Ask an Ambassador: How to choose a blog topic

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

New Activerain member Sam Bruck, of Baltimore, MD, must have seen my AMBASSADOR badge, because he emailed me to ask "How do you go about finding information to blog about?"

As I finished typing my reply, it occurred to me " Here's my  blog post for today!" Guess what, folks, it really is that easy to choose a new blog topic! 

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The more you blog, the more you will find a topic in nearly everything you do...

  • Go to a restaurant and write a review.
  • Answer a question for a client, prospect or another agent and it's your next blog post.
  • Snap a photo of a beautiful sunset or garden or local view and write about it.
  • Your kid says something funny,  so now write about it - and tie it in to real estate or a life lesson, if you can.

Other ideas...

  • Subscribe to monthly emails from your state department of natural resources, state and local schools, local historical society, etc. you'll inevitably find something to write about.
  • Did you just figure out how to insert a photo into blog posts or change your font? Blog about it and post it in the group Activerain Newbies - someone out there is still trying to figure it out.

Create a schedule 

This will help narrow down your topic for the day and keep you on track with your blogging plan (topic for another day). That's what I did when I was blogging every day:

Monday: Market Study
Tuesday: Your niche market, whether that's relocation, beach properties, golfers, etc.
Wednesday: Real Estate Mailbag or Q & A
Thursday: Just for fun - anything from a photo of the sunset to a home decorating idea to "a funny thing happened when showing property today"
Friday: Feature a local community organization or business
Weekends: Things to do in your local area.

If all else fails, Google a list of holidays

Just insert the current month and year -and you will find everything from national asparagus day to national nurses day. This surely will often inspire something, if only a photo and suggestions on how you might celebrate that holiday.

 

This list should provide enough ideas to last a while, Sam! Thanks for asking. Contact me any time.

 

Hey, I think this should be a blog post. Watch for it.
See how easy it is to choose a blog topic?

 

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Margaret Woda
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Margaret Goss, glad to hear you liked it! 

It is, isn't it Grant Schneider. Sometimes I write the title and a thought or two into an Activerain draft post. When I don't have a blog topic, I glance through my drafts and finish one that was started previously.

I posted this in the Activerain Newbies and Real Estate Rookie groups, Chris Ann Cleland, because I thought so, too. 

 

Sep 06, 2015 11:39 AM #26
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Sam Shueh
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Margaret Woda 

My son remember I wrote to local newspaper asking city to put a slow down sign at a "duck crossing".  Every so often you see "pressed duck on the road cross. 

The city of course did nothing. But my son's friend read it....

 

Sep 06, 2015 12:08 PM #27
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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Such good information for newbies and established members. I just start writing each night. It works for me.

Sep 06, 2015 12:42 PM #28
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Praful Thakkar
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Margaret Woda you are so right - I wonder why one should have a 'shortage' of blog topics!

There are million topics floating around - one just needs to find....yep, list of holidays in Romania....lol!

Sep 06, 2015 03:19 PM #29
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Eileen Hsu
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Great idea on subscribing to local resources and share any fun or important news with the readers.

Sep 07, 2015 04:52 AM #30
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Margaret Woda ... I've always found inspiration within AR itself.  Reading others posts and comments seems to work well.  It gets my mind whirring .. and my fingers!

Gene

Sep 07, 2015 07:10 AM #31
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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I missed this the first time around and am glad that Kathy Streib featured you in her weekly post. There used to be a "rhyme or reason" for posting on certain days so your post was more likely to be featured. Is that still the case?

Sep 07, 2015 07:32 AM #32
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Chris Mamone
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Thanks for the great ideas! I ran out of things to write about for awhile so I began reading articles online regularly and if something peaks my interest I go for it! The trick is the following: When you find something interesting write about it immediately! Its when your at your best!

Sep 07, 2015 02:16 PM #33
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Hannah Williams
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Margaret Woda  I think it makes a great blog and wonderful advise .

Congrats on a well deserved Featured post

Sep 08, 2015 02:20 AM #34
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Joe Petrowsky
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A well deserved feature Margaret. I would think this is a formula that could assist many that may struggle to come up with enough topics.

Sep 08, 2015 10:41 AM #35
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Margaret Woda,

I've been gone for 2+ weeks and to try and catch back up I started with Kathy Streib's Sunday post on her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! Your post certainly qualifies! Excellent ideas to help struggling bloggers think of topics to write about. Congratulations on the Gold Star too! Well deserved!

Sep 10, 2015 09:44 PM #36
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Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Sep 11, 2015 12:31 AM #37
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Congrats on the feature!  

What a great post....I never know when a great topic will jump out at me. I'm always watching for them though. They sometimes come from the darndest places!

Oct 13, 2015 12:15 AM #38
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great advice. Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Oct 13, 2015 04:34 AM #39
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Bob Crane
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Great topics all around, now to find the time to write about all of these, thanks for sharing this Margaret!

Nov 20, 2015 06:43 AM #40
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David Shamansky
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You can create a schedule or you can write about the endless events that happen in everyday life or any combination of those and more

Nov 20, 2015 07:40 AM #41
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
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All great ideas for blogging topics. Good advice for new and old alike. :)

Nov 20, 2015 09:41 AM #42
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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Hi Margaret, good blog fodder is all around us. I like the idea of having a "topic" for each day of the week. It helps me to get started each day with something new!

Aug 27, 2016 03:23 AM #43
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Margaret Woda -  I try to keep a running list of things. These ideas should get the creative juices flowing.

Aug 27, 2016 04:19 AM #44
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Margaret

I'm glad I found this post from a reblog by Donna Foerster . Somehow I missed it the first time around - such a useful set of tips for those who might have trouble finding things they want to write about. I always seem to have alist of things although sometimes I might not feel at the time, about writing about them depending on my mood.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jeff

Aug 27, 2016 04:27 AM #45
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