31 Days of May blogging challenge - a few tips and hints

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Real Estate Agent with Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ SA582226000

There's another great challenge going on in Active Rain:

  • 31 Days of May Challenge 2011
  •  Some people new to blogging every day may say, WHAT?  I can't possibly blog EVERY day - I'm too busy and I don't have enough ideas.

    As to being too busy, here's what I do.  I write a few blogs at a time and save them with the "draft" feature under the Visibility button at the bottom of the page.  I like this feature for two reasons - one, I can take a "fresh" look at the blog and catch more typos or grammatical errors (hopefully) and two, I can change it from draft to public or members only at another time in just a second.

    Active Rain has added

  • View Draft Posts
  • on the front page of My Home to find the drafts even easier, a great time saver.

    As to content, read the newspaper on line or in paper form and watch the news for events or other points of interest for your area.

    Write about a particular subdivision with it's great parks or golf course or gated security.

    I write a weekly series on "foreclosure of the week" and search for a GREAT deal on a foreclosure.  I personally go and view it and take my own photos of the property so there's no copyright issues.  And, I ALWAYS call the listing agent to ask for permission to blog it.

    Write about a great restaurant experience, your car mechanic, a great plumber/electrician/painter - someone your community could use.  Heck, maybe your blog will bring in one more client.

    I'm sure there's a ton of ideas you'll come up with on your own - follow the Nike logo - Just Do It.  It does get easier with every one you write. 

     

     

     

     

     

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    Juli Vosmik

    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC

    480-710-0739

     

     Scottsdale and Cave Creek Real Estate

     

     

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    Rainmaker
    706,271
    Juli Vosmik
    Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

    Thank you, Emily.  So many others have helped me - I hope that even one person can learn from me.

    Ah, Michele - just go for it - it's fun.  The thing I like best about these challenges is that it MAKES me stretch to learn more about my area.  I'm constantly surprised how I look at things differently as I'm driving through town or going to an event or taking a new class - whatever.  I find it eye opening.

    May 02, 2011 12:40 AM
    Rainer
    55,325
    Pamelyn Meller
    CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
    The Property Shoppe Team LLC

    thanks for the list of ideas, I have jumped in for the challenge but was worried about that much fresh content all at one since I have never done this much blogging. I can't wait to succeed. I have a daily to do list set on my calendar to make sure I stay on task.

    May 02, 2011 12:44 AM
    Rainmaker
    321,586
    Yolanda Hoversten
    Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate
    Prudential One Realty Centre

    Hi, Juli.  I really like the Draft feature and the new View Draft feature makes it even more convenient without going through the other posts.

    It's my first challenge, so hopefully I'm up for it.  Thanks for the tips!

    May 02, 2011 12:47 AM
    Rainer
    45,036
    Michele Norris
    ((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV
    Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada

    Hi Juli,

    Thank you for your separate email response. I will try!!! Your encouraging words are REALLY appreciated!

    May 02, 2011 01:14 AM
    Ambassador
    410,697
    Susan Goulding
    Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
    Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

    Great ideas. this is my third monthly challenge and it's a challenge

    May 02, 2011 01:17 AM
    Rainmaker
    706,271
    Juli Vosmik
    Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

    Pamelyn, you'll be SO glad you did.  You'll learn so much and meet some new people.  You'll also learn to look at your community in a different light.  Another tip, when you see something you want to share with others but can't get to the computer right away, write down a couple of key words/points about it.  Trust me, if it's of interest to you, it will be of interest to others.

    Yolanda - best of luck, but I'm sure you'll LOVE it.  It seems daunting at first, but just rolling up your sleeves and jumping in, you'll find it gets really easy.

    Michele - you'll do GREAT!!!  Please let me know if you need any help.  I'm certainly not the blogging or tech guru here, but I've learned so much and am glad to share anything I can.

    Ah, Susan, you're a blogging pro by now, LOL.  Love your photo - it looks like you'd be a fun person to work with. 

    May 02, 2011 01:29 AM
    Rainmaker
    1,386,947
    Roger D. Mucci
    Lets shake things up at your home today!
    Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

    Excellent suggestions for getting ahead of the game Juli...........I'll have to give it a try.

    May 02, 2011 05:42 AM
    Rainer
    26,202
    Brad Baxter
    Indianapolis Real Estate Broker
    Brad Baxter, Weichert, Realtors - McDonald-McKinney

    I like the draft mode.  I still have a problem coming up with creative ideas and taking the time to blog every day.  It gets overwhelming to me to think about formatting, adding photos, enough content..etc....  Comments are easy enough.  I hope I can get better at daily blogging.

