What's Your Blogging Routine?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with THE TEMPLE TEAM
https://activerain.com/droplet/4MLR

 

Okay ... so you've gotten into the habit of writing a few BLOGS per week ... maybe you even write one daily, but what gets you "In The ZONE" to create that routine BLOG? 

  • What inspires you?
  • Do you have a schedule you follow?
  • What time of day is best for you? 
  • Where do you sit? 
  • What do you drink while you're writing?  
  • Where do you go for information? 

Probably for most people they have no idea the time and effort that is actually put into creating a BLOG. I know I didn't before I began a little over a year and a half ago!  

For me ... my day starts out by scouring the web for news  - local events,  national news,  real estate related or just news in general.

 

When I decide on a topic it's time to begin writing but "writing the content" is not everything!  It's important that you find the perfect clip-art or picture to go along with it. In fact that single thing alone can be more important than anything!  If it's not "attention getting" chances are good that they will never even click on your BLOG.   

Along with the title, the picture is what captures peoples attention to want to delve deeper into what that article is all about!  

So, next time remember to put just as much time into creating the "Title" and picking the most captivating picture to go along with your BLOG content and you will hit a home run every time!

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Rainmaker
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I try to get in there and blog once a week but at minimum a few times per month.  Not always easy to come up with good topics though. 

Jan 14, 2016 05:24 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

I am working on time blocking for my blogs. I do not cold call expireds or FSBO's so this is my main lead gen time. I typically write in the morning however have been known to get an idea and write late at night. However, if it is between 12 and 5, forget about it. 

Jan 14, 2016 05:41 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Kent, it takes time to come up with the idea, the title, the content, the photos or clip-art, etc. I have found, on occasion, the simple post are the ones that are most popular. I can labor, and struggle, and go over the material repeatedly and it isn't nearly as well received as the ones I write on the fly.

 

Jan 14, 2016 06:30 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

First off I do not blog nearly as much as I should.  I am getting better about doing it, but basically I took most of December off.  I am trying to do 3 a week; starting next week.  Topics there are no shortage off.  Market reports alone on the different cities and communities could fill my blogging schedule.  Sometimes I go off on a topic that catches my interest.  A question and response to a client can often be turned into a post.  Some challenge I am facing with a client or prospect.  General topics, of buying, selling, investing, and so on . . . .. .

Jan 14, 2016 10:32 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

writing a great post is usually not by accident.  You covered that well.

Jan 14, 2016 10:51 AM #33
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Well deserved feature. Everything about real estate is a reason to blog. I blog at night...almost every night. It is the way I end my day. I also enjoy making my own graphics. 

Jan 14, 2016 11:50 AM #34
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Kent...I tend to blog, read and comment much more in the evenings (late usually) as I'm more of a night person. I get up at the last minute so mornings do not work for me except I keep thinking that I would love to change things around and blog in the mornings.

Kate

P.S. Diet Pepsi or Coke (not a coffee or tea drinker)

Jan 14, 2016 12:25 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I average three posts a week....

Wednesdays I do a Wordless post with a picture of one or more of my grandchildren.

Monday and Friday I try to have a post about a local event, something in the news, or something home staging/real estate related.

I'm always on the lookout for a topic. Sometimes ideas come to me when I wake up in the morning.  I do not have a designated time for writing. I do it when I have something to write about.

The writing is not easy for me. It's a long process and I often struggle with the title and illustration choice.  It's very satisfying though when a post is done!

Jan 14, 2016 11:22 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I wish I could write up notes...and have someone else write the blog!  I have so many ideas but not enough time and don't feel I am that good of  a writer. Still I persevere!

Jan 15, 2016 12:31 AM #37
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Kyle Hiscock
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rochester, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Realtor®, e-PRO®

Great topic Kent Temple ! I try to write my articles during "off hours."   This includes first thing in the morning or late evenings.  Certainly there are some weeks where I have to take time during peak hours.  As everyone knows in real estate there are rarely concrete routines 

Jan 15, 2016 12:53 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kent, I don't have a set time to blog, it changes based on my schedule and usually drinking water with lemon while typing away.

Jan 15, 2016 02:01 AM #39
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Jorge Martinez
Long & Foster - Springfield, VA
Fairfax County Realtor

Hi Kent, last year I made it a priority to learn how to write better for the web and get myself to develop a daily writing habit( that took some work). This year I discovered a way to organize and schedule my posts with the use of a Content Calendar. Thansk for sharing. 

Jan 15, 2016 04:32 AM #40
Rainmaker
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MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

I like to end my day with the positive input of ActiveRain participants, thinking on all those good business practices all through the night! Thank you .

Jan 15, 2016 11:09 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Reading/commenting is usually very late at night, daily or close to it.

Writing requires more heavy lifting.  Text is part of it, yes, but essentially, writing  a short story (to include titles & photos which is the marketing angle).  Short stories are more difficult than long stories, so it's not easy to be concise and keep the reader's attention all the way.

The inspiration can come at all times, from all places, though often from what I read or hear about, or some experience I am going through.  When I've realized "oh, this is a blog idea", it gets set as a reminder on my phone.  I could blog daily for the next 6 months if I wanted to publish all my ideas.

Jan 16, 2016 02:43 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Most days, I find myself in my home office in the late evening engaging in Active Rain related reading and writing. I always have a glass of water on my desk.  Topics can be found everywhere. I have a stack of blogging materials and ideas on a shelf in my office.  If only a day was 48 hours long!

Jan 18, 2016 11:29 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

I NEED a routine! I time block lead gen time every morning M-F, and that includes blogging and FB posts. However, real life gets in the way and I am lucky to get here 3 days a week. 

Jan 25, 2016 05:06 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I've written a blog about blogging ideas before, but typically when I'm in a CE class, i'll get an idea for a blog and I write "B" next to it; "N" is for Newsletter, etc.  those are then e-mailed to me from my phone, etc.  Then when it's blog writting time, I have a list.  I may be in my home office or at my laptop when travelling.  either way, the ideas come at different times than the actual blogs.  Other times, I may see a photo opportunity and snap a photo, e-mail it to myself to save to my "AR" file!  Taking the time to create a topic doesn't always happen at the same time as a given time to write one! 

Jan 26, 2016 03:31 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Yeah I have learned over the years that people want to see pictures. It will be even better if you can post videos to your blogs.

Jan 28, 2016 08:31 AM #46
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Peter Mohylsky
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Owning a home is definately on most peoples bucket list.  It is more that a dream, it needs to be a reality.  

Jan 28, 2016 09:50 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

These days I don't have a routine. I'm just trying to get re-engaged. I've been MIA for quite a while.

Sep 06, 2016 02:45 AM #48
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