Leaving No Blogger Behind in the Rain

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

It started with this post by Frances Flynn Thorsen:  FREE Webinar -No Blogger Left Behind Breakout Session Spotlights ActiveRain. Even better, Fran and Joeann Fossland asked me to join them as a panelist. Naturally I said, "Yes!" and figured I'd have some time before the webinar to prepare. And then my day got busy . A listing. A settlement. It was a successful day but looong, and it all added up to me getting home just a few minutes after 6:00 pm. Whew! Caught my breath and logged on just as they resolved some minor connectivity issues. Good thing I can wing it.

Joeann FosslandFrances Flynn ThorsenWe had a great group on the call – Joeann, Fran, Pam Dent, my publisher Peg Silloway, several other Rainers, and especially a new blogger, Monica McNamara from Ocean City, MD. You know I love to share what I've learned, and had fun answering Monica's questions and talking about how important blogging is to my business.

One of Monica's questions was, why would anyone read more than a hundred comments on a blog post? All I could say was that, if you're lucky enough to write a post that gets hundreds of comments, you'll understand! (We also warned Monica that Active Rain blogging can be addictive, especially when you start to get gold stars.) I shared my approach to responding to comments: I acknowledge the comment in my blog's comments, and then I go to the commenter's blog, read their articles, and find something to comment on their blog. I believe this helps to continue building the community and make the connections that real estate is all about.

Peg SillowayPam DentGold StarOne of the neat things about a Webinar is that the host, in this case Fran, can let everyone on the call see the same thing at the same time. So when we talked about posts with lots of comments, we could all see her scroll through Active Rain posts. When Joeann talked about AR groups and gold stars, we all watched as Fran brought up a group like Them,Them on the screen. And the same for the search feature as a research tool, tag words, listings, and a host of other topics we covered. We even talked about how blogging is a great way to connect between grandparents and children, with Joeann's delightful granddaughter Lily as a perfect example with her own blog: The World's Youngest Blogger. (Yes, at 6 years old, she writes it all herself, and with a theme – things that begin with "L"!)

Through it all, Fran and Joeann offered many helpful comments. Even though I've been blogging for more than two years, I learned how to make my neighborhood posts better by making the links easier to follow.

Book CoverBlogging on AR has given me the practice to help me write with more ease, and to be aware of how to relate daily fun and hobbies like feeding birds to real estate. It's also been a great  resource; I had my book cover designed by an Active Rain marketing genius, Marti Garaughty. And over the more than two years since my first blog in January, 2006, I've written so much that it's a challenge to get my new book, Real Estate the Right Rome Way, down to just 12 chapters. 

I thought this was a wonderful webinar! Thanks to Fran and Joeann for making this available to Active Rainers, and for giving me a chance to be part of it. Just one more example of what fun it is to play in the Rain. And Monica…she is so quick that she had joined AR and posted her first (excellent) article before my invitation even reached her!

Monica has already done hers, but I'm challenging everyone else on the webinar to write a post about this today. Let's see what happens!

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Hey all, I will come back tomorrow and comment. Got to get a bit of shut eye!

Here is another account of last night's webinar  Active Rain Blogging-BreakOut

Jul 11, 2008 02:57 PM #16
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marti garaughty
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 Hi Margaret, re "I've written so much that it's a challenge to get my new book, Real Estate the Right Rome Way, down to just 12 chapters"...

 In other words, you should be working on Real Estate The Rome Way part 2. ;-)  (P.S. The only thing I'm a genius at is eating cookies!).

Jul 11, 2008 03:02 PM #17
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Carrie Perez
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I will need to watch for the next webinar! Sounds great. I really am enjoying Active Rain and that all of the community members share so much knowledge and advice! I have applied so much of it and although it takes time, it has helped me to build my business and to increase and impove marketing efforts-so often at little or no cost!

Jul 11, 2008 03:15 PM #18
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Margaret~

Enjoyed reading this post...and especially liked the more than 100 comments nod...I don't know how many of us get so many comments, at least not on a regular basis...and only when the post is exceptional.  I think when we do, we deserve a big round of applause...and maybe that's what the comments represent...

Jul 11, 2008 04:02 PM #19
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Gita Bantwal
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I missed it. Good luck with your new book.It will be a best seller.

