Ask An Ambassador: Are We Blogging Hamsters?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

3920.

That's the number of blog posts credited to our account by ActiveRain.

With a number that big I could probably quit blogging today and not have it impact my business for months, perhaps even longer.

The roll of the dice with quitting would be whether or not enough of those 3920 posts were topics chosen to have a long life AND be something the consumers will search for.

If I chose wisely, a long blogging sabbatical wouldn't have much impact.  Prospective Cincinnati home buyers and sellers would continue to find us and make my phone ring.  I routinely get calls about subdivisions I last posted about 6+ years ago.  Evergreen posts rock :)

If I chose poorly with my topics, well those posts probably weren't making much difference for my business anyway.  I'd be the equivalent of a blogging hamster, running on the blogging wheel and never getting anywhere.

If I'm a blogging hamster, going POOF from the blogosphere would have zero impact on my business since my blogging work isn't relevant.

And let's face it, even if I wrote relevant content day after day, it doesn't take all that long to be forgotten in any community if you stop showing up regularly.  My Following list is well populated with people that disappeared from here many, many moons ago.

Now I WILL intentionally choose "bad" topics on occasion, ones I don't expect the consumers to find useful, but you just never know.

Throwing in a picture of one of our Chihuahuas or cats may just be the ticket for someone to bond with us, and they may remember that far more than the 80th post about new construction patio homes.

But that's the beauty of blogging.  We each control our own blog.  We can write what we want (within reason), when we want, and how often we want.

Maybe what works for me would be a lousy fit for you, and vice versa.

Explore and find what works for your area, and if you work it right, you'll be able to take some real blogging vacations :)

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

 

 

 

 

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Ambassador
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bill, This sums up blogging:


  We each control our own blog.  We can write what we want (within reason), when we want, and how often we want.

Keep blogging and we'll keep reading. And it's ok to take some time off...it's your time!

Jun 26, 2019 03:24 AM #4
Rainer
183,908
Chad Felter
Virginia Beach, VA
Providing service through out Hampton Roads

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round.

'Round and 'round...

'Round and 'round

The wheels on the bus go
Round and round,
All through the town.

The doors on the bus go,
Open and shut,
Open and shut,
Open and shut.
The doors on the bus go
Open and shut,
All through the town.
The Driver on the bus says,
"Move on back!
Move on back!
Move on back!"
The Driver on the bus says,
"Move on back!"
All through the town.
The babies on the bus go,
"Wah, wah, wah!
Wah, wah, wah!
Wah, wah, wah!"
The babies on the bus go,
"Wah, wah, wah!"
All through the town.
Jun 26, 2019 05:11 AM #5
Rainmaker
1,654,743
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Congratulations on your well deserved feature - it is so important to be consistent and laser focused on a few topics with a touch of whimsy thrown in to spread out your reach! 

Jun 26, 2019 05:23 AM #6
Rainmaker
2,958,155
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I like to make notes when something exciting happens so i can write mor eblogs when i have free tme and share them here in the RAin. I always hope by sharing an experience i can reach a uyer or seller before they make the sam emistake

Jun 26, 2019 05:43 AM #7
Rainmaker
285,473
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

It is fun to keep a list of blog topics, through I probably won't get to them all!

Jun 26, 2019 06:03 AM #8
Rainmaker
745,954
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I consider you blogging experts and you're certainly right about posts that take on a life of their own. Enjoy your time off - a well deserved break.

Jun 26, 2019 06:50 AM #9
Rainmaker
1,292,599
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I've been thinking about this lately, Bill.  I haven't been blogging much, although I do intereact in Q&A and comment on a few blogs as time allows.  I do wonder if I would be missed if I stopped completely.

Jun 26, 2019 08:24 AM #10
Rainmaker
3,269,306
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - the image of a hamster blogging may not be the most creative cartoon idea but it's an image that is now stuck in my mind.  At least for now.  

Jun 26, 2019 08:25 AM #11
Rainer
24,134
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

For me, the more I write, the better I think, the better I think the more I write. One never knows what will strike a chord with a particular buyer or reader. Thanks for sharing, love the photo. 

Jun 26, 2019 09:28 AM #12
Ambassador
2,812,469
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

REally good one Bliz!  In the early days I think I acted like a hamster trying to figure out the blogging gig. Once I did I relaxed and did what was appropiate for us at the time.  Now I'm going in a different direction.

Jun 26, 2019 09:54 AM #13
Rainmaker
1,516,907
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I sort of did take some time off & now I am taking some old posts & refreshing them again. Not sure when/what time frame the downhill begins.

Jun 26, 2019 10:40 AM #14
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2,959,982
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Congratulations on another well deserved featured post!

My posts have been described by "BLIZ" as 'willy nilly...never knowing which direction they'll  be next. For me, it's the freedom to write about anything...no rules, no specific topics...just blog.

 

Jun 26, 2019 12:50 PM #15
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Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

I can certainly speak from experience on this. We took a break, relocated our business from Port St Lucie to Orlando in 2017 and have not gotten back into it nearly as I was before. The residual effects are enough to keep 1 to 3 million per year in referrals going into Port St Lucie as the phones keep ringing. However, I haven’t started back in Orlando just because my business has buried me in the new location without the help of blogging.

I can only imagine what could be happening here when I attack it like I did down there.

Jun 26, 2019 05:53 PM #16
Rainmaker
1,415,470
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, we have to chose our blog posts wisely in a way that will work for us. I'm still trying to figure it all out.

Jun 27, 2019 02:51 AM #17
Rainmaker
2,434,768
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The reservoirs of experiences that live in every human is inexhaustible

Jun 27, 2019 06:24 AM #18
Rainmaker
3,186,198
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill I always try to revisit what to write about and on reviewing often I am surprised what actually generated business:)Endre

Jun 27, 2019 01:41 PM #19
Rainmaker
2,486,716
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I haven't been blogging as much as I use to. It has been a very busy year. I've posted mostly sales but need to get back to my market reports and localism. 

Jun 28, 2019 08:02 AM #20
Rainmaker
677,364
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Hamsters? Cool, but I throw my lot into the Guinea Pig ring. Very misunderstood and just don't get the attention they deserve!

Jun 28, 2019 08:16 AM #21
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too was on the hamster wheel when I first joined Active Rain...now, I actually do have a blogging schedule and plan to generate leads.  And, every now and then, it's fun just to post something silly, or goofy, or ??

Jun 29, 2019 08:05 AM #22
Rainer
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Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post.  Hamsters?  Never heard it quite that way.  Blogging can be fun and interesting and actually can help your ranking as well.

Jul 07, 2019 02:15 PM #23
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