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Is your blog relevant?

http://centralfloridashortsales.comHi folks. I wrote this post almost 4 years ago. At that time ActiveRain only had about 1,000 members. And already we were writing about how to blog!! I think the information is as relevant today as it was back then. What do you think?

Is your blog relevant?

I have read several post recently asking this question. It’s an excellent question but because it’s so subjective how do we know? I am new to this and have never had a weblog before becoming a member of ActiveRain so let me give you my thoughts from that perspective for whatever it’s worth.

It seems to me that to be relevant a blog must contain content that is interesting, original and related to our business in some way. The hard part is what may be interesting to me may not me interesting to you. And what is relevant to my Real Estate business may not be relevant to your business. Also, since these posts are available to the consumer it opens up a whole other area of what may be interesting or relevant.

I have found while reading through posts that after 11 days of joining Active Rain I am already attracted to certain members' blogs more than others and scroll down until I see their pictures (by the way the pictures were a great idea) to read their latest. So what makes these posters (bloggers?) stand out? For me it’s originality and content that I can apply to my business. “Copy and Paste” does not do it for me. Links I like. I like for the writers personality to show in the posts. I want to be able to “know” them by what and how they write.

My posts have been leaning more towards little stories about my experiences in Real Estate. Interesting? I hope so. Relevant? I think so. Original? I believe so. I have been sending them out to the people on my E-mail list and they seem to enjoy them. Except Eddie! But Eddie don't know squat!

I think getting comments on a post is a good thing whether positive or negative. At least then you know someone is reading it. Which I guess is the whole idea. So I’m hoping with more practice to get better at this and I’m looking forward to seeing how ActiveRain evolves. So that’s my opinion for whatever it’s worth (Matt seems to think it’s worth 200 points!). So what’s your opinion? Is your blog relevant?

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Comment balloon 77 commentsBryant Tutas • May 29 2010 11:56AM

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Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Bryant,

I especially liked your post today because it parallels some of the reasonings behind why I wrote mine today entitled "Who the HECK IS.......?????? If you were EVER curious!" because you address the notion and concept of individuality, orginality and the ever-elusive, and commonly-forgotten personal touch.

The greatest thing I have found about blogging is what you've pin-pointed, in my honest opinion, in your post today. And that is "relevancy" and "orginality."

How do we blog? WHY do we blog at all? If you read my post, you'll see what my reasons are but here, I'll just concur with you and say THANKS for sharing your thoughts. You make a valid point and I truly think that blogging is a great way to self-express while "bringing something to the table."

I'd truly like to see what your thoughts were and how they differ or emmulate your own from my post I wrote this morning.

To your continued success.

Steve Bowen

Posted by Steve Bowen (Taglierre Partners, LLC / Bowen Investments, Co.) about 9 years ago

Hi Steve. I am heading out right now but will stop by and read your post when I get back. Thanks for stopping by!!

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Blog relevance. Is it helpful, feeding the reader in a pleasant, time saving simple way probably what most of our real estate buyer/seller related writes should be. But the creative side of subject matter, timing of the topic,  imagery, video embeds, links and heck even the "look" layout let the personality of the blogger shine thru. We create something from a blank monitor screen lacking electrons assembled for all to absorb when we are done. Was it good for you? We are a social platform and looking for a wide range of readership, reach, exposure, return to feed frequency increase right?

My best blog posts are written under water. Meaning in the morning shower I find relevance, subject matter and they just pour out. Have to be written, let outside. Those passionate ones are better than the mechanical store bought generics that are blah blah blah like the rest of the herd. Okay, good enough, but diet, reduced nutrient/calorie. Bland, not much entertainment, recall value either. What was the purpose? AR points alone?

Always try to use more than the eyeballs in anything you post..that's why video with audio helps tap in to more senses than your peepers. Tickle their ears, tap in to the sense of touch to connect when they see you rub your hand along a cold black granite or marble counter top as the grandfather clock ticks, birds sing on the patio. Ooops...started my next blog topic. It happens. Thank BB.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the post Bryant...