Jul 12, 2008 12:02 AM #20
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Callie Sinkinson
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WOW!  Margaret, great post....a terrific overview of an informative webinar. Such fun too!

Your graphics are always so appealing, I have to learn how to do that too. Thank you for sharing (winging) with us.

I am looking forward to your book in the fall. As a former Baltimore resident I am sure it will be full of memorble landmarks.

Callie

Jul 12, 2008 02:16 AM #21
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
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Margaret- Sounds like the webinar met it's goal of "leave no blogger behind" as Monica already posted.....wow, good job to all of you.  I really like Fran's style.....(was on a different one with her before) and can imagine how this one went.  Thanks for sharing.....and I too liked your 100 comment :)

Q- Are there pre-orders for the book for real ?

Jul 12, 2008 03:23 AM #22
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janeAnne and  Kathy, Only us "older bloggers" really appreciate the 100 comments. Pre-orders are for real.  book  

Callie, Your post is great. And I love "winging it".  Thank you for linking to my book

Gita Thank you for your kind words.

Carrie, You summed up Active Rain...sharing, gaining knowledge, helping your business and other than time, no cost.

Marti, When I  do the next book, will you design the cover? I do ok with the cookies.

Sharon, Me too but not a chance. Tim's book might be out by then.

Monika, Try it...you'll like it!

Monica, Kudos to you, my new friend!

Bryant, It was fun, we learned, we shared and we laughed.

Linda, I love this kind of interaction.

Joeann, Without you, this would never have taken place. Thank you, Thank you!

Dan, Please share with your new partner.

Petra, Good idea; why don't you start one?

Ok guys,Think I am caught up and I have to go show a property right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 12, 2008 04:02 AM #23
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Irene Woodworth
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Margaret ~ Thank you for sharing your recent experience on doing your webinar!  I missed it but I sure benefit from meeting others that will share on the benefits of blogging.  This is a fairly new thing for me to do and I was not sure I could do this.  I am really enjoying being part of our
AR Commjunity.  It has been very beneficial way of meeting others, too.  Even though I do a lot of public speaking, I am asked to write more for our various organizations.  I can say that blogging is really improving my writing and communication skills greatly.  Thanks again for all you are doing!

Have a Colorful Day!

Jul 13, 2008 07:07 AM #24
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Irene, You are welcome and thank you for these glowing words. I would love to be in the audience when you speak. Maybe you could do a webinar for all of us on Active Rain.

I see that we are both members of NAWBO. Let me know if you are in the Baltimore area

 

Jul 13, 2008 07:21 AM #25
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Diane Aurit
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I love your book cover and am so impressed that you are writing/have written one!  It sounds like a fun webinar...thanks for sharing with us.

Jul 13, 2008 07:41 AM #26
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Diane, Thanks for stopping by. I will be impressed when the book is finished. :)

Jul 13, 2008 08:30 AM #27
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Petra Norris
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Hi Margaret - It's official, I took your advice and started a new group Webinar. My blog "One Blogger Left Behind" tells the story. Thank you so much!

Jul 14, 2008 10:07 AM #28
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Petra, I am going to take a look at your new group.

Jul 14, 2008 11:20 AM #29
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There is a webinar tomorrow. Check it out  Do You Want To Know More About Wordpress?

Jul 14, 2008 12:53 PM #31
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Margaret - The No Blogger left Behind webinar was awesome.  As a beginning blogger I highly recommend Fran and Joann's No Blogger Left Behind course as well.  Its a great way to get started.  They have also done several most informative breakout sessions such as the Active Rain breakout.  I can't wait to read your book and Marti's cover is the best!

Jul 25, 2008 02:38 PM #32
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Pam, I am so glad that you were on the webinar. Did you notice your name in the body of the post? Thanks for your interest in my book. I dod love mARTi's cover design.

Jul 25, 2008 02:49 PM #33
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Margaret, You have to come to O.C. I know you could not come to Inman, but we have to meet.

P.S. You can stay with me. I have a huge house, total privacy, I think Joeann will be coming for some of her reunions.

My best, Monica

Jul 25, 2008 03:45 PM #34
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Yvette Chisholm
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Interesting, I will have to check out your book.  There is always something to learn.

Oct 15, 2011 11:26 AM #35
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Monica, I am a bit late...like 3 years answering this comment. Thanks for the generous invite.

Yvette, Nice meeting you on line.

 

 

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