What Happened to Charita the Blog Like Crazy Agent?

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

I Dunno

Wow it seems like eons since I lived and breathed blogging on ActiveRain. Then one day (well not exactly) my blogging mojo just went on vacation and never came back?  It just seemed that I ran out of steam.  I was drawing a total and complete blank.  But even in my absence, I've longed to make a comeback.  As a matter of fact, I've made a few short-lived attempts. What is wrong with me?  Why can't I stay and play in the rain?

Return to ActiveRain

I still dunno (think Ricky Ricardo).  Everytime I've tried to come back I kickstart by reading the posts of my AR posse of the past (you all know who you are). Then I check out posts from those that I don't know and I continue to be amazed by the great minds and talent of real estate professionals that are drawn to the rain.

One thing that I've tried during my attempts to return, is to join a blogging challenging.  However no matter how much I welcomed the challenge and loved every minute of it (in the beginning), it kind of reminded me of what may have happened that blocked my mojo in the first place.  I believe it was the 30DC or something similar.  I was a blogging whiz around this camp, but I think one too many challenges got the best of me and I just zonked out.

Oh There Were Other Factors As Well

To be fair, blogging burnout was not the only reason for my blogging demise.  I spent a lot of time exploring some other life options.  I've written a couple of books.  I took a year off (from everything). I've since started a non-profit organization called Metro Birmingham Children's Business Fair (which I love). I felt I wasn't spending enough time with my grandkids so I did more of that. While not an artist, I've taken up acrylic painting which is a tremendous stress buster.  This is just the short list.  Of course there are a host of other things.

But Here I Am Again Giving It a Go

All of that being said, every time I start playing in the rain again, it makes me realize how much I miss it.  It makes me want to put on my blogging shoes and continue the race to share my real estate knowledge in a way that's impactful and while doing so, make new friends in the rain and catch up with old friends.

Perhaps I'll just blog without any expectation much like I do when I paint.  Whenever I have no expectations about what my art will look like in the end, it turns out to be among my best work (like the paintings below).  Of course it's a little different in the rain.  My expectation is to impart knowledge based on my experience and NOT how much or how long I can commit to blogging. So maybe I'll take a new approach to my return.

I'll just start with a blank blog canvas, began with no expectations (at least with regard to longevity of my AR presence) and see what happens.

Hey y'all.




Comments (9)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you. Have a very productive November.

Nov 18, 2019 07:33 AM
Charita Cadenhead

So far so good Roy.

Nov 18, 2019 07:37 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Charita - I'm glad to see you back. I haven't seen those 30 in 30 contests for a long time - I think they were recipe for burnout for many. This post of yours is a perfect one for November's "challenge - grateful for Active Rain!

Nov 18, 2019 08:42 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Thanks Lottie. That's kind of a relief about the 30DCs.  I was thinking that I was going to make an attempt to participate even at a minimum level just to get me start.  Looking forward to catching up on your posts.

Nov 18, 2019 09:18 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Charita - fortunately there is no "time clock" to punch on ActiveRain so coming and going at various times seems to be the "right fit" as I, and so many others, know so well.  Go with the flow and the mood(or when/if the moon is in proper alignment) is right...go with it.   Here's to following what makes you happy....

Nov 18, 2019 09:24 AM
Charita Cadenhead

That's exactly the approach I'm going to take Michael (doing what makes me happy).  That's my life's mission.

Nov 18, 2019 09:36 AM
Michael Jacobs

Charita Cadenhead - good for you.  

Nov 18, 2019 01:09 PM
Charita Cadenhead

Thank goodness there is no time clock or else I'd be clocked out for good.

Nov 19, 2019 04:51 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I know how you feel. I was very active for a long time and then pffft. Good for you for making it back, and I think the more you blog the easier it will be to keep the ball rolling.

Nov 18, 2019 10:43 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Right Jane.  I'm doing this.  I just really need ot form the habit again.

Nov 19, 2019 04:51 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Great to see you back!  One of the great things about the Rain is you can adapt it to what works for you.  Come and go, or be here every day, we get to pick our own paths.

Nov 18, 2019 10:45 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Thanks Bill.  I'd much rather stay and at the moment I'm focused.  Wish me luck in staying focused.

Nov 19, 2019 04:52 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Charita Cadenhead, in life, things happen or don't happen, the important thing is we are the captain of the ship and get to steer it the way that makes us happy. ActiveRain is a big family and I know everyone will welcome you back with open arms.

Nov 18, 2019 12:36 PM
Charita Cadenhead

Hi Beth.  It definitely feels like I've come back home.

Nov 19, 2019 04:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Charita- I too am glad to see you back. I do remember the 30 in 30 challenges and they did make you want to pull your hair out. And now, I do post every day but not for anyone's benefit but my own. Post when you feel like it and it's ok when you don't!!!

Nov 18, 2019 07:57 PM
Charita Cadenhead

Thanks Kathy.  Good advice.  The posting when I feel like it is kind of tricky because I always "feel" like writing.  Writing has always been my thing.  It's my escape.  My muse.  Maybe I'll start with market reports.  I can't go wrong there.

Nov 19, 2019 04:56 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Charita Cadenhead - I am glad that you commented on my blog.  Since I have been a member starting in 2011 I have seen some blogger go and I have missed them.  But I understand.  Sometimes you have to re-balance.

Nov 19, 2019 12:14 PM
Charita Cadenhead

It's all about that balance.  Such is life.

Nov 19, 2019 12:25 PM