Random Thoughts: Dizzle, Mt. Rainier and My Favorite Real Estate Writer

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Mt. Rainier from Paradise visitors centerYou should really check out Dizzle.com. The concept is very interesting to me and I believe it has the potential to be a great resource for anyone that is in the business of marketing their content online. If you blog, that's you. Basically they have a points system that allows you to offer points when people share your content across their social networks. You can also earn points by sharing others content to your followers. Of course, sharing content is all about finding stuff that is worth sharing, but Dizzle makes it fun and a little bit interesting. I'm looking forward to having lunch with Justin Mchood the founder of Dizzle next week. I have a ton of questions for him. Mainly I'm interested in learning (if he's willing to share) some of the ideas he has about adding value to the points that are exchanged on the site. I believe that if he can figure out a way to add value to the concept of points on Dizzle that he may have a massively successful venture on his hands. Anyway, check it out. They've done a great job of making the set up process easy and informational all at the same time. We could learn a thing or two from them in that regard.

I love Instagram! There, I said it. Want to know why? Because it's made me more aware of the beautiful things around me. For most of my life, I've never been very artistic or into taking pictures. I've been all over the world and don't have a picture to show for it. I have plenty of great memories, but no pictures. With Instagram, I've been trying to capture cool pictures of the places I go and the things I do. Not just any picture......but a good one. And it's so easy to enhance them and make them better.........and then yesterday happened........

I took a picture of my sushi from dinner last night. It was a pretty good pic as far as sushi pictures go, if I do say so myself. But instead of just posting it with some attempt at humor or wit like I've mostly done in the past, I included a few hashtags. I used #sushi and #foodporn along with a few other meaningless fun ones. Guess what happened? In about 5 minutes I had 14 likes on the picture from a bunch of people I didn't know......and now I'm hooked. Would love to have you connect with me there, I'm @activebob on Instagram......but only if you promise to keep the cliche pics to a minimum.

Greg Nino is a reckless sports gambler and a typical Dallas Cowboys fan. Arrogant, full of himself (themselves?) and completely unrealistic based on one game. I keep trying to remind him that Tony "Choke" Romo is their QB, but he refuses to listen to me. His biggest boast is his most ridiculous.......that the Cowgirlsboys are going to score 31 points in Century Link (or 'the Clink' as we affectionately refer to it here in Seattle) Field against the Seahawks defense. Looking forward to the game next week.......and Greg sending me something 'truly Texas' when we win. (If we lose, this paragraph will disappear next Sunday night, haha)

I went up to Mt. Rainier this past weekend with my dad and son. It had been at least 20 years since I'd seen the Mountain that close. Until I was 8, we lived at the foot of the mountain (Ashford WA) and it was common to go up into the park. We drove up to Paradise, which is the highest point to which you can drive. What a beautiful sight! If you're from this area, I don't have to tell you how imposing the mountain is over much of Western Washington. There are some places in the area (coming up HWY 410 for instance) where you come around the corner and it almost seems like you are going to drive straight into it. It's one of the things I miss most about Seattle when I'm not there.

The thing I miss the least.....the rain of course!! But guess what.....it hasn't rained in Seattle in 48 days. 48 DAYS!!!!!! Most people in Seattle are walking around with shit eating grins (where the heck did this phrase come from??) on their faces and mostly befuddled at what the heck is going on. The actual reality of how much it rains in Seattle is not what someone from other parts of the country would believe. Natives to this area perpetuate the myth in an effort to keep people from California from moving here and driving the cost of living through the roof......(our dirty little secret, so don't tell anyone in CA)

One of the best writers in the entire real estate industry is Rob Hahn. If you are not familiar with Rob, you should really be reading his stuff. It would be a major coup if I could convince him to post his blogs on ActiveRain from time to time as he writes about some super important high level challenges and happenings in the real estate industry. His most recent post about the Chicago area association of REALTORS® suing one of their own members for defamation is a must read for just about any REALTOR® but especially for anyone that has served on the board of their local association at any point in your career.

How much time did you purposely set aside this week for prospecting? Don't lie to yourself........I'm talking about having it on your calendar and sitting down with a plan for how you were going to create new contacts for your business. Or I'm talking about taking your existing contacts and leveraging them to earn new business. If your truthful answer is 'none' then I would guess that your business is very susceptible to peaks and valleys. It's probable that if you didn't spend any time this week prospecting it's because you have deals currently that you are in the middle of getting to the closing table or clients that you are working with to find that next home or sell their current one. But without prospecting that closing (peak) you have coming up will immediately be followed by crickets (valley) as you search for your next deal. Successful real estate agents make it a priority every week (day?) to set aside time even when they are busy to keep the pipeline full.....without exception.

