a buncha mythbustin' about bloggin on Active Rain

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

There has been a fair amount of myth-busting going on here on Active Rain, lately, and never to be one to be left out I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon.

MYTH #1  Blogging is hard to do.  Nonsense.  If you can speak, you can write.  All you have to do is write as though you're having a conversation with your friends.  Don't worry about sounding literary... in fact it's better if you don't sound too high-falutin' (yes, I said "high-falutin'", you young whippersnappers!).  Just write like you sound and you'll be just fine.

MYTH #2  It takes too much time to blog.  You don't have to blog daily... just regularly.  You want to build up a following of regular readership, and it's nice for them to know how often you're going to be writing... whether that's daily... once or twice a week, weekly, monthly... it's nice to get a regular routine going. And you'd be surprised.  Once you get going, it becomes somewhat addictive.

MYTH #3 It takes too long to see any results.  This one is largely dependent on you.  If you write interesting content that people like to read.  If you write local sales reports, localism events and other scintillating information that draws folks to your blog, it's possible to have people contacting your right off the bat.  Now, me... I write stuff that repels readers, so it'll take me a millenium to attract any interest.  But you might not be as boring as I am.

MYTH #4  In order to gain any interest and garner any comments your "mythbusters" post has to have at least five bullet points.  No it don't.  All you have to do is post it, and comments will follow.  Just watch.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

There are other myths too...

Mar 24, 2017 01:19 PM #36
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Thanks for the reminder Alan.  Just when you think no one is reading your blogs people pipe up and call you.

Mar 24, 2017 05:32 PM #37
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

I refuse to comment unless there is five myths. (that is a myth). That makes five so we're good......👍

Mar 24, 2017 06:59 PM #38
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert

Great post.  I am working on getting back into a consistent routine. Back in the Trulia days I viewed it as my daily "warm-up". It worked for me then, and your post is a good reminder to get back in the groove.

Since you are in Evanston, how about those Wildcats??  I'm a proud '78 NU alum, as we say, GO CATS!

Mar 24, 2017 07:02 PM #39
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I enjoyed reading this excellent post.  

Mar 24, 2017 08:28 PM #40
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I don't know how it happened, but I almost missed the myth post and it had so many good points, all 5 of them

Mar 25, 2017 07:44 AM #41
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I find it encouraging when the myths we carry are busted and we see how things really are.

You have simplified the blogging process.


Mar 25, 2017 08:01 AM #42
Stephen Turner
Gemcraft Homes (TriCorner Realty) - York, PA

Great tips on Blogging. This is probably the best motivation I've received to just do it (more)!

Mar 25, 2017 08:42 AM #43
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I just refuse to discuss it any further & continue to blog along the way. Why do we have to be the AR cheerleaders? What color skirt do you have on today Alan?

Mar 25, 2017 12:57 PM #44
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes,  you are definitely right. Blogging isn't really that hard unless you don't know how to talk in the first place.

Mar 25, 2017 04:17 PM #45
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Wicked good post, Alan...as they say when they write the way they talk in Boston! Hahahahaha

Mar 25, 2017 05:51 PM #46
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great Post Alan.  I'm one of those who is on and off -- but I am staying faithful to getting on AR every single day (and sometimes a few times a day) to either ask a Q&A or respond and read at least 2-5 blogs of others.  I've learned so much just being part of this platform and am hoping one of these day you will see the fruit of your labor and many of us who are holding back will get on the AR Blogging Train on a regular basis.  See you in the rain!

Mar 25, 2017 07:42 PM #47
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Boring? You must have you mixed up with someone else.

Mar 25, 2017 08:09 PM #48
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Look at all the comments - I guess you were right about all those bullet points.

Mar 25, 2017 08:38 PM #49
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

You might even enjoy it...meet interesting people and iimprove your marketing skills....Blog/post...Surprise !

Mar 26, 2017 05:25 AM #50
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

These Limiting Beliefs will keep agents working PT jobs to meet ends !

Mar 26, 2017 08:24 AM #51
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Hi falutin' indeed. I'm sure we can get this list to at least the magic 7 ;-)

Mar 27, 2017 07:48 AM #52
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Like that ...succinct, direct and informational.  And it only took four points!

Mar 28, 2017 11:31 AM #53
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Staying consistent is the most important.  When I get busy, I stop blogging.  I need to stop doing that.  :)

Mar 29, 2017 12:47 PM #54
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I admit to buying into Myths #1 & #2.  It's not always that it's hard or takes to long, but for me getting in the mindset to do, or figuring out what I should write sometimes paralyze me into non action.  Also, I'm not funny, but I love reading funny, well written blogs.  You write funny, well written blogs. :-) Kasey

Apr 04, 2017 07:41 PM #55
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