ABOUT BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS - With Dedication and Perseverance.

Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

Today I discovered something about blogging on ActiveRAin.  No, I haven't discovered anything new on my own.  I'm simply taking lessons from a few of the . . . . .


You know who they are - Barbara, Debbie, Jeff, Kathy, Jay and a few other ActiveRain friends who have mastered the Business of Blogging - for Business.

While I am dedicated to blogging on a regular basis, I do tend to stray from my core purpose for blogging which is simply BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS.

Oh, sure.  I love the back and forth with ActiveRain friends.  I comment daily and often many times in a day.  I probably read 25 plus blog posts a day.  I subscribe to 411 members and read them regularly when they post.

If there is an important, timely real estate matter in the news, I'm likely to post about it here. 

GET BACK TO WORK.  However, I've neglected "WORKING" many neighborhoods in my market area and tended to concentrate in the small area around my base which is Loudoun County, VA.  I do often travel many miles to show and sell real estate.  Shucks, I've been selling in the MD and VA market for so many years I could map them blind folded. 

Just this past Friday, I showed properties to one of my long time home buyers in La Plata, VA, 90 miles and 2 hours from my base.  Not a problem.  I know they will buy a home, their 3rd with me and it's my pleasure to help them.  They help me stay on top of Charles County real estate where I've sold many, many homes over the years. 

BACK TO WORK.  I'm getting back to WORK doing what I need to do to pump up my Google presence.

Since I don't have home listings to advertise, I concentrate on communities, home types, demographics, local points of interest and what ever strikes my fancy about an area. 

Woodbridge, Virginia is my location for a blogging adventure today. 

Why Woodbridge??
  Why not??  Some things to note about Woodbridge, VA, it is DYNAMIC in terms of real estate.  In fact, the deeper I get in my exploration of the details, attractions, features of Woodbridge, the more I discover to write about. 

New Homes to sell.
A variety of established communities to sell.
Waterfront properties.
A variety of Parks and Recreation areas.
Shopping to satisfy everyone.
Discount and Luxury shopping areas.
More, more, more. 

I'm planning to report on several communities in Woodbridge before I move on to another location.  Plenty of time.

Recent posts about Woodbridge, VA real estate:

Blog Entry: Homes for sale in Woodbridge Virginia, Single Family Homes, $500,000 - $600,000
Blog Entry: Foreclosures For Sale in Woodbridge, Prince William County, Virginia
Blog Entry: Homes SOLD in Lake Ridge in Woodbridge VA 22192, July 1 - July 31, 2012. A Market Report.
Blog Entry: Homes SOLD in Woodbridge in July 2012 - Marumsco Acres, Marumsco Hills, Marumsco Village and Marumsco Woods
Blog Entry: Luxury Homes Sold in Woodbridge VA 2012 - Beautiful Homes for Sale in Prince William County
Blog Entry: Waterfront Homes For Sale In Woodbridge, VA - Prince William County, August 2012
Blog Entry: Townhomes For Sale in Woodbridge - August 2012, Priced under $400,000.
Blog Entry: Townhouse Condominium Homes in Woodbridge - Super Value, Location and Style
Blog Entry: New Homes for Sale in Woodbridge, Virginia - Prince William County - Inventory and To-Be-Built
Blog Entry: WOODBRIDGE, Virginia - Mileage to Area Employment Centers and Points of Interest.
Blog Entry: Woodbridge, Fun for Home Owners - Golf, Boating, Fishing, Baseball
Blog Entry: POWELLS LANDING - A Popular Community in Woodbridge - Homes
Blog Entry: ABOUT BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS - With Dedication and Perseverance.


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Comments (65)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Lenn, I started blogging in 2009 and have yet to run out of ideas to write about. I plan to write more community posts and the phone rings when I do. Of course, I have been busy with buyers this summer and many times I have posted and ran off to work. I enjoyed your post, it has great information about what works!

Aug 13, 2012 11:20 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Lenn, you are averaging nearly 100 posts every month.. hearing from you that you are not blogging enough must be shocking to a lot of people.. . you are the biggest inspiration here and this posts proves it!

Aug 13, 2012 11:28 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Gary.  Indeed.  We need the discipline to do just that.  Business doesn't grow on trees.