    May 02, 2011 07:55 AM
    Rainmaker
    68,659
    Joe Lane Richland
    WA Realtor, 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com
    Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale

    Good luck.  I'm in the 31 Day Challendge as well.  ~ Joe :)

    May 02, 2011 09:55 AM
    Rainmaker
    706,271
    Juli Vosmik
    Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

    Roger, I didn't think you needed any help - yours are always so much fun.  If I can help with anything, let me know.  There are others with much more knowledge than I, but I'll be glad to share what I know.

    Brad, not every blog needs to have photos.  As to enough content, one thing I add if I'm short is:  "if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Scottsdale, AZ, please contact me.  I want to EARN your business.  I know the area, I live here."  That usually gets me to the minimum words required.

    Joe, I look forward to reading your blogs.  Good luck on the challenge - it will be a fun and rewarding one. 

    May 02, 2011 11:00 AM
    Rainmaker
    467,599
    Cara Marcelle Mancuso
    Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
    Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ

    Another FANTASTIC post - I suggested this.  I'll be blogging right away alongside of you - saving up my draft posts as well.  My problem is, I write them and then I get so excited to share some of them that I can't WAIT to publish.  Silly me. 

    I find that subscribing on FACEBOOK and TWITTER to so many of the Tucson newsmakers that I always have blog fodder.  And yesterday my husband and I took a drive and a hike in, providing fodder for FOUR more blogs!  Hurray!  There's always something 'doin' in Arizona!

    May 02, 2011 12:09 PM
    Rainmaker
    1,030,681
    Endre Barath, Jr.
    Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

    Juli, great ideas and thank you for sharing with us, now I know how challenging it is for an author to write every day:)))

    May 02, 2011 07:16 PM
    Rainer
    334,986
    Laura S. Baker
    Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
    First Weber Group

    I am right there with ya babe!  Great post.  Thanks for the ideas,... I may need your computer to finish this challenge, LOL!

    May 02, 2011 09:14 PM
    Rainmaker
    581,895
    Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate
    Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
    Century 21 Absolute Realty

    Juli, Great post about how to do blogging every day.  Drafts are such a great way to ensure you can post on a daily basis.  I know I have my dry spells and then times when I can just keep writing.  So you are offering great advise to keep is going on a steady basis!  Good luck with the challenge!

    Suggested.

    Gloria

    May 02, 2011 09:22 PM
    Rainmaker
    1,386,947
    Roger D. Mucci
    Lets shake things up at your home today!
    Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

    I'm an idiot, I need so much help, but I don't see the "visibility" feature, where is it?

    May 02, 2011 10:09 PM
    Rainmaker
    706,271
    Juli Vosmik
    Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

    Thank you, Cara -  YOU always inspire me with all the great information you give about Tucson and your Tucson real estate market.  Now, the key this month - patience, LOL.

    Endre - I think that's called writer's block, LOL.

    Laura - no problem - I only charge $100/second for rental, LOL.

    Thanks, Gloria.  You always do GREAT with your content and volume - a great combination.

    Roger, after you blog, at the bottom, the next blank is tags where you want to put in key words to attract people to your blog:  Roger's pulling Juli's leg, Roger's way to make blogs more fun, Roger's jokes on the rain, etc.  Then, there's the visibility line with a box, which you click on and get public, members only, DRAFT, or subscribers.  Alas, I have so few subscribers, I don't use that one much, LOL.

     

    May 02, 2011 11:03 PM
    Rainmaker
    229,671
    Dee Mayers
    San Gabriel Valley, CA

    Very good advice my friend.  I especially like the "foreclosure of the week" series and the fact that you ask for permission before blogging about it.  I'm sure this will give newbies to blogging things to write about, and how to avoid copyright issues.

    May 04, 2011 12:11 AM
    Rainmaker
    706,271
    Juli Vosmik
    Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

    Thank you, Dee.  You should read one of my recent foreclosure of the week blogs - some guy said I was "cold" because someone who once loved that home lived there.  Well, that's why this blog exists - a chance to say what we feel is important. 

    And, yes, I always call.  I view 3-4 foreclosure each weekend, look at the amount of work needed (purely my opinion) and take my own photos.  I know they are on MLS and technically, it's probably "fair game", but I think it's a professional courtesy.  I did have one agent tell me no and I certainly respected that.  But, here's the rub on that - I'm trying to find buyers for HIS listing.  Oh well, another blog in the making, LOL. 

    May 04, 2011 12:30 AM
    Rainer
    37,582
    Andrew McGrath
    Donovan Group Realty

    Hello Juli, so glad that I read this blog. I list almost an entire blog by not knowing how to save as a draft properly. This is gong to make blogging so much easier!!!!

    Thanks

    --Andrew

    May 08, 2011 02:26 AM
    Rainmaker
    706,271
    Juli Vosmik
    Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
    Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

    You're so welcome, Andrew.  There are so many great tips on here, I sure wish I knew more, but I'm learning.

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