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A NEW BLOG SITE IS LIKE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES!...A Bit Painful To Start; But give it some time and it WILL pay off!

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO START A BLOG??? I wanted to write this post for those who think they want to start blogging but can't find the courage or the incentive to do so---those who just keep putting off begining it, putting it on the back burner as so many other agents get involved and seem to master the art of blogging quickly.

It is all a fantasy, this idea that you can begin blogging and it catches on and you develop a following all in a short while. That rarely if ever happens with blogging. You need to prime yourself to get the juices flowing and even then it takes a while to get a deep understanding of what you need to write about that works for you as you develop your own blogging style.

You need to break your blogging shoes in--just as you would with your new shoes!

A NEW PAIR OF SHOES WON'T PINCH IF YOU DON'T WEAR THEMYou can break shoes in by wearing them a little bit at a time....Just don't try to wear them too long, too early!

This applies to blogging as well. As I review my earliest posts, I can see I was more than eager to get the blogging thing down quickly. That did not work--I had maybe 2 people read my posts--and I wasn't taking the time to make sure the content was what others wanted to read...Then I went too far away from writing about what I care about and that didn't get any followers either. 

I now take the time to make sure that what I am blogging about has relevance to my profession and my interests! It is no good to try to write about something that has no connection to what you are thoroughly involved in and care deeply about, in life and in work!

Research, research, research is crucial if you want to blog about the way to do a CMA or a market report. And when you get to blogging about the local area that you specialize in, you need to make sure that the data is correct and that the information is up to date; that the information is interesting and draws a person in. If you are delving into the historical part of an area, make sure that your research comes from a reliable source and is grounded in accuracy.


OK, So I have been blogging on ActiveRain since 2007; so a new blog site makes sense to me. It does especially with the latest surge in internet searches and with Google's new algorithm's so focused on good content and less on the stuff that fills the pages with "spam-like" content. Apparently from what I have read right here on AR, these algorithms are the latest thing to get SEO juices running again...keeps us on our toes, those of us who like to blog and who want to be on the first page of a Google search.

I have added Blogger and WordPress to my blogging roster and it has been difficult to get my attention over there to blog, especially since is easier and more familiar here on AR. But I do manage to get it done by copying and pasting some of my own posts from ActiveRain.

Most importantly, I have learned that blogging has opened doors for me that I would never have had opened before. It gives me an opportunity to talk about the place that I love so much, The Hamptons.

Southampton, Southampton Village, Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor are my favorite parts of The Hamptons and this is where I do most of my listing and selling real estate.BLOGGING IS THE BEST WAY TO NETWORK

Now, if I didn't find The Hamptons totally fascinating, I could not write about them. I took a long look at what it is about the Hamptons that I truly love and want to share with others. It is more than the fact that the water is irresistible, or that the beaches here are out of this world...Or that the restaurants are the best this side of the Atlantic!

When I think about the most important thing about the Hamptons to me, I think about it's history....how it all started here and those are the posts that pay off for me--big time! 

Blogging is not something you can do if you have no interest at all about the topics you pick, so pick carefully.

Once you  get your feet wet (get the point?) then you will find that the new shoes are not quite as tight as they were the previous day or week or month.


Those new shoes will actually loosen up quite nicely once you get into them. Just do it gingerly at the start--get the feel of the shoes and make sure you wear them a little at a time before you jump in with both feet!!!

AHHHHH...now that feels just right!!!



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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

I can see why this is a feature. A great post with some very apt analogies. In the beginning it is tough, but it does get easier.

Jan 21, 2013 02:10 PM #23
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Paula - I like the analogy.  Still with me sometimes, the blog still pinches, most because of too much to do.

Jan 21, 2013 02:36 PM #24
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living
Paula congrats on your great feature Post! Being a former flight attendant with a major airline, working on 12 hour flights, my feet truly appreciate your thought on breaking in new shoes. As for the blogging I agree, baby steps.
Jan 21, 2013 02:39 PM #25
Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living

Starting any new task is painful indeed.  Once we develop the habit, it becomes like second nature, like a favorite pair of shoes. Great post!

Jan 21, 2013 07:49 PM #26
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paula, very good analogy! Blogging can cause blisters in the form of getting discouraged with blogging in the beginning. Taking it slow and being consistent will have many future rewards. Great Post!