Posted by Rodney Horne (NC Sunshine Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Bryant,

I was going to say Active Rain has NOT been around for 4 years.  Then I counted it on my fingers ... 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010..... Good Grief!!!!  Where does the time go!!??!!

And yes, all that is ((still))  relevant.  :-)

Posted by Cheryl Johnson about 9 years ago

Bryant, thanks for the post. I agree that the writers personality nneeds to be there.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 9 years ago

Sometimes I'm more "personality" than business, but that's okay... after all I rarely choose to work with folks that I don't "click" with rather quickly anyway.  Who has time for that?

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 9 years ago

Great to think about...you need to target your blog to your audience, and categorize and tag it accordingly. But sometimes it is cathartic to just vent a little with your AR colleagues.  It makes us all feel better to know that we are not the only ones dealing with crazy folks.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) about 9 years ago

I've learned a lot about myself in just 5 months of blogging here. If you're just pushing BS you get ignored or called out. So finding a voice that works with a broad range of agents and a local public entity make one write with relevance.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 9 years ago

So important to ask this question, as we post...however, I do think items that appear not to be relevant at a specific time can pop up as so, a bit later.    Nothing is wasted, in other words, and it will be there to pull out when needed.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 9 years ago

Relevent? Sheeez....isn't it enough that we write everyday? I think that my potential clients are dying to get my grandmother's cherry pie recipe, it's about the points, right? Ok...seriously, we have to make sure that if someone does land on our blog, they are interested enough to read and then act.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 9 years ago

BB - Oh, I'd say this is as relevant, if not more so, as it was when you first penned it.

And with all the options consumers have for reading on-line, they won't stick around more than a few milliseconds if it doesn't interest them nor speak to their needs.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

I only look at the blogs that have something interesting about real estate or that catch my eye because of the title.  I like info that I can pass along to clients.  I also like humorous or personal- interest stories that give me a lift for the day.

Posted by Nancy Timberlake, REALTOR - Southern Maine (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 9 years ago

It's often best to tune in to "WII FM"  'What's In It For Me?  If you can provide useful information with the reader in mind and use your personality and humor to get a point across, I think that is a successful blog!

Thanks for reposting this 4 years later!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) about 9 years ago

BB - Me too.. I tend to work off personality as well like Tammy above... Just my two cents.. Have a great weekend.... :-)

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 9 years ago

Bryant,

Blogging is something I truly enjoy here on Active Rain.  And we do need to work at brushing up our skills.  I think that writing relevent material is certainly key to writing a good blog...

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 9 years ago

Questions from a Newbie here . . .how do I get my picture to show with my comments? And if anyone could take a few minutes to look at my few blogs to see if I am on the right track I would be forever grateful!  I am trying to get my feet wet and determine if this venue will help me before I upgrade to Rainmaker.  In the meantime, I have been gathering lots of ideas and knowledge off of AR . . .thanks to all for sharing!

Posted by Valerie Baker, Spokane Realtor (Exit Real Estate Professionals) about 9 years ago

Bryant - I like to think that mine is relevant, but I know that there are individual posts I've written that certainly do not qualify.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 9 years ago

Bryant, Like Jason, I like to think mine are relevant as well. Two years ago when I first started to blog, i had a 'ghost blogger' writing and researching stuff for me for a few months. When she took on a full time job, i started to write them myself and realized how much I enjoyed doing it. I'm sure I've had my share of non- relevant blogs but enjoyed writing them just the same. Thanks!

Posted by Bill Swanson (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador) about 9 years ago

I agree. I have seen in my area someone who will write 5 blogs in a row with a couple of sentences about a neighborhood just to rack up those points. I understand they are looking for that God almighty google presence but PLLEEEEAAAASSSE!

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Mike Carpino, Broker/Owner-Lake Norman Waterfront Specialist (Lake And Town Realty) about 9 years ago

Hey BB -- I think in another 20 years, I'll get it right and have a good following, until then, I'll live vicariously through you! LOL  But seriously, when I see certain photos, I know I'm in for some laughs, thought provoking something, etc.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 9 years ago

Uh oh......you mean people actually read our blogs? :o)

I wish I had the flair for writing that so many folks here have.......just gotta keep trying to get better and be mindful of what people might actually be interested in.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 9 years ago

BB - mine are never relevant, but I swear by their originality.  No one in their right mind would write them or copy them for that matter:-)

Posted by Inna Hardison, Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group (ha media group) about 9 years ago

I think good blogs also teach something or cause the reader to think a little bit which in turn teaches something as well.

Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) about 9 years ago

Thank you for sharing, Blogs are a tool to get your information out thereyou never know who may be looking for something.

Posted by Andrew Monaghan, CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker (The Monaghan Group) about 9 years ago

LOL I remember Eddie if that is relevant at all:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

BB, your stuff is still as relevant now as it was four years ago.  Not a bad  thing - a "timeless" post.  ;-)

Posted by Kent Dills, Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington (Broker, Dills Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I have gone into houses that I absolutely hated. But when the customer saw them they fell in love and bought them. Same goes for blogs, to a point. One man's boring read, is another's best post of the year. Even if we see a blog post that we have seen many times before, to a newbie it could be eye-opening for him/her.

Posted by John Elwell, You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Broker Bryant~  What I love is that everyone can write any way they so desire and some will like it and some won't, but what really matters is that it is relevant to a some key people.  (potential clients and evern to our friends)  The freedom to write whatever you want is there, so unlike my catholic school days, LOL! 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 9 years ago

What you are saying is an old post about relevance will always be relevant! Yip. Relevant, interesting, unique and knowing what you're talking about are probably the most important and you and your wifey are D. all of the above. I am BRAND NEW to AR, but finding very quickly some success with the blogs I do that are super relevant as evidenced by what consumers are searching for answers to online today that are pointing them right back to me. If they perform a search and find my blog, I just made a client due to relevancy and obvious subject matter expertise. If we all focus on a that a tad, we might pay a little extra principal on our own mortgages this year :)

Posted by Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee! (Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services) about 9 years ago

BB - I think my blog is relevant - to my target market.  That sir, is the whole reason I started blogging - to appeal to my local market and my target market and client base.  Does my personality come through?  Well I'm told by my clients and prospects who read it that is sounds just like me. 

While most of the AR community probably doesn't find my blog interesting, I get told all the time by the consumers and prospects that call/email me that my blog is very good.  That's good enough in my book.

Have a great holiday weekend BB.  :) 

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) about 9 years ago

Great topic, great post!! Many of us on AR are new to blogs and online writing, so this inward perspective is what every new writer should ask themselves periodically… I come to realize some people like apples and others like oranges…  people find different “value” in a wide variety of posts, articles, and blogs.

I think the key to any style of writing, and something that is “timeless”, is incorporating “VALUABLE CONTENT” to your blog post. No matter the time or the market conditions, valuable content is always king.  I just wrote an blog post about the value of “Content Marketing” on my AR blog… take a look at it, it’s a great compliment to your subject here!

Cheers !

Reuben

Posted by Reuben Fine (Fill-In-The-Blanks PDF Flyer Templates www.TurnKeyFlyers.com) about 9 years ago

Eddie...

Still doesn't know squat and he is as irrelevant today as he was four years ago :)

Babe...

The Lovely Wife's Crap-A-Rama is as irrelevant as it gets. Or maybe I'm just full of crap :)

And...

I get tired of milestone posts. You know the 'atta boys -'atta boys'. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So what :)

Remember all that? Every 1000 points called for a celebration. Every 100 comments called for a celebration. Every 100 comments made called for a celebration. Please, love me, want me, need me. Gag me with a fluckin' wooden spoon, will ya? :)

P.S. Did we ever figure out who came up with 'kumquat"? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Bryant--I am a 15 monther, and I just wrote a post that was very similar to yours of 4 years ago. Says something, doesn's it? I think blogging is an option, a way to break out and explore with a safety net underneath. If you miss the mark, not much harm follows. When you hit one, you help a lot of people underastand new things. Like you, I use my practice experiences as a basis for my posts. I am a Lawyer, biut please do not hold it against me. Being lawyers just runs in my family.

