To Blog or Not to Blog?

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Mortgage and Lending with Pacific Funding

 

So here I am, writing my first AR Blog.  Why am I doing this?  Will anyone actually read this? I guess I have a bit of skepticism fueled by a lack of understanding on what to expect.  Is blogging a legitimate business tool or the next cyberwave fad? 

 To Blog or Not to Blog -- That is the Question
For the past several weeks I've been on the sidelines silently reading hundreds of blogs on sites like Active Rain and BloodhoundRealty from the likes of Jeff Turner, Brian Brady, Ardell Dellaloggia, and of course TLW...

Each of these blog authors has their own gifted way of communicating their opinions, ideas and feedback on a variety of RE related topics.  It's in reading these blogs that I realize that the true common thread among active rainers is not so much the industry in which we earn our living, but in the willingness to provide open and honest sharing of one's experiences, opinions and ideas.  Some good -- Some bad, and to that extent -- reader beware.  However, this site is about sharing of information and raising the bar through dialogue. 

 

A Synergy exists here in its truest form and the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.   

Business Week The price of admission? -- just commit to these 3 rules and bring on the rain:

  1. Provide value added content through your own creative expression.
  2. Leave comments as appropriate where appropriate.
  3. Grow the AR community by inviting others that will embrace this forum.

So its through the encouragement of Jeff Turner (who invited me to join AR) that I mark yet another milestone in my career (2/13/2007) and I commit myself, along with my views, into a public forum where others can comment, criticize, or expand on them.  It's through this forum that I expect to defend my position, challenge others and learn new ways of delivering a higher level of service to the clients that I serve.

For those of you that have been doing this for a while, I am open to any suggestions you can share with a newbie rainer.

I hope my blog is welcomed in your RSS.

Thanks in advance for all you have to offer. 

Its a good life.

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
Welcome, I am new too.  There's a lot to read and lots to learn. 
February 14, 2007 08:23 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Welcome Martin,

Great blog and thanks for the Business week link, I hadn't seen that article.

February 14, 2007 08:25 AM #11
Rainer
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John Klassen
M & T Bank - Kingston, NY

Welcome to "The Rain". Not only do blogs get read they get you found. I have contributed about 60 posts...didn't think I had it in me. Some whree good...some well.....

I find it to be a great place to shjare ideas with polle of a like midset..trust me getting hooked is a fun education.

 Best of luck., Looking to see more from you.

 

John

February 14, 2007 08:39 AM #12
Rainer
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John Hruska
Homes Charlotte, LLC - Charlotte, NC

Martin-

Great job for a 1st post.  FRom your content, I could see you will do well.  Welcome to AR !

February 14, 2007 09:20 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA
Martin.. Well done first post... you will learn a lot from this group and I'm sure we will learn from you..
February 14, 2007 09:30 AM #14
Rainer
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Virginia Halter
RE/MAX Signature Properties - Harrisburg, NC
ABR, CDPE, CRS, GREEN, SFR, SRES

You must have checked out Mary McKnight as well.  Your blog post had many of the elements of successful post just as she has taught.

Welcome, nice to meet you!

Virginia 

February 14, 2007 09:36 AM #15
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Welcome to ActiveRain, Martin. You're off to a great start. Looking forward to reading more from you.
February 14, 2007 09:49 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Derek and Mariana Wagner
Wagner iTeam -Keller Williams Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Wagner iTeam - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
Martin! What a great 1st post. Like Maureen asked... Are you sure you havent done this before? Bravo and welcome!
February 14, 2007 09:58 AM #17
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

TLW...ROAR      :)

February 14, 2007 10:12 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
gold star Now, that didn't hurt so bad, did it? :) 
February 14, 2007 10:39 AM #19
Rainer
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Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
Great Start, already a Gold Star!  Guess I will have to keep an eye on your posts because I believe you will be adding a lot to this community.  Welcome!  And thanks Jeff for inviting Martin!
February 14, 2007 10:44 AM #20
Rainer
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Great first post, Martin!  Love the content and photos -- A+!
February 14, 2007 10:48 AM #21
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400 - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Martin, Looks like you could be giving us lessons on how to blog!

Wonderful start and welcome to the rain.

It looks like you have done your homework and we thank Jeff Turner for bringing you out to play in the rain!!

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post!

Love your initials!

February 14, 2007 11:16 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio
Welcome and congrats!
February 14, 2007 11:33 AM #23
Rainer
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Joe Gomez
Realty Executives of Treasure Valley - Eagle, ID
 Martin congratulations on your new endeavor ! Sharing ideas and wisdom with other people is a continuation of your own person and those thoughts and mind projections are duplicated on other's peoples minds and are a better person for sharing !
February 14, 2007 12:43 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I'm new to AR as well and I applaud you for jumping in there and doing this post.  Good Luck and hope you enjoy the interaction on AR>

Patricia Aulson/SEACOAST/REALTOR/NH,ME

Patricia4realestate.com 

February 14, 2007 03:14 PM #25
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Congrats on your first post!  I look forward to reading more.
February 14, 2007 04:27 PM #26
Rainer
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Martin Rodriguez
Pacific Funding - Valencia, CA
Senior Loan Consultant

Wow! What a response.. Thanks to everyone that replied to my first post and gave me such a warm welcome.  I never expected this many comments, especially for the first time out of the gate...

A gotta give another shout out to my bud, JT who got me started in the blogosphere.  I hope my blogs can move the dial like he has done.

Check back frequently and always chime in, you know how this works.......

February 14, 2007 08:05 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Welcome Martin and Happy Valentine's day.  Glad you decided to BLOG. 
February 14, 2007 09:08 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Ken Spencer
Serendra Realty Group - Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance
Very nice job.  An easy read and entertaining.  Keep up the great work on your blogs.
February 14, 2007 11:22 PM #29
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