Words of Encouragement for New Bloggers

By
Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Most of us need to occasional hear or in the case of blogging read that the efforts that we put into our blogs will lead to connections with consumers, community leaders and other local authorities.

Whenever a new blogger post on Active Rain it is always great to see the number of people who stop by and say hello.  We read about the success that Active Rain has brought to the businesses of many of the agents, loan officers and stagers and I know in the beginning of my blogging days it helped me know that some interesting things could occur if I was able to make the connections.

Nightly Business ReportLast week I posted that I was giving blogging kudos for almost 50% of my business in July.  Over this past weekend I was contacted by our local PBS channel about my take on the housing stimulus bill.  The end result was an on camera interview with a local reporter that was broadcast last night.

This wasn't my first connection with the local press and at least this time on air they didn't cut and splice the story to make it meet their agenda.   As someone who hates to have their picture taken having a camera rolling is more "exposure" than I really want to have.  However, it is another example of how blogging about your area and what is happening in the market can bring you opportunities that you would never have imagined when you wrote your first post.

There were points in time over the last 18 months that I questioned why I was spending time writing.  Usually just about the time I was ready to throw in the towel I would read a post by someone who was having success with blogging.  Those posts helped renew my enthusiasm and finish a post or two of my own.   So for everyone who is writing their first post today don't give up.  If you have an opinion, state it.  If you know your area, write about it.   What you write today may not seem all that important but you don't know who is reading and that person might be the next connection that changes your business.

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Cindy Jones
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Michelle-unfornately that does happen to all of us. One day out of the blue you will write something that will capture the attention of the readers and the star will appear.  I haven't had very many and they always catch me by surprise.

Aug 08, 2008 11:36 PM #67
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Melissa-it is about perserverence.  Find your focus and stick to it.  Out of the blue things will start happening.  Good luck!

Aug 08, 2008 11:38 PM #68
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Freddy A. Saavedra
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Wow, as a newbie I am excited to read about your success and what hard work and patience can really achieve, congrats!

Aug 09, 2008 05:34 AM #69
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Donna Quinlan
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Blogging is a great way to connect. Thanks for the encouragement!

Aug 14, 2008 02:23 PM #70
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Janice MacMillan
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Awesome post Cindy, it gives me new found hope to hear other's success stories. Congratulations on you television debut!

Aug 31, 2008 02:26 AM #71
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Donna-I hope that you find great success from your blogging.

Aug 31, 2008 12:21 PM #72
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Jan Marie-I'm just one of many with success stories and I'm sure you will have your own soon if you don't already.  This was actually my third tv appearence but it was the best in terms of filming and sticking to the story and having a positive spin.

Aug 31, 2008 12:23 PM #73
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Sharon Parisi
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Thanks for the encouragement Cindy.  I have been spending a significant amount of time on Active Rain.  I am still trying to figure out how this works.  I am learning so much from all of you who have gone before!

Aug 31, 2008 06:06 PM #74
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Michael Sahlman
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Good to see that blogging does actually pay off. What started as a promising possibility, then materializes into leads, PR and more. Nice to hear.

Sep 01, 2008 01:39 AM #75
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Howard Tennyson
Ace Home Inspection, LLC - Warner Robins, GA

Cindy,

Good things come to those with genuine intentions. Congrats on your success in Blogging!

Howard

www.acehomeinspection.biz

Sep 01, 2008 08:24 AM #76
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Greg Dallaire
Dallaire Realty - Green Bay, WI
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Great PR for you and your business.  What a positive impact blogging has had on your business.

Keep up the great work! 

Sep 01, 2008 12:02 PM #77
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Grace Keng
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Great work.

Sep 01, 2008 06:06 PM #78
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Edith Schreiber

Good to know that your blogging investment has begun to pay off - I have been sitting on the fence about it for FAR too long, so it's about time I take the plunge! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sep 01, 2008 10:33 PM #79
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

It takes time to see the fruits of your labor when you are blogging....I'm just starting out and use these success stories to continue on...

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Sharon-I'm sure you will figure it all out.  It just takes persistence and once you develop a routine very little time.

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Michael-as with any marketing program the key is follow up and "stickyness".  Stick to it and it will work.

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Howard-Thank you!

Jan 02, 2009 11:13 PM #83
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Edith-Go for it!

Jan 02, 2009 11:13 PM #84
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Sonja-I like to compare blogging to a bottle of Heinz Ketchup.  Remember the saying it is worth the wait.  Well that is the way it is with blogging.  Once you start blogging you can't expect instant results.  It takes time but it does work.

Jan 02, 2009 11:15 PM #85
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This is a great post for first time bloggers.  I am sure this will definately help in business and relationship building.  I also feel blogs are a great way to market your listings, so I would like to offer some more advice on blogging.  Look at blogs as unique web pages.  The more you have the better your web exposure.  So,  check out vflyer.com and postlets.com.  These 2 sites will allow you to auto post your listings and give you greater exposure.  Good luck!

 

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CJ Harrington

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