Ten Reasons Why I Hate Blogging

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977
https://activerain.com/droplet/4y58

I don't like blogging. Am I taking a risk by saying that here, on ActiveRain, THE real estate blogging mecca? Probably. But I don't care. It has to be said.

Here are my 10 reasons why:

 It ruins my morning coffee. First things first - make the coffee. I like my coffee (Peet's, by the way, ordered from their store in Berkeley; no Starbuck's for me). I can't tell you how many cups of coffee have been ruined by blogging. Either I get engrossed in reading or writing and forget about it so it's ice cold, or I end up spewing it all over because of something funny someone has written. Ruins the whole day. Crummy way to start the day at 6 am.

 It makes me think too much - give me a break. I did undergrad and grad school and I had enough. I don't want to have to think a lot at my age. The real estate business is bad enough, but now I have to think about what to write and how to write it. It makes my brain ache.

 It makes a mess of my work area- there are more friggin' post-its and scraps of paper laying around that contain ideas for blogs than I can count. And I hate that yellow color! And that blogging folder I started to try and make sense of it. I can hardly lift it anymore. And the idiotic JOTTS I send myself so I can try and remember the great ideas I think I have but later realize are stupid.

  It makes me lustful (hah, THAT got your attention) - this is a major irritant. I lust to be featured, and I lust to grab as many points per day and per week as possible (at least on ActiveRain). And I lust about being number 1 on the dashboard.

  It makes me feel guilty - I hate that. I feel guilty when I don't write. I feel guilty when I do write because of other things I should be doing. I feel guilty when I miss posts by readers that I especially admire. It's one big guilt trip.

 It spoils my vacations and my time off - this is really rude. I used to be able to enjoy my time off, or to go on vacation and relax. But oh no, now I have to take my camera everywhere I go, and plan on doing things that I can write about, and try to keep up with my writing. It ticks me off that my private time is no longer my own.

  It costs money- don't let anyone tell you it's free. Hah. Those friggin' post-its are not cheap. And you have to have a camera that takes lots of pictures, which means extra memory. Not cheap either. And yes, some of the blogging platforms are free, but if you really want to shine you HAVE to fork over some bucks for the fancy sites or to host your own. And then there's the cost of my personal time, which I CAN'T deduct on my taxes. FREE? Yeah, right.

  There is too much to remember - I have to check my spelling, and my grammar. I need to make sure the links work...internal ones, and back ones, and external ones, and ones I don't get at all. And those stupid keywords and tags. And I have to add photos, or graphics. And think about who I am writing to. And remember to not write a wall of words. And focus on SEO, whatever THAT is. It just gets to be too much. I feel like a moron.

  I have to be polite- yes, my mother taught me to say please and thank you. And I do. But this is ridiculous. I'm supposed to thank people for their insightful comments? And for pointing out errors in my posts or letting me know there is a typo that the dumb spellcheck didn't catch? And for contributing thoughts about what I have written? Plus I'm expected to be pleasant when someone criticizes my article or calls me a name. And I'm also supposed to visit others' posts and comment on some insipid article about how everything they know about blogging they learned from their dog who is no longer with us. How can I possibly be polite about that nonsense?

  It takes away from my sleep. I used to be able to get 8 hours a night, but forget that now. Even on weekends. And what's the last thing I do before I finally go to bed? I check to see if I have any new comments or if I got featured on AR. It has taken over my sleep time and I resent that. And lack of sleep makes me cranky, and then I don't feel like writing, which makes me feel guilty, and then I eat chocolate, which gets all over the keyboard, where the letters A and S are almost completely gone because of all the darn writing (and I don't even USE the S word), which irritates me more since my typing skills suck and NOW I can't find the S for the S word I am aching to write. Sheesh!

I could mention other things, too. Like how I simply wanted to write one silly little blog for my real estate business, but then someone, who shall remain nameless (OK, Bonnie?) invited me to AR. And now I write on AR, and Wordpress, and Blogger, and RealtownBlogs (2 of them), and sometimes on Move.com and on Realtor.com. It's become an obsession. And all anyone talks about when they meet someone else who blogs, is blogging. Blah, blah, blah. 

Sounds like the true confessions of an addicted blogger. Guess so. And I darned proud of it. Gotta go - I ‘m off to another event with my camera. And YOU will have to read all about it and comment on it so I can get points.

Ciao.

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Gary Woltal
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Jeff, all good points. Toss your PC in the dumpster. Jump on a Harley and head to the mountains!! I can relate to the loss of sleep. With the brain in overdrive that eight hours of sleep goes right out the window.

 Hey but if you feel like your brain is going to explode from too much use at least you won't get Alzheimers. Heavy use of the brain I hear prevents that.

