I've been blogging long enough that most of you know at least a few things about me. I don't hide my religion, that I'm a Navy vet or an engineer/real estate agent.
And while you might pick up some guesses where I stand on certain issues, there are topics you won't find anywhere in writing from me (although more than happy to talk one on one about most anything).
My Facebook page went "vanilla" a long time ago. Flowers, dogs, cats, honeybees and other nature shots of interest to me are 99% of my wall posts. I'm meme-less.
You want to argue politics. Move along.
To vax or not to vax? There might be about .001% of you who haven't already made up your minds, so my thoughts aren't likely to move you.
My main focus for some time with my blogging has been almost purely real estate related.
I know what works for us and making our phone ring, and that's direct real estate blogging, and those posts keep working for years and years. Yesterday I received a ActiveRain contact form from a buyer from a post written about a subdivision in 2013 or 2015 (3 total posts, so could have been from either year). 3 other contacts via our Wordpress IDX site, and another call today. They won't all turn into clients, but enough numbers coming in means decent numbers going out.
How much we want to tell the public is a decision each blogger has to make.
Maybe disclosing your voting record will bring you clients.
Maybe your thoughts on the topics du jour will appeal to your local market home buyers and sellers.
I think the typical consumer starts his or her agent selection process looking for an agent who has the expertise needed to get the job done. But they also want to work with someone they like, someone with common ground. And considering how polarized people tend to be, I'd rather have someone like the idea that we have cats and dogs, and honeybees, and flowers, and a Navy vet and a husband/wife team, etc., and not something that is going to make some want to slash my tires.
But it's always your call how much and what to put out to the public, with potential for both boom or brawl.
Me personally, I've been stung enough times. I'll be over here taking care of my clients' needs. Carry on without me if you feel the need to brawl.
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,
Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz