So you want to be a blogger?

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Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Now that you have signed up , it's time to blog.

Before jumping in with your original post, read what others are saying.  Contribute to the conversation by leaving comments on other blogs.  Say something that adds value, don't just say, "nice blog" or something short and meaningless.  If you have nothing to add, don't worry, it's ok to be silent!

What topic can you write about?eye on the world

  •  pose a question and answer it
  • discuss a real estate situation
  • talk about issues in the industry
  • share your knowledge
  • share a new found techie toy, software
  • share your notes from a great real estate or tech conference
  • relate a funny experience
  • talk about your market
  • point out a trend
  • the ideas are endless...be original

Your First Post

A good way to start is by introducing yourself to the Rainers.  Be sure to include the fact that it is your first time, that way you may get more attention and comments.  We all like to know who you are and what makes you tick.

Branding yourself

Standing out in a crowd is difficult, but very possible.  Be patient and consistent. Don't expect to post a blog or two and take down the house.  Most of the bloggers here started with very simple blogs, graduating to larger more thought provoking blogs. Like everything else in life, blogging is a learning process.  You win some, you lose some.  Just keep blogging and letting your personality and talents show through.  Next thing  you know...you are branded!

Blogging Faux Pas

  • Don't pitch yourself or sell things (unless you do it in the ad section)
  • Be nasty to others, if there is controversy adding your 2 cents is just that
  • Copy content from newspapers or other sources  (bloggers read other stuff too...)
  • fail to use the "spell check "
  • Constantly bitch, moan and complain (occasionally it's ok, refrain from a steady diet)
  • Remember blogging is NOT blatant advertising.

Comments on Your Blog

After you publish your blog, people may leave you comments.  Consider the comments as if these people stopped by your office or your home, welcome them.  You don't need to respond 1 for 1, you can do a multiple response if you like.  Responding to comments creates conversation. Conversation is good, we are after all a community.  Let's talk!


Blogging has a long shelf life

There's good news and bad news;

Bad news: What you say goes out on the Internet. Be careful with your blogs and comments, you don't want them to come back to haunt you.

Good news: What you say pays dividends, you blog about current events, solve issues for people you don't even know.  Sometimes they call you for additional help. 

Getting Noticed

Ahhh!  The Million Dollar Question...how do you as a new blogger get noticed?  Write good, interesting blogs.  Ask for feedback. I get personal emails asking me to "review this blog and post if I'm so inclined".  Wow, now that's networking the network!  Take the initiative to make friends.  Don't give up, Keep bloggin'.

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 Hope you find this helpful!

kk

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Rainer
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Jessica Hughes
Ambiance Staging - Boulder, CO

See, where was this blog when I joined?????

It should have been included as a link in my introduction e-mail.

It should be pinned on the front page of AR. 

Kristal should get another 100,000 points for this.

I searched 'blogs' 'blogging' when I signed up but SO MANY posts came up (many of them useless) I got dumped in junk.  I DID try to do my due dilligence; search for information on how to blog, something to show me the ropes.  But so many people are tagging falsly (including myself!) that it's just like Kristals pumkin picture now.  Oh, woe is me!   This would have saved me so much hassle. Now I'm going back to edit my tags....

Oct 31, 2006 11:37 PM #34
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Jessica,  Glad you found it. I beleive you are not alone in your feelings I must figure some way to be able to welcome people with these tips.  It's just I have to go find them each time. 

Hummmm maybe I will build this info into my bio, then tell newbies to go there.

Glad you are here with us in The Rain.  Hope you enter one of your blogs in the Carnival...

Today is the deadline!

