Confessions of Blog-o-phobic

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Real Estate Agent with TopBroker Network Real Estate

OK, I'll admit it: I'm a coward. Scared senseless. Of what, spiders, you ask? How dare you.  I'm the queen of spiders in my household. "Kids, stand back. Mom is here!" Well, then, perhaps fear of heights? I mean, a lotta people are afraid of that. Well, while I didn't exactly walk to the edge of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park when reaching the top twelve years ago (more like crawled), even that experience didn't cause too much damage to my psyche.

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No, my friends. I'm afraid my phobia is far greater than spiders or heights. I'm a blog-o-phobic.  There, I said it.  Blogging is about writing, correct? You know, just sit at a computer and write about stuff. I'll write about real estate.  I know real estate. I like real estate. All I have to do is write about it. Riiiight...

Ah, how foolish I was. Yes, blogging is writing, of course, but is that all there is to it?  Like many, I began my journey here on Active Rain thinking I could blog my life away. In the beginning, I did. Sort of. My posts weren't great, but at least I felt like I was gaining some new rhythm and a bit of traction in my skills. Overwhelmed as I was, now in the kingdom of Active Rain, I would put forth new efforts to learn all that my brain could handle.

Just then, blog-o-phobia grabbed hold of me unexpectedly. There before me, try as I might, I could no longer escape this fact: blogging means never having to use text alone. It was time to face reality--strange little icons; insert/edit image;  Active Rain video. How does one use these tools? Surely, I had the capability of inserting a simple photograph, which I did. More than once even. But the frustration! Photos too big, too small, not in the right place, uploading, downloading. It only got worse from there. New words to dissect:  facebook, (I did get that memo)...but, flickr? picnik? tagging? twitter? google juice?...make it stoooop!

 

Thus, not is all lost.  I have found a savior.  (Truth be told, I've discovered many saviors in this kingdom, all truly amazing human beings, many of which I'll write about for months, I'm sure). I've been listening and reading to Jeff Turner's tutorials the last few days and am ready to challenge my fear, purge myself of self-doubt, and, perhaps, write a word or two in between. =)

Steve on Holland

 

The photo above and this one of Steve on the left were inserted with the help of Jeff's tutorial, "Flowing Text Around Images".  Let's see if I can insert his tutorial from the title right now. Okay, everyone, deep breath. Nothing exploded or crashed now, did it? Hmm... I wonder if it's best to ADD ALL images BEFORE writing text?

 

Though fairly uncomfortable in these uncharted territories of blog-o-sphere, and yet to have gained business from any of this, I sincerely love blogging. My goal here is to become a better writer first, followed by the mechanics of blog format. Before anyone finds out who I am, I must first be willing to take more risks. Will google juice find its way to moi?  I'm pretty sure most I work with think not. Many I speak to, in fact, think not. Then why do I continue such a quest? I'm hopeful, but honestly can't say at this point, and that's okay. I'm loving my business--all of it. Real Estate isn't for cowards either. Some of us just conquer fear at our own pace. 

Special thanks to you, Jeff Turner, and your calming force. Unbeknownst to you, I'm grateful. =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loreena Yeo
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Jeff is really cool. He has taught me alot of stuff I know about blogging today.... Such a great and open kudos to him. Good job.

November 17, 2008 10:06 PM #1
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Cecily Parks
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I felt exactly the same way...but then I slapped myself around and just put my head down and my fingers on the keys and just do it! It does seem to be getting easier....hmmm....I think that's a good sign, right?

November 17, 2008 10:25 PM #2
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Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
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Thank you Loreena~  I discovered you a few months back and now subscribe to your blog! Firsco, TX is one lucky place to have you. =) Now I understand why I love your writing so much. Even without personally knowing the man, Jeff has this way of making one feel, "Gee, maybe I'm capable and more competent than I thought," without making one feel like a complete moron. =) More tutorials to watch!

Hi Cecily~ Glad we're on the same page. I think this is getting easier, at least since last week!  So, yep, a good sign, indeed.

November 17, 2008 10:55 PM #3
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Derenda Grubb
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Well, for someone that is an operating Blog-o-phobic, this blog turned out pretty good.  It held my attention.  I  am sure you are appreciative of Jeff's assistance.  Great Job.  You are well on your way.  Just keep going. 

November 18, 2008 12:41 AM #4
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Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
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Hi Derenda~  Thanks for the good word about my post and encouragement is always appreciated. Happy to hear it held your attention. Means I'm movin' the pace a little further!

BTW, took a look at your profile....you have an awesome and diverse backgound. Qutie impressive. =) Thanks again.

November 18, 2008 10:12 PM #5
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Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
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You are a fantastic writer, so don't let fear of exposing your talent get in your way of blogging!!!

November 19, 2008 07:38 AM #6
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Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
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I'm on it, Jennifer. Thanks, as always, for challenging me and articulating what I've been feeling with such clarity. Fear sucks and getting easier and easier to let go.... I so <3 and respect you!!

November 19, 2008 06:14 PM #7
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Charlie Harden
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Thanks Carin, I wondered how to 'flow text around a photo' too.  Appreciate your blog!  Have a great evening!

November 20, 2008 03:35 PM #8
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Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
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You are very welcome, Charlie.  Sometimes I feel as if I'm one of the few technically-challenged individuals on AR, so I'm more than happy to help with what I know!  If you click on the link in my post, Jeff Turner does an excellent job at explaining all his "to do's." He really has a gift of teaching and simply put, though I don't know him personally, is a wonderful person. If not for Active Rain, I wouldn't have found him....or you! Thanks for the comment and take care in SC. =)

November 20, 2008 04:22 PM #9
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Cherimie Crane
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Carin,

This was a super blog!!!! Seriously, I love your writing style. Please don't change, just sit down and let it flow~~~~.

You have a very unique style, don't worry, the kinks will work themselves out; however, no one can teach you to write just like YOU:)

November 21, 2008 07:52 AM #10
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Enjoy yourself don't worry what others think and just keep posting. Then one day someone will find something of yours that strikes a cord and they will cal, but if you don't write at all, they will never find that magic post that says "Hey, I have to hire this person"

 

April 26, 2009 06:56 AM #11
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Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
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Todd, your words could not be more timely! I thank you for taking the time to comment MONTHS after I wrote this. So simple, yet incredibly inspiring. You're awesome!

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