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Lincoln Walks at MidnightI’ve been blogging and networking on a national scale for a while and just recently have even been able to meet some of my online friends in trips to Arizona and North Carolina. It is WONDERFUL to see that in person they really ARE who they are online! (Or at least that’s been my happy experience so far!)

But lately I’ve made friends with some local bloggers mostly thanks to Twitter. (Twitter is an AMAZING tool for getting in touch, getting to know people and learning about new stuff FAST!)

One local blogger, Jason Keeling of A Better West Virginia, has put some serious work into promoting West Virginia in a positive light and organizing other WV bloggers to help him do it.

He’s used West Virginia Day, a holiday celebrating WV’s birthday, as an occasion to begin changing the mistaken stereotypical ideas about West Virginia. One look at (a tremendous resource for WV bloggers created by Bill Gardner and Dave Epp) and you’ll see the positive responses already flooding the internet!

We’ve had coverage in The Charleston Gazette, on WOWK TV and on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. I think that after today’s efforts, attention will only grow.  Link love from so many sources is not a bad thing.

If you’re wondering why I’m telling you all this, it’s because this is something you could really learn from. We ALL have local bloggers. Seriously, if you look at WV here in AR, you’ll see why I’ve had friends that have joked in the past that I have the only computer in WV.  There just have not been that many Active Rain bloggers from West Virginia.  If *I* have a band of local bloggers, YOU DO, TOO.

Meet them. Make friends. Think about what you could do together to make your area a better place.

As a blogger, you ARE the media. You DO help create whatever impression people have about where you live.

There. Now that you know how to do it – what are you going to do about it?

Comments (43)

Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

This is the second blog today I have read about that has said twitter is the way to go. I guess I better check it out. Congrats on your success and getting to meet your AR friends.

Jun 20, 2008 12:01 PM
Kim Wood
The Tech Byte - West Chester, PA
Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte

And I got to meet YOU and learn a lot more about WV from you :)

You are my WV HERO, Sarah Cooper!  I was so proud to know you with your newspaper interview, TV interview (even the one you didn't go do).... YOU ROCK!

Jun 20, 2008 12:57 PM
Sharon Stevens

 Sarah, nice blog.  Kudos to Jason Keeling of A Better West Virginia.     Hope to see you around town soon.  

Jun 20, 2008 02:54 PM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Sarah... I'm so proud of you. And I can't wait to meet some of these bloggers when we're in WV. I plan on doing a TON of WV blogging this year.

Jun 20, 2008 04:42 PM
Pam Winterbauer
Pam Winterbauer Real Estate - San Ramon, CA
"Providing Blue Ribbon Service"

Sarah......great post with some valuable informaiton.  Soon it will catch on and there will be more power.

Jun 20, 2008 04:43 PM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

You are right Sarah. Blogging is becoming an accepted way to convey information. It has a targeted audience and is becoming very influential.

Jun 20, 2008 04:45 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I looked at the pics in Arizona and North Carolina....wonderful!  I like your 'smiling' pictures. You radiate :)

Get Jeff to bring you here......tell him to visit his uncle he will bring you...:) :)

I've been doing it ....blogging my heart away :)

Jun 20, 2008 05:35 PM
Jeremy Hart
Coldwell Banker Townside - Blacksburg, VA

And you met folks in VA, as well - Sarah Cooper's just the girl around town!

I'd encourage anyone who's confused about how Twitter can help, whether just in networking or business, to sign up and try it out.  I'm sure for most of us, our first "tweet" was probably something along the lines of "okay, how does this work?" but as you see your network grow ... I've seen an invaluable benefit to my business in terms of the informal education I've received from listening to and talking with other agents, then there's the ability to collectively solve problems in real-time, have some fun - and oh yea, I got to meet THE Sarah Cooper in person because of Twitter.

"You DO help create whatever impression people have about where you live." 

Love that phrase.  Well done, Sarah!

Jun 21, 2008 12:10 AM
Vincent Napoleon Broker/Owner REMAX ESTATES

Well, I am the original twit, since I have no idea what Twitter is was and does. I am about to find out however.


Jun 21, 2008 12:14 AM
Michael "Mike" Miller
My service will move you! Help me, help you!

Terrific post Sarah!  I'll be taking you words to heart and seeing what I can do about rounding up some local troops.

Jun 21, 2008 06:29 AM
Chris Shouse

Sara really super great post and Ican't wait to meet you some day soon I hope.  Twitter is the way to go everyone follow me ChrisShouse

Jun 21, 2008 09:32 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Hi Sarah, how has your week been, I've only been on Twitter a few times this week, it was crazy busy. I do follow many people on Twitter. The Ann Arbor News is there and when I checked this week, looking for information on a car wreck in Saline, I was thrilled to see they were following me, which is amazing because they don't follow very many. Clink, girl friend.

Jun 21, 2008 01:15 PM
Tina Maraj
RE/MAX One - Fullerton, CA
Celebrating 30 Years of Real Estate Sales

I have learned how much power my written word carries! I am trying to bring a positive message and words that can assist and inspire.

Jun 22, 2008 04:54 AM
Robin Sherman - Grand Points Realty - Pensacola, FL
Search Pensacola Homes, For Sale - Pensacola FL Neighborhoods

Sarah - Great Post! I try to show anyone who happens to read my blog just what my area is all about. From the Mardi Gras parades to Crab Jubilees . . . from Historic Housing to Area Nature Trails . . . there's a lot going on out there and a lot to blog about. I believe if real estate bloggers would focus on some of this instead of simply posting their listings they would see a much better return on their invested time. You GO GIRL!

Jun 23, 2008 05:23 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Well...I have to say that I haven't met my local bloggers. Even though I joined Twitter I haven't done anything with it. I need a few clones of Lizette to keep up with everything. Now there is this new outside blog too to figure out. How do you get it all done? 

Jun 27, 2008 02:05 AM
Tatyana Sturm
Exit Realty DTC - Aurora, CO
Denver Realtor, GRI, Denver/ Aurora CO Relocation

I am checking out twitter right now

Jun 29, 2008 04:57 PM
Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
Host, The Home Staging Show podcast

hee hee I don't think I would ever find ya and our mutual love for deathcab until twitter! :)




Jun 30, 2008 04:03 PM
Sonja Adams
Keller Williams Realty - Purcellville, VA

I'm gonna have to learn more about Twitter - sounds like a great avenue for networking that I haven't explored yet.

Sep 11, 2008 03:25 AM
Nannette Turner
Keller Williams Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Sarah I use twitter and have met several folks on twitter in fact I'm closing a property in October and the client twitters.  Great way to network.

Sep 11, 2008 05:12 AM

I have checked out Twitter twice nice and there is something about it that I must be missing. Each time I intend to join and then don't. Hummmmm ... could be I am overwhelmed with blogging and reading posts or that I am not convinced others really care about what I am doing. Who knows - maybe the next time I am inspired to check out Twitter I will join. Thanks for your blog and sharing so much.

Sep 11, 2008 09:15 AM