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Midnight Bloggers, Tutorial Bloggers, Relationship Blogging...and Other Stuff...

I just read a cool post by Sherilyn Cervantes .  In her post, Sherilyn was asking What type of blogger are you?  As is often the case with me and the comments I make... I got carried away... and ended up writing a small epistle for an answer. 

So... what kind of blogger am I ?

I guess I fall into quite a few categories.  I am a late-nighter... and a first-thing-in-the-morning'er as well.  At night, blogging is where I "wind down" from my day, and in the morning, it is where I sip my first two cups of coffee... and attempt to wake up.

And, once in awhile... I guess like right now... I am a middle-of-the-night'er. 

I get a lot of comments on my blog posts... but one of the reasons that happens... is that I also comment ON a lot of other writer's blog posts.  Yes, I have a bunch of points, but I am nearing the 300,000 point mark (definitely NOT bragging, here) just... on my comments points alone.

As far as getting featured, sure I like getting featured... but honestly, after you get a "following"... writing a good post, and getting forty or fifty comments from folks who are reading your post because they LIKE what you write... is SO much better than getting featured, and then getting over 100 comments.

So many of "those" commentors are often there... cuz your (my) post got featured... and the featured posts are the only ones some people read.  (I don't do that, by the way.  How can the newbies get known, if the oldbies ONLY read featured posts ??)

As you may know, I am NOT afraid to "stir the pot."  I am naturally an introvert... but I am not shy... if that makes sense.  Those two... introvert and shy... do not necessarily go together.  (I wrote a post on that, as well.)

The data blogger... market reports and such.  I have never written one of those.  Not my style.

I also feel it's very important to be "balanced."   An example of that... is shown in that the points I have from commenting on other people's posts... are pretty close to the points I have from writing blog posts.  Again, balanced is good... in my opinion.

I guess I should also mention... surprise... that at times when I comment... my comment can almost turn into a post all by itself.  <dorky smile>.  In fact... THIS post was a comment that I turned INTO a post.  Commenting is a great way to cure writer's block... which, as you may know, has been hovering over my addled brain for about two weeks now... since my Who Killed Tyler Clementi post.

The "teaching blogger?"  Yes... that's me.  I taught junior high for nine years, and love to share stuff.  Also, love to combine sharing stuff with stirring the pot.  What a combination... <impish smile>

I have written quite a few "tutorials" on many of the basics that newbies and oldbies find helpful on Active Rain.  Many of the "techies" write their own types of tutorials, but they are usually over many folks heads... and often only other techies find them useful.

I am also a "relationship" blogger.  After a while... both my commentors and I... get to a point where we really "get to know" one another.  So... because of relationships... and getting to know each other... I know stuff... like how Abigail (Tammy's daughter) got her first job... and how excited they both are about it.

Many of my posts become "conversational posts."  By that, I rarely get just five or ten word comments.  I get paragraphs... sometimes several paragraphs... from many of those who read my posts.  And... I really try... to respond to as many of those who comment on my posts... as I can.

OK... I think I am done now, although I am sure I have missed some stuff.  I liked Sherilyn's post, and her cool question.  It prompted me to take a self-survey of just what kind of things I do here on Active Rain.  Have a great week, everyone.

Comment balloon 30 commentsKaren Anne Stone • October 29 2010 02:46AM


I guess I am a late night blogger too Karen Anne!  I think it is important to note that comments should be a conversation and not just a thanks for stopping by nice post remark.  By engaging each other is how we subscribe and get to know more peeps here on AR!  So the point thing is just a plus and if people comment to just get their 10 in per day, they may be missing the real people connection.  Good to see you back blogging!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) over 9 years ago

I really enjoyed that blog of hers! I already know which one I am~~~ since starting just 10/23

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) over 9 years ago

Karen:  I think you are all the types of bloggers there are.  What I like most about you is you do carry on a conversation with your blog, and other blogger's posts.  I've enjoyed reading your blog, you write with humor.  That's something that is truly a gift.  Keep blogging, Karen. :)

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 9 years ago

Karen, you and I both tend to hit the (key) boards late at night. I enjoy reading them.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 9 years ago

Hopefully you won't mind that I also suggested this post as a feature! :-)

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 9 years ago

Karen, I did suggest this post as a feature post, too (Not knowing Michelle had done the same!)

I'd call myself as an 'early bird' - either for the love of points of my addiction to AR, I want to complete my 'quota' of blogging before the real day starts for me. (Commenting on this at about 4 AM - is also the proof that I am trying to achieve balance in blogging as well as commenting - and just not expecting comments on my blogs.)

I have also added you as my associate - thanks.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the acknowledgement of my blog. I am glad I was able to inspire you with the simple question. What type of blogger are you? Well now we all know - gifted!

Posted by Sherilyn M. Whistler, Need a Referral, Call Me ! (ERA Herman Group Real Estate-NoCo) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne - Thanks for pointing me to Sherilyn's Post, and Thanks for being "You".  You have always been one of my favorites here (since my beginnings on AR), and I have always looked up to you and your style!  I guess, I have always considered you to be a "Teacher", because you have taught me so much.  And, In case I haven't said it before...."THANK YOU". 

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 9 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne, well, that is a deep question, what kind of blogger am I? My journey here started out as a business decision, and quickly grew to something I never expected. I am a strung out, blog any time I can type of blogger. I am an introvert in person, but something takes over me when my fingers hit the keyboard. I do market stats, I do localism posts, I do posts about real estate, no enough though. But then there is that side of me that just has to blurt out what I feel.

Blogging can be such good therapy!

