Day 30 of the 30 Posts in 30 Days Challenge! Wow!

Real Estate Agent with Realtor®, Photographer, Artist

Day 30 of the 30 Posts in 30 Days Challenge! Wow!

There were times when I wasn't sure I would make it through this, but it was really worth it! Thanks, Active Rain and Kerrie, for offering this great opportunity and incentive to set a goal and stick with it!

home - For sale homes in Temecula, CA - Virginia O'Connor RealtorI've learned a lot not only doing this challenge, but by spending more time here on AR, reading other people's posts. What a wealth of talent and what a fabulous resource for information, marketing ideas, time management, just all aspects of our profession! There are some seriously talented people in our group!

One thing that I have just started doing in my quest for more blog material is interviewing local business owners. There are several really unique and interesting places here in my area, and there were some side benefits I really hadn't considered. Not only did I get great material and photos from my first effort, but I feel like I made a new friend! As we exchanged cards, it dawned on me that this was also a potential source of referrals. Yeah, I know, I should have thought of that first, but honestly, my main focus was on getting material for my blog! Duh...

A few things I learned from the 30DC and spending more time here on Active Rain:

• Setting a goal and sticking to it can be fun! Make a plan for blogging and allocate time for it like any other marketing or farming tool.

• Focus efforts on local posts. Get to know neighborhoods and write about them. This gives you real credibility in the area. Thanks Ryan and Tom for all the inspiration there!

• Get to know the local business people and merchants. Doing an interview is a great way to get to know them. They appreciate the free advertising and are a potential source of referrals.

• Getting to know other agents all around the country is priceless! Great information, lots of camaraderie and support here in the Rain, and another potential source of referrals for relocating clients. Also a great way to refer my sphere of influence to an agent in another area. I have friends all over the country, now I have agent friends to send them to when they need to buy or sell.

• RainCamp - one of the greatest educational workshops I have ever attended!

• There are probably a dozen more things I'm overlooking!

My only regret was that I wasted so much time not really using AR after I signed up last year.

I may not do a post a day now, but several times a week for sure!

Active Rain Rules!


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Comments (6)

Tammy Pearce
Haute Realty 214-994-6474 - Dallas, TX
Tammy Pearce

Congratulations on completing the challenge!  I'm a week behind you and have learned so much from daily blogging and reading it's amazing.  Keep going strong!

Sep 27, 2010 05:33 AM
Tracey Wibbenmeyer
Re/Max Best Choice - Bonne Terre, MO
The Wibbenmeyer Team

Congratulation on making it through, what an accomplishment!!  Thanks for the advice and I am looking forward to putting it to use.  Thanks Tracey

Sep 27, 2010 05:38 AM
Virginia OnullConnor
Realtor®, Photographer, Artist - Temecula, CA
Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal

Thanks, Tammy! It was SOOO hard but really worth it! I don;t kow if I can keep up daily posts, but I will try. Keep up the good work yourself!

Sep 27, 2010 06:27 AM
Virginia OnullConnor
Realtor®, Photographer, Artist - Temecula, CA
Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal

Hey, Tracey, thanks! I hope it helps you. that would be awesome! It's what I love most about AR - everyone is so free with good tips and advice. Best of luck!

Sep 27, 2010 06:28 AM
Ryan Case
SCA Real Estate - Anaheim, CA

Where does one go once the challenge is complete? I am a week behind you also!

Sep 28, 2010 05:22 PM
Virginia OnullConnor
Realtor®, Photographer, Artist - Temecula, CA
Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal
Email or go to her AR page She is one of the AR PTB and will award your points for the 30DC.
Sep 28, 2010 06:09 PM