GET A LIFE! - Review #7 of The WeBLOG Handbook, by Rebecca Blood

Real Estate Agent with Majestic Properties 3061802

The WeBLOG handbookThis is the last review of a series, of a book called WeBLOG, by Rebecca Blood

Although I will go over the last Chapter, I urge everyone to look beyond Chapter 7 into great tools included by the author in Appendix I, II and II at the end - which cover tutorials from writing linktext to buying a Domain.

I found the author's tone in this book to be motherly and nurturing, as if Rebecca was speaking directly to me and telling me the do's and don'ts of blogging - as if she was holding me by the hand showing me the ropes.  Chapter 7 was especially impacting because I have been there and knew exactly what she was talking about. 

This Chapter deals with how blogging affects you life - here are some points to always keep in mind.

SCHEDULE - Here in Active Rain, we often hear about our AR addiction, how we can't stop blogging, how our spouses complain (Rick not excluded....a lot of you know he calls it ACID RAIN).  Rebecca touches into having a life beyond blogging and how to know if your blog is taking over and what to do if it does.

She starts by saying that "It's true that the only way to cultivate an audience is to provide them with new content on a regular basis.  Becoming a slave to your weblog schedule is a sure way to burn out, so the first thing I advise you to do is to create a reasonable schedule for yourself and then stick to it."

REPUTATION - We also need to worry about our reputation - no it is not high school, but everything you write is there to stay..."everything you say online may live forever".  Think before you publish, choose your topics wisely and avoid at all costs, writing when you are angry.  If you do, don't publish right away, read your post/comment a couple of times, wait until you cool down and rethink the post/comment - edit personal attacks, arguments, unsupported claims, and remove inflammatory language.   Always approach your colleagues with respect!

PRIVACY - "life online is more permanent than life on the street"- Some bloggers put their life out there for everyone to read and some others are very private - so think about which route you feel comfortable with. You also need to respect other people's privacy - and most importantly - protect your children online as you do in everyday life.  **Rebecca cautions us to think carefully about blogging information that could tie our children to a physical location***

SUPERSTAR SYNDROME-I know this applies to a lot of us here, since most of us have profile photos - but don't be surprised if people start recognizing you.  As real estate professionals, using our photos for marketing purposes, including blogging can be a little overwhelming.  I had a mom run to me at my son's preschool and say, "I knew you looked familiar, you are Ines from the Rick and Ines Team!  I look at your photo on my refrigerator everyday!"  That's the reality of the Internet - it makes us mini-celebrities, enjoy your stardom!

TAKE A VACATION- Lastly the author talks about taking a break from your blog.  If you are burning out, if blogging is not longer fun, if you are stressed about finding new subjects to blog about.  Let your readers know you will not write as often, take a vacation from your blog.  When you come back, you will feel refreshed and full of life, or you may choose to post less often and change your blogging habits altogether.

The most important factor is to keep it real and keep it fun! 


Just in case you missed the rest of the reviews:

Ann Cummings    Monika McGillicuddy    Mariana Wagner    Ines Hegedus-Garcia

1. Mariana Wagner - BLOG History 101 ~ Review #1of The WeBLOG Handbook, by Rebecca Blood

2. Ines Hegedus-Garcia- Why Blog - Review #2of The WeBLOG Handbook, by Rebecca Blood

3. Ann Cummings - Creating and Maintaining Your BLOG - Review #3 - The WeBLOG Handbook by Rebecca Blood

4. Ann Cummings - Finding YOUR Blog Voice - Review #4 - WeBLOG Handbook by Rebecca Blood

5. Monika McGillicuddy - Find an Audience and Obey the On-Line Rules of the Road

6. Mariana Wagner - Behaving in the Blogosphere: Review #6 of The Weblog Handbook, by Rebecca Blood


**Thank you TLW, once again, for putting this talented group of ladies together and for leading us through yet another GREAT book. **   I wonder what TLW has in store next? Hmmmm......SVW

Comments (26)

"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


Ahhh. Nice wrap up...Really nice. Makes me want to get a life :)

You Ladies have done an awesome job putting these reviews together and working as a team. You all make me so proud :)

Stay tuned. I still have a little magic for you...Sha Zaam...TLW strikes again :)  



Feb 02, 2007 10:11 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Hey Monika - it's difficult to follow you guys but I do think we are all getting better at this.  I also struggle with Blog Live/Real life and that's why this chapter meant so much - we can all learn a lesson to not take it so seriously.

TLW - thank you , thank you - you are the one responsible for keeping it together - THIS IS FUN!

