Read Your Blogs Out Loud. I Can't Understand What You Are Saying

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Are you reading your own blog?

There are folks on ActiveRain that pump out 5-10 blogs a day! I seriously don't know how they have time to do that AND practice real estate, but nevertheless, I still see it. I actually had to un-subscribe (AHHHH GOD FORBID!) someone because all I saw was page after page of their blogs that didn't pertain to me at all. Maybe if you get 5 listings at once and you put them all up on AR on Monday, then ok, that's fine... but those that shovel out blog after blog and I'm not even sure they know what they're saying..... really?

Are you just trying to up your points; be the face everyone sees or do you just not care?

Each blog takes me a good 30 -60 minutes minimum to make sure I have read it over, proofed it, spell-checked it, added the appropriate graphics and optimized it correctly. When I read some people's blogs it appears they never took the time to read through their post to make sure it even sounds decent. Sometimes, I'm confused about what the writer is even trying to get across.

Granted, I am not perfect and have had those typo's, wordo's and all kinds of mistakes but I try not to and I hope it comes through in my blogs in general. There are some people that just try to get out so many posts in one day, they don't read through them or have any idea what they have just said.

Now that we homeschool our boys, I've noticed my youngest is the worse culprit. I'll read something he's written and know he never read it back to himself, even silently. But there is something to reading it out loud. You get the flow of the text better and may even notice things you wouldn't notice had you read silently. Reading out loud forces us to slow down and really look at and say each word individually.

Read your blog out loud - you will be surprised as to how it sounds. 

 

(Okay, Rant over)

 

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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This reminds me of the "point of view" principal. Many ways to see & experience

Nov 04, 2018 06:00 AM #20
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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That's great advice.

Nov 04, 2018 07:53 AM #21
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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great post as always Tammy Emineth  I do read mine out loud and sometimes keep changing things . What  I hate most is when everything disappears as I forget to hit save ..ugh

Nov 04, 2018 01:18 PM #22
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Tammy Emineth - whether someone writes one or 10 posts a day, reading aloud is a great idea. I usually do a preview of my posts and for some reason, typos and other weird stuff pops out at me.

However it's done . . . it should be done more often. I will exit a post that makes no sense.

Nov 04, 2018 01:45 PM #23
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Better blogs not mass produced blurs ... those are worth reading right Tammy Emineth ?

Nov 04, 2018 03:29 PM #24
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

This is a great way to see if you understand it. I will try to put this to practice.

Nov 04, 2018 06:39 PM #25
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

you made me think of standardized testing "you read silently while I read aloud" LOL  I try to read it siltently, but sometimes I miss something. Especially if it's the human side of my blogging vs. the business side.

Nov 04, 2018 07:40 PM #26
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That's a great idea. I've never read mine out loud, although I do proof them about 3 times before I hit "publish". I'll try it!

Nov 05, 2018 04:17 AM #27
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Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Tammy, what great advice!  Even when we have something important to say we can lose our focus.  I will be reading my blogs aloud!

Nov 05, 2018 05:13 AM #28
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Adam Feinberg
ANCHOR ASSOCIATES - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

I fully agree. I approach each blog post as a subject matter expert level posting. As a result, I don't post anywhere near as often as many other active rain posters- but I focus on quality. Most of my posts take me hours to write and review.

Nov 05, 2018 07:48 AM #29
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great rant, Tammy Emineth and so true. Spell checking is an important part of  my reviews. Sometimes I  can read right past spelling errors but that red line helps...

Thanks for sharing,
Bruce

 

 

Nov 05, 2018 09:43 AM #30
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

Yes! I would definitely try to read it out loud, makes perfect sense!

Nov 05, 2018 01:41 PM #31
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John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Good advice and I am with you, I have no idea how some of these people bang out so many posts. I tend to write like I speak, so rereading the post may make sense, and it sounds good to me, but not a lot of punctuation and pausing between next thoughts.

Nov 05, 2018 02:25 PM #32
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

@tammyTammy Emineth ~ this is excellent advice! What I've noticed personally? Even when I read my post out loud I "sometimes" don't catch my mistakes. My problem... I'll read it differently than what's written... My biggest problem is just slowing down. And... ADD only adds to my little problem! 

Anyway, this post is a very important reminder to all! If we are going to take the time, we might as well make it our very best.... And reading our stuff out loud before hitting the publish button is just smart and highly recommended...  

Nov 06, 2018 07:32 AM #33
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great advice, Tammy. I will start reading my posts out loud. 

Nov 06, 2018 03:41 PM #34
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thank you for saying this. Some posts are obviously written in haste, or maybe with voice to text.  Either way there's no excuse for not proof reading. I'm glad to see it takes you an hour to do a decent post, as sometimes I agonize for an hour or more too, to get it just right. 

(So on another note, I have to cringe when I think what kind of contracts some agents put together if they can't even spell or get details right.)

Nov 06, 2018 07:08 PM #35
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tammy what an excellent post, often I do not understand what I wrote either:))) so even when I read it out loud it is confusing:))Endre

Nov 14, 2018 11:57 PM #36
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

It is amazing what you "learn" when you do this !  If you are writing posts for points...you are missing the point.

Nov 15, 2018 05:43 AM #37
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. This is sooooooo good and so very true too. I guess I will be reading out loud from now on.

Nov 15, 2018 05:53 AM #38
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Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I also wonder how others can post 5 blogs a day. Don't they have to work showing property, writing contracts, etc. On your main point, yes I will be testing your advice on reading out loud.

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