December 2022 Challenge: "A Guide for Blogging Success"

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Reading and writing were my favorite classes when I began my humble beginnings in kindergarten. Both stayed with me throughout my life. When I learned a new buzzword called Blog in 2010, my ears perked. I was eager to begin on ActiveRain. The year I joined, in 2010, I signed up for RainCamp. Kerrie La Guardia was very instrumental in helping me to get started. She was also the first member I met in person at RainCamp in Houston! Next, I learned that entering AR Contests and Challenges was a lot easier for me to learn about what to write, because I wrote from my heart about my own experiences. However, I still had a lot to learn!

For the December 2022 Challenge: A Guide For Blogging Success hosted by Jeff Dowler, CRS  and co-hosted by Brian England, I chose option number one:

What can I do to improve my blogging and results?

My suggestion is to write what you know and know what you are writing about. Whatever you do in the Real Estate Industry, this is your story about your business. Make your blog post believable. Use good format. Watch your grammar and spelling. There will be many people who will write related topics. This is understandable because of holidays, raising awareness, and Instructors are using materials approved to teach no matter where you live or practice real estate. You can still be original and use your personal examples following the guidelines from your Broker, State, Association, and NAR. Make your blog authentic and share your personal career journey or something others could benefit by reading your story.

What things should I avoid doing?

Avoid copying other people’s work, words, ideas, content, photos, piracy, and avoid plagiarizing. Citing quotes or sources, asking for permission, and giving credit where credit is due, acknowledging other people’s work and ideas will lend credibility. Make sure what you write is accurate.  Also, if you didn't take the photos, do not take them and use them without permission. For example the acronym, KISS is not new to many; however, I created this photo using Ribbet giving credit to U.S. Lead Engineer who was with Lockheed SKUNK. Note: the last letter in "S" can mean many different things other than stupid, such as "soldier." The reference books below are another example of using images for your blogs and are a part of my library. In addition, the greatest example you can give to others, is to show respect by offering real wisdom to those who read your blog because it is your work and part of who you are. If it isn't your work, go to the bottom of your post and find the word Options, then check the box "This is not my content but I have permission to repost."

Two bloggers I relished and appreciated after joining ActiveRain were Lenn Harley and Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727. To me, they were as bright as the Northern Lights guiding me best on my career path in business and ActiveRain. Others helped me by reading my blogs, commenting, or communicating directly to me by phone or in person. For example, I want to give credit to Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker. To tell the truth, I was not going to participate in this contest. I overanalyze and did not think I had anything to offer. As soon as I read Anna's entry for this challenge, I knew exactly what I would write. With one acrynom she used in my comment to hers. I knew what to do: KISS

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Comments (16)

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

KISS!  You did great Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP yet again but that's no surprise to me!  You're an excellent writer.   It's really good to remind people once again, DO NOT copy others work.  Lenn Harley schooled us all on that one!

Dec 07, 2022 12:17 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - thank you. As you know, when we write, or others write in a comment or their own post, we never know what ideas are sparked and can become a blog of their own. Imagination is a beautiful gift and everyone has insights of their own. Lenn Harley was and always will be a legend unique to all on ActiveRain. When it came to "DO NOT copy others work," she passed the baton on, down through the ages.  

Dec 07, 2022 12:41 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Inspiration is a cool thing! 

Dec 07, 2022 04:11 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

An informative guide to doing it right.  Copyright Infringement was a big deal to Lenn Harley and she took people to court to protect her business

Dec 07, 2022 12:32 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - Here in Texas, everyone knows,"Don't mess with Texas." On ActiveRain, bloggers who came before me and knew Lenn Harley and actively particiapted in challenges, especially those tough and very useful January Challenges by Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 knew better than to MESS WITH LENN. In time, we all knew who not to mess with here on ActiveRain!

Dec 07, 2022 12:48 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

There is so much good advice in your post about what to do in our blogging, and what not! I think the reminder about NOT  copying others' work (photos, graphics, posts, etc.) without permission is always an important one. KISS is a terrific acronym, isn't it?


Dec 07, 2022 12:40 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - All I really needed was a KISS from Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker and I was off to the races, composing, thinking hard, and trying my best to keep it simple but meaningful. You are also a great encourager by allowing others to do it their way, and to have as much time as needed to get it right, the first time. 

Thanks, Jeff. 

Dec 07, 2022 12:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Anytime Patricia!! 😘

Dec 07, 2022 04:11 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  You always write so eloquently  Keep it Simple Stupid is my very favorite slogan. Give them a reason to call 

Dec 07, 2022 01:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hannah Williams - I always enjoy hearing from you. Thank you for the compliment. You have special qualities too!

