Carol's Favorite Blogging Success Story

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Education & Training with Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.

In 2005, I started 2 blogs. In April, I started a real estate blog.  Then in September I decided to start a personal blog to share all the happenings in the life of Max and Carol. They were both on Blogger.com. It was owned by Google so I figured it would be around a long time. It was very user-friendly and easy to get started, which is what I needed at the time.

On January 6, 2006 I wrote a very short blog post about going to visit our ex-neighbors at their winter rental in Apache Junction, Arizona. We took a day trip around the area and that's what I wrote about, with some links. 

I don't recall how much later it was, but I received an email from a lady who wanted the contact info for our ex-neighbors.  She thought their son might be her father. Whoa, Nellie! I know their son (and his kids) and I had no idea he had a child by any woman other than his wife.  He had two kids that were teenagers at the time. 

Anyway, she asked me for their contact info. However, before I gave it to her I figured I should talk to my friends and make sure it was ok to give out their contact info.  I called my ex-neighbor and started the conversation with "Hi Carl. This is a little awkward but...."  So, I went on to explain the situation and he said "Yes", their son did father a child by his high school girlfriend. Unfortunately, his girlfriend's parents didn't want anything to do with him and they kept him from ever seeing or having anything to do with the child.  I don't know all the background, of course, but apparently they never did meet.

So, they said "Yes. It's fine to give her their contact info."  Some time later, my husband and I were invited to a BBQ at our ex-neighbors house to meet all the family together."  It was a happy reunion and they wanted to thank me for being the catalyst for the reunion.

Oh... Not only did Tim unite with his daughter, he found out he also had 3 grandchildren.

I have many real estate blogging stories but that, my friends, is my favorite blog success story. 

Keep blogging. You never know what will come of it. 

This is my entry into the October 2022 Challenge: Blogging Success Stories
co-hosted by Aura Alex , Leanne Smith and myself.

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Comments (37)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That's a wonderful story about the way a blog post can inspire or in this case bring lost people together

Oct 07, 2022 06:46 AM
Carol Williams

It was definitely a heart-warming experience, Ed Silva 

Oct 08, 2022 05:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol,

I love your blogging story! You are so right....you will never know what will come out of blogging: business, new friendships and even reuniting loved ones!!

Oct 07, 2022 07:01 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX 
It's not something I ever could have imagined happening but I'm glad it did.

Oct 08, 2022 05:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carol Williams - I am gobsmacked and my eyes got bigger while reading your story. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat without being aware. That's how much I was engaged in this story while reading. You did the right thing by talking to Carl first. Glad to hear it was a happy ending and a great new beginning for these families. What a surprise!

Oct 07, 2022 07:09 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 
I was a little uncertain about how to start that conversation but, thankfully, it went well.  😊

Oct 08, 2022 05:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Carol Williams - you did well with ego. Very nicely done. It really was all about the client and his journey. 

Oct 08, 2022 09:51 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Carol,

Life can sure have some interesting twists and turns. That was an amazing story with a good outcome.

Oct 07, 2022 07:18 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Dorte Engel 
One never knows where there words are going to lead.

Oct 08, 2022 05:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carol:

What a wonderful, heartwarming blogging success story with a beautiful result!

Jeff

Oct 07, 2022 10:09 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Jeff Dowler, CRS 
It still makes me happy thinking about it.

Oct 08, 2022 05:53 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Carol,

I can certainly see why this is your favorite blogging story.  Your blog changed lives!  How wonderful.

Oct 07, 2022 01:12 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
What could top bringing a family together, right?

Oct 08, 2022 05:53 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, what a small world it is, that is an incredible connection you made!  I wish we would have known each other back then, we could have become friends sooner.

Oct 07, 2022 03:11 PM
Carol Williams

Hey Brian England 
I went to Arizona for many years before I connected with any you or any other AR members. They're a lot more fun now that we're friends.