And you are one great blogger, I am always so happy to see your smiling face on the page. Ah, there is Karen Anne waiting to entertain me!

And I am an anytime I can blogger.

Isn't it wonderful? You can get out what you want to say without anyone interrupting or telling you to be quiet. Until after that is.... LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

I'd say you are midnight teaching blogger.  I have no idea what I am, except lately most of my posts lately have been in the early am.  oh, and I, too enjoy reading your posts.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne-  I've blogged in the middle of the night when sleep eludes me.  I've blogged in the morning with a cup of coffee and I've even blogged in the middle of the day when I had nothing better to do.  But most importantly what I blog whether it is a tutorial, a rant or a hyper-local post it is "me" and you won't be surprised to meet someone who doesn't match their blog.  It is a shock to the system to realize that warm person on line is really a sour puss in person :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm like you. Late, early and not a data blogger. Cheers, I alwyas like to read Karen Anne.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) over 9 years ago

I am with Cindy, I blog or comment whereever I get any free time. But most day its with my cup of tea :-)

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 9 years ago

Ms Karen- I guess I'm a "whenever and wherever I can get it" blogger... (make of it what you will)...I mostly "write" my post in my head while I'm walking or in the car.  After the 30 in 30 challenge I stopped cold.  Just was blocked and pooped.  I used to head to the Features first but now go to my Subscriptions first and Groups.  I would rather have, like you, the conversational comments and lots of them than a "Feature" (although I clearly wouldn't turn one down.  I'm beginning to enjoy writing the relationship-personal-what-does -this-have-to-do-with Staging posts.  And, I love reading your posts!

Also had to add that I eventually quit commenting on posts where the poster never comments back. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 9 years ago

I was in bed by 9pm, but I was up by 4 this morning.  What is this sleep disorder thing? 

I have learned from you and many others on the value of commenting on your commenters posts.  It does build relationships, which are a good thing.  I don't think you can have too many "peeps".


Posted by Wanda Thomas, Billings Montana Real Estate (Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN) over 9 years ago

Karen, I like your blogs because you have a friendly style.  I think it takes awhile to find your voice on AR but I am really enjoying the part of building relationships.  I follow some of the AR leaders and am learning a lot and being entertained.  I also like to take time at night while I watch tv and read a variety of blogs.

Posted by 'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest', Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - I'm a "fit it in where I can" blogger these days. Need to get it back in to my routine again somehow... maybe I'll one day hit the level of comment points you have that way <sheepish grin>.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 9 years ago

Karen:  Your re-blog of this post helped me reach my 5th featured post!! Thank you...Glad you were able to spin your own awesome post off of it...

Posted by Sherilyn M. Whistler, Need a Referral, Call Me ! (ERA Herman Group Real Estate-NoCo) over 9 years ago

I'm better at blogging late at night, I guess.  Funny how raising the question makes you think about your blogging style!

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne - I'm still exploring my blogging type ... there are some data things I like doing, but only if I have to really dig for the content .... I also like localism features ... sometimes an opinion gets my fingers itching ....  BUT what I really like doing is reading comments  .... on almost anyone's blog ... and wonder about all the hidden wisdom of this community!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

I am an all-purpose blogger.  The bottom line is to bring in business, ergo the boring consumer posts.  I like to make friends, hence the silly posts, and I comment quite a lot, rarely on featured posts because my time is taken up with my subscription list.  Who has the time.  I think balance is the answer in this online world.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 9 years ago

I don't really know what kind of logger I am yet, I keep getting distracted.  But I just think no matter when you blog you are a very entertaining and interesting blogger.

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) over 9 years ago

Karen, I think I am a little bit of everything except data blog also.  I try to read as many blogs in the morning as possible.  I really don't have a definitely time to write blogs, mostly daytime though.  

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I guess I must be called an evening blogger.  I love the rain but I only allow myself to get on in the evening otherwise I would be here all day long.  I looked at how many comments I have made and at the moment it is 17,705.  Now when I post this comment it will be a bit more.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm a lot like you, but I'm mostly a late night blogger.  My comment points are well balanced with my blogging points.  I have to work on consistency of content though!

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 9 years ago

Hey You - I haven't read Sherilyn's post yet but I smiled several times reading yours.  And yes it is 12:27  a.m. so you know what type of blogger I am.

Stir the pot?  You?? 

Turning your comments into posts? You??  You and Jon Zolsky are famous for that.

Introverted and shy?  You?  I get it.  I am actually a forced extrovert.  I had to push myself when I started in this business.

You are the meat in the sandwich.  Well your posts are anyway.  Yes your posts do encourage conversation.  You don't get many one liner comments. 

Great post dudette.



Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

LOL, liked this - can I be a just when I have time blogger? 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago

An introverted, stir-the-pot, blog in the morning/latenight/middle of the night, teacher, relationship, non-data blogger? Call it what you like, I enjoy reading them. Thanks!

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne,

Looks like we have many similar habits. That's what I like here. With time we become more selective and end up doing two things. Bypassing Featured blogs for new and interesting stuff, and on the other hand go and comment to those who we know and recognize

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I do not want to sound like "an old-timer"....I remember when AR would show how many people were on at night and you could see who was you can only tell if they either put up a post or they comment on someon post not necessarily your own:)) Anyway to the question I like to stop in when I have a moment day or night, but mostly the evening. I like to build relationships too, so always make sure someone comments on my post they get a response back from me. I get annoyed when I comment on someone's post and no response, not even to my comment forget the courtesy comment back to me...Oh well we can not have everything:)))

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 9 years ago