Dec 07, 2022 04:47 PM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Thanks for the good advice! I was having a look at the December challenge wondering what I was going to post. 

Dec 07, 2022 01:51 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ben DeHaven - I am looking forwarding to reading your December challenge entry and curious too! 

Thank you!

Dec 07, 2022 04:48 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Great advice here Patricia. I too like what KISS may mean and think I'm going to starting using it!

Dec 07, 2022 05:27 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Thanks! Let's keep the KISS going. Life doesn't have to be so complicated. 

Dec 07, 2022 05:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - KISS is one of my favorite acronyms and it makes so much sense and can make a big difference.  While it is not always easy it can be beneficial for peace of mind.  

Dec 07, 2022 06:40 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - The most successful KISS stories on ActiveRain are always original without copying and plagiarizing. 

You're right - it isn't easy and takes effort.

Dec 07, 2022 07:18 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

You always have good thoughts to offer!  And KISS gives me flashbacks to my Navy days AND my engineering work :)

Dec 07, 2022 07:20 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - my dad was in the Air Force, and punctuality was a HUGE deal. I always have to be early and if I'm not, I get anxious!

Dec 08, 2022 05:29 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Liz and Bill Spear - thank you for such a nice compliment. I appreciate it very much. I also appreciate you. My father was in the Navy. I didn't always understand his ways but it is because of him I learned developmental skills such as tying my shoes, learning to ride a bicycle, respecting his tools and learning what their purpose was. But most of all how important it is to keep time with punctuality.  

Dec 07, 2022 08:14 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

You always have "something to offer!" And typically, it's a lot!

Keeping it Simple is definitely the way to go both with this challenge and with blogging in general. All of your things to do and things not to do ideas above are spot on!

Enjoy your day.

Dec 08, 2022 05:31 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - thank you. Focusing on KISS can be rewarding. I appreciate your reply. 

Dec 08, 2022 06:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great twist, Patricia, on the KISS concept... which I've been familiar with for over 50 years and used often in my corporate life. I see so many posts here in the Rain that are in no way "original" from any number of perspectives and often appear simply to be what we used to call a "throw up" (probably for points), so your suggestions about what to avoid are well taken.

Dec 08, 2022 06:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - thank you for jumping in on KISS and what you've seen on many AR posts "that are in no way 'original.' That is an interesting word "throw up." That being said, I agree. 

Dec 08, 2022 06:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP in New York City we used to refer to agents who would just show anything to their clients as a throw up. In other words, throw enough up against the wall and something will stick.

Dec 08, 2022 07:26 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I knew that you would have amazing tips to share with us!  I am so glad that you chose to make an entry to the challenge!  Keep is simple stupid are words that I live by, haha.

Dec 08, 2022 07:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - thanks! 

Dec 08, 2022 12:18 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Nice trip down memory lane, here, I recall Lenn and her prudence on defending content creators : )  Great stuff Patricia : )

Dec 08, 2022 10:05 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

John Meussner - Thanks! I appreciate your comment very much. 

We all owe homage to ledgendary Lenn! Steadfast and Strong!

Dec 08, 2022 12:21 PM
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX DFW Associates - Royse City, TX

Hi Patricia, Thanks for the tip about the options button. I did not know this but will use it should I ever use someone else's work. Honestly I have avoided that because I did not know how to credit the original user! 

Dec 08, 2022 11:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Tracy Lee Parker - My pleasure. I'm glad you learned something. That's why we are all here!

Dec 08, 2022 12:22 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Yes many substitutions for the last "S". I like keep it simple sweetie and have used "soldier," "succinct" and several others. Great points and thank you for sharing.

Dec 09, 2022 05:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Leanne Smith - I prefer a more positive word for the last "S". Those are all good suggestions. Thanks for your professional expertise. 

Dec 09, 2022 08:02 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Patricia, what a wonderful, well-thought post!  Sharing your wisdom will help countless others consider what they already know to write their posts.  Great post for the entry!  Your suggestions and opinions in this post are excellent!

Dec 09, 2022 07:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - thank you. I wanted to bring up this topic and concerns of mine many times. This challenge was the perfect opportunity. I am glad that it was well-received by you and others too. I like that you are such a positive person.

Dec 09, 2022 08:05 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Great job Patricia! Mission accomplished.  And thank you.  Your well-though responses are always wonderful to read :)  Happy Holidays

Dec 09, 2022 08:35 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great post Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. Be your self and be genuine !

Dec 16, 2022 03:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Buzz Mackintosh - thank you! I appreciate your comment and sincerity.

Wishing you and your family all the best for the Christmas holidays and New Year too.

Dec 16, 2022 10:26 AM