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


     

     

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    Juli Vosmik
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Juli Vosmik
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    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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