Who is you bloggin' for?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

If you've been blogging for any length of time, you've probably built up a horde... er, I mean a loyal group of followers (I like to think of them as subscribers)...

They tend to drop in and out of InActive Brain on a regular basis.... some pop in daily, others rather randomly.  But whenever they drop in, they look around for those things that are familar to them... and if they're used to visiting your blog, they'll go searching for you.

Now, there are some people with OCD, whose names I won't mention [loudcough: BillSpears! cough, cough]... who routinely post daily.  Each and every day, in and out, without fail... there's always a new tidbit to enjoy on their blog.

Others, like me, tend to come and go at what appears to be a whim, but in reality... well... in reality, it really is a whim.  I blog when the muse strikes me.  I used to try to blog daily... and then I tried five days a week... then I tried weekly, and now I just try to blog when I have a decent international superhighways connection... (which is suprisingly rare than one might think).

The point I'm trying to make here... and there really is a point in here somewhere, and not the one merely on the top of my head... when your followers come looking for you... there should oughta be something new for them to find.  Some new tidbit of information, some morsel to digest, something to hold their interest.

That is, of course, assuming (and this is a biggie) that you'd like them to return.  Cause if you ain't blogging for your readership, it begs the question... "who is you bloggin' for?  Whooo... whooooo?"

by the way.... little tactical AR hint, here.:

I suspect that if you mention Bill Spears in your post...
the feature faeries might just be more likely to find you... just my own observation...
Bill and the feature faeries seem to be tight.  They've been spotted, more than once,
downing a flagon or two down at the local brewery... but you didn't hear that from me.

Posted by

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

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

It's always nice to see you here, Alan. Your posts are a delight to read--and make important points, too.

Aug 14, 2019 12:15 PM #2
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

I've always enjoyed your posts Alan May .  I've been away from AR for a while but I knew I had to look you up when I came back. 

Aug 14, 2019 01:44 PM #3
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Haha - I remember when mentioning Jason Crouch got a feature !
I am still reading your blog, good stuff.

Aug 14, 2019 08:17 PM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

point taken, I'll post something new tomorrow, I promise.

Aug 14, 2019 08:40 PM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hey Alan:

As always, your post is insightful, thoughtful, and with a bit of humor in a style that is yours alone (that's a compliment, dude!).

But your point is well taken...we need to provide something, on a regular basis, that will keep the readers - AR members or whoever - interested enough that they will continue to check in, and when they see something say "hey I want to read that."


Aug 14, 2019 08:55 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Alan, Let's be clear, everyone that comes to AR wants referrals, then they get hooked on the points.. then at some point in time realize that not everyone is their friend... many are phony balconies:)) so with that said I loved your wisdom and sense of humor so what was your point?:))Endre

Aug 14, 2019 11:02 PM #7
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

Hi Alan,
I'm one of those that pops in randomly to your blog but I always enjoy it when I do.

It IS important to keep in mind who we is bloggin' for and to be sure we're regularly offering some useful morsels when we do... or they won't be checking back, will they?

Aug 15, 2019 03:38 AM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

See, that's the problem with grapevine rumors!  I only drink when I'm in Japan, and I haven't been in Japan for about 8 or 9 years, although I have repeatedly heard the feature fairies drink heavily as that's the only rational explanation for some of the gold star picks :)

On a serious note, I do show up every day.  Today is the 9th anniversary of the last day I didn't post.  Barring some major mishap, I expect to be here a year from today with a "this is the 10th anniversary.....".
I've transitioned over time from having most of my posts directed to other Rainers to most posts being directed to consumers.  When I figured out my ratio of Rain referrals to home buyer/seller contacts was heavily tilted to the consumer..well I feed what pays my bills.  Bill

Aug 15, 2019 04:16 AM #9
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Owls are wise becasue they are always asking "who"...humans should ask "why"

Aug 15, 2019 06:05 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm happy to read a new post from you Alan. You are a clever wordsmith with a point. While not always the most frequent visitor, I never leave disappointed. 

Aug 15, 2019 06:24 AM #11
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Hi Alan....you made me look !

Aug 15, 2019 07:02 AM #12
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni

Love your blog.  But I also love your tag line.  Have a great weekend.

Aug 15, 2019 07:42 AM #13
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Love your style, like everyone else here on ActiveRain. Whenever you feel like popping in is just fine by me.

Aug 15, 2019 08:14 AM #14
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Alan, i never considered i had that many regular readers of my blog posts!

Aug 15, 2019 09:08 AM #15
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hey there.  We have been following one another for many years. I am one of those who come in and out due to a cra-z-y schedule!  Love connecting with you when I do! :)

Aug 16, 2019 07:47 AM #16
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. I do try to post every day. Lately it has been so busy, no time to read many blogs, but almost getting a post done daily

Aug 16, 2019 02:31 PM #17
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Alan May ,

I have to agree with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD your  blogs are definitely a treat to read  because you are a master at wordsmith.  Don't blush your posts are always entertaining and like Michael Jacobs offer plenty of pondering.... I don't care what your ex-wife has to say!

Aug 17, 2019 05:37 PM #18
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Entertaining as usual. A post a day requires too many brain cells for me.

Aug 17, 2019 07:14 PM #19
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You never fail to deliver, Alan - with your posts and taking care of referrals! I agree, something always needs to be in the que for our readers. Like Bill, I'm focused on the consumer and then I hit many of the members in Q&A.

There's so much to 'follow' here with giving new members support and trying to manage the challenges, I'm not as good of a 'follower' as I used to be. I bow to those who are able to get to everyone who comments on their posts and follows all of their posts. I will say though, I'm happy to be busy with business - the reason we started blogging anyway, right?!

Aug 18, 2019 11:05 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- while I wish that you posted every day because I love your quirky mind (that by the way is a compliment). That said, my reason for blogging has more to do with keeping the brain cells from drying out and dying off any more than they already have. I do try to bring something fresh every day but like old cheese sometimes it stinks!

Aug 19, 2019 08:09 PM #22
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