Are You Engaging or Just Playing Around?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA BRE Lic #01490977

Blogging and hanging around social media is lots of fun. You can share photos of yourself and the family, your fave songs, "America's funniest home-type videos" and just about anything else you please. You can write about what you want on your blog (careful, there) and share what you feel folks might want to know. 

 

But are you engaging or just playing around? 

 

There's nothing wrong with being social, whether you are on Facebook, Twitter, or even AR. Folks enjoy the personal and humorous side of life. It helps make us personal and real, and can play a big role in why we get calls and emails from prospects

On the other hand, you probably don't want to be all business and avoid the personal but, rather, should find a comfortable blend of business and social/personal to be most effective. 

The beauty of social media and blogging, beyond sharing information, is the ability to have a conversation with others, to engage them, and to create an on-going relationship. It's an active process and you have to participate - it can't happen on its own. 

You know...it takes two to tango?

 Are You Engaging Others or Just Playing Around

Jeff Turner coined a phrase he called YEO - You Engaging Others - way back in 2007 when he warned us to not be too concerned about SEO. It's a powerful idea and the terrific article that remains as telling as it was in early 2007. Go read it. 

Here on ActiveRain and the most popular social media sites there are many potential opportunities to participate, and to engage others

 

Writing engaging blog articles

Responding to commenters

Commenting on others' posts regularly

Adding AR member to your list of associates

Subscribing to others' posts

Asking questions on Facebook

Responding to all comments you receive on your Facebook wall post

Responding to others' wall posts

Writing on your "friends"" walls

Seeking out others on Facebook with similar interests to "friend"

Tweeting useful or interesting information

Sharing links to articles and videos

DM'ing (direct messaging) others

Participating in Twitter conversations

Sharing interesting videos on Youtube and other video sites

Becoming friends with other Youtube members and commenting on videos

Seek out and link up with folks that interest you or who share come commonality

 

Are you shaking hands on-line too?And of course you can always email directly or call on the phone those folks who you  would like to know better, or who ask you questions on-line or send emails.  i'm sure you can thnk of more ways to engage.

With daily life being as busy as it is, with business and personal things happening, and spending precious time trying to write blog posts, share information on Facebook, and Tweet, it's easy to spend less time on the engagement side of things

I'm guilty of it as well. Perhaps part of writing this was a reminder to me that missed opportunities abound.

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Jeff, I feel like I'm in one big family since joining AR - and it spans the entire continent! Even though we have never spoken, I feel like I know you through your blogs, videos and comments over the past couple of years. I am definitely engaged here and on Facebook as well. Twitter I dance on and off of and other sites, but love your list - have to look into You Tube more. My kids are on there big time! :)

August 20, 2010 01:29 PM
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I try to engage as much as I can.  Sometimes by the time I finish reading a blog post and then get through all of the comments I don't have anything new or interesting to add to the thread so I move on.  I know that's not good.  I'll try to engage more. 

There have been times that I have called or emailed other AR members when I had a question.  Even met a few in person which is wonderful.  

facebook, well, if I'm not commenting or posting something over there it gets noticed.  LOL!  I definitly need to write more blog posts.  I was on a roll then fell off.  I've got notes all over the place for content.

 

August 20, 2010 06:47 PM
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Sadly...

I am just playing around :)

Hubba and I have decided Web 2.0 is just a fad :)

TLW...ROAR!

August 20, 2010 08:29 PM
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I am here to learn. I always find a topic that either I knew nothing about or I knew too little about. Sometimes I may be able to add my two cents worth.

August 20, 2010 09:35 PM
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Love your pictures and your links.  Who wouldn't want to move there.  Fresno was the closest I ever got.

Thanks for the great reminder on what I should be doing.  It's a chore to remember to attack all of the areas you recommended, especially when my attitude is, "Why would anyone be interested in that?"

I get so many emails, the last thing I think I want to do is send more to people.  I do enjoy blogging, when I do it.  Joy

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