A Blogging State of Mind

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A Blogging State of Mind

 

Liz and Bill Spear  (Bill) wrote a post in his Ask An Ambassador series titled bloggingAsk An Ambassador: I Got Nothing!!

I can so relate to that. Even after over 10 years of blogging, there are days when my mind is a blank. The well is dry. I got nada!

 

And yet, there are some weeks when everywhere I look, I see an idea for a post. 

 

 

A Blogging State of Mind

What the heck is that?  What I learned after I joined ActiveRain after several months of blogging is that the more you blog, the more you get that blogging state of mind. (*Scroll down if you’d like to listen to the song that’s probably running through your mind. Might as well hum a little while you read!)

 

You learn that people, animals, events, situations, things...the list goes on...can become topics for a post. 

For example, you take your car in for service and the manager and staff go above and beyond what you would have expected. 

You chalk it up to how lucky you were and that’s it. 

However…..

Your new blogging state of mind sees a post about good customer service in this. You may write about how they exceeded your expectations and relate this to the Real Estate industry. 

 

Pretty soon it becomes second nature to you to see a possible post in incidental happenings. 

 

That blogging state of mind also learns to kick in when you read someone else’s post and you realize that the comment you were writing is a post all by itself.  Or you’re trolling the Q&A and your thoughts on the various answers become a post. 

 

That blogging state of mind is also contagious. Soon your spouses, partners, friends, and children will be pointing out blogging topics to you!  

 

One more thing…

We all have to find what works for us. Some of you have a phenomenal memory and will remember the topic you think would make a good topic. However, for the rest of us, you may want to find a trick or method that works for you. 

 

For example, if an idea pops into my mind I may text the idea to myself, add it to my Notes app on my iPhone, or add it to my Blog Ideas folder in Google Docs.  I’ll even flesh it out in Google Docs if I have the time...nothing like striking while the iron is hot!

 

If you’ve just started blogging, keep at it. Make it your own and write using your own words. The more you do this, the more you’ll develop that blogging state of mind. 

 

                                                           

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

One of the things that I have decided when I have "I've got nothing days," is that I can take time off from blogging.  I'd rather make sure I can put together a quality post, rather than one that is garbage in, and garbage out!

Dec 17, 2019 11:33 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 17, 2019 11:39 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My blogging state of mind used to be pretty sharp. I hope to get back into that state of mind...just seems to always be something going on that pushes the motivation to blog to the back shallows of my mind.

Dec 17, 2019 01:14 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Kathy Streib ,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! I love you have an app on your phone and have an Idea Folder in Google Docs. You have your mojo turned on!!!

Dec 17, 2019 03:41 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, there are times the well runs dry, but other times when we are out and about, we have to write down all the ideas that are bouncing into our heads!  

Dec 17, 2019 04:22 PM #21
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sham Reddy CRS Thank you!

Michael Jacobs you know me well. 

Wayne Martin the more you blog, the more you get into tht state. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:13 PM #22
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro I'm very much the same way. I have drafts saved that I haven't finished because I couldn't focus on the topic. 

Nina Hollander I write my posts in Google Drive and avoid a lot of the formatting problems. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:18 PM #23
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheila Anderson it's crazy because there are days when my mind is blank and doesn't want to go anywhere. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson which is why I love post-it notes. 

Ditto Ron and Alexandra Seigel   One of my first featured posts was one I wrote at midnight and took about 15 minutes. I had no idea it would even get any comments at all. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:21 PM #24
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott Godzyk Thank goodness for my saved ideas for those dry days. 

Carol Williams man, that's really being organized!!!!

Grant Schneider you know, it's not just about age. We all have a lot going on. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:24 PM #25
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz you mentioned what I love about reading the posts here. 

Will Hamm Having certain days set aside for special posts helps me. 

George Souto That's interesting!!!  But I think i understand. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:30 PM #26
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS life gets busy for us, especially with the holidays upon us. Family and work first!!!! We have to have Ms 'Tude here or this wouldn't be ActiveRain. 

 

Dec 17, 2019 05:33 PM #27
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Liz and Bill Spear oh how I love Queen. I'm listening to the Youtube video now!!!

Myrl Jeffcoat I don't think it's necessary to post every single day. I do for me and no other reason. It's my personal challenge.  Thank you for the highlight in your group. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:38 PM #28
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

yeh but look at how much fun you're having Sharon Tara 

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR maybe a little OCD?  Nah...I just like making lists. 

Joan Cox for me, I have to catch them when they're fresh. 

Dec 17, 2019 05:41 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Good old fashioned dialog stimulates as we all know called conversation. After the "how are yous", the weather and the latest movie out, we must enter into life and for that we all have to agree or it remains un-plowed or un-mined. Out of all this coming together: stimulus, ideas and ponderings are born. The wheel works with no need to reinvent but jum to jump-in! 

Dec 17, 2019 07:42 PM #30
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Exactly why I write about just one subject.  My memory bank is not what it was, a few decades ago.  

Dec 18, 2019 12:44 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, when I am in a blogging state of mind, I do see blog ideas everywhere! I haven't been in a blogging state of mind recently though!

Dec 18, 2019 05:32 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

When it boils down, isn't life a state of mind? One can look at failure as another opportunity to find success or look at failure as a permament obstacle to success. Good reminder thank Kathy Streib 

Dec 18, 2019 05:56 AM #33
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post!  I so agree.  The more I blogged, the more ideas.  The avenue to the brain is open if you blog enough so that everywhere you look, a blog presents itself!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 20, 2019 12:26 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

You made it sound so simple and I know it is. I think my problem is my days are so filled with stuff that when I sit down to do a blog I blank out and I end up finding something else that needs to be done "right now" and I decide to do it another time.  I guess I just don't have the Blogging State of Mind in tact.

Dec 21, 2019 09:00 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Robert Caston
Home Junction Inc. - San Diego, CA
Real estate market data & tools - Home Junction

Very nice post Kathy. To me, we blog on the Internet and some times forget the Internet is a great place to find ideas for blogs.

Dec 22, 2019 07:45 AM #36
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