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Bloggers: If you have another blog is your blog a real estate blog or a place blog? Or both?

What's a place blog? What is the difference in a real estate blog and a place blog? Is every real estate blog with a name of a city a placeblog?  

"-It's about the lived experience of a place." is a quote Sellsius Blog used from PlaceBlogger.com 

In Place Blog Aggregation Next Big Thing - Sellsius° Blog wrote: "Teresa Boardman, Maureen McCabe & Brad Nixwere the first placebloggers we met. If you want to know anything about St. Paul, Columbus or Atlanta, you are likely to find it on their blogs." Of course everyone on Active Rain knows Teresa is all that and a bag of chips... (Active Rain Members Only.) I don't know Brad but I recognize him as an Active Rainer too.

My other blog is a placeblog!  I just thought my blog was different than other real estate blogs.

Actually both of my other blogs are place blogs... I considered doing a real estate blog on the second blog I just started. I considered the second blog being a real estate blog where I'd blog about real estate issues, rant about other agents, a blog to tell sellers and buyers  "how to" or "how not to", a blog where I'd  converse with the the big real esate blogs about pressing national real estate issues, or proclaim to the world that I am all that and a bag of chips...(thanks to Teresa introducing the concept to me.)   I thought I should do that on oneof my blogs.  I thought about it ... and said "nah"  That's not my blog....

I can solve the worlds real estate problems (with your input of course) on Active Rain!

My Discover Columbusblog is on PlaceBlogger.com but it is in the wrong place. It's listed under Worthington. I wrote about PlaceBlogging on ColumbusBestBlog.com   Lisa Williams of PlaceBlogger.com commented that they can change my Columbus Blog to a Columbus Blog rather than a Worthington Blog. The problem is the zip-code.   My new ColumbusBestBlog.com is not on PlaceBlogger.com yet.

If you have a blog that is a place blog Sellsius° Blog has a list of aggregators of place blogs like PlaceBlogger.com

Some of the real estate blogs listed on PlaceBlogger.com are place blog but others seem more like real estate blogs with a place name... maybe they'll add some local content....

 

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
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Ha!  Mine is a Google Blog.  It is there for food for Google. 

Lenn

Jan 17, 2007 10:46 PM #1
Rainer
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Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
Now I'm really confused!  I do not have a place blog anywhere.  Is that something good to have for search engines? 
Jan 17, 2007 11:08 PM #2
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

A Google blog is a very good thing Lenn.  There is a kid in Columbus who has a Google blog.. 16 years old.. he discovered something amiss with Google and reported on it... it was a security concern... I can't remember if it was on their blogs or in gmail.. but looking at his blog was fun.  I couldn't understand much of it but it was interesting.   He is a Google worshipper.

Cynthia:  I don't know if a place blog would be any different for a search engine than any other blog.  Being a place blog has to do with content.   Read the Sellsius Blog entry... they have some info about what place blogging is according to Placeblogger.com

Jan 17, 2007 11:51 PM #3
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH
Maureen, you are always SO over my head! I feel so inept. OK, my brain is trying to wrap around what the difference is in 'place' vs 'real estate'. I think my other blog is more 'real estate' than 'place' if I understand the difference, since I don't get into restaurants, events, museums, etc. Is that the difference?
Jan 18, 2007 03:26 AM #4
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

The three Columbus Blogs on Placeblogger.com are:  A Columbus food blog, a blog called Green Buckeye (sustainabilty, ecology in Columbus) and an OSU students blog*. The one Ohio place blog that I already knew was BloggingOhio.com but there was another one there that I had not known and can't remember.  Of course anyone can say they are a place blog to get onto the directory (aggergator.).    

Sellsius° Blog quoted PlaceBlogger.com :

"What is a place blog? A good definition is on Lisa Williams' placeblogger.com, a just launched aggregator of place blogs:

-A placeblog is an act of sustained attention to a particular place over time
-It can be done by one person, a defined group of people, or in a way that's open to community contribution
-It's not a newspaper, though it may contain random acts of journalism
-It's about the lived experience of a place."   


*The OSU students blog is very much about the lived experience of a place."   