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I always plan for prospecting, but the best laid plans and all... it didn't happen last week.  Now I gotta go hit some of your links.  Oh, but I did keep a screen shot of the paragraph... just in case it disappears. LOL

Sep 08, 2012 03:41 AM #17
Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Until someone sees it in person "The Mountain" is something that is hard to explain.  I love it!  I will have my 4 year old grandson next weekend so my Daughter-in-Law (long time season ticket holder) can go and watch the Hawks post another WIN! 

Sep 08, 2012 03:42 AM #18
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Befuddled AND shit eating grins all in the same sentence.  Gosh I love your random thoughts!!  :-)  I wonder what Greg is going to send you.  LOL

Sep 08, 2012 04:26 AM #19
Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad

Thanks Bob, good stuff...good luck against the Boys R Us next week, thanks for the Hanh link. 

Sep 08, 2012 08:27 AM #20
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

So glad that random thoughts are back.  Oh and dizzle was on my list from a couple of weeks ago...so it will get done soon.  LOL abt Nino.

Sep 08, 2012 09:22 AM #21
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Bob, i spent little time prospecting as i was immersed in showings & deals to try to keep together...so shame on me...i fall down again...but Instagram is cool & i love Postagram- check it out for real estate it is awesome.

Sep 08, 2012 09:55 AM #22
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

From this blog alone I learn about Dizzle and Postagram, two more sites/programs/tools I will check out and maybe integrate into what I am doing now.  Often, just prospecting the old fashioned way produces better results for me than trying out evry new "thing" on the internet.

Sep 08, 2012 12:58 PM #23
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Bob, my daughter told me about Instagram in its early days. It's great but I haven't used it much. I think all the rain from the rest of the country decided to concentrate on Florida this summer. 24" in one month and more since then. Enjoy the dry weather!

Sep 08, 2012 02:00 PM #24
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bob, Although I've never lived in Seattle, I thought it rained there every day. Most of the Californians I know don't want to leave the state, except for the taxes.

Sep 08, 2012 02:21 PM #25
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob, your one post is equivalent to 10 posts...it takes a while to digest each and every paraagraph.

Will check both Dizzle and Instagram (heard a lot about later).

Not heard of Rahn -- but will follow the links you mentioned.

Prosepcting? Was at a function this morning and got 3 leads...and never done it, but planning to call Expireds soon.

Sep 08, 2012 02:23 PM #26
Gary Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Thanks for the info on Rob Hahn.  I had heard about the lawsuit, but did not know where it was.

Sep 08, 2012 03:16 PM #27
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Love your random thoughts. I will have to read  Rob Hahn and check out dizzle.com.  And about Californians invading Washington, no way.  If we get over 15 inches of rain a year we think the sky is falling. 

Sep 08, 2012 03:38 PM #28
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

That is pretty random Bob.  I'm with Nino on the Cowboys this year.  I have a feeling this is going to be the year that it happens.  

Sep 08, 2012 09:27 PM #29
Amada Slade
Island Realty of the Lowcountry - Beaufort, SC

Hi Bob'  Thanks for sharing your random thoughts.  Never heard of Drizzle but will check it out.  At this rate, I am never going to get off my computer!!!!!!!!!

Sep 08, 2012 10:32 PM #30
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob, I can't believe it hasn't rained for 48 days in Seattle. I've made a few trips to Seattle in the past and all the days I spent there, there was only one day where it didn't rain. Thanks for the links.

Sep 08, 2012 11:49 PM #31
Barrie Clulow
My Time Is My Own - Uxbridge, ON

Hi Bob - Your link to keep the cliche pics to a minimum looks like this http://activerain.com/blogsview/3436260/mashable.com/2012/08/31/cliche-instagram-photos so it gives you the Active rain Where did I leave my keys…?

Sep 09, 2012 01:13 AM #32
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Bob, I will check it out BUT what about duplicate content?  I fear this.

Sep 09, 2012 01:52 AM #33
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Bob, So happy the Random thoughts are back. Love the new picture of you and your son. Forty-eight days without rain would make me happy too if I lived in Seattle.

Sep 09, 2012 09:28 AM #34
Rob Lang
At Home Kansas / www.AskRobLang.com - Lawrence, KS
Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes

Bob, Thank you for the picture of Mt Rainier.  It evokes fond memories.

Sep 09, 2012 10:15 AM #35
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

Thanks for the ideas. Love when you come around the corner and it. right. there! I'm constantly in awe of Mt. Rainier and I get to see it almost every day (when it's not hiding behind clouds....)

Nov 14, 2012 01:54 PM #36
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