How Do You Respond to a Non- Real Estate Blog?

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How Do You Respond to a Non-Real Estate Blog?




Introduction to Blogging

I know this is a Real Estate platform and we exchange ideas and information across the the country and Canada, but what is the idea of this blogging platform? This is just my opinion, but I remember when I joined Active Rain and wasn't sure what a blog was really all about.  New people join Active Rain every day, not knowing what to do, or what to say.

For the most part, everyone here on Active Rain can relate to the dilemma of what to blog about.  I was told, when I started, to blog about anything, as long as it follows the guidelines of Active Rain.  A newbie may not have the skills to write an outstanding blog, but if they blog at all, it is a start.  It took me months, before I was comfortable in blogging anything other than a market report.

Blogging Material

If a new member or an experienced member chooses a subject to blog about, that is something other than Real Estate Related, why should it matter?  I have seen blogs about local businesses, recipes, vacations, family pets, favorite hobbies and the list goes on.  I think that is great!  Who wants to read about homes for sale and market reports from everyone. The diverse subject matter helps to make Active Rain and interesting place to be.  Who knows!  I may find my future favorite recipe here on a Real Estate blogging platform.  That's what makes this a great place. 

How Do You Respond

Remember, Active Rain is a place where we can go to learn, play and enjoy the family we have here. Other platforms I have seen are non friendly and people seem to get a kick, by putting others down and trying to start arguments.  I don't visit that atmosphere.  So, if you read a blog on Active Rain, remember, encourage those members who have trouble writing about Real Estate everyday. As long as the members stay within the subject rules, they are participating and being included in our family.


If you can't be encouraging in your response, don't respond! 

At least they are participating.  There are many members that have not participated in years.


If you know anyone that wants to buy or sell their home in the Elkhart County,

or surrounding area, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577,

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email 


Re-Blogged 6 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Roy Kelley 01/18/2016 05:00 PM
  2. Debbie Laity 01/17/2016 03:53 AM
  3. Bob Crane 01/17/2016 11:46 AM
  4. Winston Heverly 02/26/2016 02:34 PM
  5. Praful Thakkar 06/23/2016 09:44 AM
  6. Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 06/24/2016 12:08 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm so happy this post was featured. I also like to read posts that aren't about real estate, and I've gotten some great recipes from AR. We can't all be real estate 24/7.

Jan 05, 2016 10:38 AM #67
Dana Tapia
Re/Max of Orange Beach - Orange Beach, AL
Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals

Thank you so much for this post! Yesterday was my first day working in real estate, and this morning, I posted my very first blog.  I received several comments that were so welcoming and encouraging.  I can't wait to become more a part of this community.

Jan 05, 2016 12:17 PM #68
Melanie Cameron
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Wilmington, NC
The Cameron Team

The best bloggers are the ones who provide a good look at their personality and that's not always easy to do through market reports. No matter what people say, clients don't choose agents solely on sales. If they don't care for their personality or how they present themselves, they'll move on.

Jan 05, 2016 10:18 PM #69
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Certainly, it depends on the post, yet, because you read it, it doesn’t obligate a response. There are many useful and informative posts, so, I try to surf AR every day to gain more knowledge. BTW, anything relative to real estate including information on floors, inspections, insurance, mortgages and other real estate issues about which I don't know is interesting to me. 

Jan 06, 2016 05:56 AM #70
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


There are many blog topics on Active Rain . . . . Over time the readership determines if the topic is worth reading.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 06, 2016 11:41 AM #71
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm ok with any kind of blog posts. They tell us a lot about the blogger and his/her preferences. 

Jan 06, 2016 03:58 PM #72
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry, I think we all do non-real estate related blogs at times, and they are fun too, and absolutely comment. 

Jan 06, 2016 11:21 PM #73
David Jones - Aliso Viejo, CA

Excellent points by a number of ActiveRain members. Like in all blogs, there are some excellent posts on many subjects that are both interesting and informative. Others are not. Personally, I enjoy most of the posts I read.   Dave

Jan 11, 2016 08:57 AM #74
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice for members of the ActiveRain community. Many of my blogs have nothing to do with real estate and most of the comments that I receive are kind.

Jan 13, 2016 12:29 AM #75
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Larry- I came over from a reblog by Debbie Laity This is so well written and it let's us know the kind of person you are. Our non-real estate posts keep us from being boring and help to let our readers know more about us.  Thank you for such a well written and very encouraging post. 

Jan 17, 2016 08:17 AM #76
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Active Rain is a special place in the internet world, one of the few where rules of civility are practiced by all but a few and those few are soon gone.

Jan 17, 2016 11:46 AM #77
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Larry Johnston  How boring would this site be if we just talked about Real Estate WE  are not boring people we eat food go to the movies drive cars  love animals and have children .We are all Friends and like to share life experiences . Not to mention want to drink Google Juice too !

Great deserved feature post !!!! 

Jan 17, 2016 12:28 PM #78
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My posts are all over the place and I love that the topic vary so much.  

Jan 17, 2016 01:42 PM #79
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I like non-real estate blogs. They make a blog more interesting and tell us more about a blogger and local communities. 

Jan 17, 2016 06:14 PM #80
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Larry. I often write non real estate posts because I enjoy them and my day to day in the industry is limited. 

Jan 17, 2016 10:54 PM #81
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Larry, great advice for new bloggers. As we all got our feet wet, figuring out what to blog about wasn't always easy!

Jun 23, 2016 02:18 PM #83
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Larry - I too am glad this was featured.  Although I am not a Realtor I give information helpful to all business and appreciate the comments.  People on Active Rain are so helpful and I have learned so much. 

Jun 23, 2016 08:33 PM #84
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Re/Max Real Estate Connections - Haymarket, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

I came over from Praful Thakkar 's post. I missed this the first time around and am happy to have had the opportunity to read it. Have a great day!

Jun 23, 2016 10:00 PM #85
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

This from the archives by Larry Johnston "if you read a blog on Active Rain, remember, encourage those members who have trouble writing about Real Estate everyday. As long as the members stay within the subject rules, they are participating and being included in our family."

Right on target - and - Reblog!

Jun 24, 2016 12:08 AM #86
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I like non real estate posts and feel they help people to get to know us better...on a personal level!

Jun 24, 2016 01:13 AM #87
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