Oct 08, 2022 05:59 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning Carol and it appears when responding on my phone, the comment was not published.  Hmm? Your story reminds us the world is very small and we never know how our part in the world impacts others.  Thanks for sharing a heart warming story.

Oct 08, 2022 06:30 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Leanne Smith 
The AR Platform is NOT mobile-friendly. I cannot "tag" on my phone. And, you're right; some of the seemingly smallest things can impact other people in unknown ways.

Oct 09, 2022 06:36 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That is a wonderful story.  When we did DNA we were hopeful my husband would find more of his family.... however the one we found on ancestry hasn't responded.  His mom was adopted and his dad flew the coop when he was a very young teen (so he could have younger siblings) and all kinds of aunts and cousins on his mom's side.

How cool that person found their daddy from your blog. 

Oct 08, 2022 09:55 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Tammy Lankford, 
DNA testing has certainly helped the search for ancestors. I hope, at some point, Donald can connect with other family. That would be amazing.

Oct 09, 2022 06:37 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I love the story!  What are the chances that she would read your post and connect the dots!?  You really made a big difference in many people’s lives.

Oct 08, 2022 01:28 PM
Carol Williams

I know, right, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 ? I was flabbergasted. From that point forward, I was well aware that you just never know who is reading.

Oct 09, 2022 06:38 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Truly amazing outcome of your simple blog. What a wonderful outcome to an incredible success story. 

Oct 08, 2022 07:04 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Buzz Mackintosh 
I was writing that blog for my family and friends. I never imagined anyone else would even find it. Just goes to show, you never know who is reading. 

Oct 09, 2022 06:40 AM
Bo Zivak
Zivak Realty Group - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate Broker

Hey Carol, we must say that your blogging success story is amazing. It can happen for sure.

Oct 11, 2022 12:05 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Bo Zivak 
I certainly surprised me but was an early introduction to the power of a blog.

Oct 11, 2022 05:44 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You definitely made it your business, blogging that is. I have always been impressed with your abilities Carol 🙂

Oct 12, 2022 12:16 PM
Carol Williams

Thank you for the kind words, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . I've loved my blogging journey and it's been quite profitable on many levels... including adding you to my friend list. 😊

Oct 14, 2022 05:32 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Oh Carol Williams your October Challenge blog had me on the edge of my seat!  What a wonderful story with a great ending.  Thank you for sharing!  We never know how a blog could change a life!  Your's sure did!

Oct 13, 2022 04:09 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Diana Dahlberg 
It was fun to relive that experience through writing this blog post. 

Oct 14, 2022 05:34 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Carol Williams and I'm glad I was able to experience it through you!

Oct 14, 2022 11:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Carol, for sharing this story.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Oct 14, 2022 08:15 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hey sister Carol Williams there are so many wonderful stories aren't there?  Have a great weekend - glad you are feeling better 

Oct 14, 2022 12:06 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Carol Williams. What an amazing story on how your blogging gave that family a happy reunion. Bogging does have its benefits, and you never know who's reading them. 

Oct 16, 2022 04:23 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I love this story, Carol, what a true blessing to be involved in something so personal and tender! You just never know what miracles may be at play when going about daily life or in business dealings. A good friend of mine just re-united with the son she adopted out when 19 years of age.

Oct 22, 2022 12:07 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, Carol. This is THE. BEST. BLOGGING. STORY. EVER!!! Your story gave me both goosebumps and a perma-grin, simultaneously...then, you mentioned 3 grandchildren, oh my! 

It's sad that the parents didn't allow him to see his own child but, how wonderful that he was reunited in adulthood. I wonder if the smile has left his face yet?

And, how cool is it that you were writing a blog then and the personal blog is what caught the neighbor's eye? I mean, the coincidences are uncanny, Carol! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.

Oct 22, 2022 08:28 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  It is indeed a small world after all ;)  What a wonderful story.  Had to keep reading just to find out if they met, reunited, found more family.  And Bingo!  Wonderfu contest Carol! 

Oct 24, 2022 09:24 AM