Tips for Successful Storytelling Journaling

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

The AR Month of May Contest is dedicated to promote Storytelling Photo Journaling using content writing as a foundation to branding and marketing strategies. A Blog can attract business and help readers gain insights as to who you are and how your business works. How to Insert Photos is easy when you reference Craig Daniels guidelines. A well-written Blog post can effectively show and tell readers why they should hire you by giving them consumer confidence. Below are some tips and a plethora of ideas to help you get started: 

  • Be original
  • Have an end in mind and know your Target Audience
  • Articulate your words
  • Illustrate using impactful visuals
  • Use proper grammar
  • Avoid slang and controversial storytelling
  • Create an authentic and engaging story
  • Use life experiences and show compelling examples
  • Be believable
  • Humanize your story using quality/original photographs
  • Engage your audience
  • Be relatable
  • Educate
  • Write to be understood
  • Write as if you are talking and people are listening
  • Write so people understand who, what, when, where, why, how
  • Use logic & transitions to keep readers interested by connecting dots
  • In Photo Journaling link your story to other Social Media Platforms
  • Write about what you know best
  • Be specific when using familiar locations for people to understand
  • Edit your content several times before publishing
  • What can you add to enhance your story (maps, links, testimonials) 
  • Keep the readers interested
  • Get creative
  • Cover topics of interest
  • Put people at ease
  • What do you want readers to remember
  • Use Photo Journaling to write and give value
  • What do you want people to learn
  • Open up possibilities
  • Authenticity inspires trust
  • Use critical thinking
  • Cultivate your own writing style that becomes identifiable
  • Create Photo Journaling using insights to better serve consumers
  • Have the courage to be honest without hurting
  • Become a charismatic writer with good to great content
  • Promote truth without controversy
  • Share your wisdom, knowledge, insights, and life experiences
  • When you write stay on the trail and know where you are going



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Comments (31)

Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love this and YES, what wonderful tips, Patricia!

BTW, I would love to test the tagging in the 'reply'-to-comments area. Will you please tag me in a reply here? I don't think that area of tagging is working. It never did but, I was hoping it would work with the new developers! ;-) 

May 03, 2021 07:47 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I have been using the tagging @button but I don't know if others are receiving it. I sure hope so! When it comes to communication through a blog, tagging is so important and the courteous thing to do. I am proud of the new developers. Fixing and updating something greater than a generation ago is not an easy task. I am so glad ActiveRain still exists!!!!

May 04, 2021 04:14 AM
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Write on! Thanks for the great tips!

May 03, 2021 09:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Matt Brady - It's wonderful to know you appreciate it! I hope you are eager to write on with one post for Real Estate or one for Personal or better yet one of each for the May AR Contest. I'll be sure to comment too!

May 04, 2021 04:17 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Successful Storytelling is a lost art - probably due to the proliferation of blogging and other written forms-

May 04, 2021 02:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - art is art! I love art. Crafting Photo Journaling is an art that many people appreciate and I can't wait to see what others do to hone their skills resulting in professional writing. Readers love to read stories.

May 04, 2021 04:20 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Pat!

A well-written Blog post can effectively show and tell readers why they should hire you by giving them consumer confidence

May 04, 2021 04:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Sham Reddy CRS - Thanks for your support over the many, many years here on ActiveRain. I hope you're doing well. 

May 04, 2021 06:16 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I am curious to see how this challenge is interpreted by our members. I've got my thinking cap on... Thanks for your helpful post.

May 04, 2021 06:31 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Anyone who has the passion to inspire and succeed has a powerful message to deliver. There is no doubt in my mind that you're going to create your own Photo Storytelling Journaling to move us. In my humble opinion, you already are an inspiration with your unique skills and life experiences. 

May 04, 2021 07:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips and that is why you are such a great writer!  I am not a great writer but I hope that the stories I have told for my two challenge posts will be enjoyed by those that read them.

May 04, 2021 07:24 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - If you write consisent blog posts that are unique to you and your area, you're a writer. People do business with whom they know, like and trust. Also they connect with people who have common interests. I hope you will give us your best shot! 

May 04, 2021 09:00 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Good tips to follow with any branding exercise, but very helpful where blogging and storytelling are included.

May 04, 2021 07:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Over the years, you have told some amazing stories coupled with Photo Storytelling Journaling. Not only did you sail around the world, you practically walked around the world too (or maybe you did, and I just don't know). You're a man who has overcome major obstacles and challenges. I can't wait to read your entries.

May 04, 2021 09:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You are so right about it not being an easy task, Patricia. The way they explained it to me is that it's like a multitude of corporate businesses (ours) on one framework that has massive amounts of legs that have to be maintained/updated. It's not like a single large corporation website...AND the framework is SO old but, the site is far too massive to re-build. So, they have to work a small segment at a time.


Anyway, I'm big on tagging too - but, don't in the reply boxes since no one is notified. It's so sad that we can't have I mentioned, to keep the conversation going.


Happy Tuesday!

May 04, 2021 09:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I did ask the "feedback" team to work on this. Hopefully the response comments will eventually include tagging.

May 05, 2021 05:55 AM
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...


You're a featured sharp cookie @The Art of Marketing YOU... cookie image will be uploaded if/when AR fixes their chronically dysfunctional system !


May 04, 2021 12:15 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

So impressed you are hosting a contest. I need to put my thinking cap on. It has been a very long time since we have had a contest  

May 04, 2021 02:03 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

You are a great writer Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , thank you for sharing these great tips with us.

May 04, 2021 02:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Atalay and Hannah Williams - Ironically, I feel as if everyone else is a more proficient writer than me. I hope the tips will be useful and gosh, if only six people enter the Contest we will be sure to have six winners! It's day 4 and no entries, I'm feeling like a failure. 

May 04, 2021 03:33 PM
Hannah Williams

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

It is a contest and people want to be a winner!  Have patience sometimes I find when I do a challenge when I write a post-it encourages others to write one 

May 04, 2021 04:12 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Have patience Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ! I plan to enter at some point but my days keep getting away from me!

May 05, 2021 05:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

marti garaughty and Debe Maxwell, CRS back in the 1980's after spouse died I took Data Processing, DBase, and Computer Science at the Community College; then got hired to work with a Team of contractors to do two major projects for file conversions to new software. One was converting Word Perfect to something else, it might have been Word. The second project was to convert something beginning with the letter D to something new at the time which involved chemical formulas for the chemists and pharmacists. It took us two years and about 60 hours a week to complete the project. It was the hardest work I ever did and nobody on the Team seemed to agree on anything! We had a private room and the door became a revolving door because they kept firing people and hiring new contractors. I stuck it out to the end and got hired but it was insane! I think that's why I have empathy for what's going on behind the scenes here on AR. 

Marti - thank you for the FEATURE! Your heart is always in the right place. No worries about the image at a later date. Trust me, I understand! I am just tickled to death knowing you're still with us here on AR. Thank you for letting us know, we can always count on you! I hope your business is going well and that life is good for you. 

Debe - so nobody is reading my comments in the comment box. Well that's peachy! Members must think I am rude. It's no wonder why nobody is participating in the May contest! Ugh! I'll try to win them over. Also, my intentions for the last two posts was to allow members to re-blog but I see it looks a lot different and I clicked copy but I don't think I'm doing that right either because I don't think anyone is re-blogging either! I'm such a dunce...


May 04, 2021 03:51 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You offer a great outline for writing, now all we need are thoughts to write a couple of posts for the challenge.

May 04, 2021 04:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - Thanks for your participation! I is greatly appreciated!!!

May 05, 2021 05:21 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Be helpful and worthwhile for your target in the audience. Not everyone may be interested in the topic of the post, but the ones who are glean something that makes them look forward to the next installment. Your writing shows the amount of thought you pour into the sincerity of what you post Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP .

May 05, 2021 04:09 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - Seriously, sincerity matters. People know when others are sincere and when they are fake. It makes a difference in who will work with you or not. 

May 05, 2021 05:22 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

I am not a good writer or storyteller so these tips surely will keep me focused on what's important. 

May 05, 2021 05:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Erik Hiss - Practice makes perfect or at least gets you noticed! Just be you and let people in to who you are. People like to connect with like minds and people who have shared interest, or can learn from. Real Estate is always about education. You'll be just fine as long as you're an original.

May 05, 2021 05:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thanks for the additional information about writing to tell a story! I plan to enter the contest at some time during the month, but so far, time for creativity has escaped me.

May 05, 2021 05:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - I hope you have a very productive month and will be thinking of something to write that will be just as enjoyable for you to write as for readers to read. 

May 05, 2021 05:26 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Evergreen content like this is really good for AR! I'm going to bookmark this and come back to it a couple of times probably

May 06, 2021 09:53 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Laura Cerrano - thanks for bookmarking. I wish you success in all you do. 

May 07, 2021 07:23 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Great tips Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. Have a wonderful weekend!

May 07, 2021 06:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Carla Freund - I hope you participate in the May contest. Whatever you do this weekend, I hope it's fun and your business is strong. Take care!

May 07, 2021 07:25 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Patricia!

A well-written Blog post can effectively show and tell readers why they should hire you by giving them consumer confidence.

May 09, 2021 04:44 AM