Posted by Elliott S. Topkins, Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty (Topkins & Bevans-etopkins@topbev.com) about 9 years ago

Relevance is in the eyes of the reader. I think most people try hard to be relevant and have something interesting to say...the thing is, sometimes what one person thinks is interesting another thinks is boring....ok, so now I'm rambling.....Great reblog! jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) about 9 years ago

Depends on what you are looking for - - - sometimes I will pick a good story that is not RE related just for something different.

 

It's all relevant

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) about 9 years ago

Right on Billie #37. Relevance is relative.:)

If one blog equals one chain of events that leads to a referral, client or sale . . . relevant enough for me.

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) about 9 years ago

I have a question for you about writing a revelant blog (and to answer yours no my blog is not currently relevant, but I am slowly working on it) What is your opinion about writing about local politics in your area, things that are REALLY relevant to the market and to businesses too? Also what about on a national level? Take for instance when a bill gets passed that will have a far more reaching effect than the media would have us believe and will directly impact the housing market? I always shyed away from discussions involving politics with my clients, but now I am in the office behind the computer and I really enjoy staying on top of what is going on ~plus the debate in the comments might be fun :)

Posted by Elizabeth Baklaich (Virtual Assistant to Steve Baklaich RE/MAX Realty Source MN) about 9 years ago

Hi Bryant... This is truly a timeless post on a very relavant topic.  And, for the record, I always have found your blog to be well written and highly relevant.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 9 years ago

Elizabeth...

My personal opinion, mixing politics and real estate is a bad way to go. You'll lose potential clients over your politics. If they have different beliefs than you, they move away from you. I'd say just about anything makes up for a well balanced and relevant blog. Mixing politics as they pertain to this industry, well that's a different story. Write about it, but try to keep the meat of such a post impersonal.

And a quick story for you. When I first got into this business (15 yrs ago) I had the honor of being swept up by some of the old timers. They became my mentors. They were power hitters. One of the things they taught me was to stay clear of politics. I listened to them about that. And to this very day understand how right they were. You just gotta love the old timers. They've been there, done that and found relevance is in the eye of the beholder :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

BB

Thanks for sharing- people back then were afraid to comment. Glad somethings have changed! You have taught us all a lot over the years and that was AR is all about! 

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) about 9 years ago

BB, some of mine are, some aren't. When Jeff Turner did the post this week on exporting to our WP.org blogs I was glad he allowed the export to draft mode, because some of those "irrelevant" ones will be NOT be activated.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 9 years ago

I usually write based on experiences in my daily real estate life - in hopes that the information will be relevant to another client down the line. That's who I write FOR.

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

What's interesting about "this old post" is that your tone is so very different from the tone and voice in your posts now. Now you speak with much more authority than you did in this post. But... the points you make are still "relevant'.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 9 years ago

I think everyone can decide what to blog or copy and paste about. However without relevance, the consumers will not be calling or contacting us. Afterall, isn't blog effort about attracting business? (Maybe not for some, but for me, it is.)

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I am with Karen #12, I don't have time to be freakin' RELEVANT!  HA.

Your blog tone is def way different now compared to four years ago.

Have you changed, or have I?

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

It is quite cool that the same topic 4 years ago is still the same topic today.  I think it is critical for all of us bloggers to contiue to provide informative and relevant content to keep our readers coming back and build a brand name for ourselves at the same time.  Great stuff !

