It will be 4 years ago this month that I wrote my first blog post here in Active Rain. The best part of the experience back then was watching the puzzled looks on my coworkers faces when I'd say things like "I blogged for an hour last night" or "I feel a blog coming on". Many of them are still outside of the loop on the whole blogging thing or tried it briefly but never committed to it. There has to be a closet writer inside the person to begin with I think to stick with it. 370 posts later I still enjoy it.
I wonder if allot that I have shared here I would have taken the time to learn if not for blogging? Have I taken on a heightened sense of responsibility to glean and assimilate information about our business of real estate than I may have otherwise? Would I have endeavored to use the words glean and assimilate in one sentence so soon into a new year?
I have been contacted by dozens of people I later did business with, from across the Country, Florida and even from England, initiated by my Active Rain blog. I have formed working relationships with Realtors from across the Continent. A publisher from Readers Digest contacted me a couple years back on one of my blog posts about my home town and paid me $300 to run it in their "Our Canada" magazine.
The Mayor of Barrie and members of City council read my blog and the two local news papers have contacted me on different occasions to interview me on the topics of posts I have written. So I have to say blogging does work. It isn't instant gratification but it will enhance your business and have you choosing your words more carefully....more of the time anyway.
Two highly insightful business minds share some personal thoughts on blogging in this video.