Wanda.  I've never run out of material either.  Thank goodness.

Fernando.  I confess.  I've been slacking off.  I realized it last Friday when I saw that I had only posted 2 posts for the week.  I was out all weekend but it's time to get back to work. 

Aug 13, 2012 11:45 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Love this port Lenn.  I find myself blogging for business first, and then blogging for comments and features second.  Unlike so many others, I have time on my hands.  While my wife and I are both productive and doing well in our real estate careers, we have no kids at home, and there are two of us.  I have time for blogging for biz and for fun!  

Aug 13, 2012 11:57 PM
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer

Business is the reason we are here.  This post is timely for me. Thanks.

Aug 14, 2012 12:00 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am reminded of the laser beam which is really just concentrated light brought to bare. Focus and purpose when applied go to work...results follow after that...good post dear lady

Aug 14, 2012 12:18 AM
Brad Rachielles
CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453 - Upland, CA


there are some writers that make their business creations so very interesting and some times self revealing. After reading this post, I certainly feel that I know a little more about Lenn Harley the person... AND I can see why I would choose you to find me a home in Woodbridge, VA. Your knowledge of the area shines through your other posts too. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 14, 2012 01:02 AM
Deb McNeill
Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

I'm inspired to get cracking on neighborhood and localism posts. Good post, thank you!

Aug 14, 2012 01:17 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I am, self-admittedly, a scattered blogger.  I rarely "blog for business", and yet business finds me in the way of referrals from other Active Rain agents.


Aug 14, 2012 01:22 AM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

I had the same feeling this summer when I was so busy with buyers I was neglecting my blogging and I made a promise to myself right then that I would get back to doing community blogs and posting on neighborhoods.  Consumers want to know what is out there so if we want the business we should be blogging to get it--nice reminder

Aug 14, 2012 01:35 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


No doubt about it.  It is hard to maintain the balance between blogging for business and doing the business.  Either one or the other takes precedence for me during a month.

Aug 14, 2012 02:36 AM
Tiffany Sniezek
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct, - The Woodlands, TX
Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
Great reminders and ideas about local blogging. I checked out your other blogs on your area and the homes on the market. They are great examples and I hope it drives lots of business your way!
Aug 14, 2012 03:07 AM
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Subscribed to your blog because you have come up on my radar several times and you always have something interesting to say.

Aug 14, 2012 03:43 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

As I said, Woodbridge is very popular and I go there 3 or 4 times a week.

There are many reasons for that business there, but price may be the biggest factor.

Aug 14, 2012 03:44 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Jared.  Same here.  Lots of time and I start every early.  I enjoy blogging so there's no stress or pressure.

Richard,  Good for you. 

Richie.  Thank you sir.

Brad.  Thanks very much.  I am a research animal and it helps me understand the matter of real estate brokerage, which is a far more dynamic force than many realize.

Deb.  Get busy.

Alan.  You may not be blogging for business, but your ability and ethics are clear.

Marilyn.  Same here.  Let's get busy.

Evelyn.  There is a synergy and once we understand it and Google, it's just a matter of discipline.

Tiffany.  I hope so too.

Nan.  I try.  I'll check your blog too.

Jay.  It's more than that.  Location for the price is a big factor.

Aug 14, 2012 04:01 AM
Mary Ann Daniell Realtor
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC - Killeen, TX
Delivering Successful Results Since 1999

I have been a firm believer in blogging ever since the trend started way back when.  It works, but I have been terribly negligent the past couple of years.   I'm climbing back on the blogging wagon today and hope to see the results soon!  

Aug 14, 2012 04:38 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Mary Ann.  With good titles, good content, few outgoing links and I bet you will.


Aug 14, 2012 05:13 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Wow, Lenn!  You put my 225 Subscriptions to shame with your 411!  And I thought I was bad ...


Aug 14, 2012 06:15 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Lenn - A reminder that I need to get back to blogging about areas as well.  Thank you,

Aug 14, 2012 09:51 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Gene.  Lots of great folks on ActiveRain whose writings I follow, including YOU.

Christine.  Get to work!!


Aug 14, 2012 08:43 PM

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