My first blog. I am lost.

Real Estate Agent with CoastalVa Realty Inc

This is my first blog.  I have known of blogging for over a couple of years now, and I always wondered "why would I want to share my personal thoughts with other people".  I thought "These people most be starved for friendship and attention" I recently attended "Blogging Basics for the RE Professional".   The speaker Naoma Doriguzzi made it sound exiting and easy. She was very clear and sold me on this idea of blogging. She also mentioned the wealth of business that she had received from AR.  So a few weeks later, I decided to take her on her word and join AR.

So now I will tell you how I feel after sitting 6 hours straight the first day, and a couple of hours since for three days.  It is addicting. I love how other people talk my language and share their experiences good and bad in this forum.

Bu, I am lost. I have mainly been reading and watching information from Brad Anderson. I have seen the videos he has recommended read all the things he says to read while getting started, and so far, I have posted a few comments and taken the plunge to write my first blog. I have so many questions and comments.  I wonder how long will it take for me to feel comfortable and be able to use all the features of the website.

I wanted to write my first blog, introduce my self, and make it funny, witty and smart. Sorry, at this point I feel like I just moved to a new country and don't speak the language.  It took me about 4 months to become semi- fluent in English; 20 years later, I am still learning. I hope this doesn't take that long.

What I see is that my website sucks, and I have been missing a whole new world.  I am exited and look forward to make this part of my daily routine.

Will anybody read this blog?  I am not sure, as I still I am unsure where I will put it. So, if you read this blog and made it this far, be kind and let me know.

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tere, don't worry about it!  I think we all felt that way when we first discovered this place.  You'll be addicted in no time at all!  And welcome!

Dec 21, 2008 01:25 AM #22
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Welcome to Active Rain......and I could not find a better place to be lost than here.

You will only learn and grow by using AR to the fullest.

Dec 21, 2008 01:29 AM #23
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


Hello and welcome to Active Rain.  What a wonderful part of the country you live in.

Dec 21, 2008 06:07 AM #24
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Great that you expressed your feelings about being here. AR is a large network and it can be a bit over-whelming at first. However, after joining take it in step by step and you'll find that it'll be a wonderful boost to your business and personal development. Welcome and blog around the clock.

Dec 21, 2008 03:39 PM #25
Laurie Strickland
Prudential Meridian Valley - Kent, WA
CRS, ABR, Certified Relocation Specialist

I to am fairly new to AR, 2 months, I have written 3 blogs and have been so excited when I got some comments.  There is alot to learn and maybe we can all help eachother.  Good Luck and great first Blog!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2009!

Dec 21, 2008 06:18 PM #26
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Thanks to all who have welcomed me to AR.  It is great to know that so many people actually take the time to read new peoples post.

Good luck to those who shared their feeling of being lost.  I really apreciate it.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a Happy New year to you all.

May this year brings all of us great succes!


Dec 21, 2008 10:33 PM #27
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Tere, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash

Dec 22, 2008 12:00 AM #28
MC2 Home Inspections
MC2 Home Inspections LLC - Denver, CO

Welcome aboard Tere! I look forward to reading all of your future posts. I am sure you will love playing in the rain!!

Dec 22, 2008 01:41 AM #29
Corey Davenport
Corey Davenport Real Estate Services - Champaign, IL

Tere, while we can't control who is moving, or where they are going to live next, I sure would like it if there were someone out there in the real estate business, in your area, with whom I could build a working relationship with. That way if a seller is moving to your area, I could recommend you. Also, I could recommend you if my buyer had to sell in your area prior to buying a home here. And, of course, you could do the same for me if your people had business in my area.

Sounds like a fair trade.

If you would like, go ahead and add me as an associate in your contact book. I pay brokers 30% for all closed referrals to Central Illinois.

Central Illinois is Home to Caterpillar, Kraft Food, Carle Hospital, Decatur Memorial Hospital, University of Illinois, Millikin University, Archer Daniels Midland and so much more.

You can visit me online at

Dec 22, 2008 03:09 AM #30
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Great, so now I will figure out how to do it, and I will take care of your clients this way.

Dec 22, 2008 04:33 AM #31
Chris McKeen
Chris McKeen & Associates - Orange, CA

Much like you, I posted my very first blog today, and got to thinking that maybe this internet blog craze isnt just a passing faze.  Kidding aside, I too was a bit confused as to the hows and whys  associated with blogging.  Finally I decided "I Am Big Now"  way to old to be scared and confused, so here I am, Blog-o-maniac.  Bring it on!!!

Dec 22, 2008 04:58 AM #32
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Sash, yes I think I will become a blogoholic.  And a commentaholic... this is fun

Mike: thanks for the welcome.  I love how you say playing in the rain.

Chris:  Welcome to Ar.   I will read your blog now.

Dec 22, 2008 05:02 AM #33
Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Welcome to the Rain, Tere!  I have been blogging on AR for a number of months and am starting to get some leads from it.  In the beginning, however, I felt like I was drowning as well--reminded me of algebra class.  Keep at it and you'll get the hang of it soon.  Happy Holidays!

Dec 22, 2008 07:19 AM #34
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Thanks Dianne.  Happy Holidays to you too.

Dec 22, 2008 07:31 AM #35
Neal Barnes
Starstate Realty - Killeen, TX

Hi Tere  -  Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look forward to networking with you and reading your future post.  Have a great day!!!

Dec 22, 2008 07:45 AM #36
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Welcome to Active Rain, Tere 

Let me be one of many to "Welcome" you to Active Rain.  I look forward to the value you add to the AR community.  Since I joined the Active Rain network in mid 2008, I have met many talented people who are very friendly & willing to share. Don't hesitate to ASK and the ANSWERS will RAIN on your site. 

My role as an educator/trainer is helping other professionals to be THE BEST in their field and marketplace.  If I can assist you in any way, contact me.  

Mary Yonkers  814.881.7548

Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate Inc  412.967.9000

Jan 12, 2009 05:19 AM #37
Dianne Barody
Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty - Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Florida Real Estate

Tere:  I think you first blog was a hit!!  Keep on blogging and welcome to active rain where it is great to see the rain

Jan 12, 2009 05:59 AM #38
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

Welcome Tere!  Just let it take you where it takes the meantime, you will learn a lot.

Jan 12, 2009 06:08 AM #39
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Neal:  thanks for your welcoming response.

Mary:  I will be checking you information soon.

Diane: Thanks for your comment.

Holly: Thanks, I finally wrote my first professional article.  I wasn't sure I coul do it.

Feb 05, 2009 12:57 AM #40
Naoma Doriguzzi
Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA
New Media Director

Tere - I think you did a great job and still are! Keep it up and I can tell you will reap the rewards of it.  Thanks for the mention.  It really is my pleasure! I really do love helping others with either mortgage or blogging! 

Feb 27, 2009 12:21 PM #41
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