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) about 9 years ago

And many times I write with absolutely no hope or pretense of relevance to anyone other than me.  Sometimes, I just want to say what I need to say.  And if it's relevant to someone else, excellent.  If not, I feel better having written it.  Yup, most of the time, at this point in my young real estate career (as opposed to my old criminology career), I'm using AR as a platform to let out the thoughts that are boiling inside me on life, love, living, and yes, sometimes even real estate.  My writing helps to clear the bubbles from all that boiling...and then I can see clearly once again.  Maybe when I get to be a big girl in RE, more of my posts will be more relevant to business...or not : )  

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) about 9 years ago

For my blog, I tend to focus on what I do because I think people like to read about behind-the-scenes. To many in the public, real estate agents are a mystery. Not to mention, the business has become much more complex. Then you throw in a little bit of humor, let your personality shine through, and people get to know you. I have clients tell me that they read my blog every day. It doesn't mean I have a very interesting life, because in many ways it is sort of boring, but I think they enjoy reading what I have to say about it.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 9 years ago

I am drawn to information and real experiences from other agents more than anything else.  I have my own stories, but love to hear how other Agents have solved problems, addressed difficult Buyers or Sellers, and actually handle their daily Listings and Sales. 

Always looking for new ideas!

Kimberley Kelly, SFR

Posted by Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN! (HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578) about 9 years ago

I agree. People love to read stories, but don't like to read just information.  Unless of course you have new information or an interesting opinion on the subject.  I like your blogs because they always seem to have an interesting twist on a topic.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) about 9 years ago

I read some posts on the blog roll and I often wonder 'what were they thinking?' That's just me but the more relevant you are the better you are at your craft.  The more relevant you are the more sellers or buyers you attract.

Posted by Lyn Sims and the Blog Dog (Streamwood, Elgin IL Real Estate - RE/MAX Suburban) about 9 years ago

Jenna. My blogging is way different than it was 4 years ago. I feel I was a better writer when I first started. Mainly because I wasn't as busy as I am now. And how many times can you write about taking alisting or pricing property?

My earlier posts were much more creative than they are now.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Well now I'm going to have to cancel my post and pictures of my dog getting a bath!  Thanks a bunch! 

Really, I try to be relavent but I'm sure the "fluff" sneaks in now and then.  I just hope that by reading my blog, my readers will get that I'm passionate about helping people sell their houses.  Thanks for posting this again-- it always helps to keep us on track! 

Posted by Michele Rose, Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign (Rose-Colored Staging) about 9 years ago

I think most of my posts are relevent to whom I intend to read tham.  That would be the residents of Elkhart County, Indiana.  I have tried to blog about my dog, my family and that stuff, but anyone who knows me knows I don't do fluff well. . .I'm kind of straight to the point and on my way!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I have had many people find me because of relevant content...but continue reading and making the decision to hire me because of the fluff. It's all good.

One hired me because of my post on St. Joseph Statues. Another hired me because of the posts about my children. The caring that came through in those posts that didn't necessarily reveal itself the same way in non-personal posts.

It's all good...and as a total package...all become "relevant" as a group vs. as an individual post. That is why it is "a blog" and not just a stand alone "blog post". Different readers will react to different things...so mix it up. I say 10 business to 1 fluff when you are starting out. You can shift to 5 business to 1 fluff after you have a loyal readership base.

Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) about 9 years ago

Great post and it goes to answer fundamental questions that everyone has about what is blogging and how to go about it.  This post gives those answers by telling folks its Content, Relevancy & Originality (there are more but this is a Great Start!).  

Thanks for being an educator!

James Chai

Posted by James Chai about 9 years ago

I strive for relevance to my market.  Personally, I love reading the posts on AR about the real estate business -- amazing content to learn from and think about.  So far as a new blogger, my content is always about my local community.

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) about 9 years ago

Bryant very good post and I'm going to re-blog it! I agree telling a story makes for interesting reading.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Michael Ford, Matching Families with Homes (Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes) about 9 years ago

It is great when you read a post that has relevant information to improving our business.  It is great we have a place to share our ideas.  What works for one person may not be a good fit for another, but sift through the right blogs and you can find ways to improve your business on active rain.  Don't forget about the Localism.  I am starting to blog about activities in my area.  Posts about small mouth bass fishing, hiking trip or canoe trip is a great way to blog on active rain and connect with consumers.   Or even talk about your favor restaurant.  I really believe in promoting my market area on Localism.   It stead of using it to promote my services. 

