Wow I feel like I am sliding into home plate. September 2013 is the first month I have completed a Cloudburst challenge and what a challenge it has been. When I looked at the requirements, I figured I can do this. I had started a few other Cloudbursts but never managed to complete them. I was actually far from completion. So this month, I said I WILL DO THIS! I am so close, I paused on Sunday to reflect.
I have learned a lot:
· How short or how quickly a month can pass
· Videos make great posts and posting on YouTube makes for easy posting and great SEO. It also let me combine two contests!
· Take an idea and treat it like a fire starter. One idea about my clothes line lead to three posts and I still have a forth.
· Be prepared. I didn't expect the ActiveRain Editor to change. When I couldn't get photos to load, I just rolled with it and posted. I had a deadline after all!
· Motivate yourself. No one in my office blogs. I'm the loner. The Office Admin was my sounding board and my encourager along with the great comments from fellow ActiveRainers
· Have some fun and take a chance. On a Friday I posted "Balls Out" which was what I was feeling like knowing that I had only a few more days before the deadline and several posts to get done.
· Keep a note pad for tracking ideas on. Don't think you will remember that great idea you had while driving to the office or around town.
· Short and sweet and to the point is a good thing. Break up long topics.
· You do know something and chances are someone will read what you write and it will help someone. It may also be reposted! I wrote about the Appraisals in the buying process and Will Nesbit reposted it.
· You may start it for points, but you will finish it for the challenge. The points for me were simply a means to improve my ranking and I have gone up several positions in the state rankings! But it ended up helping me as a Realtor and blogger.
· Always have your phone in hand and take photos. Later you will think that would be a great post, but the photo op is gone.
Thank you ActiveRain for the Cloudbursts and I am looking forward to the next one. I still have points to obtain to climb up the state rankings!