Blogging & Dieting: Why Does It Have To Take So Long To See Results?

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

Each time I catch a glimpse of Mary Phillips Designs' whimsical notepads, they always make me smile.  Naturally, these notepads were no exception.  Not only did they give me reason to chuckle – they also reminded me of blogging.  Why?  Because nowadays, everything eventually reminds me of blogging.  And, never before did I realize the distinct parallels between dieting and blogging.  Until now.

Blogging And Dieting Are Typically NOT On Everyone's "Top Ten" List Of Favorite Activities.  After all, they both require a significant amount of sacrifice, discipline, focus, and commitment.  They both can be time consuming, tedious, and unpleasant.  And, like dieting, blogging can sometimes feel like an unproductive exercise in futility – which is incredibly frustrating until convincing results finally begin to emerge.

I Want Instant Gratification ... Thank You Very Much.  When it comes to dieting and blogging, we tend to have certain expectations.  And, most of us would prefer to meet those expectations as expeditiously as possible.  Yet, if we fail to achieve our goals quickly, does that mean we've made absolutely no progress at all?  I don't think so.  Usually, the fruits of our labor do not always appear in an effortlessly clear and obvious manner.  Often times, we need to build up some serious momentum.  More importantly, we must establish and develop a foundation on which to build future and continued successes.  Rome wasn't built in a day, right?

Does This Really Have To Be A Part Of My Regular Routine?  The short answer is, "Yes."  As with good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight, blogging seems to show more favorable outcomes when fitting into our normal lifestyle.  Therefore, it only makes sense that blogging should become a crucial component of our business lives – performed on a consistent and persistent basis.  I mean, why do most of us blog anyway?  Increased exposure – in order for more people to discover us.  If we don't blog, it's less likely that more people will discover us.  Sounds like a "2 + 2 = 4" basic math equation to me.

Blogging Makes Me A Lot Happier Than Eating Carrot Sticks.  Laughter is the best medicine, or so they say.  These days, I appreciate anything that makes me laugh or lifts my spirits.  Consequently, as with other challenges encountered every day, I approach the concept of blogging with humor and levity.  In other words, I say what I need to say while simultaneously enjoying myself and having a little fun.  Are any potential business contacts reading my blog?  Will any readers of my blog turn into viable leads or professional connections?  Of course, I sure hope so.  In the meantime, I remain cognizant of one unmistakable, inevitable truth:  When it comes to dieting and blogging, patience is definitely a virtue.


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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Carie - the biggest difference between blogging and dieting is that I actually enjoy blogging :)

Sep 22, 2012 10:22 PM #22
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

This was such a cute post!  And so true.  Still working on both.

Sep 22, 2012 10:55 PM #23
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

so sad that it takes persistance consistency and will power to accomplish things!  ah but it will be worth it on all accounts

Sep 22, 2012 11:27 PM #24
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Blogging is like Prospecting - a Numbers game !

For years I've taught Geographical FARMING in numerous Sales Courses. Typically in class sizes of 30 agents you're more than lucky if you can truly convince 1 agent to climb that 12-24 month mountain !

I've noticed in AR, that most of the bloggers who are claiming to be generating large portions of their business from blogging ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MORE THAN 1,000+ posted blog articles !!!!! That's at least 18+ months of blogging(if not longer !). We all know that when knocking on 100 doors you could luck out once or twice by getting a good lead at the first door(but this is unlikely to cont.)

Blogging is the new Farming and there still a Long-term Lead Generation Approach !!!

Sep 22, 2012 11:55 PM #25
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Blogging has taught me much patience when it comes to Internet marketing. I just received a lead from Toronto on a post from last year. We take them one at a time.

Sep 23, 2012 12:27 AM #26
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I remember watching and waiting for things to grow after I planted them. When I skipped a few days, lo and behold we had growth...mmm. did it not want to grow in front of me? Or is it true that a watched pot never boils?

Sep 23, 2012 12:52 AM #27
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Tammie:  "That Patience Thing" ... I love the way you phrased this :)  Glad to hear all your hard work is paying off!

Patricia:  I'm with you ... I think blogging is a whole lot easier too!

Christine:  Blogging over carrot sticks any day :)

Debbie:  Thanks for the reblog, Debbie!  And, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday too :)

Kathy:  Yes ... blogging over dieting any day!  And, thanks for the reblog too :)

Nellie:  I'm so glad I inspired you!  You have made two significant commitments here and I support you all the way!  Good luck ... and if you need any additional encouragement please let me know :)

Margaret:  Thank you!  Yes, let's talk soon!

Dave:  Oh ... I'll definitely go with blogging as more fun :)

Kathy:  That is so true!  With blogging and weight control, if they are a part of your regular routine, they seem to be much easier.

Winston:  LOL!  Actually, I do enjoy typing!  And, I learned how to type on a manual typewriter ... Boy, am I old :)


Sep 23, 2012 01:25 AM #28
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Praful:  Thanks!  You're right ... no magic to it at all.  So, no quick and easy way to accomplish these goals.

Debbie:  I don't know ... I seem to have become an analogy queen lately, yes?  You are a great blogger, Debbie!  Good luck with your diet/exercise goals :)

Nancy:  Congratulations on your weight loss!  I know what you mean ... hitting that plateau is challenging and just something else we get to look forward to as our metabolism rate changes.  I could never eat whatever I wanted before -- but now I can eat even less of whatever I want.  Grrrr is right :)  Your plans for today sound great:  Eat a healthy breakfast and write a blog ... I like that!

Wayne & Jean:  Amen!  Blogging :)  Dieting :(

Kathryn:  Thanks!  Yes, me too :)

Mark:  Agreed!  That's what they say ... all good things are worth waiting for :)

Michael:  Interesting comment, thanks!  I never knew about the correlation between blogging results and over 1000 posts.  As you say, although some successes can happen earlier  --the majority of, and longer lasting, results typically happen over time.  And, as you taught your students, you have to climb the mountain in order to get to the other side :)

Harry:  Ah, patience ... one year later and there you go!  That is so cool ... thanks for sharing your story :)

Richie:  Just because you're not watching doesn't mean that all your hard work isn't still in motion "behind the scenes," right?  Many of life's situations are like that, and then when you least expect it .... ?


Sep 23, 2012 02:01 AM #29
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
There is definitely patience involved with both! When I am having a bad day, I log on and find a reason to smile. Not only are there others that are having the same trials, but some are worse than yours and make you feel blessed. I need to focus and be more consistent with my blogging. You have inspired me to do just that. Thank for the kick in the butt!
Sep 23, 2012 06:09 AM #30
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Karen:  I so agree with you!  Something on ActiveRain makes me smile when I need it, makes me feel blessed when I need it, and inspires me when I need it.  Just some of the many reasons why I love being here :) 

Sep 23, 2012 12:10 PM #31
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Hi Carie,

Great post. Not only does it take time to see results, but it takes consistent blogging, networking and commenting. Ain't nothin ez in this business!!

Sep 23, 2012 12:33 PM #32
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Nice one Carie! Great analogy. I agree with you all the way. But iI guess dieting is more difficult. Have a great week ahead.

Sep 23, 2012 01:05 PM #33
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Very nice and cute blog.  Made me laugh on this Monday morning.  Your analogy is fantastic.  Makes perfect sense to me.  Thank you.

Sep 23, 2012 10:46 PM #34
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Greg:  You got that right ... ain't nothing easy in this business or anywhere else these days!  Hope you're doing well :)

Mike:  Thanks!  I much prefer blogging over dieting :)  Have a great week too!

Chris & Dick:  Thank you so much!  Glad I could make your Monday morning a little cheerier :)

Sep 24, 2012 12:27 AM #35
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

That was a great post and a great analogy.  Perfect tie in.  My mother in law started walking 2 miles a day when she started her diet, she is 86 years young.  It's now been 10 days and we have no idea where she is at!!

Sep 24, 2012 05:25 AM #36
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I am working on getting to 1,000 posts.  And, while someone (Joy Danielson) calculated it out for me, some think that I might not make me.  I can pound out posts with the best of them. 

And, consistency is key.  Just like dieting.  Great analogy and good motivation.  Thanks, Carie.

Sep 24, 2012 06:18 AM #37
Joan Congilose
New Jersey Properties - Manalapan, NJ
Helping Sellers & Buyers

Hi Carie, Great analogy I definitely need more discipline with both dieting & blogging.

Sep 24, 2012 10:07 PM #38
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Apparently I'm better at blogging than I am with dieting. LOL. But I keep getting better with the blogging, so I need to make an effort with the dieting too, who knows what could come of it?

Sep 25, 2012 02:26 AM #39
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Glenn:  LOL!!  I know you're just kidding ... but that is pretty funny :)

Suzanne:  1,000 posts is no problem for you ... you can do it!!  Thanks and yes ... the key is consistency for sure!

Joan:  Thank you!  Both sure do require a lot of discipline, don't they?

Lynda:  You have company ... I am better at blogging too :)


Sep 25, 2012 02:35 AM #40
Amada Slade
Island Realty of the Lowcountry - Beaufort, SC

Hi Carie, Great post.  If you diet like you blog, then you are on a role.  Very clever indeed and very well written.  As with anything in life, persistence is the key.  I don't always feel like writing a blog, but after I do I feel proud and it is the same with dieting.  Eat a salad instead of fried chicken and feel proud. YOU DID IT!

Sep 25, 2012 09:04 AM #41
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