 Localism Posts in 100 days.  I'm learning all about St. Cloud, MN and loving it!   His blog Do you want an original, look here!  This home is NOT a cookie cutter! showcases one of the neatest homes I've ever seen.

Melissa Mckinney.  Like me, Melissa is listing and selling in the great State of North Carolina.  I've enjoyed following her blog, she's as down to earth as they come and her enthusiasm shows in everything she writes and says.  Her post Sometimes We May Not Get It ... is a thoughtful look at what we sometimes forget; yes it's a house to us, but it's a home to someone.

"Thank you" to all of you who have taken the time to read my posts and comment.  Even when you disagree with me, I'm always glad to have you stop by!Team Win!

I've had a good time the last 30 days.  The personal calls I received from Jane Herron, Bill Spear, Liz Baklaich made my heart dance!  The daily visits to my blog by Will Nesbitt, Leah Stern and Linda Scofield have been especially nice!  

I don't know if I'll blog tomorrow.  I have a few drafts started, but I'm thinking I might take a day off.  Or maybe I'll just continue this streak and see how far I can go.  I didn't think I could do 30 days and then I did.  Who knows, maybe I'll make it to 60.  Or 90.  Or 120.  Or maybe I should have my head examined!

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Tish Lloyd, REALTOR®

Broker

NC Real Estate Lic. 269076

Realty World Cape Fear

1119-A Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington NC 28405

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Rainmaker
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Hi Tish!!!!! Congratulations to you. WOW! I know that must've been something. I am still in the challenging of course. I can't even remember how many days I have been blogging now. Hopefully by the end of this challenge,I will start blogging more on a consistent basis. I am going to check out the other bloggers as well. And thank you sooo much for always commenting on my blogs. I am now going to return the favor by stalking following you-LOL. Of course I am joking,please forgive me. Great post.

Sep 07, 2010 05:29 AM #79
Rainer
372,583
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Lanre "The Stalker" "The Real Estate Farmer", I thank you!  Sometimes the days just seem to run together!

I enjoy checking in with you and reading your blogs.  Continue to keep you in thoughts and prayers. Blessings.

Sep 07, 2010 05:39 AM #80
Rainmaker
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Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Tish, I love your blogs and they do get better and better.  Roger Mucci inspired me to take the challenge and today was my 8th post.  Wish me luck.  I barely got in under the wire.  My 30th post should make it with one day to spare.  Whew!

Congratulations on blazing the trail and all your great blogs.

Sep 07, 2010 05:49 AM #81
Rainmaker
392,470
HomeSalesForce.com Team Brokered by eXp Realty
eXp Realty - Roswell, GA
Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Woodstock, Atlanta

Way to go! I didn't read your original post but it seems like a fair and worthy goal.

Sep 07, 2010 07:33 AM #82
Rainer
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Marian:  High praise coming from you -- thanks.  Thrilled you made it in time!

John:  Thank you.  In this challenge, the end justifies the means!

Sep 07, 2010 07:48 AM #83
Rainmaker
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Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Fantastic you have followed through!  I also took the challenge and then "BAM" due to some things that happened I have NOT blogged one time .......................

Sep 07, 2010 09:44 AM #84
Rainer
53,639
Lesley Wagstaff
Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC - Coquitlam, BC
For Real Estate and Mortgages

Congratulations on reaching such a milestone so early in your blogging career and seeing results is even a bigger bonus.  Keep it up, it is obviously working!!

Sep 07, 2010 10:00 AM #85
Rainer
372,583
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Pippa:  Wondered where you went!  No better time to start!

Lesley:  Thank you so much, you are very kind!

Sep 07, 2010 10:24 AM #86
Rainmaker
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Marie-Denise Kratsios
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Huntington, NY
Where ever you are, that's where I'll be!

Tish, you are awesome!  What are you going to do for your next 30 day challenge?  I'm on day 12 so I still have a way to go.  I don't know if you do personal affirmations or not, but you've certainly created a new affirmation for yourself.  Way to go!

