Some Tips For Writing Contest Entries on Active Rain

Managing Real Estate Broker with Help-U-Sell Realty Pro 17676

Go inside the mind of a contest judge with Patricia Kennedy as she explains what it takes to write a winning blog. The new contest "Just How Addicted Are You To Active Rain" has produced many entertaining blogs to date.

Original content by Patricia Kennedy AB95346

Over my past few years of blogging, I've judged several contests here on Active Rain.  And yesterday, I wrote a post announcing a new one:  New Contest!!! Just How Addicted Are You To Active Rain?

Like many of the contests here, this one is designed to be fun, a little challenging, and a fun way to earn a few extra points.

So what are the judges going to be looking for as they pore over all the entries, not necessarily just for this contest, but in general?  Here are a few tips if you want to land one of the big prizes:

  • Use photos or clip art to make your point.  As someone recently wrote, "A blog without a picture is like a sundae without a cherry," or something like that.  It will make your post show well and can add flavor.
  • Your post should be well-orgainzed.
  • Edit your post carefully.  Keep typos (and wordos and grammaros to a minimum - like I could do that, but hey!).
  • If you are telling a story, try to be clear when you write about what happened (and in the case of this contest, a little funny and pathetic will help).  Making a judge laugh is a good thing in most contests.
  • Be economical with your words.  Don't use five words when three will do.  Less is usually more.
  • Once you finish writing your entry, go through and "wordsmith" it - this is a concept that a journalist friend introduced me to.  It's good for polishing your finished product.
  • Follow the rules for posting, which are set up to make sure that we can actually find your entry, not to complicate your lives.

When I've judged other contests, I've noticed that there seem to be a few real standouts.  But whether or not you take one of the top prizes, Active Rain contests are fun.

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Comments (8)

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Maureen and Pat is a wonderful writer and you have a wonderful post here, but remember there are other judges and you may need to try and get into the minds of them also. And as for getting into Robert Swetz's mind, all I can say is "Good Luck" ... ;)

PS - Thanks for the tips!

Jan 09, 2011 06:43 PM
Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor - San Pedro, CA
Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate!

Great advice!  Thank you for this info. :-)

Jan 09, 2011 06:50 PM
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Thanks Robert,  Actually I didn't know there were other judges although I probably should have guessed that. Newbie mistake!

Jan 09, 2011 07:19 PM
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Thanks for stopping by Wendy.

Jan 09, 2011 07:19 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Maureen - Thanks for re-blogging this.  I missed it the first time around and it has some great info!

Jan 13, 2011 04:35 PM
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Your welcome Carla.

Jan 13, 2011 07:45 PM
Jane Becker
Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge - Worcester, MA

Thanks for the insight, I love contests and look for them purposefully.  I wasn't aware that photos and pictures were so important.  Can I encourage you to write a blog on winning featured blogs?

Feb 01, 2011 10:56 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Maureen, I guess I'm guilty of not using enough art work in my contest blogs...thanks for the reminder.

Feb 01, 2011 02:52 PM