 

Lee Robinson

Posted by Lee Robinson, Close on Time All the Time (Highlands Residential Mortgage) about 9 years ago

Great post, still relevant today.  I'd like to think my post are relevant.  

I am starting to see a not-so-great pattern and that is my posts will be all businesses for a few weeks, then all commentary, then all localism.  I need to mix it up and keep the balance.

Posted by Andi Grant, Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA! (310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com) about 9 years ago

This post is still standing against the test of time. Unfortunately, Eddie or his friends are also still standing! I tend toward heavy on local information, but am starting to venture out more and more. Thanks for the push!

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) about 9 years ago

Bryant - good post! Keeping the subject matter relative in ones' post makes it informative and draws readers back for more information...my opinion.

Posted by Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA, Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM about 9 years ago

Some blogs are excellent. It like going to a workshop for me. Some people are so creative.

Posted by Anonymous about 9 years ago

That's what makes our country great--relevance is in the eye of the beholder and we all have different opinions. I think relevance to a blog helps when there is originality, honesty, heart-felt, interesting information, or humour involved. Happy Memorial Day to all of you!

Posted by Tamara Camden Vacation Rental Agent (All Rentals 2 Remember, inc.) about 9 years ago

Bryant...

The other day, in my backyard, I dug a hole to plant something and then put off doing it for weeks. It filled with water and light growth and then the birds started using it for a birdbath. MY Point:.....you never know what you say or do will truly lead to or how it will affect others........but a no show does nothing and gets nothing......that's for sure.....

Thank you for your mindful post.....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 9 years ago

It must be relevant to some people I am getting traffic from active Rain to my web sites.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 9 years ago

BB - It's hard to believe you were so insightful after only 11 days with Activerain.  You have remained relevant even today.  This is most definitely the key to success in blogging.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I don't get many comments, but I do get business. So I guess I'm doing something right. It's odd because so often, my posts are non-real estate related, except for a few added comments. But people seem to like them. Sooo, if it aint broke, don't fix it! ;-)  But it is time for me to do some statistical posts again. *sigh*  Those are just no fun.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 9 years ago

To be Relevant or not to be Relevant?

All I know for sure is.  If one doesn't blog(I have referred several to the Rain and they just won't write anything).   One doesn't have to even worry about relevance.

I say blog your hearts out, do your best and continually improve.

Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate about 9 years ago

Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships is said to be the new 3 R's of Education (instead of Readin 'Ritin & 'Rithmetic), I think these three apply to Real Estate as well (and most careers, I would assume).

 

Thanks for the post!

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / www.AskRobLang.com) about 9 years ago

Most things are better to show than to tell, and what you show is that personality makes a post interesting.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) about 9 years ago

Thanks for dusting this one off and bringing it back. I wasn't around in the early days! Yup, this is great advice.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Bryant, I think we would all like to think that our blogs are relevant, or still relevant if we've been at it for awhile. Sometimes we have to revisit our blogs and shake things up a bit on order to maintain that relevance.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) about 9 years ago

Bryant, I believe we should write about what we feel, and who we are, so consumers will get to know us better and hopefully want to choose us as their realtor. That is in addition to writing information that will help other realtors in their business and who in turn may wish to refer business to us.

My blogs have a lot of personal passion in them, and it didn't start out that way. I know that many of my posts won't get comments because they aren't tips, but they do get clicks, and those who click on my posts are getting to know me. Some may not like me, but they are getting to know what I'm about.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

BB - I appreciate that your posts are relevant and interesting and so that is why I am a follower and fan of yours.  If you constantly posted about politics and religion I would not be a subscriber. Plain & simple.  Thanks for being really about real estate. 

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 9 years ago

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