Feb 02, 2007 10:53 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
Ines... a great review... and some great info. And last, I agree with the last thing....vacation. Taking a break. Something more of us need to do more often. Relax...take care of yourself and or your family also...spending time with family.
Feb 02, 2007 12:57 PM
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
Don't all agents have "Superstar Syndrome".  I remember scaring an old couple once by screeching my tires and they said "Look, it's the Realtor!".  Not one of my better days.
Feb 02, 2007 04:32 PM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Boy do I need to get a life. My wife went upstairs to shower almost 45 minutes ago. I said, "I'll be right up." She was naked, in the shower, and I missed it. For this? Boy do I need to get a life. 

Feb 02, 2007 05:41 PM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

You guys just made me crack up!

Jeff B- the longest blogging vacation I have taken has been 3 days and I was going through withdrawals - not a good sign.

Ardell - Some agents more than others - the screeching tire story is funny, I've been there!

Stare-away-Jeff - PLEASE GET A LIFE!


Feb 02, 2007 11:37 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Ines, thanks for another great post.  Can I ask for your recommendation of just one blogging book to start with?  I've seen several highlighted here in AR and am not sure where I should focus for my very first one.  This one maybe?

 I'm bookmarking so I can read all the other great posts you mention.


Feb 02, 2007 11:59 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
Ines.....  mine has been 9 days and in all honesty, because of what took place... and how displaced I had actually felt longer than 9 days.... lol   But all in all, it actually felt good. I was going into burn out from the first 3 months that I was non-stop in some cases.  Again, good write-up.
Feb 03, 2007 12:03 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Maggie - we started these reviews with REALTY BLOGGING by Richard Nacht and Paul Chaney and found that extremely helpful, (that link will take you to the last review with all the links to the previous ones)....but you need to get the WeBLOG handbook as well.

Jeff B - one day at a time...and don't take it so seriously.

Feb 03, 2007 12:44 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Ines... yea, yea, yea...  I know.... that was my whole point. I just walked away from it....  just trying to have fun again and blog when I want and what I want. It's tough though when some people just bring you down. Check out a few of my blogs....  just pieces of info.... nothing deep.... lol

Anyhoo.... off to watch Louisville Cards go beat Brian Brady's Villanova Wildcats who play each other at noon today. That is my fun for the day..... ciao 

Feb 03, 2007 12:54 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty
I have a copy on the smart shelf.  I haven't opened it yet.  Thanks to the reviews - it has made it onto my desk.  It will be read!
Feb 03, 2007 01:47 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Thanks for the reviews!  I have this on order and can't wait to dig into it!
Feb 03, 2007 05:00 AM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC
I appreciated your summary of the last chapter.  Looks like I missed all of the other reviews also.  This looks like a great book for me to own.  Good job.
Feb 03, 2007 05:55 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Tony - what are you waiting for - get to it - it's only collecting dust on your smart shelf.

Sarah - let us know if you have anything to add once you read it - that's what these reviews are for, to encourage discussion and to pose questions.

Diane - thank you - I know there's another book to come - keep tuned to find out.

Feb 03, 2007 07:42 AM
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
These are all great....I love it. I can't seem to learn enough.I do agree with the children part 1000%. It's scary out there.
Feb 03, 2007 02:21 PM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Hey Christy - this is our second book and the wealth of information is incredible - there is so much to learn.
Feb 03, 2007 03:15 PM
Ron Lipscomb
EXIT Realty - Juno Beach, FL
hey Guys - intriguing....i need to read the previous posts....i'm just getting started with AR and real estate. ron
Apr 30, 2007 08:13 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Ron - welcome to AR and real estate!  This book is a great blogging tool and I do encourage to start the reviews from the beginning, I am sure you will get something from it.  Also check out the review we did for Realty Blogging by Richard Nacht and Paul Chaney (this link is also of the last review but has all the links to the other reviews at the end.) - the group where these can be found was created by TLW (The Lovely Wife): Realty Blogging Book Club - let me know if you have any questions, always willing to help.
May 01, 2007 12:54 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Thank you , Ines .

I have just found TLW's blog book group (yesterday ) and on perusing some of the info here, I see I am going to become quickly  addicted.  So many treasures !  Thank you for your wonderful summary of Rebecca's timely  advice .


Jun 14, 2007 12:39 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Jo-Anne - I'm glad you found it!  We've reviewed 2 books to date and plan on starting a third sometime in August.  TLW also hosted an open forum with Rebecca Blood where she answered questions and it was incredibly helpful - Welcome To Our Open Forum With Rebecca Blood...ROAR!  
Jun 14, 2007 02:40 AM