Dear Carie: I Enjoy Reading Your Column

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Reading Woman Whenever I'm visiting my mother, she invariably gets a phone call from someone asking “How's Carie doing?” to which my mom replies: "My daughter is a blogger now here's her link!”  Apparently, one of my mom's friends thinks I'm a writer for a real estate publication.  That's okay – until I started blogging last year, I didn't understand the difference between an article and a blog either.  Nevertheless, I am absolutely delighted whenever I receive any feedback about my writing.  At times, it comes in the form of a comment from one of my contemporaries.  Other times, it’s in the form of an email or remark from a friend or family member.  That being said, how thrilling is it when occasionally reminded that our blogging efforts are not going unnoticed anyway?  As far as I'm concerned, it's all good ... even if the person reading thinks I write a column for a real estate publication.

Not only are my mother’s friends reading my blog they’re reading your comments and blogs too!  Recently, another one of my mom’s friends wrote: “I just finished spending a few hours reading your blog and the comments people made.  I am most impressed. You write very well and you write just like you talk which I think is more impressive.  Enjoyed reading some of your colleagues' blogs as well.”  This comment was especially meaningful because when I first started blogging, I struggled with indentifying viable topics specifically, what to write about and then how to write about them.  Essentially, I made the conscious decision to simply write what I know and write in a manner that reflects my personality.  I've discovered a writing style that sounds like me it's my voice and it feels good.  Furthermore, this comment clearly reinforced what I already know.  Collectively, we put out some great stuff here!

So what does this all mean?  Blogging is not always an easy concept to grasp right away.  I know because I used to be one of those people.  Yet, I've learned several, valuable lessons.  Stay committed, stay passionate, and write in consistent intervals.  Write about what you know, write from your heart, and write as if you were speaking to a familiar person.  Be true, be honest, and be yourself.  Plus, we all recognize that getting noticed might likely come as a direct result of our writing efforts.  Consequently, as long as we keep on writing … we just never know whose mother and whose mother’s friends will be reading our next blogs.  Talk about expanding our spheres of influence!

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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Marte:  Hey, that's true!  And, 'Carie's Column' ... I like it :)

Kimo:  You can do it!  Jump in ... the water's fine :)

Alan:  Yes, it is grand!

Rachel:  Good for you!  Keep at it ... yes, practice makes better!

Lyn:  I think it's cute too :)  And, I agree ... the blogging flows much more easily when you write what you know!

Gretchen:  That's just one of the great things about being here ... so many different areas and topics to read about!  You're right ... every click helps and you never know what happens from there!

Valerie:  I think that's wonderful about your aunt.  Write like you talk works for me :)

Karen:  Wow ... they quote blogs from long ago?  That's fantastic!  And, yes ... always a good idea to keep your happy face forward :)

Kathy:  I agree ... just being yourself and talking about what you know is the best!

Jim:  That is sweet ... I love that your 95 year old grandmother reads your blog!  And, from Facebook no less :)

Kathy:  What a nice thing to say!  Thank you, Kathy :)

Jun 11, 2012 12:17 PM #23
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Very well said, Carie.  My mom reads my blog daily and has similar comments.  She passes them on to her friends as well.  Too funny.  I'm thrilled to have the extra readers.  They know buyers and sellers too.  8=)

Jun 11, 2012 12:28 PM #24
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Carie, some spammer is also reading your posts - I just reported concerns on 3 spam comments!

Now when I blog (and even comment), I need to be cautious - because someone is reading this comment, too!

Jun 11, 2012 12:36 PM #25
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Some of us take a little longer to find our voice than others. That's okay too. The key is to STICK with it! You will grow and your blogging will keep getting better and better.

Jun 11, 2012 01:24 PM #26
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Carie, I agree with your mom's friends, you are a good writer and its always a pleasure reading the articles that you write for this real estate publication.

Jun 11, 2012 01:33 PM #27
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Will you mother adopt me?  Her and her friends are welcome to read my blog.

Jun 11, 2012 01:52 PM #28
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Such nice praise from your Mom and her friends.  They are getting an education when they go on ActiveRain about the real estate community.

Jun 11, 2012 02:49 PM #29
Eric Salonga
The Salonga Brothers at Reed Realty - Ceres, CA
Your Key to the Central Valley

Carie, thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.  I too just started to blog but mostly to peers in ActiveRain.  For now, I maintain a Facebook page for my Real Estate business that gets a few subscribers here and there from prospects that I'm working with.


Jun 11, 2012 04:32 PM #30
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Carie...

Wow, it sounds like you have some great promoters for your blog. Now, you have to admit, you feel like you have to write a little better when you know that your mother and her friends are reading, don't you?

Jun 11, 2012 10:23 PM #31
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

That is really sweet and I am sure that it totally made your day.  Great feel-good post!

Jun 12, 2012 12:09 AM #32
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Congrats!  Knowing you have an audience is great.  Plus you have people helping you get the word out there.  You must be doing something right.  :)

Jun 12, 2012 12:33 AM #33
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Joan:  Thanks ... I appreciate that!

Eileen:  I enjoy hearing about the family & friend interaction too!  Then, you never know what direction that will take, right?

Mike:  Thanks!  Yes, our moms enjoy reading, sharing with others, and then who knows ... exactly!

Praful:  You're right ... I seem to have attracted the attention of many spammers on this one!  I think I feel a new blog coming on :)

Joni:  I agree with you, sticking with it is key!  And, it's always an ever evolving process ... just like many things in life, yes?

Bob:  Wow ... thank you so much for the kind words!  I appreciate what you said very much :)

Gene:  Sure, I will ask them for you :)

Evelyn:  Yes, it is nice praise and they are definitely learning a lot here ... just like me :)

Eric:  Thanks!  Now, like you, I have to start working on a FB business page!

Richard:  Ha!  That's right ... I always know in the back of my mind that I have a mother and her friends reading :)

Kathryn:  Thanks ... it did make my day :)

Jared & Amanda:  We all get by with a little help from our friends, right?




Jun 12, 2012 01:25 AM #34
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

In the media, the references to bloggers are not always good. But they are getting better as people understand better what we do...... and what our mothers pass along to others!!

Jun 12, 2012 01:35 AM #35
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Carrie, I tend to gravitate to AR bloggers who have a plain talk style of writing, almost conversational, keep up the good work!

Jun 12, 2012 02:46 AM #36
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Very good points here. Sticking with it and building and expanding and constant learning will prove fruitful. One of the best things I've done to date in AR Bootcamp.

Jun 12, 2012 04:09 AM #37
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Carie, I had to laugh imagining my 84 mother saying that.  She won't even look at a computer!

Jun 12, 2012 06:06 AM #38
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


Thank you for sharing the story.  The only thing my mother uses here computer if for shopping.

Jun 12, 2012 07:30 AM #39
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Sandy:  Right On!  Bloggers are people too :)

Adrian:  Thanks ... I enjoy reading conversational blogs as well!

John:  AR Bootcamp was great!  And yes, persistence and continuous learning are both so important.

Bob:  My mom says some cute things sometimes :)

Pamela:  Yes, my mom does that too :)

Jun 12, 2012 10:04 AM #40
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Moms will do it everytime great post and well deserved feature, thanks for sharing

Jun 19, 2012 01:03 PM #41
Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough - Hillsborough, NJ
PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ

Carie, What a great success story! You are right that blogging can be a great way to reach our to your sphere of influence and others as well. Thanks for the post.

Jun 27, 2012 11:25 PM #42
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