Jan 21, 2013 09:51 PM #27
Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

Anything worth doing is worth the pain to deal with it in the beginning.  Once we do it for 21 days with enthusiasm, then it becomes a habit.

Jan 21, 2013 09:52 PM #28
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Very good post Paula.  After a while blogging will become a habit, but it is a hard thing to start and get used to.            

Jan 21, 2013 09:53 PM #29
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

What a great post and congrats on the feature.  Anything that you compare to a new pair of shoes is a great come on for me-I did start a new wordpress blog two weeks ago and while I am getting no traffic, I will keep on running with it and hope it takes off!

Jan 21, 2013 10:06 PM #30
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Sounds like good advice to me Paula... Happy Day

Jan 21, 2013 10:48 PM #31
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Praful: You are so right! It is so much easier here--and we have the benfit of all the knowledge of the other members and they are so  willing to share too!

Ellie: I think it took me about a year before i got the swing of it---as I review my older posts I didn't really put out the best content for a very long time!

Christine: That is what I find too--not enough time to do it all!

Christina: Ouch! I get it--if you are in a situation like a flight attendant then you don't have the luxury of stepping out of your shoes frequently! Blogging can be painful but you can drop out for a time any time! So good luck with your blogging and I hope your feet have recovered!


Jan 21, 2013 11:05 PM #32
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Enjoyable post and topic and of course the hostess with the mostess is always a pleasant experience no matter what the topic is...best to you Paula

Jan 21, 2013 11:06 PM #33
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Tamara: You are so right===noting better than shoes that fit right--breaking them in is the painful part and once we know that we can fly!

Michael: Glad you got the point---I should have used men's shoes in the illustration too! It applies to both genders and I think you know that!

Steve: 21 days? I wish that is all it takes. In my blogging beginnings I took weeks to just figure out how to log in and find all the right gizmos to use ActiveRain---then it was smooth sailing after that but it was a good year before I truly could do it right!

Christiansens: I agree---there are so many things that interfere with your good intentions to blog; it can also be a lot like exercising and getting your work out routine down to a pattern.

Joanna: I just got 2 likes on this post on Wordpress---that is the first out of all my posts--like 13 of them before i got "pressed"

Richard and Beth: Good! I hope it gives you the incentive to keep up your great blogging!


Jan 21, 2013 11:14 PM #34
Michelle Wunker
Century 21 Hometown Brokers - Billings, MT
Your Real Estate Coach

I found that the second one is much easier.  Keep it up.  Great post.

Jan 21, 2013 11:15 PM #35
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

So true... but there are still days when I feel those shoes pinching no matter how much I've worn them in!

Jan 21, 2013 11:27 PM #36
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Richie: You are the BEST! I like it when you like one of my posts---you always make me feel like I hit it out of the park!

Michelle: I wish I could say the same--maybe you mean the second of the other blogs besides AR? I have been on AR so long that it is second nature to blog here--the other places are so complicated and hard to work.

Nina: There are those days, yes. I have them too and in a case like that I just step aside and let others do the blogging. Sometimes I just need to re-group!

Jan 22, 2013 12:55 AM #37
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author



Home Run Here

Jan 22, 2013 05:57 AM #38
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Richie: :)

Jan 22, 2013 05:58 AM #39
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Paula, like you I come to love my blogging. Active Rain was a great place to start, but I need to blog more on other sites like my WordPress blog. You hit a home run with this post.

Jan 22, 2013 06:08 AM #40
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Paula, that is really a brilliant post and being new here, lots of good stuff for me.  I really love Park City, so it is an easy sell for me and an easy topic to write about.  I can relate to that.  I have started getting up at 5 am just to jump on active rain and read and comment posts while at the same time formulating my next one.  I never was one for sleeping in and I find this really energizes me in the morning.  I look forward to doing this for many years.

Feb 02, 2013 02:15 AM #41
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Scott: Good for you --it is a eye opener in the morning and late at night too. I can't count the times I awoke a t 3:00 could not go back to sleep so I go on good old ActiveRain and blog until 4:00 and then I can fall asleep...ahhh. Good luck with your blogging, Scott!

Feb 02, 2013 04:31 AM #42
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