Nov 01, 2006 08:46 AM #35
Anonymous
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Thank you for helping us first time bloggers. Keep the info coming.
Nov 02, 2006 01:56 PM #36
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022
You are welcome anonymous commenter!  Thanks for stopping by, your comments are fuel for my blog fodder.  :)
Nov 02, 2006 10:45 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Derek and Mariana Wagner
Wagner iTeam -Keller Williams Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Wagner iTeam - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
Kristal - Will you be willing to join our Newbie Info Group? Or, at least add this post to this group? It is so informative...!
Nov 28, 2006 11:23 AM #38
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
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Mariana ~ sure, I have several newbie type blogs.  I sorta wrote the manual
Nov 28, 2006 12:06 PM #39
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William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Director of Property Management
Kristal, Thanks for the pointers on blogging etiquette. I now know that I have, a few loose items to tidy up.
Dec 02, 2006 07:37 AM #40
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
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Hi William ~ we all have those problems!  It's nice to have you on board.  Hope to hear from you more often...

kk

Dec 03, 2006 08:36 PM #41
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Karen Hurst
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Kristal,

Thanks for putting this all in one place in the Newbie Group.

Hopefully whenever someone signs into AR, they will come to this group and read. All these posts will prepare them for the World of AR. (Wish this was here when I joined)

Dec 03, 2006 09:20 PM #42
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Karen,

I think we all struggled to find our way in the beginning.  There still aren't any "instructions" and the way we learned, by watching others is gone.  New people joining now must find it very confusing when it comes to points, etc.

Hopefully the newbie section will be helpful.

kk

Dec 03, 2006 10:54 PM #43
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Judi K Barrett
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Thank you for writing this post. It is very helpful.

Judi Barrett

Feb 15, 2007 04:32 PM #44
Rainer
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Lisa Borders
RE/MAX Crossroads - Lincolnton, NC
RE/MAX Crossroads
Just found this, thanks for the info.  I have only been on active rain for a week now.  Great site.
Mar 09, 2007 09:06 PM #45
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dee miller
Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors - Iowa City, IA

Kristal, Help! I'm really confused. I thought if we found an article from a news source, not a blog, that we thought would be interesting to the group or the public, it would be OK to copy from it but give the source and author credit. My blog on Iowa City being ranked 5th...........Was that  a big no-no? I think I need to learn how to link. Your comments will be appreciated as I'm new and want to get along and make friends not enemies!

Dee Miller

Apr 11, 2007 02:44 PM #46
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
SKBK Sotheby's International Realty - Birmingham, MI
SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit
Gee, this one sure has staying power!  Still getting comments 6 months later. I would call that enduring interest.
Apr 11, 2007 10:30 PM #47
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Dee ~ typically you should "link" to an article rather than copy it.  You can copy it with permission.  I see a lot of bloggers copying articles verbatim and saying nothing else.  This really is bad blogging form. 

I would suggest you write a paragraph or two relating to the article, then link to it.  That would be proper blogging form.

Crediting the article and the source is very important.  You certainly don't want people giving you credit for writing something you didn't write.

Good luck!

kk

Apr 11, 2007 11:12 PM #48
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

MF ~ you are so right.  Just when you think a blog is dead and buried, it proves to be relevant to someone.  Guess our hard work will continue to be noticed... to some extent!

kk

Apr 11, 2007 11:13 PM #49
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Angela May
NP Dodge Real Estate - Omaha, NE
Angela May's Husker Home Finder Team Realtors

Hi Kristal,

Thanks for the great article!  Although I love to write, the thought of sharing ideas and thoughts with such a large audience of peers is somewhat intimidating.  I especially love your advice regarding writing about things you feel passionate about and having fun with it! 

Thanks to your great introduction which gives all of us "newbys" the courage to get started...I've just left my first "blog response"!

Angela

Sep 21, 2007 10:53 PM #50
Rainer
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Kristal - Yep, mandatory reading.  I'm bookmarking this one.  Thanks!

Jackie

Sep 21, 2007 11:28 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews * Previews Luxury Real Estate - San Diego, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
Kristal: You are wagging your long, long tail.
Sep 21, 2007 11:36 PM #52
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Anthony Saunchez
Century 21 Town & Country - San Bernardino, CA
Century 21 Agents. Smarter. Bolder. Faster

Hi Kristal,

Thanks for your posts they are very relevant and helpful. I have subscribed to your blog so I guess you have a new fan. I had trouble trying to figure out why my pictures were so big. I found the answer on how to resized and align on one of your blog entries. Now I am reading the rest of your blogs. Thanks again and keep on blogging......blogger!!!!!!!!!! 

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