I’ve been working on building an empire.
It’s still in the very early stages, in fact it’s still a long way off from an empire. Right now, it’s more like a small hut in the middle of the wide open plains inhabited by a nomad that’s still trying to figure out fire. I’m still a caveman and I’ve got a long way to go to be the Emperor. But this caveman has bumped into a few other cavemen in his travels that have shown him how to make the basic tools needed for survival. He’s been gathering these tools and practicing them and perfecting them. He hasn’t reinvented the wheel, just learned how useful it can be and learning that two wheels work better than one (try picturing a caveman on a unicycle for just a second).
Ok, I pictured it and I’m still laughing…so give me a minute to settle down.
Blogging is my Bronze Age
I got lucky and discovered the tool of blogging early on in my career as an agent. Thanks to Lani and Benn’s encouragement (and subsequently the entire AG cast) I found something that made sense to me as a life-long nerd and became a tool I knew I had to use. So I began using this new tool of bronze and found that I had the tool, but nothing to use it on. I was blogging to practice my abilities, but there weren’t the grand stories of millions of clients rushing to me that I had dreamed of. I wasn’t discouraged, but I did wonder where it would lead.
I am not about to announce a major breakthrough involving the largest transaction of my life thanks to blogging. On the contrary, there is still no business from blogging. But the foundation has been laid. Just this week, I began getting comments on my blog. Not just from agents and friends (and one from my dad), but from ordinary people in the San Antonio area. It took a long time, but they are out there. They’ve been flirting with my blog for months now; looking, making a few clicks, and disappearing once again. I wrote a post about a street project here (that has been in the news since I moved here) and suddenly, there were visitors who felt the need to chime in. Several comments appeared overnight. It took almost a month of that post being “live,” but they found it. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg. My visitors have increased three fold since that post got noticed. And guess who else noticed? Google. I am now the number one site for the search “281 super street” – ahead of the local news stations who have covered this ad naseum. Plenty of you have reached these heights a million times over, but this is a big step in the evolution of this agent. I’m now “findable.”
Each step takes time, but each step brings me closer.
I’ve had those moments where I felt I was blogging to myself. It took a few months for my site to become relevant, but it is happening. I’ve never been one to be discouraged and knowing that there are those of you out there that are using blogging as a successful tool only makes it easier to keep going. So as I begin to see the use of my tools, I begin to see new ways to use them and my thoughts are turning to crafting new tools.
I want an empire. And I am building it brick by brick. First step is building the foundation. The Iron Age is just around the corner (I will talk about this soon) and I am ready to push further down the path to my own personal goals. Thank you Bronze Age. Thanks for giving me just enough to keep me going and showing me that there is a pay off in the future.
Now someone hand me that axe, I have a monster to slay.
photo courtesy of djweitzner
“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers
The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS. However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:
Do You Smell Smoke?
“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)
“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?)
“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)
“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)
“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)
I Think I See Flames
“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)
“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)
“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)
“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)
“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)
“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)
“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)
“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)
“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)
Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):
“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)
“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS
I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS. It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:
Booze ‘N’ Fools
“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)
“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)
“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)
“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)
“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)
Puff ‘N’ Stuff
“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)
“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)
“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)
“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)
Proof or Goof
“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper exploded.)
“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)
“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)
“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)
“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)
And This Week’s Winner Is:
“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)
PROOF OR GOOF, FRIENDS – I’M WATCHING EWE 🙂
My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape
If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…
I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.
But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.
Not just shelves!
It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.
No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!
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