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Finding My Own Voice in Localism

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Northwest

Sarah Cooper put up an awesome postabout how sharing her interests helps her connect with others through localism.

I thought I'd take a moment to share with all of you Localism fans how I incorporate my interests into my local posts!

The mother of two young children, I spend much of my free time running to this activity, playgroup or event. I am constantly looking for the newest kids activities or classes, family friendly hotspot or that fun, unique family event. I thought, why not make this work for me?!?!

My Localism posts have been focused on great local kids activities. I also write about local seasonal events and more recently about charitable events. I also include seasonal themes in my writing. To date, the blog with the greatest views on Localism was about where to find local Easter egg hunts!

My newest adventure in blogging is a topic that is close to my heart - supporting locally based mom-owned businesses. I recently wrote a brief profile on a local "momprenuer" who is using her business to reach out to other moms. I am currently working on a post that features local mom-owned businesses who are offering great gifts for Mother's Day.

I hope this gets some of your creative juices flowing. Thanks again Sarah for inspiring me! 


Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO


Sounds like you have found the secret. Be a Mom expert.  I just had my first sale from localism. 

May 03, 2007 06:19 AM
Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ
Joan - That is awesome!!! Congratulations and thanks for being a success story!
May 03, 2007 06:28 AM
Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Yvonne what a great idea featuring mom owned businesses. When you write about what you are interested in it will show.
May 03, 2007 06:36 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Oooooh, Yvonne -- this is PERFECT!!!!  You're going to do very well with this!!  It's something you're doing anyway, it keeps you in conact with other people and you're always meeting new people.  Fabulous!

I love the idea of focusing on Mom owned businesses.  When you help people, they want to help you in return.  I bet you'll build a valuable network this way!

Thanks for sharing your idea!  (And thanks for the mention!)  :o)

May 03, 2007 07:24 AM
Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ

Ashley - Mom-owned businesses are truly a passion of mine. It's hard finding ways to stay home with your kids while still bringing in a buck!

Sarah - There are so many great sides to this like you said. I am involved in something that I am passionate about, helping others get their business info out there and building relationships that could pay off big in the future. It doesn't get any better than that!

May 03, 2007 08:35 AM
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Yvonne - what a great idea - and sounds like you'll have fun doing it ...can't wait to see more. Keep up the awesome blogs!
May 03, 2007 07:43 PM
Steven Shewell
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. - Ephrata, PA
The Mortgage Maverick
I really need to figure out how to best use the localism site.  Thanks for reminding me to work on it.
May 04, 2007 12:02 AM
Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ

Cyndee - You're another one who is doing cool things with Localism - I love your graphs!

Steven - have fun with Localism - the possibilities are endless!

May 04, 2007 02:44 AM
Theresa Cavanaugh
Global Realty Marketing - Appleton, WI
Yvonne, great advice!  I am still trying to find my localism voice; I appreciate this.
May 08, 2007 12:30 AM
Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ
Theresa - It's all a big experiment - good luck!
May 08, 2007 03:38 AM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
Way to go, in tailoring your ideas to the localism forum.  Creativity like that, is bound to pay off in the long run.
May 08, 2007 03:46 AM
Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ
Eric - That's what I'm hoping! I believe that showing off who we really are is a great way to let people see the real us. This is a business based on personal preferences which I hope will work to my advantage!
May 08, 2007 05:33 AM
Paul Anyanwu
CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ
Yvonne great way to go, i am happy for utilizing Localism in such an inspiring manner i am proud of you and good luck
May 08, 2007 05:55 AM
Dianne Barody
Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty - Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Florida Real Estate
Yvonne, what creative ideas you have.  Thank you for helping me to get my creative juices flowing.
May 08, 2007 06:23 AM
Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ

Paul - Thanks for the support, I like the idea of using the power of Localism for something good :)

Dianne - Glad I could help! I get amazing inspiration from so many people here!

May 08, 2007 10:24 AM
Sheila Goulart Siegel
Synergy Financial Group, Inc. - Mission Viejo, CA

I am looking forward to learning more about AR in general and localism certainly peaks my interest.  I love your mompreneur word for one!!  And the interest in the mom owned businesses is a shared one.  I have always been impressed with the moms who shine for their families and in the business community.  Also, it makes me feel better to be one as part of a community! :)

May 02, 2011 07:42 AM