Sep 10, 2010 02:27 AM #87
Rainer
372,583
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Marie-Denise:  You are too kind!!!  I'm still working on the premise that I'm going to do a blog-a-day . . . whew!  You know, used to do personal affirmations and simply stopped and forgot all about the process.  Thanks for the reminder.  I am working to re-invent myself, which I see as an absolute must-do!  Hummmmm -- think there may be a good blog in them thar' words.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sep 10, 2010 02:41 AM #88
Rainmaker
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Eileen Liles
970-216-0530 http://WeSellDeltaCounty.com - Cedaredge, CO
Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO

Congrats, Tish! I'm in the challenge and don't even know what day I'm on....guess I better figure it out...

It's funny, I sit down to write and have no idea what to write about and then BAM, there it is...  great job and keep up the great writing - we would miss you terribly if you didn't show up every day!

Sep 13, 2010 04:57 PM #89
Rainmaker
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

@ Eileen in # 89:  Getting ideas can really be that way.  You sit down, racking your brain, nothing happens, and then... there it is.

Another thing that I find happens... is that I will be doing something, just about anything, and all of a sudden an idea, an inspiration pops into my head, and I think... Gee, that would make a great subject for a blog post.

Two things can happen.  One, if I am near a computer, I can sit down immediately, and just start writing.  That works extremely well.  The other way... if I think... "oh... great idea for a post.  I don't have time now, I'll do it later... and either later never comes, or when I DO have time, I have either forgotten what it was, or perhaps DO remember what I was going to write about... but all the "inspiration"... the excitement about it that I had in my mind at the time... is gone.

Best bet... ya think of something... do it right way.  At least, that is the way it works for me.  Just a suggestion.

Sep 13, 2010 06:27 PM #90
Rainer
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Eileen:  Thanks -- it is really quite a surprise to find so many things to write about.  That's what is so helpful here in The Rain; you read a blog and suddenly you've got a handful of new ideas.  Happy blogging!!!

Sep 13, 2010 11:36 PM #91
Rainer
372,583
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Karen:  Find myself running around writing on scraps of paper, a napkin, grocery receipt -- the idea pops into my head and just as quickly pops out!  The whole point here, is redirecting all that brain energy ~ love it.

Sep 13, 2010 11:39 PM #92
Rainmaker
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Tish, I have read and re-read this post several times, and always seem to see something new.  This time I noticed that the list of Active Rain bloggers you have come to know... is NOT just the same-old same-old group of Rainers.  I really like that.  You've picked some folks who have NOT been here for four years... newer folks... with fresh ideas.  Very very cool !

Sep 16, 2010 06:34 PM #93
Rainmaker
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

@ Philip in # 1:  I like the idea that you are going for 56.  I can just see the headlines now.  Joltin' Philip Faranda.  Has a great ring to it, doncha think ?  Question ?  If you make it all the way to 56... are you going to wear the Yankee Pinstripes on your listing presentations ?

Sep 16, 2010 06:40 PM #94
Rainer
163,254
Ryan Case
SCA Real Estate - Anaheim, CA
877-828-0710

great job! I have the same goal, 2 a day, for 30 days minimum! I am up to 43 in under 2 weeks :) I am addicted to blogging!

Sep 16, 2010 06:47 PM #95
Rainer
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Karen:  I am honored that you would read my blog once, much less several times.  Every day brings new posts and new 'Rainers and so much good information to absorb.  I am trying to go out to other groups to enlarge my sphere.

SCA:  Congratulations!  Two a Day -- keep it going!

 

Sep 17, 2010 12:07 AM #96
Rainer
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Debbie Atwood
Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA - Everett, WA
Real Estate Broker

This is so awesome !  congratulations on your achievement!

Sep 17, 2010 04:07 PM #97
Rainer
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Debbie:  Thank you; it has really enhanced how I view my business and has especially helped with prioritizing.

Sep 17, 2010 11:53 PM #98
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