If at first you don't again

Title Insurance with First American Title

Being new to this community (less than a week old) I felt this would be a perfect forum for this post. 

Looking at all of the information and the great blogs on active rain it can seem a little intimidating to start blogging.  However, being one that once the decision is made then it is time to jump in with both feet I let the blogging begin.  One of the very first comments received could have been considered a bit snarky.  I quickly shut down the computer, put my tail between my legs and resolved that maybe this was not for me.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that maybe it was just my perception.  We don't have the benefit of body language or inflections.  Only the occasional SHOUTING through text.  Since the comment was not in all caps I thought okay, I will give this another try.  So far so good and the other comments on the post have been kind and friendly.  By the way, thank you Active Rain-ers for that. 

For all of us new to blogging and to active rain, I give a pat on the back.  Try and try again.  This really is a kind and friendly community with a lot to offer.

Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
Welcome to Actice Rain. You are right, you should just jump right in and start blogging.
Feb 14, 2008 12:20 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
Yes it is there is a lot of sharing and good advice to be shared too bad some people don't have much good to say it is a sad situation when they feel the need to trash stranger. Good luck and Keep Blogging.
Feb 14, 2008 12:21 PM
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Dawn, you're doing fine!

You picked a great topic and made your point very well.  The most important thing I learned about blogging (after a few initial attempts) was this:  just go ahead and blog.  Don't worry about what anyone else thinks or try to emulate someone else's style.  Once you find your own style, you'll be fine.

I'm subscribing to your blog and I'll be looking forward to following your progress here on ActiveRain! 

Feb 14, 2008 12:22 PM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
Great post.  It is a little intimidating at first to blog.  You only get better.  Welcome to Atctive Rain.
Feb 14, 2008 12:31 PM
Dawn Rodriguez
HomeRun Title - Hollywood, FL
HomeRun Title - Title Insurance Company
Welcome Dawn. Love the name! I'm glad you didn't give up and decided to continue blogging. It can be intimidating. Some times I find myself writing a blog and then I'll delete it, instead of posting. Was it good enough, is it interesting? You really do just have to go for it and not worry about getting featured or having more then 1 comment. I'm still having problems coming up with blogs to post! The title side can be somewhat boring.
Feb 14, 2008 11:09 PM
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes
Most folks are really nice on AR.  I don'tlike haveing to read between the lines since we don't have inflection or body language to I prefer to be straight up in my comments and limit sarcasm to a minimum. 
Feb 15, 2008 01:47 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Dawn, be yourself when blogging. I learn about myself by reading my comments, but they are just someone else's opinion. I don't let any of it bother me. If you don't like what they say just laugh it off. I look forward to your thoughts from your backyard.
Feb 15, 2008 06:16 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Dawn


To the Newbies group and the fun world of bloging, learning and networking

in the Active Rain community.

Folks are very helpful to help all the other members learn about things they may not know about

Have a good one


Feb 15, 2008 08:22 AM
Marvin Thomas
Allegiance Mortgage Corparation - Fayetteville, NC
Dawn, thanks for sharing.  I know that you will be fine here, because it takes a strong, secure, and couragious person to admitt that you have made a mistake especially in this forum.  I like your attitude and determination to keep trying. 
Feb 16, 2008 04:56 AM
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

Welcome to Active Rain Dawn!  smileysI'm glad that you didn't give up after your first blog.   

Even if someone doesn't like what I have to say, I'm still interested in their point of view.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so when I can't agree with someone I like the saying "let's agree to disagree"... problem solved.  See you in the Rain!

Feb 18, 2008 03:06 PM
Marie Hempsey
Century 21 Hughes-Riggs - Thorofare, NJ

Hi Dawn,

I am new...just posted my first post on here. It was good seeing what you wrote so i know if i don't get a "favorable first response" i will not give up!

Hope to meet up with you on here sometime!

~ Marie~

Feb 18, 2008 03:09 PM
Alex Mordas
EarthSTEPS - Tallahassee, FL
Green Building Consultant

Hi Dawn,


I'm in the same boat. Just getting started without really knowing some of the standard etiquette. Luckily AR'rs seem to be a pretty friendly and welcoming group for us bungling newbies.  

Feb 18, 2008 03:20 PM
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Great to have you here at AR. Wonderful network to enhance your marketing campaign and Internet exposure. In addition, the info here on mortgages, real estate, marketing, SEO is very deep. About the comments, just ignore the rare snarky ones, most of them are professional and participatory. Welcome.

Feb 18, 2008 04:22 PM
Delete Me Now Please
Kugluktuk, YN
Keep on blogging... it will get you where you want to go, but be careful about using too much of your time.  AR is a valuable resource, but remember moderation is the key.  Good luck!
Feb 18, 2008 09:26 PM
Susan Jackowski
Lake Norman NC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman NC & Hudson Valley NY
great blog.  I felt so out of place and did not know what or how to blog.  I just started and I don't go that many comments so, I guess I have to blog more interesting information.  Thanks for the blog
Feb 18, 2008 10:06 PM
Dawn Carlson
First American Title - Kent, WA

Thank you for the warm welcome!  This has been a great community and I am happy to have joined. 

For all of the other new bloggers, keep it up!  I have yet to read a blog that I don't like.  :)

Feb 19, 2008 09:46 AM
Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty
Hello Dawn..... great point !   Blogging is new to me as well... I'm trying to focaus on doing much better blogs !
Feb 19, 2008 02:15 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Howdy Dawn, don't let someone else spoil your fun... just go full speed ahead.  See you around!
Feb 20, 2008 01:36 PM
Linda Futral
Newnan, GA
Hi Dawn and welcome aboard.  I am glad you decided to stick around.
Feb 20, 2008 01:46 PM