The view from up here is amazing, and I want you to see it for yourself! Reaching the 100k milestone I realized something very important, that I don't think a lot of the members get here. So I am going to challenge all members to prove me wrong, that you do get it! Writing is not the enemy - inaction is.
Blogging is a Muscle? Yes it is. To become strong, muscles need to be exercised on a regular basis. Yesterday so many people commented that they could never get as popular as the top members here. Well I am living proof that statement is wrong. How is it that I am all of a sudden a great writer and one of the top in this system? I wrote my heart out on every possible subject until I found my niche. I took criticism from those that were ahead of me and I have learned so much from the many members here. If it weren't for people like Kristal Kraft, Teri Isner and Maureen Francis reaching out, pulling me up along with them I may have gotten very discouraged. So in honor of them, I am reaching down to help others achieve it as well.
Yes I had it easy in my apprenticeship here, when I started we were only about 1,000 members, there were 20 or 30 new posts a day to read, I heard from somewhere that they are averaging about 300 posts each day now! We are quickly approaching 20,000 members. Don't let that stop you!
Now that I have reached my goal of a 100,000 points, I have a new goal. You could say it is a mission really. To get others writing here. This platform is for you! You will only get out of it what you put into it. Kristal Kraft did a great post on push vs. pull marketing awhile back that inspired me. What you put out here is to be discovered by the consumer when they need it. That might be today, tomorrow or next year. Be the one putting the information out there. It will pay off. But like all good marketing you will need to invest some time and energy into it. Why else would there be 8 x8 and 33 touch campaigns?
Don't look at it like going to the dentist! Approach it like you would going to the playground with sense of adventure and joy!
Just think, my referral network before Active Rain consisted of my broker's GRI directory from the prior year, and Internet searches that I would do. Today I have working relationships with Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Appraisers and Stagers around the country. I know that if I need someone in another area I can utilize this network to find the right person. Consumers are finding not only me but others in this network.
I have found my voice and my strength. My writing has improved and I now look forward to writing. So here is my challenge to newer and those members that have been lurking in the shadows:
Start today! Take my challenge and start writing each day! Today, I would love it if as a tribute to cooperation and unity that each writer here takes my challenge and write on a condo or community in your area. For inspiration check out the series I have written on Angler's Cove or Gulfview. Add them to Localism, and in the TAGS place Soaring Challenge and I will keep an eye out for them in the next couple of days.
I know you will be happy you did! This is a win-win, you get to write about your area, exercise your muscle and start the climb to soar like those of us up here already. The sky is wide open and we are waiting for you to soar right along with us!
Modified 2/15/06 6:24pm -- To see the postsof those that took up the challenge click here!
Colleen Kulikowski is your Western New York Real Estate Expert focusing on Buffalo and Niagara Falls neighborhoods of Western New York. If you are on Twitter, please follow me... If you enjoyed this post by your Buffalo & Niagara Falls Home Sales Expert, make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed!