To Blog 0r Not To Blog? What Is The Answer?

By
Real Estate Agent with Bennett Realty Solutions

"To blog or not to blog" has been a question I have constantly asked myself lately when getting online. I remember when I first started blogging,I thought I was becoming obsessed. I wanted to blog every listing, every real estate subject and every closed deal. I learned how effective blogging was with touching and reaching the masses and was online every night after my daughter would fall asleep. Trust me, blogging with a 5 year old on your lap, asking questions or rushing you to get off the computer to play with her or look at ICarly with her is not possible. Blogging had actually turned into a every night football game. My late night blogging was giving me a moment when I wasn't worried about the client calling to ask why were the lights turned off left when someone showed their house earlier in the day. Allowing me to avoid the agent who keeps calling about a house that's clearly listed as under contract. Away from the person that sends 20 new properties everyday because they must feel they are my only client. Away from all the calls that make you cringe when you see the numbers on your phone.

 But lately blogging has started to feel like work. I started seeing myself in the areas and topics I was blogging about. So I wanted to get out three to five blogs a day instead of the one or two at most I comfortably previously wrote. I started needing to get higher than the blogger over top of me on ActiveRain or Google. I started becoming obsessed with being on the front page for Bowie Maryland Short Sales. I started checking different search engines at least five times a day to see what page my name appeared. I started ignoring calls because I was blogging from my listing owners, current clients and potential clients. I started ignoring emails requesting to see houses because I was blogging. These people actually had the nerve to call me when I'm blogging to get clients. Or was I missing the fruits of my labor because I couldn't stop laboring. It didn't take a BA (blogging anonymous) class to figure it out either.

Now I'm back to blogging because I want to blog. To tell a story like this one, not strictly to get to the number one spot in ActiveRain or Google. I remember the teacher saying blogging was just a story; a story as you see it. I'm back just telling my stories again. But I do hope ActiveRain and Google see it....lol

 

Because buying or selling a home is a big decision, Steve Queenwith Exit Bennett Realty is your Real Estate Expert in Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Greenbelt, Lanham, Laurel, Glenn Dale,Crofton, Glen Burnie, Clinton, Hyattsville and all other cities in Maryland and the District Of Columbia. You will have step by step guidance to access resources to make the transaction smooth. Call me today at (202) 367-4348. You are my #1 priority. Please give me the opportunity to prove it.


View foreclosures, homes for rent or purchase as well as obtain valuable information on the home buying and selling processat www.stevequeen.com. I specialize in Short Sales

Comments (35)

Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Oh and one more thing you should do and I know all of the Active Rainaics will agree with me. Please take Active Rain University. Here is the link ActiveRain University Training Calendar

Sep 27, 2011 10:05 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

There is definitely no need to post 3-5 a DAY!  At least 3-5 a week is good for most people. I try to post at least once a day, and then life got in the way. I came back last month to be consistant again, and it's been great.

Write when you have time, save them as drafts, and then put them public spreading them out.

Sep 27, 2011 10:09 AM
Nancy Pav
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA
Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor

The key is moderation.  I like Lanre's comment...I'm going to check those posts out myself.

Sep 27, 2011 12:58 PM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Steve - Blog yes do blog...Build it and they will come.... You must find your comfort zone and then everything will fall into place for you I'm sure. Good luck and best of success to you....

Sep 27, 2011 02:05 PM
Steve Queen
Bennett Realty Solutions - Bowie, MD
Chosen Realtor for Bowie And Laurel

Thanks Steve, Fun but time consuming...

Sep 27, 2011 02:25 PM
Lynne Ruffin
Lynne RUFFIN - Norfolk, VA
Web Styles

Steve I can only imagine the energy it takes to do three to five blogs a day.  I struggle with doing that many in a week.  The more I blog the better I am getting though.  Your writing style is very engaging so I'm sure you will be a great success with it.  Maybe in the near future our phones will have a Do Not Disturb I'm Blogging status update button.  Wishing you all the best. 

Sep 27, 2011 02:27 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Steve - I hope AR and Google see it too!  Blogging is a story, but I do it for business purposes much of the time.

Sep 27, 2011 03:27 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If you do what feels right all else will take care of itself

Sep 27, 2011 03:36 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Steve, I was checking out the Newbies for September, and you have made a GREAT start with 27 blogs in one month. But, I would not sacrifice business for blogging. There needs to be a nice mix for blogging and keeping up with business. 3 to 5 per day is a bit much for me. I only had 10 posts a month in my first two months in AR. If you have the time, I would say go far it if you have the passion for it.

It looks like my Bro. Lanre in comment # 15 has given quite a list of suggestions. Welcome to Active Rain and Congratulations on This Featured Post!

 

 

Sep 27, 2011 03:47 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Blogging can be addictive. It's also hard for others to understand. Balance is the key. Something we all probably need to practice.

Sep 27, 2011 05:00 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Steve--great post.  I have kind of gone through the same thing you have and come to the same conclusion.  Now I blog to tell my story.  I think I have finally found my voice. 

Sep 27, 2011 05:36 PM
Claude THOMAS
Rossman Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL

The answer is no. It's time to go with the flow and start vlogging instead...

Sep 27, 2011 06:40 PM
James Muhammad
RE/MAX Champions - Upland, CA
RE/MAX Vision

Steve you raise some very, very good points in this Blog Post. I agree with Jerry that you should have a balance in your work and blogging. Good luck!

Sep 27, 2011 06:43 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I think "to blog" is the answer here. It has been proven that it does work if you are willing to put in the effort Steve. Thanks for the post.

Sep 27, 2011 07:26 PM
Mahesh Mike Patel
First Team Real Estate - Anaheim Hills, CA
Call Me And Consider It Done!

COngratulations on the blogs and the feature. 3 blogs a day seems a lot.. I have a hard time blogging 3/week. Ofcourse, I have other lead generations that I do as well.

 

Any ideas and tips you can share with us for being a consistant daily blogger.. thanks.

Sep 28, 2011 02:46 AM
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

I've found that the thing that works for me is to write a post a day and, if i have free time, maybe an extra couple thrown in each week. I write when the house is quiet and there are no distractions. It should be about work but it shouldn't feel like work. Good luck.

Sep 28, 2011 08:56 AM
Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan - Morristown, NJ
Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ

Very well written, amusing and 'from the heart" story.  I am with Maureen McCabe (comment no. 2) BLOG!

Sep 28, 2011 09:57 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Three to five? I aim for once a day if I'm lucky and often I'm not. Some of the commenters were laughing it off as something that happens to all of us, but seriously, it is possible to be addicted.

Sep 28, 2011 11:13 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

When I first started, I was consumed by it all. And some people here told me about "balance" and to maintain the blogging in your life, by maintaining it in balance with other things. I pass that thought onto you. Welcome and good luck.

Sep 29, 2011 02:37 PM
Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Make the time to do it, like anything else that is important on your list, do it first......then your day will move along swiftly with no headaches worry about doing it. 

 

Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME REALTOR

Sep 30, 2011 03:19 AM