Is Trying To Be Funny Bad For Business?

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Real Estate Agent with Exit Creative Reaty

Hi Whomever!
I really want your opinion. Based on my blogging track record, I won't get it, but here goes anyway. I think I am funny, but my wife keeps telling me to cut it out. In our newsletter my wife and daughter are trying to seize editorial oversight. I made a comment about being in the lotus position at my private yoga session and seizing the moment, bit my toenail. That's not easy for a fat, old guy on oxygen with Parkinsons. It was understandable to me that I could lose my balance, fall from my chair and roll out the driveway to the road. I didn't realize that Joe Crowley, coming home from an all-nighter, was barreling down the road (23 mph speed limit) and just missed me. I had no idea he would sue me for slander. Funny?

A more recent item. We listed our neighbors home and a Canadian couple bought it. I put an email blurb out about it and mentioned the buyers bought with the stipulation i couldn't get the morning newspaper in my bathrobe as part of the contract. I mentioned in my e-mail something about "yeah, I ok'd it but that didn't say anything about Speedos." That was such a frightening thought, I had to stop and collect myself.

Am I the only one that thinks like this? My wife and daughter will not allow speedo and toenail comments. They are redflagged words. At this rate I'll be down to a 3/2/2. lovely, etc.

My thought process is "I'm not going to get everyone anyway."  What do you think?

Kieran 

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Yvette Chisholm
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500
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Be who you are, try to be sensitive to those who might find things like that a bit offensive.  You won't get everyone.

August 24, 2010 06:16 AM
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Jesse Skolkin
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Kieran:

I too have a dry, sarcastic, offbeat sense of humor.  Unfortunately, I have found that without the accompanying facial expressions and body language, it doesn't translate well in written form.

August 24, 2010 08:03 AM
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Mike Saunders
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Maybe the Joe Crowly bit was a tad too much. My wife likes my humor in some of my posts, unless I use her family in it (my  family is ok). Keep the peace at home first, and then let your personality take over.

August 24, 2010 10:30 AM
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C Tann-Starr
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Balance, my friend. Find a happy medium and be yourself (LOL). ;-)

August 24, 2010 10:39 AM
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Josef Katz
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You just need to find the fine line between too much humor and adding personality to your writing. 

August 24, 2010 12:48 PM
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Some Humor, Some Insight into human nature by two people with lots of experience, some great real estate ideas