Blogging: Don't Invent, Don't Criticize, Just Document

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Corinne Guest, REALTOR¬ģ | Barrington Realty Company License: 471.000044

Blogging on a regular basis can become a strain. We've all been there, the mind goes blank. We ponder about what to write about next. We try to think of what to say on Wordless Wednesdays. A day passes. A week passes. A month passes! ūüėĪ Some never get back to writing and that's both a shame and a crime nowadays.¬†

Contributing to a single blog is work, writing on several is a lot more work and yet to be original it becomes a chore. So how to break that cycle of getting stuck.

  • Document.
  • Be transparent.
  • Use real life experiences to show your skill.

People want to read how good you are at your job and a real life experience to showcase that, is all that is needed. You must be honest, and document your daily experiences without specifically criticizing another person. There's nothing wrong with pointing out what happened, just no names. Try to keep the perspective on you and what you did for the other person, or if that's not possible why clients are better served by selecting you; not why they should not have selected the other.

Keep it simple, short, stick to the actual event. Not every post has to be thousands of words. Short events are easier for future clients to read.

ūüŹė ¬†In real estate there is something going on every single day. The more transactions you do, the more you'll have to document. Hopefully you focus on a niche or two and can document about transactions in your niche, this will elevate you quickly in the minds of a reader who may become a client. Show your knowledge!

Documenting is received better by all because it's real life. Humans are creatures of habit. They like knowing what goes on. They are not so interested in fake stories. For those they buy books, read Kindle or watch TV and movies. For real life they read timelines on FB as well as articles. Make sure you share where eyes are! 

I guarantee, do this and your clients will be more appreciative of you, your efforts, your skills, and they become extremely loyal.

Now go and elevate your game!

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Corinne Guest

Realtor & Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company

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Sharon Tara
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I love this advice! You make it sound so obvious!

Aug 31, 2017 04:15 AM #6
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
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Thanks for making it clear, so many people post without documenting and they will be found out and all their work will work against them.

Aug 31, 2017 05:29 AM #7
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Corinne

Great advice for anyone who might be having writer's block. Personal examples are the best way to show what you can do, and have done, and others will relate to that more easily. As long as it's not all about "me, me me!"

Jeff

Aug 31, 2017 07:39 AM #8
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Debbie Gartner
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Thx sooooo much.  You just gave me some inspiration for some articles for some more backlinks - both for my site and potentially for one of my clients.  yay.

Sep 07, 2017 06:23 PM #9
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Lee Keadle
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I agree that real life experiences go a long way with blogging.  Using recent examples of scenarios is especially helpful for conveying your specific market trends to buyers relocating to your area.

Sep 08, 2017 10:08 AM #10
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Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
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This is a great antidote to writer's block. Great idea, thank you! 

Sep 08, 2017 12:41 PM #11
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AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
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I always think too much on what to say and ended up giving up. 

So complicate to start it... thank you for sharin 

Sep 08, 2017 04:13 PM #12
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Great advice, as usual Corinne Guest, Managing Broker ... I did a quick check of my numbers here on AR.  The posts that told a story typically did best.  Don't need much more proof than that ...

Say "hi" to Finlay and Fletcher!

Gene

Sep 08, 2017 04:37 PM #13
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Gotta say I loved your post...you had me at the title so I couldn't resist. I especially liked "In real estate there is something going on every single day" so very tue, NO two days ever the same!

Sep 08, 2017 06:14 PM #14
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker 

Well deserved feature!

'People want to read how good you are at your job and a real life experience to showcase that, is all that is needed.'

Sep 08, 2017 09:15 PM #15
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Gita Bantwal
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I love the post. Thank you for the advice. Have a good day.

Sep 09, 2017 02:52 AM #16
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Corinne Guest, Managing Broker ,

So glad to see this post featured! You are absolutely right real life experiences go a long way with blogging..elevate your game and keep the posts rolling!

Sep 09, 2017 04:27 AM #17
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Nathan Gesner
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When I want to write a blog, I just think back on my week and can find several things to write about. Problems with a Tenant, Landlord, or Contractor. Questions about buying a home. Documents. My office staff. Local events. There are literally dozens of things every week that would make for a good blog!

Sep 09, 2017 06:56 AM #18
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Share the story, make it an experience. For connection and useful information in the online engagement. We deliver information, we make it home grown down home friendly but designed not to waste time and to be helpful.

Sep 10, 2017 08:45 AM #19
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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AMEN, Corinne! You certainly have posted the magic formula - now, if only people would realize how very easy it is! It's just like keeping a diary, really!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sep 10, 2017 08:37 PM #20
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Write what you know...what's real.....and the real "you" as well as the personality of the place will be evident to readers.

Sep 10, 2017 11:41 PM #21
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Barbara Todaro
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Good mornig, Corinne Guest, Managing Broker .... congrats on the feature.... and I love it when bloggers mix it up.... not all business....some transparency is always a hit...

Sep 11, 2017 03:46 AM #22
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Corinne Guest
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Ha so I missed the email that said this was featured. All caught up now and back to puppy care. He is asleep right now, I get short bursts of time for work:

Sep 11, 2017 05:56 AM #23
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I try to write about "real life adventure" in my posts, but never want a client to recognize themselves and say "Oh, that's MY story". Still, our stories are educational, sometimes humorous, other times heartbreaking, etc. It's the real estate business. Something new and interesting every day.

Sep 13, 2017 06:56 AM #24
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This has not been a good blogging year for me. Honestly, I'm not sure where the time went. I think I'm going to be busy the next few months,

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