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Just What Is a Blog, Anyway ?

I just finished reading a post by Meghan Mullee entitled "Too Old To Blog?"  One of the agents in her office suggested that "blogging is a younger, hipper thing, and she'd lose the interest of the older people."

I think if someone made that suggestion to me... I would consider smacking them with my laptop. 

Perhaps the word "blog" scares some people... but all a blog is... is a type of "online journal."  It is a way of inviting the public to step into your "space" and get to know you.  It is a way of connecting with people, and it is definitely not just for the "younger and hipper."  And... who wants to dare tell me anyway... that at my age I am not "younger and hipper !"

A "blog" is shorthand for "web log."  It is sort of like a diary.  Or, as I said above, like a journal.  What do you put in it ?  What do you write about ?  Well... the best answer for that... is... it depends.  It depends what you would like the results to be from writing in your online journal or diary.  It also depends on the audience you are trying to reach.

For me... I don't want my "blog" to look all "techie."  I am not writing hoping to attract "techies."  When I see a link to someone else's blog, I usually click on it just to see what it's all about.  If it is "strewn" with all sorts of crazy buttons, links, flashing gismo's, widgets, fidgets and what-not... I lose interest almost immediately.  If I wanted to visit a website... I would do that.  But, then again, that is what attracts and interests ME.

Sure, my blog... my online journal... has lots of pertinent information about real estate, about new homes and resale homes, about financing, about tax advantages... but it also features quite a bit of  "sharing" of myself and other non-real-estate related things.  It is perhaps one-third real estate oriented, one-third personal sharing, and one-third commenting and asking for opinions on anything that might be in the current news that interests me... and perhaps may interest folks like myself.

My real estate business is built on "relationships."  It is built on my clients, customers, co-workers and friends getting to know me, to like me, and to trust me.  It is also built on me getting to know them.  I am not interested in "getting a cold lead," getting them into a house, and then never seeing or hearing from them again.  I am here for the long term. I am here to build meaningful relationships with the folks I meet who I get to know, like and trust.  I am here to help people, and to build a referral base... or, better yet... a "relationship base" of people I know, people I like and trust.  A great way for me to do that is by inviting my readers to get to know me, to like me, and to trust me.

And sharing myself with others by inviting people to read my blog... my journal... seems to be a great way to do just that !

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Please visit Karen Anne Stone's website at www.NewHomeHuntersDFW.com .  Or, call the New Home Hotline at (817) 929-3400. Her email address is KarenAnneStone@gmail.com .

Comment balloon 12 commentsKaren Anne Stone • December 19 2007 03:59PM

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Karen Anne, I would love to see you smacking someone with a laptop, though you should make sure it is not your own.  If you did that, you might not be able to blog for a while.  It's funny how so many people think that blogging is some high tech thing that they wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't be interested in doing.  The only thing "tech" about a blog is the fact that it's created on a computer!  Good for you!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 10 years ago

Karen - I enjoyed reading your blog.  It better not just be for the youngsters.  Even if it were . . .I must be a youngster at heart.  I enjoy reading, writing and learning from the blogs.  It is a great way for people to get to know a little bit about you.

Have a successful week!

 

Posted by Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes (Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

Howdy Karen Anne

I like writing blogs that help folks. Have it be for by business or somrthing else that may help them.

Have a good one

Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago
Hi Brian:  I have a special laptop that I keep on hand just for this very purpose.  You just never know when the need will arise, though.  And yes, the only techie thing about some blogs is that they originate on a computer.  Some of them, though, look so incredibly complicated, and all the thingies on them are so distracting to me, I kind of recoil upon visiting them for the first time.  Thanks for your comments, Brian.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Hi Meg:  Thanks for your very kind words.  Blogging and reading blogs really is a great way for peple to get to know a little bit more about you.  And, reading and writing are much more interactive than just watching that silly TV screen.  Thanks for stopping by.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Hi Dale:  I agree.  I try to be informative in many of my blog posts.  I think having a good variety keeps my online journal interesting... something for everybody !  Thanks for commenting...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

I agree with you. Everyone has their own agenda. I love all facets of this community. I learned a lot from those here that are technology savvy. I enjoy some of the tips and tricks. Some technology make me smile. I still am mindful of the end goal.

Now back to you. You sound like you could be pretty dangerous with a laptop. I will keep an eye on you.

Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) almost 10 years ago
Hi Dionne:  That was cute... really cute.  You got quite a chuckle out of me.  I needed that !  And yes... a many-faceted community is just great... something here for everyone.  Thanks for commenting.  Take care.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Think how much good ABR brought in everybody's life... creates a family. And like in any family there are diferences, assimilations and caring for each other. I think that is healthy and invigorating.
Posted by Arina Hanciulescu, RealtyPros (RealtyPros) almost 10 years ago
Hi Arina:  I think differences of opinion can encourage meaningful discussions, and I also agree that continuing to get to know one another does foster a caring atmosphere.  And obviously, that really is health and invigorating.  Thanks for your well thought-out commentsm, Arina.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen, I like this post! I like your definitions! And I especially like this sentence:

"My real estate business is built on "relationships."  It is built on my clients, customers, co-workers and friends getting to know me, to like me, and to trust me."

Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago
Hi Margaret:  Relationsips treally are so important, and very necessary for being successful in Real Estate.  I'm glad you liked my definitions.  Many people have different ideas on blogging.  I see quite a difference between a traditional website and a blog.  Thanks so much for your kind thoughts.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

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