 

Jan 18, 2007 04:03 AM #5
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Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
"Place" helps you come up in searches that look for the place.  So if someone is looking for St. Paul real estate they should get Teresa's blog before mine because mine is more about real estate than St. Paul.  It's harder for me to write about a place.  Maureen, you've got such a good place blog.  I love reading about Columbus from you.  I think others would bore me, but your style . . .  There I go again proclaiming your talents!  Lenn combines the best of both worlds.  She's got place and real estate.  I'm learning, but it takes that focus that I always have a hard time with!
Jan 18, 2007 05:07 AM #6
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
Bonnie: Wasn't there someone who we emailed our URLs to who was doing a place blog who we knew about because of the women's blogging site Her?  that the Sellsius Bloggers had in their Top 10 Women Real Estate Bloggers... ???  I wondered if it was Lisa Williams with PlaceBlogger... because it seemed like she was in MA.
Jan 18, 2007 05:52 AM #7
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
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Maureen - I guess what I'm trying to do with my other blog, and maybe a little with this one, too, is make it a "place blog", although I'd never heard of that until just now when I read your post.  I definitely agree that Lenn's are for sure place blogs - good google food for sure!

Ann

Jan 18, 2007 06:13 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Bonnie:  It was Lisa Williams, http://www.cadence90.com/wp/index.php  I remember this picture of a child. Do you remember that?

 

Jan 18, 2007 08:49 AM #9
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Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Maureen, Lisa Williams is how I found Sellsius.  She attended a blogging conference and I listened to the audio from her presentation on emotion in blogging.  It was something else to hear.  She talked about starting a blog to be alone and ending up with all those people out there!  I should see if I can find it again.
Jan 18, 2007 02:09 PM #10
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Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA
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Excellent post, MoMac.  I have found it helpful to talk about real estate issues on mine.  I market to Realtors so a "place blog" doesn't really matter to me.  I sometimes post local content if I like a restaurant, shop, etc.
Jan 18, 2007 05:31 PM #11
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Anne: I think your  blog has lots of "place blogging" in it.  A lot of early RE blogging was just self promotion... the same thing that real estate agents have done via postcards, newpaper ads, and websites in the past was plastered on blogs.  All me all the time.  All about marketing the person or the brokerage and no real content that local people want to read day in and day out. Anyone with a blog named after a place (and that is certainly lots of RE blogs) can put their blog on the place blog aggregators.  That is probably true about any genre of blogs. Food blogs... some would be place blogs, others might not be.  Political blogs, issue blogs....sports blogs?  If the blog is devoted to OSU football from my perspective they are a place blog... if the writer tells us in lots of detail the blow by blow details of every sporting event they sit on their Columbus couch and watch but name it something about the Buckeyes it is not a place blog, IMHO, it is a sports nut blog.  Subjective.  Uh  huh.     

Bonnie:  I started reading Sellsius° Blog at some point before their May 15th entry  Real Estate Markets: Is Yours Dead Or Alive?   I blogged about their blog a few days later.... I think.

Was the audio part of the series of recordings that Mike Weber (I think...it was Mike... someone on the RT Blogs / IC staff ) shared with us on BlogTalk? 

Brian:  Of course place blogging won't neccesarily work for a blog that is trying to cover a lot of ground. Place blogging  won't work when a blog tries to be everything to every body, not that  your blogging activity is either. When I get sucked into the big RE blog things my traffic from local people goes down.  They really don't seem to care about the big RE blogs, what publicity stunts real estate bloggers are pulling... but my blog still get sucked in, every time, maybe playing on Active Rain will cure me of that.  Localism is the same idea that people read about places that are familiar to them...   WIIFM.  

Jan 19, 2007 12:05 AM #12
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Frances Flynn Thorsen
Cross Channel Marketing Consultants - State College, PA
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Great posting ... see, I even signed in this time!!! I've been trying for some time to recover my username and login and the tech gods at ActiveRain have finally smiled on this poor bloggy soul ... so hopefully I can help people earn points when I comment now 8-) You're doing some great blogging these days, Maureen!!!

Jan 24, 2007 11:45 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Good work Frances in recovering your sign in and password. 

No one makes any points when you comment, except you.  If I am not mistaken the only thing that gives the person who invited you to Active Rain points (after the initial sign up) is blogging.  So those that are committed to never blogging on Active Rain ... keep up the good work!!!!  That is totally OK.. with me. :-) Some are blogging elsewhere, some are scared to blog, some think blogging is dumb... some are opposed to Active Rain or to Localism... 

Good to see you Frances. Thanks for the comment.

Jan 25, 2007 12:09 AM #14
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Maureen, you are the epitome of a great blogger.  You promote your place and others (I feel I can find my way around Columbus if I have access to your blog or a phone to call you :).  You inform and interact in the community. What I admire most is you are a Giver. You are building your brand & yourself as the Columbus expert. I would not hesitate of an instant to refer clients to you. Is it any wonder we picked you as one of the top women bloggers (not just women, tops period)?  I wish you continued success.

 

Jan 29, 2007 03:07 AM #15
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
Thanks for the good wishes Joesph.
Jan 29, 2007 03:57 AM #16
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