Oct 27, 2007 12:56 PM #199
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LOL, Gary. THanks for the thoughts - you made me laugh! I haven't had 8 hours sleep in a night for months!

Jeff

Oct 28, 2007 04:03 AM #200
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LOL, I don't know how I missed this post.  I don't drink coffee, but otherwise it rings a bell for me.
Dec 31, 2007 02:22 AM #201
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Randy -  HA HA. Well maybe it was a good thing to miss it so you wouldn't be reminded of all these things.

Happy New Year.

Jeff

Dec 31, 2007 04:19 AM #202
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Too Funny!! I am new to AR and I have not yet took the full plunge because I am too OCD and do not need yet another 10 reasons...but I think I will anyway...for the business ;0)
Jan 02, 2008 01:39 PM #203
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Nilsa - well, I'm glad you are here, and you will have a great time if you write and participate. And you will learn alot AND make great friends. And it WLL bring business.  Even if you get addicted like some of us, and these reasons really start to make sense to you. Who cares! Have fun.

Jeff 

Jan 02, 2008 02:21 PM #204
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Well Jeff, I think you about covered it. I don't watch the news anymore I just read blogs. I'm better at reading them than I am writing them but I'm hooked on both. Please don't stop though. You are great at what you do. I guess the great one's are more proned to burn out! I read between your lines though and I think you'll be around for a long time! And, for that I am glad. Read you around the Rain! Deb
Jan 02, 2008 02:39 PM #205
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Thank you, Debra. I really do enjoy it, despite my comments above. One has to have SOME fun. And some truth lurks beneath the humor. I have no plans to give it up. See YOU around, too! 

Jeff 

Jan 02, 2008 03:09 PM #206
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Jeff - you really hit the nails on the heads - after all this time, AR is even better!

"Those friggin' post-its are not cheap."  Are you still doing that?  I have progressed to notes all over the morning paper - I should say regressed - those inky notes are really messy.

Oct 02, 2008 06:29 AM #207
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Truthfully, I don't get the whole blogging thing.  It seems a dreadful waste of time.  I would much rather be out on the front lines talking face to face to people about real estate.  I would be much more likely to have that person become my client than any blogger no matter how good their blogg is.  I think people use blogging as a way of getting themselves out of what they should really being doing daily to cultivate business.  Anyway, just my 2 cents and I have to go now because my coffee is getting cold! :-)

Dana Lunceford

Mar 03, 2009 02:12 AM #208
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Dana - Gotta watch that cofffee.

Well everyone has a different opinion, and if someone does not feel it will work, then they likely will not do what they need to in order to be successful with blogging...and there are many who feel that way. It IS time consuming, like any successful marketing.

My focus on blogging IS to develop relationships with potential clients; but establishing a network with agents brings referrals (10 last year) and the ability to refer out (at least 10 in the last 2 years.) Having $2.2 million in listings directly from blogging on AR in mid 2008, and with 75% of my buyer business coming from the Internet, I guess I'll keep going.

Jeff

Mar 03, 2009 02:19 AM #209
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Dana: Ultimately, we need to be doing what works best for us. Blogging isn't for everyone. Just like any other worthwhile marketing method it takes time and consistency. But with over 85% of today's buyers accessing the Internet for the home searches, being 'FOUND' has become critically vital to our business. Blogging and social media enables us to expand and enhance our digital footprint. It allows us to increase our SOI virtually, at much faster speed than face-to-face. That's not to say that traditional methods aren't important. They are. Blogging and the use of social media is simply one more tool for us to use in our arsenal of marketing methods.

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Jeff Dowler CRS Love this post and so glad I am reading it again. So much humor and so much truth.Number #4 is my favorite!

Feb 09, 2015 10:03 AM #211
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Glad you enjoyed it. So much has changed but some of the basic truths have not. I'd say #4 still rings true for many! LOL

Jeff

Feb 09, 2015 10:22 AM #212
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Jeff Dowler CRS  Take a look at who's going to play her game?

Feb 09, 2015 10:54 AM #213
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Loved this post! I resonate with #4 - I want to be number 2 in DC! - I will never pass Pat kennedy! but I can be #2 LOL

Feb 09, 2015 10:59 AM #214
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I thought that I was the only one who thought these things Jeff! 

Feb 09, 2015 11:59 AM #215
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Jeff Dowler CRS  - There is BR (Before the Rain) and AR(After the Rain) and AR I've neve looked at thing the same way.  It seems like everything is a potential blog post.

Feb 09, 2015 04:04 PM #216
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Hi Jeff -- what a fun post and it stands the test of time.   Happy Blogging Birthday today.  Write on!

Aug 29, 2015 04:45 AM #217
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Thanks Michael Jacobs 

It was a fun one to write years ago. I appreciate the compliment

Have a great reat of the weekend

Jeff

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